"Abraham, Martin and John" as written by and Richard Holler....
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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    General Commentthis song is about the 3 guys abraham lincoln, martin luther king junoir and john f kennedy who all unfortunately got assassinated. this song is a good rememberance of these wonderful people
    cullen-angelz84on April 04, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAbraham - from the bible
    Martin - MLK, Jr.
    Bobby - RFK
    John - JFK

    Does this sound right?
    superOKon July 03, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAbraham, as in Abe Lincoln the great emancipator. Assinated by J.W. Booth.


    This song to me has a greater meaning of just being for the good people that die violent senseless deaths. Its a tragedy
    shoehornhandson July 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWe always leave out Bobby from the last verse. Even though the title doesn't include him...

    Bobby Kennedy...who also was assasinated (by Sirhan Sirhan)
    marcevanon July 09, 2008   Link
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    General CommentMy parents were baby boomers so they remember the "martin, john, and bobby". Of course they don't remember abraham (lol). I think the meaning is pretty clear - rememberance of people who made history and were assignated. The last part of Bobby alking up over the hill, with Abraham Martin and John, always makes me tear up. I just imagine the three of them waiting, and then Bobby Kennedy comes to join them, and they all turn with our backs to us walk into the light in the distance. There's some really good slideshows to this song on youtube. It's a time period us gen x kids will never know. But we can sure learn from our parents.
    Brunicason November 07, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song addresses the pain of a nation during a time of great turmoil. While it deals primarily with the tragic loss of four of our nation's leaders it does address the hope of the future in the bridge:

    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 ...

    Most people that were of radio listening age in 1968 remember this song.
    renopolison July 11, 2009   Link
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    General Commentthis song is so powerful and yet, so simple -
    the common bond between Lincoln. King
    and the Kennedys is that they gave their
    lives while in service to the people, and
    all were taken from us while at the height
    of their powers - their deaths remain the
    greatest American tragedies, along with
    the wars and 9/11
    rockboy52on April 25, 2013   Link

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