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"The Bonnie Blue Flag" for Analyze Music of the Civil War Era Lesson Plan

Words: Harry McCarthy, Music: "The Irish Jaunting Car"

1. We are a band of brothers and native to the soil,
Fighting for our Liberty with treasure, blood and toil;
And when our rights were threaten’d the cry rose near and far,
Hurrah for the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a Single Star!

Chorus:
Hurrah! Hurrah! For Southern rights hurrah!
Hurrah for the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a Single Star.

2. As long as the Union was faithful to her trust,
Like friends and brethren kind were we, and just;
But now, when Northern treachery attempts our rights to mar,
We hoist on high the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a single star.

Chorus

3. First gallant South Carolina nobly made the stand,
Then came Alabama and took her by the hand;
Next, quickly, Mississippi, Georgia and Florida,
All raised on high the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a single star.

Chorus

4. Ye men of valor gather round the banner of the right,
Texas and fair Louisiana join us in the fight;
With Davis, our loved President, and Stephens, statesmen rare
We’ll rally round the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a single star.

Chorus 

5. And here’s to brave Virginia, the Old Dominion State,
With the young Confederacy at length has linked her faith;
Impelled by her example, now other States prepare
To hoist on high the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a single star.

Chorus

6. Then cheer, boys, cheer, raise up a glorious shout
For Arkansas and North Carolina now have both gone out,
And let another rousing cheer for Tennessee be given,
The single star of the Bonnie Blue Flag has grown to be eleven.

Chorus

7. Then here’s to our Confederacy, strong we are and brave,
Like patriots of old we’ll fight, our heritage to save;
And rather than submit to shame, to die we would prefer,
So cheer for the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a single star.

Chorus

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