Ragged Old Flag


I was feeling rather patriotic today and decided to spin my playlist of that genre to take me through at least 2 hours of work up to lunch time. This included all 66 tracks of Fife and Drum songs on Frederick Fennell’s “The Spirit of ’76/Ruffles and Flourishes” cd. (The cd also has bugle calls, drum solos, marches everything you’d expect to see in a parade or when Union soldiers come marching over the hill) At one point my co-worker turned around and asked when exactly the Calvary was going to show up. I took the hint to turn the volume down a notch.

All the songs are truly fantastic and could easily keep me posting lyrics after lyrics for the entire set (see scroll box below for my Patriotic mix list), but I chose to share “The Ragged Old Flag” by Johnny Cash for the reason that it sounded very much like a poem and because the story takes you through the early history of America.

I walked through a county courthouse square
On a park bench, an old man was sittin’ there.
I said, “Your old court house is kinda run down,
He said, “Naw, it’ll do for our little town”.
I said, “Your old flag pole is leaned a little bit,
And that’s a ragged old flag you got hangin’ on it”.
He said, “Have a seat”, and I sat down,
“Is this the first time you’ve been to our little town”
I said, “I think it is”
He said “I don’t like to brag, but we’re kinda proud of
That Ragged Old Flag
“You see, we got a little hole in that flag there,
When Washington took it across the Delaware.
And It got powder burned the night Francis Scott Key sat watching it,
Writing “Say Can You See”
It got a rip in New Orleans, with Packingham & Jackson
Tugging at it’s seams.
And It almost fell at the Alamo
Beside the Texas flag,
But she waved on though.
She got cut with a sword at Chancellorsville,
And she got cut again at Shiloh Hill.
There was Robert E. Lee and Beauregard and Bragg,
And the south wind blew hard on
That Ragged Old Flag

“On Flanders Field in World War I,
She got a big hole from a Bertha Gun,
She turned blood red in World War II
She hung limp, and low, a time or two,
She was in Korea, Vietnam, She went where she was sent
By her Uncle Sam.
She waved from our ships upon the briny foam
And now they’ve about quit wavin’ back here at home
In her own good land here She’s been abused,
She’s been burned, dishonored, denied an’ refused,
And the government for which she stands
Has been scandalized throughout out the land.
And she’s getting thread bare, and she’s wearin’ thin,
But she’s in good shape, for the shape she’s in.
Cause she’s been through the fire before
And I believe she can take a whole lot more.

“So we raise her up every morning
And we bring her down slow every night,
We don’t let her touch the ground,
And we fold her up right.
On second thought
I *do* like to brag
Cause I’m mighty proud of
That Ragged Old Flag”

Patriotic America- Through the Years- Maggie’s Compilation

I tried my best to put them in chronological order

“Star Spangled Banner” by Ricochet
“Johnny Freedom” by Johnny Horton
“George Washington” by Oscar Brand from the CD Presidential Campaign Songs
“Presidents’ Birthday” by Heywood Banks (awesome song and now I know all the Presidents in order by first name!)
“Ruffles and Flourishes” Instrumental from the Alan Menken Lincoln Soundtrack
“Thomas Jefferson” by Oscar Brand
“Hail to the Chief”
“Millard Fillmore” by Oscar Brand
“Battle of New Orleans” by Johnny Horton
“Martin Van Buren” by Oscar Brand
“Recruiting Bugle” Instrumental from the Alan Menken Lincoln Soundtrack
“The Girl I Left Behind Me” Instrumental from the Alan Menken Lincoln Soundtrack
“Lookout Mountain” by Brother Phelps
“Gettysburg Address” spoken word from the Alan Menken Lincoln Soundtrack
“Johnny Reb” by Johnny Horton
“Goodbye Reb” by Grandpa Jones
“Good Old Rebel” by Hans Olson on The Wild West soundtrack by John McEuen
“Billy Yank & Johnny Reb” by Grandpa Jones
“Are You From Dixie?” by Grandpa Jones
“Rally Round the Flag”
“Where the Stars & Stripes & Eagles Fly” by Aaron Tippin
“Over There” by Jimmy Cagney from the Yankee Doodle Dandy Soundtrack
“Sink the Bismarck” by Johnny Horton
“How About a Cheer for the Navy” by All Soldier Chorus from the movie This is the Army
“Remember Pearl Harbor” from the Soundtrack Remember Pearl Harbor, Classic Songs of WWII
“Der Fuehrer’s Face” from the Soundtrack Remember Pearl Harbor, Classic Songs of WWII
“Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition” by Ivan Dixon
“Washington Post March”
“Waking Up in the USA” by Dale McBride
“American Eagles/With My Head Up In the Sky” by All Soldier Chorus from the movie This is the Army
“Point of Light” by Randy Travis
“Ragged Old Flag” by Johnny Cash
“Are You Proud of America?” by
“Taps” spoken story by John Wayne
“Song of the Presidents” by Oscar Brand
Images of the rare cds

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