The Red Flag Lyrics

Billy Bragg

credits


album: Track 6 in album The Internationale
release date: 1990-5
popularity : 21 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

Cover Art

Billy Bragg The Internationale cover art

Lyrics

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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

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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

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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"

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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