The Red Flag Song Lyrics

Billy Bragg

Billy Bragg The Internationale cover art
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The people’s flag is deepest red
It shrouded oft our martyred dead
And ere their limbs grew stiff and cold
Their hearts’ blood dyed to every fold

Chorus:
Then raise the scarlet standard high
Beneath it’s folds we’ll live and die
Though cowards flinch and traitors sneer
We’ll keep the red flag flying here

It waved above our infant might
When all ahead seemed dark as night
It witnessed many a deed and vow
We must not change it’s colour now

Chorus

It well recalls the triumphs past
It gives the hope of peace at last
The banner bright, the symbol plain
Of human right and human gain

Chorus

It suits today the meek and base
Whose minds are fixed on pelf and place
To cringe beneath the rich man’s frown
And haul that sacred emblem down

Chorus

With heads uncovered swear we all
To bare it onward till we fall
Come dungeons dark or gallows grim
This song shall be our parting hymn

Chorus

Words: jim connell music: "the white cockade"

Track Listing


12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 The Internationale
  • 2 I Dreamed I Saw Phil Ochs Last Night
  • 3 The Marching Song of the Covert Battalions
  • 4 Blake's Jerusalem
  • 5 Nicaragua Nicaraguita
  • 6 The Red Flag
  • 7 My Youngest Son Came Home Today


  • credits


    album: Track 6 in album The Internationale
    release date: 1990-5
    popularity : 87 users have visited this page.
    genres: Rock Folk, World, & Country
    styles: Folk Rock
    length: 3:14
    producer: Wiggy and Grant Showbiz
    vocal: Billy Bragg and Dick Gaughan
    electric guitar: Billy Bragg
    tin whistle: Marc Duff
    bodhrán & percussion: Jim Sutherland
    lyricist: Jim Connell

    Album Information

    label: Utility Records
    country(area): United Kingdom
    format: 12" Vinyl
    script: Latin