I’m taking some liberties with this post, Tune-Up fans, but stay with me. This pretty little song, though American, tells the very cool story of the involvement of about 2,800 Americans who went to Spain in the late 1930s to help the Spanish fight against Francisco Franco. That group of volunteers was called the Abraham Lincoln Brigade. The story of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade is pretty moving. The Brigade, formed in 1937, was part of a larger group of tens of thousands of volunteers from the international leftist community, and suffered heavy losses during the Spanish Civil War.
And what day is it today? It is Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. (“Ohhhh.” See?)
More information about this song (and the album it comes from) is here. More information about the Abraham Lincoln Brigade can be found here, and here is an interesting and nuanced overview of US involvement in the war.