Barenaked Ladies - The Flag Lyrics

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The phone rings, it's early, it's seven o'clock.
He says sorry I woke you, but I just had to talk
You know last night, remember when I tried to choke you?
I didn't mean it, I was drunk, it was only a joke.
You should know that by now,
When the checkered flag comes down,
No one, no one, no one has won the race.

The next night he's over and over and under
And after he's finished she lies there and wonders
Just why does she need him and why does she stay here
And then in the darkness she'll quietly say Dear,
You've never really known that when the white flag is flown,
No one, no one, no one has won the war.

They're complicated people
Leading complicated lives,
And he complicates their problems
By telling complicated lies
He tells her he's sorry, she tells him it's over,
He tells her he's sorry, she says over and over
You've never really known that when the white flag is flown,
No one, no one, no one has won the war.

There goes a forest and there goes a bluebird
There goes a partridge and there goes a Go Train
There goes an angel and there goes a steeple
There goes a cop car and there goes an eagle
There goes a raven and there go the ribbons
There goes a raven and there go the ribbons
There goes a raven and there go

The ribbons, the ribbons, the ribbons
The ribbons of the flag.
Track Listing
CD 1
  • 1 Hello City
  • 2 Enid
  • 3 Grade 9
  • 4 Brian Wilson
  • 5 Be My Yoko Ono
  • 6 Wrap Your Arms Around Me
  • 7 What a Good Boy
  • 8 The King of Bedside Manor
  • 9 Box Set
  • 10 I Love You
  • 11 New Kid (on the Block)
  • 12 Blame It on Me
  • 13 The Flag
  • 14 If I Had $1000000
  • 15 Crazy


  • Credits
    publisher: ©Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
    writers: Steven Page
    album: Track 13 in album Gordon
    release date: 1992-7-28
    popularity : 104 users have visited this page.
    genres: Rock
    styles: Alternative Rock
    length: 3:55
    lead vocals: Steven Page
    vocal: Ed Robertson, Jim Creeggan and Andy Creeggan
    double bass: Jim Creeggan
    guitar: Ed Robertson
    percussion: Andy Creeggan
    snare drum & bass drum: Tyler Stewart
    composer: Steven Page
    lyricist: Steven Page
    Album Information
    label: Reprise Records
    country(area): United States
    format: CD
    barcode: 075992695626
    script: Latin