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    "Ragged Old Flag" by Johnny Cash

    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 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 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"

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    1. lucile.sourdes 58 months ago | reply


      I am a webmaster for a French news website called Rue89 ( I'm about to use this picture (with link and credit) to illustrate a story on my site, observing the Creative Commons conditions mentioned in this page.

      If you do not want us to reproduce your work on our site, just email me at lsourdes[at]

      Congratulations for this photo.

    2. nurserylady2003 52 months ago | reply

      I am a Girl Scout leader and would like to attach this picture to an event advertising a flag retiring ceremony.

    3. Beverly & Pack 52 months ago | reply

      Nurserylady2003, Feel free to use the picture, it is under a Creative Commons licence that does not restrict it's use. Good Luck!

    4. kuer90.1 37 months ago | reply

      Howdy. Great pic. We've used it on the Web site of RadioWest, an interview program on an NPR station here in Salt Lake City. Thanks.

    5. GiseleNoel 32 months ago | reply

      I just used it in a video The Star Spangled Bankruptcy (a parody rendition of The Star Spangled Banner). You can check it out here:

    6. americanrose50 32 months ago | reply

      I used it in a poem on my blog with a poem "Weep Old Glory"

    7. TheCollectiveA 24 months ago | reply

      Hi, thanks for sharing this in the CC. I'm using it for a blog post here: w/ credit and a link back! Thanks again!

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