Judy Cook, Folksinger

Hoosen Johnny

Source: Traditional (tune from Old Gray Mare). Sung by Pete Seeger

Notes: Lincoln practiced law for 23 years – from the time he was 27 until he was 50. He spent a lot of time traveling the eighth judicial circuit – as many as 15 counties in central IL. ◘ Hoosen Johnny was a favorite song on the circuit. There’s a story that one time in Knoxville, IL when some good news came, the court was adjourned and judge, lawyers, jury, and spectators paraded around the public square singing this in their joy.