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THE BONNIE BLUE FLAG, by            
First Line: We are a band of brothers
Last Line: Hurrah! For the bonnie blue flag has gain'd th' eleventh star!
Subject(s): American Civil War; Confederate States Of America; U.s. - History; Confederacy


We are a band of brothers,
And native to the soil,
Fighting for the property
We gained by honest toil;
And when our rights were threaten'd,
The cry rose near and far,
Hurrah for the Bonnie Blue Flag, that bears a Single Star!
Hurrah! Hurrah! for Southern Rights!
Hurrah for the Bobbie Blue Flag, that bears a Single Star!

As long as the Union was faithful to her trust,
Like friends and like brothers, kind were we and just;
But now, when Northern treachery our rights to mar,
We hoist on high the Bonnie Blue Flag, that bears a Sing Star!
Hurrah! Hurrah! for Southern Rights!
Hurrah for the Bonnie Blue Flag, that bears a Single Star!

First gallant South Carolina nobly made the stand;
Then came Alabama, who took her by the hand;
Next, quickly Mississippi, Georgia and Florida,
All rais'd on high the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a Single Star!
Hurrah! Hurrah! for Southern Rights!
Hurrah for the Bonnie Blue Flag, that bears a Single Star!

Ye men of valor, gather round the Banner of the Right,
Texas and fair Louisiana join us in the fight;
Davis, our beloved President, and Stephens, statesmen rare,
Now rally round the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a Single Star!
Hurrah! Hurrah! for Southern Rights!
Hurrah for the Boonie Blue Flag, that bears a Single Star!

And here's to brave Virginia! the old Dominion State
With the young Confederacy at length has link'd her fate;
Impell'd by her example, now other states prepare
To hoist on high the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a Single Star.
Hurrah! Hurrah! for Southern Rights!
Hurrah for the Bonnie Blue Flag, that bears a Single Star!

Then here's to our Confederacy, strong we are and brave,
Like patriots of old, we'll fight our heritage to save;
And rather than submit to shame, to die we would prefer,
So cheer for the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a single star.
Hurrah! Hurrah! for Southern Rights!
Hurrah for the Bonnie Blue Flag, that bears a Single Star!

Then cheer, boys, cheer, raise the joyous about,
For Arkansas and North Carolina now have both gone out;
And let another rousing cheer for Tennessee be given --
The Single Star of the Bonnie Blue Flag has grown to be Eleven.

Hurrah! Hurrah! for Southern Rights; hurrah!
Hurrah! for the Bonnie Blue Flag has gain'd th' Eleventh Star!





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