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Mr. Lincoln

This song is by Hank Williams, Jr. and appears on the album Major Moves (1984) and on the album America (The Way I See It) (1990).

Mr. Lincoln I wish you were here
The Republic's changed a lot in a hundred years
And I don't think it's working like you planned
Oh Mr. Lincoln we could use a hand

I just read the headlines in The Nashville News
And I wish I'd made this up but I'm afraid it's true
'Cause a man was murdered for his money in the streets
He was taking his wife to a nice place to eat

When they caught the man he did 23 months of time
He pled insanity like they do now all the time

Sir what would you have done in 1859

Now if you shoot someone Sir you can get off scot free
It's the latest thing Mr. Lincoln can you believe
Now they sue the manufacturers of the guns
Ain't the law changed a lot since 1861

Mr. Lincoln I wish you were here
'Cause things have changed a lot in a hundred years
And I don't think it's working out like you planned
Hey Mr. Lincoln we sure could use a hand

I just heard the news story on the radio
They let dangerous men out of prisons now, yes sir I'm afraid it's so
'Cause they're overcrowded and it was only his fifth offense
(Yeah) And this time, he's killed someone, does that make any sense

Now my lawyer called me about a nuisance case
'Cause everybody sues over any little thing these days
Well at least we're right, all we gotta do is tell the truth
He said "You're living in the past you romantic fool"

I said "You got that right, I lean toward the older ways
And there's damn few backwoods lawyers left today"

Mr. Lincoln I wish you were here
The Republic's changed a lot in a hundred years
And I don't think it's working like you planned
Oh Mr. Lincoln we could use a hand

Mr. Lincoln I wish you were here
'Cause things have changed a lot in a hundred years
And I don't think it's working out like you planned
(Ahh) Mr. Lincoln we sure could use a hand

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