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Lincoln and Liberty: Songs from the Time of Honest Abe

by Lost Radio Rounders

"It's the music Abraham Lincoln would have had on his iPad." The Albany Times Union
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Abe Lincoln Went to Washington
2:01 $0.99
2. Lincoln and Liberty
1:51 $0.99
3. Go Down Moses
2:33 $0.99
4. The Wayfaring Stranger
3:53 $0.99
5. Dixie's Land
3:10 $0.99
6. Maryland, My Maryland
1:49 $0.99
7. The Blue Tail Fly
2:46 $0.99
8. The Confederate Yankee Doodle
2:30 $0.99
9. Give Us a Flag
2:48 $0.99
10. Oh, Freedom
2:21 $0.99
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Album Notes
This “Lincoln and Liberty” CD is an inspiring ten-track sampler of songs from across Lincoln’s lifetime, featuring Civil War anthems of the North and South, campaign ditties, spirituals, minstrel favorites, folk hymns and parodies of popular songs.

1. Abe Lincoln Went To Washington

A brief musical overview of the Lincoln presidency set to the tune of “When Johnny Comes Marching Home.”

2. Lincoln and Liberty

An 1860 campaign song popularized by New England’s famous Hutchinson Family Singers. The melody comes from the popular fiddle tune “Rosin the Beau.”

3. Go Down Moses

If there’s a Mount Rushmore for spirituals, this one’s on it. Many slaves considered Harriet Tubman the Moses of their time.

4. The Wayfaring Stranger

The classic “white spiritual,” this song appeared in shape-note hymnbooks of the early 19th century and remains popular to this day.

5. Dixie’s Land

Yankee minstrel Dan Emmett wrote this enduring American classic for a stage show; it was later adopted as the anthem of the Confederacy.

6. Maryland, My Maryland

Poet James Ryder Randall urges secession and decries “the Northern scum.” You’ll recognize the tune as a variant of the holiday favorite “O, Christmas Tree.”

7. The Blue Tail Fly

A slave owner gets what’s coming, courtesy of a horse and a biting insect. Lincoln played this—another Dan Emmett tune—on his harmonica and called it “that buzzin’ song.”

8. The Confederate Yankee Doodle

This take on the oft-parodied French and Indian War song portrays Northerners as cowardly drunken thieves.

9. Give Us A Flag

The rallying cry of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment, America’s first African-American military unit.

10. Oh, Freedom

This grand spiritual dates from the time of Emancipation, and found new life during the American Civil Rights Movement one hundred years later.



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