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Father Abraham

Rob Lincoln
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[2000]
Lyrics & Music by Rob Lincoln

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"The recent bicentennial of Lincoln's birth is over, but here's a song written in 2000 that celebrates his life and legacy. It also addresses the historical revisionism with a very common sense approach. It's a simple song but has one of the best build-ups as far as an arrangements I've done thus far".

...Between ourselves: did 'Honest Abe' really want to set the slaves free ?
He maybe did it strictly for politics.. He never freed any slaves.
The Emancipation Proclamation applied only to Confederate States, which did not recognize Lincoln's authority at the time because they considered themselves to be a separate country...
The year was 1858
and everyone was talking 'bout the great debate
The tall thin man he told us straight
that right was right and wrong was wrong..

Father Abraham
The Greatest man who ever led this land
He still stands tall with his hat in his hand,
Father Abraham.

The year was 1861
He had to sneak to his inauguration
There were threats to kill him and there were guns
'cause he was gonna stand his ground

Father Abraham
The Greatest man who ever led this land
He still stands tall with his hat in his hand,
Father Abraham.

In 1800 and 63
He wrote those words and set a people free
No matter why you can't deny
That he was prepared to die ..
(alt: Said it was for soldiers to do it legally,
but it was what he always believed
but it was for eternity)

Father Abraham
The Greatest man who ever led this land
He still stands tall with his hat in his hand,
Father Abraham.

In the Spring of 1865
mean Mr. Booth he snuck had hate inside
One little bullet and he took the life
of a kind and gentle man

Father Abraham
The Greatest man who ever led this land
He still stands tall with his hat in his hand,
Father Abraham.

Here in the 21st century
it's easy to second guess history
Don't just read his words
but know his deeds
and you'll sing along with me..

inviata da giorgio - 12/12/2010 - 09:48


It is true the Proclamation was limited and the official reasoning behind it was cold and pragmatic. Yet as a result of his actions, thousands of slaves were really set free despite it not technically being under his jurisdiction according to the Confederacy. Unlike Washington, Jefferson or any other president before him (except JQA post presidency) he actually took on the issue of slavery. That is why the African Americans of that time often referred to him as Father Abraham. While freeing the slaves also met his political and military objectives, and it's true he gave that as the reason for his actions, and yes he clearly was not as progressive as others in his party, he still genuinely considered ending slavery his greatest achievement. And he knew the war was really about slavery, form the time of his "House Divided" speech, to his very last speech. His final words on the subject are "Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondsman's two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said 'the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.'" Sure we can still debate today as to why he did it, but don't just read his words, know his deeds... and the fact that he knew racists everywhere wanted him dead from day ONE. He paid for his actions with his life. To me, that is the bottom line. ---Rob Lincoln (no relation).

Rob Lincoln - 5/2/2011 - 15:17


To Mr Lincoln

I find undoubtedly true what you says, dear Rob.. although it is necessary at long last to strip away the myth from man.. It seems that his murder was not from the racist Southern environment, but it was orchestrated by the northerner -because, at the end of the war, he wanted to be lenient with the losers..
Anyway.. Many thanks for expressing your opinion.. And the most heartfelt congratulations on your wonderful lyrics and great music.
Come back to these pages whenever you wish. You're welcome. – Bye

(PS: I never really thought you celebrate "Father" Abraham because he is your forefather :-)))

giorgio - 6/2/2011 - 10:04



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