Tuesday, February 12, 2008

anybody here seen my good friend

happy birthday abe!

To stand in silence when they should be protesting makes cowards out of men.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) 16th US president

also this day in history:
1909 - NAACP founded
1947 - draft cards burned for first time in u.s. to protest peacetime conscription


Barbara said...

Remember this song from Hair (one of my favorites)?

Abie Baby

Yes, I's finished on y'all farm land with yo' boll weevils and all,
and pluckin' y'all's chickens, fryin' mother's oats in grease. I's
free now, thanks to yo', Massa Lincoln, emancipator of the slaves.
Yeah, yeah, yeah, emanci-mother-fuckin-pator of the slaves.

Four score
I said four score and seven years ago
Oh sock it to 'em baby, you're sounding better all the time!
Our forefathers, I mean all our forefathers
Brought forth upon this here continent a new nation
Concieved, conceived like we all was
In liberty, and dedicated to the one I love
I mean dedicated to the proposition
That all men, honey, I tell you all men
Are created equal

Happy birthday, Abie baby,
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday, Abie baby,
Happy birthday to you
Bang? Ha ha. Shit, I'm not dying for no white man.
(Tell it like it is, baby.)

Unknown said...

There be something for the mouse over at my house...
Please be sure to get all dressed up for the occasion!

Steve Reed said...

Kimy: I've always liked "Abraham, Martin and John." When I finally got iTunes it was one of the first songs I downloaded. (Because who would ever buy a Dion ALBUM??)

Barbara: I LOVE Hair! I'm so impressed you posted those lyrics. Sang the whole song to myself. :)

Unknown said...

I was just reading a review on a book that looks highly readable: Defying Dixie: the radical roots of civil rights
1919-1950 by Glenda E. Gilmore

The book is filled with interesting and eye opening stories.

ps Kimy, when you get a chance, could you e mail me a photo of your portable hair dryer?


mouse (aka kimy) said...

barbara - thanks for the song! I can't believe I don't remember this tune! it's been a long while since I've heard any songs from hair but the most popular. of course it has made a comeback....tried to find it on youtube but couldn't ....

AV - you are too kind. I put on some black jeans for the occasion - thought it was fancier than my usual blue!

steve - after a recent story on weekend editon on dion (and his blues project) I'm actually interested in hunting down his records on american blues! he was much more fascinating than my memory has recollected!

phd girl - will definitely check the book out from the library. assignment completed! picture on it's way to you!! ;)

Barbara said...

I'll try to make a CD of Abie Baby to give you when we meet up here in DC!

Squirrel said...

David Letterman had a Lincoln tribute last night--the top ten list -- this is the only one I heard as I passed thru the room:

Q what would Lincoln say if he were alive today?
A Whats with the freakishly short hats?

That cracked me up-- He'd probably think baseball caps were butt ugly.