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You’re a Grand Old Flag sheet music

Scroll down for a lead sheet for You’re a Grand Old Flag that includes the melody and chords, with versions of the song in seven different keys. There are also links to the song for piano, recorder, woodwind, brass, and string instruments.

The history of You’re a Grand Old Flag

You’re a Grand Old Flag was composed in 1906 by George M. Cohan for his musical production George Washington, Jr. The show premiered in the Herald Square Theater in New York on February 6 of that year. Even though the show did not receive rave reviews from the critics, the public enjoyed it, and the song You’re a Grand Old Flag became an immediate hit — it was the first song from a musical to sell more than one million copies of sheet music. For more information on the history of the show, as well as an interesting review of the work, and Cohan’s amusing response, see the Library of Congress page on You’re a Grand Old Flag.




Cohan included some interesting musical quotes in his song You’re a Grand Old Flag. Most notably, the song ends with part of the melody and lyrics from the old standard holiday song, Auld Lang Syne. Also, the the first three notes of the song are the same pitches as the Star Spangled Banner. Perhaps that was a coincidence, but it is quite possible that it is a clever nod to another popular patriotic song.

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You’re a Grand Old Flag lead sheet music with chords and melody.




You’re a Grand Old Flag for band instruments
You’re a Grand Old Flag for string instruments
You’re a Grand Old Flag for piano
You’re a Grand Old Flag for recorder

You’re a Grand Old Flag for flute
You’re a Grand Old Flag for oboe
You’re a Grand Old Flag for clarinet
You’re a Grand Old Flag for bassoon
You’re a Grand Old Flag for alto saxophone
You’re a Grand Old Flag for tenor saxophone
You’re a Grand Old Flag for trumpet
You’re a Grand Old Flag for French horn
You’re a Grand Old Flag for trombone
You’re a Grand Old Flag for tuba

You’re a Grand Old Flag for violin
You’re a Grand Old Flag for viola
You’re a Grand Old Flag for cello
You’re a Grand Old Flag for bass

Treble clef versions of You’re a Grand Old Flag:

In the key of A
In the key of B flat
In the key of C
In the key of D
In the key of E flat
In the key of F
In the key of G

Bass clef versions of You’re a Grand Old Flag:

In the key of A
In the key of B flat
In the key of C
In the key of D
In the key of E flat
In the key of F
In the key of G

Alto clef versions of You’re a Grand Old Flag:

In the key of A
In the key of B flat
In the key of C
In the key of D
In the key of E flat
In the key of F
In the key of G