Why Was George M. Cohan Forced to Rewrite the Patriotic American Song “You’re a Grand Old Flag”?

In 1906, George M. Cohan was forced to change one word in his song and anthem to the American flag.

The line in the Chorus is, “It’s a grand old flag/it’s a high flying flag…”

Though today it’s sung as a tribute to Old Glory, if Cohan hadn’t made the change, the song probably would never be sung.

why was george m cohan forced to rewrite the patriotic american song youre a grand old flag scaled

Cohan’s original lyrics started with, “It’s a grand old rag . ..”

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