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Has anybody here seen my old friend Abraham?
Can you tell me where he's gone?
He freed a lot of people,
But it seems the good they die young.
You know, I just looked around and he's gone.

Anybody here seen my old friend John?
Can you tell me where he's gone?
He freed a lot of people,
But it seems the good they die young.
I just looked around and he's gone.

Anybody here seen my old friend Martin?
Can you tell me where he's gone?
He freed a lot of people,
But it seems the good they die young.
I just looked 'round and he's gone.

Didn't you love the things that they stood for?
Didn't they try to find some good for you and me?
And we'll be free
Some day soon, and it's a-gonna be one day ...

Anybody here seen my old friend Bobby?
Can you tell me where he's gone?
I thought I saw him walkin' up over the hill,
With Abraham, Martin and John.

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    UnregisteredApr 23, 2012 at 9:03 pm
    Do this day, i cannot listen to the original version of am&j without tearing up. The song is about snuffing out the voices of reason before their time. We really never got to know bobby, but a,m & j where voices that lead us to do the right thing. Abraham brought the right to the center, john brought the left to the center and martin brought an entire race to be more accepted.
    Richard holler wrote the song as a tribute to the recently fallen bobby kennedy. The song writer was was trying to tell kids like me at the time to come together rather then drop out. I believe in what the song stands for. We need to come together, but it won't happen unless we meet in the middle.
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    UnregisteredJan 2, 2012 at 9:19 am
    Meaning? I remember hearing that john was dead in my car and my leg starting to shake and i couldn't hold the clutch down because he was ... Who he was; my wife waking me up, completely distraught, saying that bobby had been murdered. Knowing how abraham could have bound up the wounds of the civil war when i heard news of martin and memphis, all i could think of was ... Another 100 years, another 100 years.

    Meaning? Things haven't had much meaning to me since 1963. Abe was my father, the others my brothers. I've been pretty much alone since then. Even my children know my loneliness. Even my wives and lovers understood that the candles were blown out...

    Those of you who weren't there don't, can't, know. They are the lucky ones.
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    UnregisteredSep 5, 2014 at 10:18 am
    Abraham Lincoln was a despot who forced half of the nation (at that time) to do what the other half wanted, not for freeing the slaves, but for cold hard cash and power. He deserves no sympathy, and he got exactly what he had coming to him. He is responsible for the deaths of more Americans than anyone else in history, and we should revile his name instead of the sycophantic slop force fed to us by the revisionist history books that are mere propaganda. The Kennedy's were hypocrites to the core. Their bootlegger father made the family fortune through illegal activities and mob connections. He outright bought John his governorship, and then they went after the mob. Kennedy more than deserved the bullet he caught for those reasons alone, although there were many more reasons besides those. Martin Luther King (I refuse to recognize a doctorate in religion as being legitimate) was a rabble rouser and trouble maker. Of them all, he was probably the one with the highest ideals, but his methods were questionable at best, and his morals were non-existent. He had sex with any woman that he could, and fathered dozens of illegitimate children all over the country. This song is ludicrous at best, and laughably hilarious in the extreme. I am only glad that I never have to hear it on the radio anymore.

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