Classic lyrics – Your Flag Decal

 

Supposedly Prine got the idea for this song when flag decals were falling out of the Readers Digests he was delivering as a mailman in Maywood, Ill. next to where I grew up.

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While digesting Reader’s Digest
In the back of a dirty book store
A plastic flag with gum on the back
Fell out on the floor
Well, I picked it up and I ran outside
Slapped it on my window shield
And if I could see old Betsy Ross
I’d tell her how good I feel.

But your flag decal won’t get you
Into Heaven any more
They’re already overcrowded
From your dirty little war
Now Jesus don’t like killin’
No matter what the reason’s for
And your flag decal won’t get you
Into Heaven any more

Well I went to the bank this morning
And the cashier said to me
If you join the Christmas club
We’ll give you ten of them flags for free
Well I didn’t mess
Around a bit
I took him up on what he said
And I stuck them stickers all over my car
And one on my wife’s forehead

[Chorus]

Well I got my window shield so filled
With flags I couldn’t see
So I ran the car upside a curb
Right into a tree
By the time they got a doctor down
I was already dead
And I’ll never understand
Why the man
Standing in the Pearly Gates said…

But your flag decal won’t get you
Into Heaven any more
We’re already overcrowded
From your dirty little war
Now Jesus don’t like killin’
No matter what the reason’s for
And your flag decal won’t get you
Into Heaven any more

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