Bonnie Blue Flag

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Melody - Seq. by Barry Taylor
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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 threatened, 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
Davis, our loved President, and Stephens statesmen are
Now rally round the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a single star.
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5. Now here's to brave Virginia, the old Dominion State,
With the young Confederacy at last has sealed her fate,
And spurred by her example, now other states prepar'
To hoist high the bonny blue flag that bears a single star.
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In verse 1, line 2, I had the following line:
Fighting for the property we gained by honest toil

This is not the original line. In fact this line was added after the War for Southern Independence by revisionist historians to promote a myth that the South was fighting for slavery (they were not).

I have a photo copy of an original musical score printed by A.E. Blackmar & Bro Inc., in the early years of the war, and this line reads....
"We are a band of brothers and native to the soil,
Fighting for our Liberty, With treasure, blood and toil

This fact can also be found in the book "The Flags of the Confederacy", by Devereaux D. Cannon, Jr., the Confederate Museum in Richmond, Va., & New Orleans La. - Brian E. Orgeron.

Thanks Brian. This is yet another example of the importance of posting original lyrics.

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