The Fifth Dimension sang part of the Declaration of Independence in the late Sixties on their "Portrait" album.On Dec. 7, 1969, they included it as part of a medley that they performed along with ("A Change Is Gonna Come" and "People Got to Be Free") on "The Ed Sullivan Show." "Believe it or not, the lyrics of 'The Declaration' were controversial at the time, considered an anti-government, anti-President Nixon protest. At the time, statements like 'a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing, invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism' hit home for war protesters." ... Excerpt from the article "Independence Day - The truth about"
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