"Ragged Old Flag" as written by and Johnny Cash....
I walked through a county courthouse square
On a park bench an old man was sitting there
I said, your old courthouse is kinda run down
He said, naw, it'll do for our little town
I said, your old flagpole has leaned a little bit
And that's a ragged old flag you got hanging 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
And it got a bad rip in New Orleans
With Packingham and Jackson tuggin' 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 one
She got a big hole from a Bertha gun
She turned blood red in World War Two
She hung limp and low a time or two
She was in Korea and Vietnam
She went where she was sent by Uncle Sam

She waved from our ships upon the Briny foam
And now they've about quit waving her 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 the land
And she's getting threadbare and wearing 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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"Ragged Old Flag" as written by John Cash

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    General CommentThe first time I heard this song I thought it was ment to resemble our country: we've been through a lot, but we can take alot more.
    guitar_guy999on May 23, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis is a grand song. WHen I first heard it, it sent shivers down my back. About how great our country is, and how it will live on forever, and it is disrespected.
    " 'Cause she's been through the fire before,
    And I believe she can take a whole lot more."
    Lost_Highwayon July 25, 2005   Link
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    General Commentright on lost highway
    gdoggon August 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe best Patriotic song I've ever heard in my life. Cash loved this country and this song surly proves it. I've read somewhere that the only demand that Johnny made prior to his live shows was that an American Flag was flown....thats it.
    Cracker Jackon June 03, 2007   Link
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    General CommentCash loved his country, and was close friends with many presidents, including Nixon. but felt dishonoured and betrayed by Nixon, over Watergate.
    ljwright88on June 03, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIf your an American and don't get goosebumps while listening to this song theres something wrong with you.
    Spudlyon September 25, 2008   Link

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