Cash, Johnny - The Gettysburg Address Lyrics




"Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate - we can not consecrate - we can not hallow - this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us - that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion - that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain - that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom - and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."





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  1. Ragnarjim One Who Seeks

    Abraham Lincoln's great words brought to life by Johnny Cash's great voice. We are blessed to have heard this in our time ❤

  2. Slappy Fistwad

    Looks like whatever technology they're using to scrub out history is not perfect.

  3. Spike's Tips

    IT's ALWAYS BEEN FOREFATHERS NOT FATHERS

    Ken Shepherd

    Various people transcribed it, and they all recorded Lincoln as using "fathers," not "forefathers." http://www.abrahamlincolnonline.org/lincoln/speeches/gettysburg.htm

  4. Owen Reimold

    those eleven dislikers should be deported, but sadly, freedom of speech.

  5. Kendall Kessler

    Great video!

  6. Joe kennedy

    I first heard Johnny cash saying this in 1970 and I still listen to it

  7. Massa Sofrida

    Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

    Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

    But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

    Robin Johnson

    I have goose bumps... especially the ending part "A government of the people, by the people, and for the people shall not perish from the earth."

  8. Martin Sage

    Sorry Mr. Cash, you need to stick to singing.

  9. crissy214

    Done without liberal neardy college aged speech writers

  10. odo345

    this is the coolest thing ive seen and heard on youtube in a long time, thanks

  11. Juli Brown

    Thanks for posting! An excellent example of a great speech relayed by a great voice.

  12. Tickingclock100

    Great idea and beautifully done. What is great about Lincoln's speech is that he did not single out what Union soldiers did, but ALLl men on the battlefield did- Confederate soldiers included. The same generous treatment that General Lee received at the surrender at Appomattox. By showing respect and admiration for the Americans who called themselves soldiers of the Confederacy, a harsh and bloody guerrilla-style war was avoided after their surrender in 1865. 

  13. Tickingclock100

    If Obama ever writes anything on the back of an envelope, it will be his golf score that day. But only if it was close to 100. 

  14. Massarois

    So great this speech! Thank you Mr President Lincoln

  15. Chuck Stark

    "The world will little note nor long remember what we say here" How wrong Mr. Lincoln was in that statement. But how right he was in saying it.

  16. cwcwful

    With out question Lincoln is the best president America has aver had.

    Owen Reimold

    really, its a hard choice