So Long, Frank Lincoln Wright?

Frank Lincoln Wright?

“SO LONG, FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT”
I can’t believe your song is gone so soon.
I barely learned the tune
So soon
So soon.

I’ll remember Frank Lloyd Wright.
All of the nights we’d harmonize till dawn.
I never laughed so long
So long
So long.

CHORUS:
Architects may come and
Architects may go and
Never change your point of view.
When I run dry
I stop awhile and think of you.

So long, Frank Lloyd Wright
All of the nights we’d harmonize till dawn.
I never laughed so long
So long
So long.

The Simon & Garfunkel song is fondly remembered. It was 1970. I owned their materpiece LP “Bridge Over Troubled Water” which had the tune on the album. Of course, at the time, I really didn’t know anything about Frank Lloyd Wright. I especially didn’t know that Mr. Wright was originally named Frank Lincoln Wright!  Now try singing the Simon & Garfunkel song with Lincoln as his middle name. It doesn’t work-that extra syllable messes with the cadence. At any rate, Frank Lincoln Wright?

Yes, Frank Lloyd Wright’s middle name was originally Lincoln. He was born, by most accounts, in 1867-not so long after the end of the Civil War. It is said that his father William Wright was an admirer of Abraham Lincoln and so named his son Frank with the Lincoln middle name. However, Frank’s parents divorced when he was eighteen years old and he made the change to Lloyd in honor of his mother’s side of the family.  Wright stated afterward that he never saw his father again.

While I’m at this Frank Lloyd Wright thing, let me mention another interesting connection. Those Lincoln logs you and I played with as kids? They were invented by John Lloyd Wright-Frank’s son in 1916. Who knew? The logs aren’t actually named after Abraham Lincoln, per se-but Frank Lincoln Wright-who was named so- in honor of Abraham Lincoln. Is this one of those “degrees of separation” things that are popular nowadays?

Have a great day! You never know where there’s a Lincoln connection or story!

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6 Responses to “So Long, Frank Lincoln Wright?”

  1. B. Nash says:

    Chris: Ok, I’ll check out the shirts right now. That’s great news!

  2. Chris says:

    Bill: I’ve actually made two new Lincoln shirts so far this year – “Young Mr. Lincoln” and “Hair Metal Lincoln”. The former has two different color schemes, the latter has only been around a month and has shiny metallic ink. A lot of people love both of them so far, I’m not sure if you’ve seen either of them yet.

    I want to come out with another new design sometime this summer.

    I made about 20 or so of the songs (before I started focusing on my own music entirely), I’ll send you some of them sometime!

    Chris

  3. B. Nash says:

    Hi Chris: I am enjoying the shirt! Any idea when you will have made a new creation? Would love to have the songs.
    Bill

  4. Chris says:

    Bill – I’d be happy to supply you with one of those songs! I have a little booklet I made of them and printed out many years ago.

    I hope you’re enjoying my “80s Abe” shirt, I think you look great in it. Thanks for sending me a picture of it!

  5. B. Nash says:

    Chris: Please think about supplying me with a song you rewrote for Lincoln-I’ll post it on this blog! I had walked by that house the last time I was in Springfield but didn’t have time to go in. I love that FLW has a house there!

  6. This post reminds me of the days when I used to pen my own “Lincoln lyrics” to 80s hits like “The Warrior” (fightin’ for our treasured freedom, Abe, Abe, Lincoln’s the warrior) or “Everybody Should Love Abe Lincoln” to “Everybody Wants to Rule the World”. I stopped doing it a long time ago because I write my own rock songs about Lincoln now, but I’ve thought about posting the lyrics to those on my blog since it was fun making up my own. “Lincoln” doesn’t quite fit in that song that way though.

    As far as Lincoln logs are concerned, the relationship between Frank Lloyd Wright and his son’s invention is told quite a bit here in Springfield, since Springfield is also home to a Frank Lloyd Wright home, the Dana-Thomas House (many people consider it one of the best examples of his architecture). I didn’t know his middle name was originally Lincoln.

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