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Annie Laurie - An Abe Lincoln Favorite

Abraham Lincoln enjoyed listening to music.  One of his friends, Noah Brooks, tells us that the President's "love of music was something passionate."  He especially enjoyed Scottish ballads, like "Annie Laurie."

This version, of one of Lincoln's favorite songs, is performed by the Red Army Choir (also known as the Alexandrov Ensemble).

The lyrics to "Annie Laurie" are as follows:

Maxwelton's braes are bonnie
Where early fa's the dew
And 'twas there that Annie Laurie
Gave me her promise true.
Gave me her promise true
Which ne'er forgot will be
And for bonnie Annie Laurie
I'd lay me doon and dee.

Her brow is like the snowdrift
Her throat is like the swan
Her face it is the fairest
That e'er the sun shone on.
That e'er the sun shone on
And dark blue is her e'e
And for bonnie Annie Laurie
I'd lay me doon and dee.

Like dew on th'gowan lying
Is th' fa' o' her fairy feet
And like the winds in summer sighing
Her voice is low and sweet.
Her voice is low and sweet
And she's a' the world to me
And for bonnie Annie Laurie
I'd lay me doon and dee.

Music by Lady John Scott (Alicia Ann Spottiswoode); lyrics by William Douglas and Lady John Scott.


Media Credits

"Annie Laurie," by the Red Army Choir, online courtesy Red Army Choir and YouTube.  Copyright, Red Army Choir, all rights reserved.  Clip provided here as fair use for educational purposes.

 

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