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October 10, 2011

Dion - Abraham, Martin and John (1968)

Originally a doo-wop and rock and roll singer backed by The Belmonts (and later The Del-Satins), this artist had huge success with hits such as “Runaround Sue” and “The Wanderer” just before the British Invasion. He lost popularity in the early ‘60s and was dismissed as a “teen idol” until he took a more serious approach to his songs in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s.

This poignant song comes from 1968, just months after the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy.

Dion - Abraham, Martin and John

Dion - Abraham, Martin and John (1968)

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Lyrics:

Anybody here seen my old friend Abraham?
Can you tell me where he's gone?
He freed a lot of people
But it seem 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 seem 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 seem the good, they die young
I just looked around 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 someday soon
It's 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, and Martin, and John

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