That Great Old Glory

by RAYMOND S. KRAFT May 26, 2008

A hush fell in the tavern, as a cowboy
we all know came through the door
stepped up to the bar and said,
"My friends, we've all been seen in here before,
but today's a special day, got a letter
that I hoped I'd never get
brung me by a Sergeant Major, and the
first words that I see are 'I regret . . .'

"Well, I can't make out the rest
but I think we all know what it means,
sent my boy to be a soldier,
just a couple days ago, or so it seems,
he won't be comin' home,
and friends, a part of me has died,
but I'm proud of what he's done, and I can
feel him standin' right here by my side"

At Valley Forge, at Gettysburg
at Normandy, Khe San,
the Alamo, and once more
in the sand, a line is drawn,
and the warriors of America
will fight, some will die,
to keep that Great Old Glory
waiving proudly in the sky

"I've another letter here
that I received, only yesterday,
says 'Dad, the foe is many and we're
spoilin' for a fight now, any day,
and if I'm among the fallen,
our lives we gladly lived, and proudly gave,
it's a price we pay for freedom, just remember,
when you see Old Glory wave'"

At Valley Forge, at Gettysburg
at Normandy, Khe San,
the Alamo, and once more
in the sand, a line is drawn
and the warriors of America
will fight, some will die,
to keep that Great Old Glory
waiving proudly in the sky

Can't you see that Great Old Glory
waiving proudly
in the sky?


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