"Grand Old Flag" Shirt
Our exclusive design for the 4th, featuring the lyrics from George M. Cohan's "You're a Grand Old Flag," an American patriotic march and a tribute to the U.S. flag.
The shirt: Your choice of fabrics and colors:
100% cotton Made in the USA shirt in Sand. Grown, knitted, dyed, and sewn in the USA. 4.4 oz Your best choice if you're looking for a 100% Made in the USA shirt. S- 4X. See size chart.
- Our standard 4.3 oz. Poly-Cotton shirt in Light blue heather that gets rave reviews. Our softest shirt. It's also our thinnest and lightest. It is very high-quality and long-wearing, but if you judge t-shirt quality based on weight or thickness, do not get this one. S - 3X. See size chart.
Note that the $3 price difference for the 100% cotton Made in the USA shirt is our higher wholesale cost; there is no additional margin.
Historic background behind the design
"The song was first publicly performed on February 6, the play's opening night, at Herald Square Theater in New York City. "You're a Grand Old Flag" quickly became the first song from a musical to sell over a million copies of sheet music. The title and first lyric comes from someone Cohan once met; the Library of Congress website notes. "You're a Grand Old Flag", would become one of the most popular American marching-band pieces of all time.
"The original lyric for this perennial George M. Cohan favorite came, as Cohan later explained, from an encounter he had with a Civil War veteran who fought at Gettysburg. The two men found themselves next to each other and Cohan noticed the vet held a carefully folded but ragged old flag. The man reportedly then turned to Cohan and said, "She's a grand old rag." Cohan thought it was a great line and originally named his tune "You're a Grand Old Rag." So many groups and individuals objected to calling the flag a "rag," however, that he "gave 'em what they wanted" and switched words, renaming the song "You're a Grand Old Flag".
"In the play itself, the scene with the Civil War soldier was replicated. The soldier's comment was the lead-in to this song. Thus, the first version of the chorus began, "You're a grand old rag / You're a high-flying flag". Despite Cohan's efforts to pull that version, some artists such as Billy Murray had recorded it under its original title, "The Grand Old Rag", in advance of the play's opening, and copies under that title still circulate among collectors. Cohan's second attempt at writing the chorus began, "You're a grand old flag / Though you're torn to a rag". The final version, with its redundant rhyme, is as shown below.
Today, many different arrangements of the song exist. In particular, Paul V. Yoder's arrangement of "You're a Grand Old Flag" is a version commonly used today by the U.S. military in its performances of the song."
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All designs are copyrighted by The History List
All designs are copyrighted by The History List
All designs are copyrighted by The History List and the History Nerd text and design on t-shirts is a registered trademark. If you see a knock off, please let me know.
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Fabulous tee shirt...soft fabric, unique design, and great fit! No guesswork on sizing, just follow the guide. Very pleased!
It is AWESOME. Not only is the design cool, but it is super soft!
This was the best patriotic shirt my husband ever received. I’m so glad he got this for Father’s Day
This is the song my 7yr old daughter sings to us!! This shirt is perfect in every way!!
Soft and comfortable shirt; also received compliments on the design.