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Johnny Cash


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Ragged Old Flag

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 Wow! Tissue alert!


 ^4 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 leaning 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 burn the night that Francis Scott Key sat watching it
Writing "Oh Say, Can You See"
It got a bad rip in New Orleans, with Packingham and Jackson tugging at its 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, 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 and refused
And the government for which she stands is 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, we take her down 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
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