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Father Abraham

by Left Field

An anti-draft song set during the Civil War era. About mothers, and sons, and war. Nothing civil about war. Lyrical ballad, with voices interweaving in poignant counterpoint.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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From the beginning I’ve been interested in writing for voices other than my own. Fortunately, I've been able to work (and play) with a host of talented musicians over the years—and particularly with a small group of lifelong accomplices and dear friends who have been my musical partners-in-crime for years. This song came from Left Field, a group I co-founded, along with Liz Emmert, Bill Bly, and Deborah Griffin Bly. The four of us, often joined by Mark Dann, became known for our repertoire of obscure cover songs and original tunes covering a bewildering array of topics, delivered (in offbeat vocal arrangements with tight harmonies) with utter and happy disregard for stylistic consistency.

Several of my tunes were recorded by Left Field for Fast Folk Musical Magazine, a monthly album of original songs produced by The Musicians’ Co-op (a/k/a the CooP) in Greenwich Village. "Father Abraham" is one of these. I've had a lifelong obsession with the American Civil War; this song sprang from an empathic connection to the boys (often very, very young boys) who were wrenched from their families, leaving mothers to cope for years with the terror of the unknown -- and the reality for these innocents was often more cruel than their mothers' worst imaginings.



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