Grand Old Flag

Information About Grand Old Flag

Most Americans enjoy patriotic songs and children love them with a marching beat. "You're a Grand Old Flag" is one of those songs. Written by George M. Cohan and performed in his musical, George Washington, Jr. the song became an overnight American hit.

The original lyrics and title were, "You're a Grand Old Rag,' after an encounter Cohan had with a Civil War veteran who had fought at Gettysburg holding a tattered, yet carefully folded flag. Some historical references indicate that the man actually said to Cohan, "She is a grand old rag. ' But, the song lyrics and title were later changed to the more appealing words.

With the beginning of World War I, America experienced a renewed feeling for patriotism, which lead to even more popularization of the song and it sold more sheet music than any previous Broadway song. It was the first ever to sell more than one million copies.

The song is probably most widely known through the musical, Yankee Doodle Dandy, as performed by James Cagney. The film was a tribute and depiction of Cohan's life.

Learn more about "You're a Grand Old Flag" from the Library of Congress and Wikipedia.

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Condo lover, United States

5 April 2014 at 2:26am

I Love It

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Shree, Singapore

18 February 2013 at 4:26pm

awesome

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Sabrina, United States

12 October 2012 at 11:32pm

this is in music class!

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S.t.u.p., Bahamas

19 January 2012 at 2:48pm

its so awesom et is my best friend im in usa

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E.t., United States

19 January 2012 at 2:38pm

I chose this song for my project for my teacher

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Micah, United States

8 December 2011 at 10:06pm

I love this song!

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Madison, United States

17 April 2011 at 12:59am

I love the song i know every lyric because i got a solo in a school play

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Dennis, United States

17 January 2011 at 1:15am

I love the flag...

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Jeanine, United States

6 November 2010 at 3:39am

I sing this song every morning at my school

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Lori, Nys

22 November 2009 at 11:22pm

they are so cute thanks ladies, keepon hoofin:)

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Miah, Usa

15 November 2009 at 1:15am

i like it

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Snow, United States

6 June 2009 at 7:29pm

I love this song!

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This song has been printed from the BusSongs.com website.