This is how you hold your American flag.
This is how you hold your American flag.
So this is how you hold your patri-fucking-otic flag.
We’re all a bunch of fucking disgraces!

There sits and old man he’s writing and typing and paying his tax to the law.
I see him through the window sill.
There you are laughing and joking and waiting and praying for life to be free.
And I know that you mean him well.
Stands up anger and walks to the doorway where he can yell clearly at me.
And I’m not sure I know what he means.

Losing track of days.
Staring to sky.
As the old man yells.

So this is how you hold your American fucking, fucking flag!
So this is how you hold your funny little flag?

Losing track of days.
Staring to the sky.
As the old man dies.
As the old man dies. [x2]



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    General CommentI know these are the lyrics on Atomship's official website, but I don't think they're right... There's a verse left out:

    There she lies bleeding and crying
    And wasting life on the bed that she’s ??on tonight??

    Plus it doesn't sound like he's saying patri-fucking-otic and We're all a bunch of fuckin' disgraces

    Anybody else agree??
    NolanJBon May 27, 2004   Link
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    General Commentoh yeah, awesome song, awesome band
    NolanJBon May 27, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI agree, Nolan. He might actually be saying "fucking," but it sounds...*gasp*...censored! However, that makes no sense, because A--there's not a clean version of this album (it's just one version), and B--just listen to the beginning of "Friends," he screams, "Hey mama? CAN'T YOU SEE I'M FUCKING COOKING?!" So...yeah, it's hard to tell what is up with that.
    theothernesson January 12, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWait, I've got it now. Wind-Up records simply didn't want Atomship to be "anti-patriotic." They DID censor it! They just didn't want us to "disgrace" this foul country. No wonder. Pigs.
    theothernesson January 14, 2005   Link
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    General CommentEither what "theotherness" said is correct, or maybe they censored it to poke fun at how censored America is...
    nexoluson August 14, 2005   Link
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    General CommentClearly a political song, but for those left wondering about the name...here is some food for thought!

    Agent Orange was the code name for a herbicide developed for the military. The purpose of the product was to deny an enemy cover and concealment in dense terrain by defoliating trees and shrubbery where the enmy could hide. The product "Agent Orange" (a code name for the orange band that was used to mark the drums it was stored in, was principally effective against broad-leaf foliage, such as the dense jungle-like terrain found in Southeast Asia. Agent Orange was used extensively during the Vietnam war, with roughly 20 millions gallons dispersed throughout the conflict. The TCDD found in Agent Orange is thought to be harmful to man. In laboratory tests on animals, TCDD has caused a wide variety of diseases, many of them fatal. TCDD is not found in nature, but rather is a man-made and always unwanted byproduct of the chemical manufacturing process. Agent Orange was later found to be extremely contaminated with TCDD. Many believe that the goverment and chemical companies knew of the harmful side effects during the war, but kept the information quiet. Love how they placed Agent Orange right before Time for People. While it's unclear who Time for People is about, i always like to believe it is about Bush...and Agent Orange seems to give provide some basis for that.
    PlasticPeopleon December 07, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis song is awesome. pry withered and this song are my favourite two songs on the atomship cd
    amazingxOxOjeSS19o2on August 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThese are the lyrics as I heard them, prior to reading the written text. Text with / slashes indicates a word with another word sung simultaneously with distortion.

    This is how you hold your American flag 2x
    So this is how you hold your patr(/fucking/)iotic flag.
    We/You're all a bunch of fucking/public disgraces.

    There sits an old/no man he's waving and typing and playing his sax to the law. I see him through the window-sill.

    There you are laughing and joking and waving and praying for life to be free. And I know that you mean him well.

    Losing track of days, staring to the sky as the old man yells. Losing track of days, staring to the sky as the old man yearns.2x

    There she lies bleeding and crying and wasting life on a bed that she has only made. And I know that she'd have done him well. Stands up in anger and walks to the doorway where he can you clearly hear me. And I'm not sure I know what he means.

    Losing track of days, staring to the sky as the old man yells. Losing track of days, staring to the sky as the old man dies.

    *can't make out spoken words from 3:03 to 3:17; heavily distorted, may be (partly?) backwards (notice the 'lisp' sounds common to reversed speech)*

    This's how you hold your American- American Flag. This's how you hold your American People People's Flag. This is how you hold your American American Flag. This is how you hold your American American People People's Flag.

    As the old man dies (losing track of days)
    As the old man dies (staring to the sky)
    As the old man dies (losing to the days)
    As the old man dies...

    ***

    I'll concede 'where he can you clearly hear me' and 'playing his sax to the law'- I thought the latter was a Bill Clinton reference, but repeat listening sounds more like overstressed sibilants, which the singer does a lot. In all other cases, I stand by my version above the official one as to the song's actual lyrics. I think 'waving' in the first segment was *supposed* to be 'writing', but he mis-sang and nobody noticed or nobody cared.

    The song may be about the writer's grandfather or another significant elderly person, but the broad comments (the old dude 'yells' and 'writes', which are pretty standard old people things) suggest it's more about the aging troops of Vietnam in general- and, of course, our failure to do anything for them, because they're going away soon enough. The song only has a single- and very oblique, at that- anti-government reference, "paying his tax to the law." However, the disgust at the 'flag-wavers' may be targeted at people who are supposed to represent said flag.
    Arafelison August 10, 2006   Link
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    General Commenthe doesnt say waving...he says waiting
    for both places you have it.....you deaf?
    akriddrummeron June 25, 2007   Link

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