You're a grand old flag,
You're a high flying flag
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
'neath the Red, White and Blue,
Where there's never a boast or brag.
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
Keep your eye on the grand old flag.
Written: 1906 by George M Cohan
Stage Musical: George Washington, Jr.
First: Sold over one million sheet music copies
Story behind song:
Cohan met a veteran of the Gettysburg battle. The vet held a carefully folded, ragged old flag and said, "She's a grand old rag." Originally, the title You're a Grand Old Rag. Many objected to calling the flag a "rag" and Cohan changed the song's title.