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(6/7/01 2:27:55 pm)
| Del All
"That Ragged Old Flag"

I walked through a county courthouse square.
On a park bench, an old man was sitting there.

I said, "Your courthouse is kinda run down "
He said, "No,it will do for our little town. "

I said, "your flag pole kinda leaned a little bit,and thats a ragged old flag you got hanging on it"

He said "have a seat ", so I sat down.
He said "this your first visit to our little town"

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.

It got powder burned the night Francis Scott Key
sat watching it, writing "Oh Say Can You See "

It got a rip in New Orleans,
with Packingham and Jackson tugging at her seams.

It almost fell at the Alamo
beside the Texas flag, but she waved on tho.

It got cut with a sword in Chancellorsville,
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 Flander field in World War I
she took a bad hit with a Bertha gun.

She turned blood red in World War 2.
She hung limp and low by the time that one was through.

She was in Korea, Vietnam,
She went where she was sent by her Uncle Sam.

The Native Americans, The Black, Yellow and White.
All shed red blood for the Stars and Stripes.

And here in her own good land, she's been abused,
burned, dishonored, denied and refused.

And the very government for which she stands
has been scandalized throughout the land.

And she's getting thread bare and she's wearing kinda thin,
but she's in good shape for the shape she's in.

Cause she's been through the fire before
and she can take a whole lot more.

So we raise her up every morning and 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 '".

Johnny Cash

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(6/7/01 3:16:55 pm)
| Del Re: "That Ragged Old Flag"
Outstanding! Touching!

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(6/7/01 3:42:23 pm)
| Del Re: "That Ragged Old Flag"
What ever happened to John Cash? I saw him one night in Bakersfield California appearing with Buck Owens and Merle Haggard. He sang RING OF FIRE and FOLSOM PRISON BLUES---those old oil field workers and those pea-pickers sure loved that trio. He was Army, but us Seabees never held that against him.
Wilborn sends.

Posts: 14
(6/7/01 8:42:50 pm)
| Del Re: "That Ragged Old Flag"
Used to love all his stuff...He was USAF....but we still won't hold that against him!!! :)

"When Johnny Cash graduated from high school in 1950, there was no question of his going to college. The Korean War was raging, and he enlisted in the United States Air Force. He was serving with the Air Force in Germany when he bought his very first guitar. With a few of his buddies, he started a band called the Barbarians to play in small night clubs and honky tonks around the air base. When his hitch in the service was over, Johnny Cash moved to Memphis, where he sold appliances door-to-door while trying to break into the music business."

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(6/8/01 7:22:00 am)
| Del Re: "That Ragged Old Flag"
You're right Chief--he was Air Force--but like you said, we won't hold that against him. He went on to sing a group of gospel songs with his wife and her kin--the Carter Family I think it was. He had that trademark sound that you could tell who it was the moment he started to sing. wilborn
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