Carlene Thissen

Carlene Thissen

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Folk - Contemporary | Naples, Florida, United States
Total Song Plays: 7,560   
Member Since: 2006
   Last Login: over 30 days ago
   Sounds Like: Alison Krauss, Joan Baez

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Song Description

Toma Mis Manos takes the listener through the struggles of poor people south of our borders, and shows why so many of them want to come to the United States. The second verse tells how they feel when they get here. The overall message is that most of the farm worker immigrants just want to work, and they are grateful to be here. Even though they work long, hard days, their children can go to school and have a future.

Story Behind the Song

The song was written originally as the music behind a video and documentary that support a humane approach to immigration reform. It was based in my book, Immokalee's Fields of Hope, the story of the farm worker immigrants in Immokalee, Florida. The song is also available in Spanish, a beautiful translation done by Silvia Casabianca.

Song Length
Folk - General, Folk - Contemporary
Tempo / Feel
Medium Slow (91 - 110)
Lead Vocal
Female Vocal
Tranquil, Poignant

Subject Matter
Baby, Children, Freedom

Similar Artists
Alison Krauss, Sarah Mclachlan
2000 and later

Lyric Credits Carlene Thissen, Silvia Casabianca
Music Credits Carlene Thissen
Producer Credits Stuart Shelton
Performance Credits Carlene Thissen, Mike Blasucci