The Flag Lyrics

Barenaked Ladies


publisher: ©Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
writers: Steven Page
album: Track 13 in album Gordon
release date: 1992-7-28
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length: 3:55
percussion: Andy Creeggan
double bass: Jim Creeggan
guitar: Ed Robertson
snare drum: Tyler Stewart
bass drum: Tyler Stewart
vocal: Ed Robertson, Jim Creeggan, Andy Creeggan
lead vocals: Steven Page
composer: Steven Page
lyricist: Steven Page

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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

  • 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