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"You're a Grand Old Flag," Lyrics, Text Format

Chorus to the popular Broadway tune: sharp tonic (Di), lowered leading tone (Te), tonic arpeggio, and chromatic minor seconds.



  • Grade: Fifth
  • Origin: USA – George M. Cohan (1878-1942) 1906
    from: “George Washington, Jr”
  • Key: F Major
  • Time: 2/4
  • Form: through composed*
  • Rhythm: beginners: | ta ta | ta ti ti | ti ta ti | syncopation, | ta/a | ta ti ti | ta/ ti | syncopation,
    | (ta) ti ti | ti (ti ) ti ti |
  • Pitches: intermediate: So La Te Ti Do Di Re Mi So – raised/sharp tonic (1, Di), lowered/flat leading tone (7, Te)
  • Intervals: intermediate: So\Mi\Do descending tonic arpeggio (I, F), Do\La (m3), So/Do (P4), Re\Ti (m3), So/Ti (M3), Ti\So (M3), Re\So (P5), Mi\Do (M3), Ti\Te\La (m2’s), La/Di (M3), Mi\La/Mi (P5), Re\Ti\So descending dominant arpeggio (V, C), La/Do (m3)
  • Musical Elements: notes: half, dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; rest: quarter, eighth; pickup beat, tied notes, syncopation, raised/sharp tonic (Di), lowered/flat leading tone (Te), chromatic minor seconds (m2’s), melodic rhythm patterns
  • Key Words: USA history, Broadway musical: “George Washington, Jr.”, George M. Cohan, patriotic song, Fourth of July, Flag Day, emblem, red, white and blue, boast, brag, auld, acquaintance; contractions: you’re (you are), there’s (there is); abbreviations: ev’ry (every)
  • Recorder: intermediate: introducing Eb and F#, syncopation, chromatic minor seconds, dominant arpeggio

* chorus to the popular Broadway tune.

“You’re a Grand Old Flag” 

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 for the 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.
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