Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy Fourth of July


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 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 _Oh 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 through.
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 I
She got a big hole from a Bertha gun.
She turned blood red in World War II
She hung limp and low by the time it was through.
She was in Korea and 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 waving her back here at home.
In her own good land 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,
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."

Written by Johnny Cash

Happy 4th Of July Hi5 Comments

To all my American friends I would like to wish you a Happy 4th of July.


  1. Great reading this.
    Have a GRAND celebration!

  2. Hope you and your hubby are doing something nice today to celebrate ! x

  3. I don't remember this song by Johnny Cash but it's a great one. Have a safe holiday!

  4. Wonderful lyrics. Hope you're having a wonderful 4th July.

  5. wonderful poem, Denise! Happy 4th of July to you and your family!

  6. Great words from Johnny Cash - Happy 4th July Denise, to you and your family and friends. A x

  7. I really enjoyed that poem/ story. That is how I feel about some of my old things...they have memories and I'm proud of them.

  8. Hope you all had a good one. Well into the 5th here in South Australia.

  9. I always loved that song. Great post.

  10. Happy Independence Day to you and your family, Denise!

  11. Great Independence Day post!

  12. Super catch!! Was the flag actually (un)furling in the wind or was it on a flat surface? Maybe I don't really want to know -- LOL.

  13. Wow! Johnny Cash wrote that? That's terrific!