They were old when I was young, now they've 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
to fight against the fascists, where so many men were slain
Who will recall the days when they all stood side by side
Now that the last Lincoln Veteran died?

Beside Martin Luther King, or in a veteran's 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 went 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 Führer 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 claimed he was neutral, who will remember how he lied
Now that the last Lincoln Veteran died?

They say people get conservative the older that they age
They say that being radical is just a youthful phase
But the finest communist I've known lived to ninety-five
And he spent his whole life striving for humanity to thrive
To forget these fallen heroes is something I cannot abide
Now that the last Lincoln Veteran died.

Now that the last Lincoln Veteran died.

[end of live version:]
There’s a Valley in Spain called Jarama,
It’s a place that we all know so well,
It is there that we gave of our manhood,
And so many of our brave comrades fell.

Lyrics submitted by Necrox

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