They All Went to Mexico

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"They All Went to Mexico"
Single by Carlos Santana featuring Booker T. Jones and Willie Nelson
from the album Havana Moon
B-side "Mudbone"
Released 1983 (1983)
Format 7" vinyl, 12" vinyl
Length 4:59
Label CBS
Writer(s) Greg Brown
Producer(s) Carlos Santana
Booker T. Jones
Barry Beckett
Jerry Wexler

"They All Went to Mexico" is a song written by Greg Brown, and recorded by Carlos Santana with Willie Nelson on vocals for Santana's 1983 album Havana Moon.

The 'going to Mexico' of the song title is a metaphor. Despite its upbeat, happy tune, the song is, at its heart, about death. The singer reflects on his long life, and how his dog, wife and friends have predeceased him. Ultimately he looks forward philosophically to his own demise.


Chart (1983) Peak
Belgian VRT Top 30 8
Dutch Top 40[1] 7
Euro Hit 40 16



  1. ^ "Top 40". Retrieved January 29, 2012. 

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