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Memorize the “Gettysburg Address” Song

May 09, 2021

Are you ready to memorize the Gettysburg Address song fast and with little to no effort? Are you finding it difficult to get all 272 words of this speech to roll off your tongue with ease? Do you want to impress your friends and family with your super powers of memorization? If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, you’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re a student learning this for a school assignment or just a fan of American history, I Memorized That! is here tohelp you memorize the Gettysburg Address in the fastest – and hopefully most enjoyable – way possible (more on this later).

As you prepare to memorize the Gettysburg Address, it’s important to remember its context. The Gettysburg Address was delivered by Abraham Lincoln in 1863, during the American Civil War at the official dedication ceremony for the National Cemetery of Gettysburg in Pennsylvania, where one of the bloodiest and most decisive battles of the Civil War was decided. Lincoln spoke for less than two minutes in front of about 15,000 people. He touched on different important themes:

The equality of all men – no matter the color of their skin
The principles upon which the nation was founded
The great cost of life in the war
The task that remained for the living
Abraham Lincoln wasn’t even the main speaker at the ceremony. Edward Everett – former U.S. senator and former secretary of state – actually gave a 2-hour oration before Lincoln took the stage, yet it was Lincoln’s brief moment and fewer words that will go down in history as one of the most memorable speeches ever.

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on 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 battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here 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 can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor 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 here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far 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 — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

Abraham Lincoln, 1863


You’re going to memorize the Gettysburg Address with a method that is tried and true and one that has been utilized throughout the centuries for memorization. You’ll do it by using…… a song, my friend! A song! Now, I won’t go into technicalities of why memorizing collections of text is so effective through a song in this post, but rest assured that it works! My hope is that this speech-turned-song will help you memorize the Gettysburg Address in a – dare I say it – enjoyable way!

 

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