Stirring march, about the American flag (which signifies the unified states of the USA. Written by John Philip Sousa in 1896.


Let martial note in triumph float
And liberty extend its mighty hand
A flag appears 'mid thunderous cheers,
The banner of the Western land.
The emblem of the brave and true
Its folds protect no tyrant crew;
The red and white and starry blue
Is freedom's shield and hope.
Other nations may deem their flags the best
And cheer them with fervid elation
But the flag of the North and South and West
Is the flag of flags, the flag of Freedom's nation.

Hurrah for the flag of the free!
May it wave as our standard forever,
The gem of the land and the sea,
The banner of the right.
Let despots remember the day
When our fathers with mighty endeavor
Proclaimed as they marched to the fray
That by their might and by their right
It waves forever.

Let eagle shriek from lofty peak
The never-ending watchword of our land;
Let summer breeze waft through the trees
The echo of the chorus grand.
Sing out for liberty and light,
Sing out for freedom and the right.
Sing out for Union and its might,
O patriotic sons.
Other nations may deem their flags the best
And cheer them with fervid elation,
But the flag of the North and South and West
Is the flag of flags, the flag of Freedom's nation.

Hurrah for the flag of the free.
May it wave as our standard forever
The gem of the land and the sea,
The banner of the right.
Let despots remember the day
When our fathers with might endeavor
Proclaimed as they marched to the fray,
That by their might and by their right
It waves forever.

The Stars and Stripes Forever is a song you should hope you never hear while under the Big Top at a Circus. This song is used as the "disaster march" by most of the North American companies, and it is only played when something has gone horribly amiss. Upon hearing this played, all Circus personnel outside the main tent are supposed to immediately begin evacuation. This tradition began when live bands were used during performances, and is still used today, even by the big names in the business, albeit on tape instead of in person.

If you are attending the Circus and hear this song, it would be a good idea to leave immediately.

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