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You're A Grand Old Flag. Words and Lyrics by George M. Cohan. The Facts About Our Song. Title : You’re A Grand Old Flag Composer : George M. Cohan Lyricist : George M. Cohan Year : 1906

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words and lyrics by george m cohan

You're A Grand Old Flag

Words and Lyrics by

George M. Cohan

the facts about our song
The Facts About Our Song
  • Title: You’re A Grand Old Flag
  • Composer: George M. Cohan
  • Lyricist: George M. Cohan
  • Year: 1906
  • The Reason: George M. Cohan met a Civil War veteran who fought at Gettysburg. Cohan noticed the vet held a carefully folded but ragged old flag. The man turned to Cohan and said, "She's a grand old rag." Cohan thought it was a great line and so named his tune "You're a Grand Old Rag."
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You're a grand old flag, tho' you're torn to rag,And forever in peace may you wave.You're the emblem of the land I love,The home of the free and the brave.Ev'ry heart beats true under Red, White and Blue,Where there's never a boast or a brag;"But should auld acquaintance be forgot,"Keep your eye on the grand old flag.

you re a grand old flag
You’re a grand old flag…
  • High above, over a true "home of the brave," the floating folds of the Star Spangled Banner symbolize the American way of life to soldiers in training for the battles that will bring freedom to an unhappy, wartorn world, Fort Knox, Ky.
  • Alfred T. Palmer, photographer
  • CREATED/PUBLISHED1942 June
tho you re torn to a rag
…tho' you're torn to a rag,
  • This is the first American flag to be named “Old Glory.” The flag was made in 1824 for Captain William Driver…
  • Division of the History of Technology, Armed Forces History
  • National Museum of American History, Smithsonian InstitutionBehring Center
and forever in peace may you wave
And forever in peace may you wave.
  • Raising Old Glory over Morro Castle
  • J. Stuart Blackton, Albert E. Smith, Producers.
  • CREATED/PUBLISHEDUnited States : Edison Manufacturing Co., c1899.
you re the emblem of
You're the emblem of…
  • Poster for art exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago, November 14 to January 5, showing part of an American flag.
  • CREATED/PUBLISHEDChicago : Illinois WPA Art Project, 1940.
the land i love
…the land I love,
  • Detroit, Michigan. Wall of American flags carried by Boy Scouts at the Blitz Scout meeting.
  • Arthur S. Siegel, photographer
  • CREATED/PUBLISHED1942 July.
the home of the free and the brave
The home of the free and the brave.
  • Detroit, Michigan. Little girl carrying American flag in the Labor Day parade.
  • Arthur S. Siegel, photographer
  • CREATED/PUBLISHED1942 Sept.
ev ry heart beats true
Ev'ry heart beats true…
  • Three Chinese children standing in a room, each holding an American flag and a Chinese flag.
  • Chicago Daily News, Inc., photographer
  • CREATED/PUBLISHED1929.
under red white and blue
…under Red, White and Blue,
  • Flag - Detroit, Michigan
  • Arthur Siegel, 1913-1978, photographer
  • CREATED/PUBLISHED1942 July
where there s never a boast or a brag
Where there's never a boast or a brag;
  • RMA flag service on the steps of New York Public Library, 1919 / [Kinogram Pub. Corp.].
  • CREATED/PUBLISHED October 27, 1919
but should auld acquaintance be forgot
"But should auld acquaintance be forgot,"
  • Betsy Ross making the flag.
  • Jean Louis Gerome Ferris, 1868-1930, artist
  • CREATED/PUBLISHED[between 1900 and 1920]
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