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The Bonnie Blue Flag
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Lyricist: Harry Macarthy
Music: Irish folk air
“The Irish Jaunting Car”
(published by Firth, Pond & Co., N.Y., 1861)
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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!
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As long as the Union was faithful to her trust,
Like friends and like bretheren 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:
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First, gallant South Carolina nobly made the stand;
Then came Alabama, who took her by the hand;
Next, quickly Mississippi, Georgia and Florida,
All rais’d on high the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a single star.
Chorus:
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Ye men of valor, gather round the Banner of the Right,
Texas and fair Louisiana, join us in the fight;
Davis, our loved President, and Stephens, statesmen rare,
Now rally round the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a Single Star.
Chorus:
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And here’s to brave Virginia! the Old Dominion State
With the Young Confederacy at length has link’d her fate;
Impell’d by her example, now other State prepare
To hoist on high the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a Single Star.
Chorus:
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Then cheer, boys, raise the joyous shout,
For Arkansas and North Carolina now have both gone out;
And let another rousing cheer for Tennnessee be given
The Single Star of the Bonnie Blue Flag has grown to be Eleven.
Chorus:
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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:
Hurrah! Hurrah! for Southern Rights, Hurrah!
Hurrah! for the Bonnie Blue Flag has gain’d th’Eleventh Star!
   
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