“You’re a Grand Old Flag” was written by George M. Cohan for his 1906 stage musical “George Washington, Jr.” The song was introduced to the public in the play’s first act on opening night, February 6, 1906, in New York’s Herald Square Theater. It was the first song from a musical to sell over a million copies of sheet music.
Mom taught Phil and me to sing this song in the summer of 1971, and when the whole family gathered at my Aunt and Uncle Duffy’s house for our July 4th picnic I remember being hoisted up on a table to sing it for everyone. I still love singing this one!
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!
Every 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 flag!
I followed the sketch provided by PageMaps for the Back Porch Memories August guest designer contest, and all the products except the sequins are from the My Minds’ Eye “American Made” collection (for their Let Freedom Ring challenge).