You’re a Grand Old Flag (1906)
(wm) George M. Cohan (I) Musical: George Washington, Jr. by Cohan
[Verse 1] There’s a feeling comes a stealing,
And it sets my brain a-reeling,
When I’m list’ning to the music of a military band.
Any tune like “Yankee Doodle” simply sets me off my noodle,
It’s that patriotic something that no one can understand.
“Way down South in the land of cotton,”
Melody untiring; ain’t that inspiring?
Hurrah! Hurrah! We’ll join the jubilee,
And that’s going some, for the Yankees, by gum!
Red, White and Blue, I am for you.
Honest, you’re a grand old flag!

[Chorus] 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.
But should auld acquaintance be forgot,
Keep you eye on the grand old flag!

[Verse 2] I’m a cranky hanky panky,
I’m a dead square, honest Yankee,
And I’m mighty proud of that old flag that flies for Uncle Sam.
Though I don’t believe in raving, ev’ry time I see it waving,
There’s a chill runs up my back
That makes me glad I’m what I am.
Here’s a land with a million soldiers,
That’s if we should need ’em. We’ll fight for freedom!
Hurrah! Hurrah! For ev’ry Yankee Tar and old G. A. R.,
Ev’ry stripe and star. Red, White and Blue, hats off to you.
Honest, you’re a grand old flag!