Original soundtrack composed by: Jeffery L. Briggs
This theme plays whenever you meet President Abraham Lincoln of the American civilization in the original Sid Meier's Civilization. It's basically a variation of "John Brown's Body" or "John Brown's Song" which is an American marching song about the abolitionist John Brown. The song was particularly popular with the Union during the American Civil War, so it's quite appropriate that the leader of the Union, Abraham Lincoln, has this as his theme song in the game. "John Brown's Body" would eventually form the basis for "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" which is now a well-known patriotic American song.
The music was recorded through DOSBOX and consequently this is DOSBOX's emulation of OPL3 I believe, the FM synthesis sound chip used in a lot of old Soundblaster cards.
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