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Grand Old Rag

This song is by Billy Murray and appears on the compilation American Pop: An Audio History - From Minstrels to Mojo: On Record, 1893-1946 (1998).

There's a feeling comes a-stealing
And it sets my brain a-reeling
When I'm listening 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 rag

You're a grand old rag
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 under red, white and blue
Where there's never a boast or brag
But should auld acquaintance be forgot
Keep your eye on the grand old rag

I'm no 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 every Yankee tar
And old G.A.R
Ev'ry stripe, ev'ry star
Red, white and blue
Hats off to you
Honest, you're a grand old rag

You're a grand old rag
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 under red, white and blue
Where there's never a boast or brag
But should auld acquaintance be forgot
Keep your eye on the grand old rag

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