Here's To You

Album: Sacco and Vanzetti (1971)
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Songfacts®:

  • This song appears at the end of the 1971 Italian film Sacco e Vanzetti which was released in English as Sacco & Vanzetti. The film tells the story of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, Italian immigrants living in Massachusetts when two men were killed in a 1920 armed robbery. They were arrested for the crime but vehemently pleaded their innocence, drawing worldwide attention as their case dragged on for years, coming to an end when they were executed in 1927.

    Long after their death, their true-crime story was much discussed, with many believing the evidence implicated them in the crime, and many others believing they were wrongly convicted because of their status as immigrants and anarchists. Their supporters kept their case in the news; in 1945 Woody Guthrie released an album called Ballads Of Sacco & Vanzetti on their behalf. The 1971 movie also makes the case for their innocence.
  • As she did with all of the Sacco & Vanzetti soundtrack, Joan Baez wrote "Here's To You" with the lauded composer Ennio Morricone. The song concludes the film with a clear statement, repeating the same stanza several times:

    Here's to you, Nicola and Bart
    Rest forever here in our hearts
    The last and final moment is yours
    That agony is your triumph
  • Surprisingly, "Here's To You" has been used outside of the biopic for which it was written. It appears in the 2014 movie The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, and in two releases of the video game Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (2008) and Ground Zeroes (2014).

Comments: 1

  • Matthew from London, United KingdomThe comment above states that Nicola Sacco and Bartolomo Vanzetti were 'rightly convicted' and that there is 'evidence' of their guilt.

    Even the most cursory examination of the facts surrounding the case reveals this 'official' line to be highly dubious, at best.
    Moreover, the arrest, trial and conviction of Sacco and Vanzetti was the result of anti-Italian prejudice in parts of the US at the time, and there was also a strong political motivation as both Sacco and Vanzetti were well known anarchists, a political movement which was getehring force in Europe at the time and threatened the entrenched interests of capitalists there and in the US.
    This is over and above the human rights abuses which were perpetrated against Sacco and Vanzetti in the name of US 'justice'.

    Depressingly, with the horrors of Abu Graib and Guantanamo Bay fresh in the mind, little seems to have changed in the last 80 years.
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