Proudly it Waves, Old Glory

I sang the following song in a citywide choral cantata, “I Love America,” years ago in Newberg, Oregon. It made quite an impression on me as an 18 year old young man. It remains one of my favorite patriotic tunes. I share here with you the lyrics penned by John W. Peterson.

“Proudly it waves, Old Glory, over the land of the free; Promise of hope and freedom, symbol of liberty. Red, white and blue are its colors; Colors both brilliant and clear. Colors with far deeper meaning than that at first may appear. Red is for blood of Patriots who have died to free us; white is for justice and government of law; Blue is for honor and faith in all we do! This is my flag; This is Old Glory, the red, white and blue.”

14 thoughts on “Proudly it Waves, Old Glory

  1. This was also a favorite of mine, sung by one of my friends, in a mucisal called “I Love America” in Huntsville, AL. I moved from Huntsville 11 years ago, and that year was our Finale performance in the musical. I still am moved to tears when I hear it.

  2. Glenn,
    My name is Ron. I am a Pastor in Arkansas. I was looking for the song, “The Red White and Blue”, and that led me to your site. I also used to sing that song as a teen, many years ago, and I was wanting to try to find a track to it if there was such a thing. I thought you may have some knowledge of where I could get one or if there was one.
    I thank you for your help. God bless you and your ministry.

    Ron Owen

  3. Hi Jack,

    I only have the lyric I posted. I do not have the actual sound midi. If you search on a search engine you may be able to find one out there. Not sure. Thanks for dropping by!

  4. As the pastor of the church I had a singing background and was asked to do the solo on this song when our choir did this contata. We used the background orchastration at the time and it was one of the most moving songs we ever did. I wish I knew what ever happened to the background but have not been able to find it. If anyone has found where a copy could be purchased I would be very interested.

  5. Not too sure how the Methodist’s got a hold of this musical; nevertheless, I was the lucky tenor, with the golden voice, chosen to sing this beautiful song when our community choir in Marfa, Texas performed this glorious tribute to America in the early 1970’s. Although most publishing outlets are claiming on the web that the piece is out of publication and no longer available, the John W. Peterson Music website will contact you about placing an order for this music. Glad to read so many were deeply moved like I was with “I Love America!”.

  6. I also sang this as part of a youth ensemble that traveled and did a patriotic concert that included this, a multi-media tribute from ReCreation, I’m Proud to Be an American, and several others. I’d love copies of all of those, too.



  8. I found this on YouTube. I’ve always loved this song since I first heard it at “I Love America,” in Huntsville, AL, as a child.

  9. Beautiful! That is my Uncle, Max McBeth singing at the age of 18 with the Chapel Choir of First Baptist Church Dallas in 1976. I was only in 6th grade when I heard him sing here and it really instilled so much Patriotism in me. I’m glad it’s on YouTube for everyone to hear. We all need a little more Patriotism in this country right now. God Bless America! Happy Independence Day!

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