Abraham Lincoln marche ! Voici la moitié de la chanson que Peter La Farge consacre au président de la guerre de sécession et de l’abolition de l’esclavage. Chaque couplet est composé de deux vers, et le second est celui-ci.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN

Someone’s in the alley light
Abraham Lincoln is a-walkin’

He’s an awkward gent, shoes ain’tright
Abraham Lincoln is a-walkin’

Look in the shadows of your street
Abraham Lincoln is a-walkin’

His suit isn’t shabby and his boots ain’t neat
But Abraham Lincoln is a-walkin’

He’s lookin at whites, he’s lookin at darks
And Abraham Lincoln is a-walkin’

He can’t tell the two apart
And Abraham Lincoln is a-walkin’

He’s thin and gaunt, clumsy and tall
But Abraham Lincoln is a-walkin’

He’s got restless and he ain’t dressed good
But Abraham Lincoln is a-walkin’

He don’t gives a damn if you don’t do what you should
But Abraham Lincoln is a-walkin’

He gives a damn if you do what you should
Abraham Lincoln is a-walkin’

Stovepipe hat and the hounds of Hell
Abraham Lincoln is a-walkin’

They might be from Heaven, who can tell.
But Abraham Lincoln is a-walkin’

He’s gonna let them loose before it’s too late
‘Cause Abraham Lincoln is a-walkin’

He strides along to even us all
Abraham Lincoln is a-walkin’

I saw him in Georgia. They made a fuss.
Abraham Lincoln is a-walkin’

But I’ve heard that he got there in the freedom bus
Abraham Lincoln is a-walkin’

Look under the shadows, look under the cans
That Abraham Lincoln is a-walkin’

He don’t have much but the common man
But Abraham Lincoln is a-walkin’

Abraham Lincoln is a-walkin’