Jara's mother raised Victor and his siblings after his alcoholic peasant father left the family to look for work. His mom was a self-taught musician who played the guitar and the piano and would sing to her children. Jara's background is evoked in this song:When you'd cry I'd wrap you in a blanket
And sing you my songs
All I knew to right the wrongs
As we held onto love
Bradfield told DIY magazine
: "The fact that Victor Jara learnt to play on his mother's guitar became the energy of the music - a mystical connection is forged through the instrument. 'Rivers of us join and run,' hence the repeating of the motif."