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Thread #120638 Message #2935244
Posted By: GUEST,a visitor
26-Jun-10 - 05:02 PM
Thread Name: Origin: Old Abner's Shoes - What's the story?
Subject: RE: Origin: Old Abner's Shoes - What's the story?
In regard to Jim Dixon's reply about the last verse being a "floater":
Jeff Davis was a gentleman; Abe Lincoln was a fool.
Jeff Davis rode a dapple gray; Abe Lincoln rode a mule.
I recognize that verse from a song called "OLD ABE LIES SICK".
Old Abe lies sick, Old Abe lies sick, Old Abe lies sick in bed. He's a lying dog, he's a crying dog *[and I wish he was dead].
Jeff Davis rides a big white horse, Abe Lincoln rides a mule.
Jeff Davis is a gentleman, Abe Lincoln is fool.
*Another version adopted after Lincoln's assassination replaces "and I wish he was dead" with "with murder in his head".