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JedMarum 07 Jul 03 - 09:49 PM
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From: JedMarum
Date: 07 Jul 03 - 09:49 PM

(Jed Marum and Anon.)

Waiting for a flag to fly
Waiting as the end draws nigh
My whole life passes by
Waiting for a flag to fly

Now I have fought invaders in own dear Ireland
I came over to America unwelcomed by this land
So I quit the US Army and I left for Mexico
I joined the bold Battalion of the San Patricio

Many were the numbers of my native countrymen
Faithful now to Mexico these valiant Irishmen
Helping hands, adopted lands, a common cross to bear
I could see that somehow we, were the answer to a prayer


Standing at Chapultupec it's cruel to understand
At Churubuso captured though we fought until the end
Not only are we prisoners, they call us traitor too
Placed to die before the flag the moment that it flew

We never fought for glory and we never fought for pride
For common faith and loyalty our brothers fought and died
Americans may hate us but we're loved by Mexico
I am no more a traitor then any soldier that I know


This song is one I rewrote for the performance of the Chris Matthew's play called, A FLAG TO FLY. I had a very poor recording of the original to work with and tried to stick the original song's story line and use some of its imagery. I also tried to use a similar melody. I had been asked to make the modifications to fit the play's performance at the North Texas Irish Festival in March of 2003. The original composer is unknown.

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