Johnny Cash - Gettysburg Address Lyrics

Four score and seven years ago so began the message
Of a war-weary President Abraham Lincoln
A message written on the back of an envelope on a train
On the way to dedicate a battlefield
Where men from the north and south had died at Gettysburg Pennsylvania

Four score and seven years ago our forefathers brought forth on this continent
A new nation conceived in liberty
And dedicated in the proposition that all men are created equal
Now we're engaged in a great Civil War
Testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived
And so dedicated can long endure
We are met on a great battlefield of that war
We have come to dedicate a portion of that field
As the final resting place for those who here gave their lives
That that nation might live
It is altogether fitting and proper thast we should do this
But in a larger sense we cannot dedicate we cannot consecrate
We cannot hallow this ground
For the brave men living and dead who struggled here
Have consecreated it far above our poor power to add or detract
The world will little notice or long remember what we say here
But it can never forget what they did here
It is for us the living rather to be dedicasted here to the unfinished work
Which they who fought here have thus so nobly advanced
It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us
That from these honored dead we take increased devotion
To that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion
That we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died
In vain and that this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom
And the government of the peopole by the people and for the people
Shall not perish from the earth

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  1. Gukuthegreat

    Great Message!!!!!! I was born on November 19th,1970!!!! And I have The Gettysburg Address As Read By Johnny Cash on my favorites!!!!!!!

  2. jesus jones

    All men are created equal unless you put on a costume and then are allowed to kick the shit out of you for not paying your bills.

  3. XTRMJ

    *Guys* ,... I never liked the *"Mandela Effect"* theory & never fell for it, but didn't really understand what they were attempting to do until just recently, when it finally dawned on me. At the same time they have people like *David Wilcock, Emery Smith & Corey Goode* , which promote the *Secret Space Programs (SSPs)* , the *20-&-Back SSP Program* (where a cosmonaut goes to Mars to work for 20 years & then comes back to the exact time where they were taken away in the 1st place), & thus they are promoting the idea, since they also support the idea of *"Time Travel"* & *"Time Reversal"* (or going back to the past & be able to be reinserted in the past), that the *"Mandela Effect Is Real"* . Well, these people, have a pretty big following, since they cover topics like, *ascension* , *the rapture* (or the new *"Solar Flash"* idea, also referred to as *"The Event"* ), the Secret Space Program SSP, *jump rooms* , *stargates* , different *timelines* (of reality), etc.

    But most importantly,... Since I've realize that we are right now undergoing a *"Regime Change"* here in the *U.S.* , how convenient it is to use *"The Mandela Effect"* idea to *"change our History"* ,... based on the pretense that *"our timelines are changing"* ,... & that *"we have no control over it"* ,... since it's just ( *mind-control politicized* ) *Physics* (i.e., Global Warming)

    *Regime Change* = No Country = No Flag = No Nation = No Republic = No Constitution = No Borders = No Honor = No Respect = *No Recollection* (The Mandela Effect ) *Of Truth*

    My Perspective, On *"The Mandela Effect"* - *"Congratulations,... !!!"* You have just been *"re-programmed"* . *"Who Controls The Information,... Controls The World"* ,... What a crock of shit,... another *"PsyOp"* ,... to confuse us & make us believe *"we don't even have a grip"* on reality,... that *reality* is *fluid* , & can *change* at anytime & *w/o notice* ,... to keep everyone *doubting* everything, *confused* & *scared* ,... but worst of all, *"reprogrammable"* . In this *"New Electronic World"* information can & is *"intercepted"* , & thus any *evidence* can be *created, injected, altered* , *manipulated* , & *implanted* at any time, & w/o *notice* & w/o your *knowledge* . If you *believe* that *"the past can be changed"* ,... you've been *duped* ,... Just *"think"* about it,... If you *believe* the *"Mandela Effect"* is *"real"* ,... then, *"they"* can *"change the facts"* about *anything* & then ( *hypnotize* you) & make you *believe anything* they want you to believe *is real* ,... as *"your new reality"* ,... & you'll fall for it. Now they can literally *change "History"* & *get away w/ it* . What a very *"convenient"* *tool* for *"brain-wash"* & *"manipulation"* - You have just been *"re-programmed"* .

    I'll give you *2 Examples* . (1) Some now claim that *Mandela* didn't die in prison & then all of the sudden he was alive. Well I remember hearing *both versions* at the *same time* . Now they just want you to believe their last version & so that they can make *"The Mandela Effect"* real - *"Disinformation"* at work. (2) There are *videos* now in *YouTube* claiming that in the *"Gettysburg Address"* they only referred to the *"Fathers"* of this *Nation* , & not to the *"Forefathers"* . They also claim they even changed the *"Wikipedia"* entry to reflect this ( *change of our History* ). So now, they are *attempting* to make us believe that *"reality is changing"* on us & thus they are attempting to *"change our History"* - *"Disinformation"* at work. After realizing this,... anyone who falls for this *"blatant PsyOp"* is got to be an *"idiot"* .

  4. Greg Hohnholt

    On the alleged text copy of the address, at 0:15, it actually says "fathers" instead of "forefathers". AI at work.

  5. Whydo Uask

    I am here to take exception with the poor information that Jim Stone is putting on his website about "forefathers" being changed by AI to "fathers" in the Gettysburg Address. In this video, look at the document, it says "fathers" not "forefathers". Just because Johnny Cash misstated the word in his reading, does not lend credence to J.S.'s proposition. I have a book of historical documents from 1942 that has the Gettysburg address in it. It clearly says, "fathers" not "forefathers". I wish Jim would retract this foolish assertion as it makes his other good work look questionable.

  6. sightvs

    Remember tis forever: "Four score and seven years ago, our forefathers brought forth upon this continent a new nation conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal."

    Our forefathers! Don't you never ever forget that.

    Bryan At Press 1 For Truth

    It seems "forefathers" is no longer in the official version. I remember it that way, too, but all of the "official" versions say "our fathers" instead.


    @Bryan At Press 1 For Truth You can thank the "quantum effect" for that change. I remember it as "forefathers" as well but now it never existed that way! Our timeline is being tampered with and we are seeing changes to corporate logos, movie & song lines, historical events, people's names, geography, the King James Version of the bible and the human anatomy itself. Most know this as the "Mandela Effect" but when you look into quantum computers, CERN and D-Wave it will become clear how such things could be happening.

  7. Joseph Okey

    I always have to chuckle at the line "The world will little note nor long remember what we say here." Seems like we remember it very well.

  8. Salahaddin Hashim Alhusam

    his I am the nation is better a speech than this one in sense of the tone and recitation and not the words.

  9. eden


  10. Massa Sofrida

    only adress named hero the ennemi

  11. Massa Sofrida

    democratic and black hate south today. lincoln love south and north.


    Massa Sofrida Groundbreaking!

  12. Sara Yun


  13. Alicja Łais

    Great speech. God bless America

  14. Spaces Take Space

    Oh Lincoln if you could see us now. . .

  15. BobBX542

    I'm sure I've asked this before, but does anyone know how to get a copy of this on mp3??

    Pritan copy and paste the share link at this site click down load once its done and close the page that is a pop up

  16. Matthew Phaneuf


  17. OldMusicFan83

    Perhaps... But I think this is a case of letting the Legend stand over fact.

  18. pinz2022

    Actually, we're all told that it wasn't written in haste. If you do your homework, every word and nuance was derived from dozens of great thinkers, statesmen and historical dramas over the past centuries that it's author was drawing from, based on his own lifelong studies and recently-experienced brutal tragedies that he so brilliantly synthesized and summated here.

    Keep it short, sweet and to the point. That's what makes for great oratory.

  19. Wade Oh Wells

    I hate to be that guy, but the Gettysburg Address wasn't written on the back of an envelope, though it would be cool if it was.

  20. Raging0yster


  21. Aceee

    picture of plane hitting south tower at 0:57? why is it there?

  22. GoldMining1000

    At last, the first "Gettysburg Address" commemorative poster now available!
    Check out "Remember Gettysburg 150th Anniversary Poster" Youtube video.

  23. Steven Zombek

    My daddy left home when I was three
    And he didn't leave much to ma and me
    Just this old stovepipe hat and an empty bottle of booze.
    Now, I don't blame him cause he run and hid
    But the meanest thing that he ever did
    Was before he left, he went and named me "Abraham".


    Steven Zombek ???

  24. Orly Friedgut

    good advice.It is the advantage of writing that one can read it over and consider before hitting enter. I wish I could do that for myself in face to face conversation

    peter schlueter

    Orly Friedgut
    Lincoln himself said (generally, not word for word) that "for those whom remain silent, others can believe you are a fool. But by opening your mouth, others will know you are a fool." It is wise to think out your words carefully. They possess powers to mend sadness, sow distress, and urge jealousy for others.


    peter schlueter who not whom sorry the grammar police in me

  25. ED WITE

    That they would be progressive liberals, is plain BS. They loved this country. Liberals are trying to destroy it and they would have seen it and spoken out against it.

  26. Riku Xavier

    Why are liberals such stuck up, snotty, short tempered,rich, brats that have never done physical labor other than wiping them self's and always think there right. This country was not built on who is right and who is wrong its built on compromise between people with different views. This country would be a lot better if there was always a James Madison for everything.


    Riku Xavier, wait... they actually wipe themselves?! I thought that they hired people for that! 😂😂😂

  27. Lex



  28. Hdzma7

    Why have I not heard this before?

  29. cwcwful

    @Weeman718 sounds to me that your the smartest one in that class.

  30. manbearpig oink

    i am watching this because of flvs

  31. cwcwful

    @MrStephen0625 You may very well be right.

  32. DWSimmy

    No one here even knows what the terms "Liberal", and "Libertarian" even mean or else you'd know that PatrioticEagle50 is right. Classic Liberalism means minimizing government intervention, free markets, and protection of rights and liberties. Quit getting your facts from FOX news and actually look this shit up.

  33. crissy214

    How can any american watch this and not shed a tear. Thank you so much Pres. Lincoln

  34. RamboNorris

    You mean Libertarian

  35. Stephen Silva

    The best speech of all time

  36. MinutemanSam

    @DaToyl3tSEat Do you know what a liberal is? A liberal is someone who believes in individual liberty, free market, and small government. The modern 'liberals' are not liberals, not in any way, shape, or form.

  37. tony00165

    Lincoln knew that to abolish slavery at a stroke would mean hundreds of thousands of people wandering about with no means of support...he was a realist but was criticised for his stance....he wanted it to peter out over a number of years as he believed this was the best course of action for the majority.....I must read up on the Confederate surrender and the immediate aftermath . I hated history at school but this is fascinating....the actual birth of a nation.

  38. Frank Jackson

    The republicans today would make President Lincoln roll over in his grave.

  39. MR BILL

    Johnny Cash give's a beautiful reading of The Presidents Address
    How poignant and fitting ,to hear this from a Southern Gentleman.
    One great man to another. thanks Mr .Cash,, Thank you Mr.President.

  40. mehappymom

    @1rendezvous WOW....Lincoln was the first REPUBLICAN president. I hate to tell you, as u probably have been brainwashed by revisionist historians. he would definately be a tea party canidate.

  41. SuperSilence23

    Surely there is no way that Lincoln would have been a liberal. Someone that had the respect that had towards god and and the bible could in no way betray his morals and his ideals.

  42. adam trowbridge

    fthis was one of the best youtube videos i have ever seen the mix between pics and words wa amazing how did you do it

  43. OldMusicFan83

    @1rendezvous You know what little brother, you don't have to delete this from your favorites. Keep watching it. Listen to Lincolns words. Consider the context of 1863. The country tearing itself apart. The ground there was literally soaked in blood. Think about what he says, and maybe someday you will get it. But take my friendly advice: don't be so angry & defensive. Take a breath, calm down, learn to enjoy life. Think about trying to communicate with those who disagree with you.

  44. OldMusicFan83

    @1rendezvous Brother, you need to take a breath and relax. If you allow yourself to become so politicized, you'll find that no one can stand to be around you. Also, when posting, read your text for the tone. Too many caps & exclamaiton points reads like you're shouting. If you truely wish to win people to you point of view, use calm, fact base points, rather than emotion and name calling. Find the "off switch" for your inner "Nietzsche." Learn to take things at face value, and enjoy life.

  45. OldMusicFan83

    @Weeman718 Did he play this youtube clip or just Johnny Cash reciting it? In my day, they used to do US History up to the Civil War, skip it...then resume with the modern era... You really didn't get the good history classes until you went to college. Glad to see things have changed for the better.

  46. Jeffa Dan

    My U.S. History teacher played this in class, and I was the only one to recognize that it was Johnny cash :P

  47. Cullen Smith

    @1rendezvous Nice to know that you seem to like making everything about politics.I guess you're the type that only has a one track mind and can't enjoy a nice video.

  48. OldMusicFan83

    @1rendezvous Why are you dragging your emotional baggage in here? I made a nice little historic clip, illustrating graphically what Lincoln was talking about in his speech & you have to go crap all over it. Wow. Good job there... appreicate the input.

  49. Tendies

    @Gukuthegreat so...

  50. bill jarrell

    im a Gettysburg nut know the battle well. What a great job you did with this

  51. Journey Has Begun

    fuck i gotta know this hole fucking thing by memory this tuesday

  52. Titanosaurus

    Wow, that was epic.

  53. John Collins

    I cannot help but love this country and the people I have served with more every time I hear this speech. I am struck by the fact that a self educated man wrote and spoke these words 146 years ago, and yet current politicians who claim every accolade of the ivy league seem to have no concept of the honor and sacrifice required to keep this nation free.

  54. niagra898

    God Bless America,Always.