I don’t mean to give you a history lesson here, but I’ve got to say, Abraham Lincoln’s 2 minute Gettysberg Address had to be one of the best and shortest speeches ever given in American history.
Now, I will attempt to compare the Gettyberg Address to “Dust to Dust” by he Civil Wars.
Let me in the wall, you’ve built around
And we can light a match and burn it down
Let me hold your hand and dance ’round and ’round the flame
In front of us
When the US was split into two, it was Lincoln’s job to “resolved that these dead shall not have died in vain” and it was his job to burn down the walls between the Union and Confederation. Together, while putting the dead in their respective graves with their families, Lincoln is dedicating this field of land to those who died and to unify the Union (let me hold your hand).
You’ve held your head up
You’ve fought the fight
You bear the scars
You’ve done your time
Listen to me-
You’ve been lonely, too long
The soldiers have kept their head up, fought the fight, bear the scars, and have done their time. I also think Lincoln was telling the families who have suffered they have been lonely for too long, and it is their responsibility to stick with each other to keep their heads up and to make an effort to not let their sons’ death to be in vain to try to band with Lincoln to put an end to this war. The families must also keep their head up because they have fought the fight and were affected by the Civil War.
And I would also like to point out that the US was “dust to dust” after the Civil War.
And of course, I would also like to point out the band’s name is The Civil Wars.