JOHNNY CASH - RAGGED OLD FLAG

JOHNNY CASH - RAGGED OLD FLAG
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Iwalkedthroughacountycourthousesquare
Onaparkbench,anoldmanwassittin'there.
Isaid,"Youroldcourthouseiskindarundown,
Hesaid,"Naw,it'lldoforourlittletown".
Isaid,"Youroldflagpoleisleanedalittlebit,
Andthat'saraggedoldflagyougothangin'onit".
Hesaid,"Haveaseat",andIsatdown,
"Isthisthefirsttimeyou'vebeentoourlittletown"
Isaid,"Ithinkitis"
Hesaid"Idon'tliketobrag,butwe'rekindaproudof
ThatRaggedOldFlag

"Yousee,wegotalittleholeinthatflagthere,
WhenWashingtontookitacrosstheDelaware.
andItgotpowderburnedthenightFrancisScottKeysatwatchingit,
writing"SayCanYouSee"
ItgotaripinNewOrleans,withPackingham&Jackson
tuggingatitsseams.
andItalmostfellattheAlamo
besidetheTexasflag,
Butshewavedonthough.
ShegotcutwithaswordatChancellorsville,
AndshegotcutagainatShilohHill.
TherewasRobertE.LeeandBeauregardandBragg,
Andthesouthwindblewhardon
ThatRaggedOldFlag

"OnFlandersFieldinWorldWarI,
ShegotabigholefromaBerthaGun,
SheturnedbloodredinWorldWarII
Shehunglimp,andlow,atimeortwo,
ShewasinKorea,Vietnam,Shewentwhereshewassent
byherUncleSam.
Shewavedfromourshipsuponthebrinyfoam
andnowthey'veaboutquitwavin'backhereathome
inherowngoodlandhereShe'sbeenabused,
She'sbeenburned,dishonored,deniedan'refused,
Andthegovernmentforwhichshestands
Hasbeenscandalizedthroughoutouttheland.
Andshe'sgettingthreadbare,andshe'swearin'thin,
Butshe'singoodshape,fortheshapeshe'sin.
Causeshe'sbeenthroughthefirebefore
andibelieveshecantakeawholelotmore.

"Soweraiseherupeverymorning
Andwebringherdownsloweverynight,
Wedon'tlethertouchtheground,
Andwefoldherupright.
Onsecondthought
I*do*liketobrag
CauseI'mmightyproudof
ThatRaggedOldFlag"