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Fourscore and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth upon this
continent a new Nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the
proposition that all men are created equal.  Now, we are 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 a final resting-place for those who gave their lives that
that Nation might live.  It is altogether fitting and proper that we
should do this. 
But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we
cannot hallow this ground.  The brave men, living and dead, who
struggled here, have consecrated it far above our power to add or
detract. The world will little note nor long remember what we say
here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us, the
living, rather to be 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 this
Nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom; and that
government of the People by the People and for the People shall not
perish from the earth.       Abraham Lincoln


I Took My Guitar To The Supper Table

I got so excited writing the songs in this album that you’d think I just started out in the music business. It’s something I always wanted to do, write an album of all my own songs and for some reason, I just never got around to it. One reason, I suppose, is that I have so many friends that are good song writers and their songs just kept on coming along.

But it seemed like in the last year or two, these songs started bubbling out of me more than ever and I started putting down everything that came out. I sang them for my family and my friends and all they had to do was say dad they liked one and I’d go write another one. I’ver been doing things I did twenty years ago, jumping up in the middle of the night, grabbing a piece of paper in the dark, writing down a line or two so I won’t forget it tomorrow, and I found myself actually finishing all the songs for the first time and I’d grab every passing thought, every catchy phrase and put it down. And there where times I even took my guitar to the super table. I was working so hard on a song, I didn’t want to give it up for a few minutes. So while I ate with my family, I worked on the song at the same time and they cut my song to pieces. I have and understanding with my wife and girls. They shoot straight with me on what they like and what they don’t like concerning my song.

Some of them came easy, with in a matter of minutes or an hour at the most. But on some of them I wrung my mind, I bit the pen and walked the floor and the songs didn’t want to come. But they finally did, they all came together. So I guess you’d say they are some of my most profound, passing thoughts.

There was one of them, "Ragged Old Flag" that I didn’t even have any control over. It came out faster than I could write it down. You’ve heard of people who write song in ten minutes. "ragged Old Flag" was one of those songs. Then I recorded it at a Columbia luncheon at the House Of Cash and the applause is from the Columbia recording people who where in convention there. Chuck Cochran arranged the most unusual orchestration ( and Earl Srcuggs played the banjo ).

On the other eleven songs we went into the studio with the Tennessee Three, Carl Perkins, Larry McCoy, Ray Edenton, and I talked the Oak Ridge Boys into coming and singing on a couple of them. No wild, weird sounds, no extra icing. I recorded them the way I felt them.

And I sang them for you, making believe they you were one of those that were sitting down to dinner with me when I took my guitar to the supper table,     Johnny Cash


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We The People

  We The people of the United States in order to form a more perfect Union establish Justice, ans insure  the tranquily, provided for the common defence, promote the general welfare, and the blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution For The United States Of America

From Sea To Shinning Sea - The Patriot

Note !!!!! Page Numbers 3 through Page Number 5
Are Dedictated To The American Freedom Train

Revised: September 03, 2007



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