"Pleading the Fifth" as written by and Matthew Arnold Thiessen....
That night at the theatre,
An impersonator died.
Mr Booth was tried,
I just kept the truth inside.

And in the courtroom
The judge will not catch wind of this
Up there on the stand
I'll plead the fifth.

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    General CommentDon't know why, but this seems like it is about Lincolns assassination, they refer to him as an impersonator, I guess he is assuming the role of someone who knows that Booth was not the killer or that knows that it was an impersonator, but that is the simple meaning, knowing them, it might actually mean something, catchy sound to the song, nice opening to a CD.
    WARADEon March 18, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThere's an unproven theory that Booth wasn't shot by the police; a look-alike double agent, James William Boyd, was shot instead. The theory goes on to say that the government did lots of stuff to cover it up, blah, blah, but the point is that this little song is sort of like a reversal of roles or something. That an Abraham Lincoln look-alike died instead of the real dude.
    Phew, that was quite long and boring. Kudos to any who actually read my paraphrase of the theory. :)
    hide_seekon March 19, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think that is sorta what I meant, but I don't fully understand what you said. haha.
    WARADEon March 19, 2007   Link
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    General CommentHehehe...I guess I was saying what you said, but I gave some background to it. :)
    hide_seekon March 19, 2007   Link
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    General CommentOkies, I found this interview with Matt T., that rather explains it:

    "So then I'm trying to come up with a lyric to put over this a cappella song that I haven't even written yet and I just decided to do something kind of about a conspiracy theory about a Lincoln impersonator being assassinated rather than Lincoln and kinda throw Abe Lincoln in that category with John Lennon and Elvis and all the people that are still kind of "alive." Eh, it's just stupid. Basically, I could have just said "stupid," and that's all the answer you need. But yeah, it was fun though and I like it."

    I dunno if that helps any. the full interview is at
    theyrejustshoeson March 23, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is saying that Lincoln wasen't shot, but an impersonater of Lincoln. I want to know if this is true because what would happen to the real Lincoln? Who was barried at his gravestone? If this is true, this is one of the largest gov't coverups of all time. John Booth shot "Lincoln", or did he?
    izeqon June 29, 2007   Link
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    General Commentso that's what it was meant to mean... but i still don't understand what "pleading the fifth" means...
    angglitchon September 08, 2007   Link
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    General Commentoops i meant the verse "i'll plead the fifth"
    angglitchon September 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentPleading the fifth is talking about the fifth amendment.
    From Wikipedia: To "plead the Fifth" is a refusal to answer a question because the response could form self incriminating evidence.

    So I guess what I see the song as saying is that Abraham Lincoln didn't die, an impersonator did. And whoever is "I" in the song knows the truth, but is "pleading the fifth" and not saying anything.
    smartcookyon September 29, 2007   Link
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    General CommentDefinitely about Lincoln's assassination.

    I had a teacher named Mr. Booth. So when I heard this song the first time I was like WAITWHAT?
    SOUPerpowerson June 03, 2009   Link

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