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Most of those who survived the war spent the rest of their lives serving humanity in one way or another. The few survivors are now in their nineties.
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Acoustic - Folk
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July 10, 2010
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MP3 5.8 MB
160 kbps bitrate
5:03 minutes
Words/music
david rovics © david rovics all rights reserved 2010
Story behind the song
It's strange getting older. When I was young the old people around me were the 1930's generation, veterans of the massive Depression-era struggles of the day. Bob Steck lived a few miles down the road from my mother in Connecticut and was, among other things, a veteran of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade and spent 16 months in one of Franco's concentration camps. He died a couple years ago at the age of 95, and this song is for him and others like him. Many of them of course were killed in battle in Spain long ago. Most of those who survived the war spent the rest of their lives serving humanity in one way or another. The few survivors are now in their nineties.
Lyrics
They were old when I was young Now they're all but passed away Now it's just a second hand Memory of the day When from all around the world They sailed off to Spain Where they fought against the fascists Where so many men were slain Who will recall the days When we all stood side by side Now that the last Lincoln Veteran died Beside Martin Luther King Or in a Veterans Parade You could see the men who made the journey To join the Fifteenth Brigade When men of many nations Of most every creed and hue Catholics and Protestants Atheists and Jews Joined together in the trenches To turn back the fascist tide Now that the last Lincoln Veteran died The working class of many countries Joined in a desperate bid With what weapons they could find They fought to save Madrid From Brussels and Berlin Galway and London town Who will recall the Brigadistas Who tried to take the fascists down When there beside the people Even the figs and olives cried Now that the last Lincoln Veteran died The Republic had the people But the fascists had the tanks Il Duce and Der Fuhrer Deserve only some of Franco's thanks 'Cause the fuel to move the armor Came from the USA And the men that they gunned down Were from New York and Frisco Bay Uncle Sam said he was neutral Who will remember how he lied Now that the last Lincoln Veteran died Some say people get conservative The older that they age They say that being radical Is just a youthful stage But the finest communist I've known Lived to 95 And he spent his whole life fighting For democracy to thrive To forget these fallen heroes Is something I cannot abide Now that the last Lincoln Veteran died