Charlie Daniels’ Letter About the Country Freedom Concert and his song, “This Ain’t No Rag, It’s a Flag”Truth!



Summary of eRumor:
According to this eRumor, Charlie Daniels was scheduled to appear on the CMT (Country Music Television) Country Freedom Concert, a benefit for victims of the terrorist attacks on September 11.  The organizers of the program, however, told Charlie that he could not perform one of his songs because they felt the lyrics might offend someone.  Charlie decided to pull out of the show and released a public letter both explaining his reasons and showing the lyrics to the song titled “This Ain’t No Rag, It’s a Flag.”

The Truth: checked with Charlie Daniels’ office and they confirmed that the story, the letter, and the song are true.

A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:

This is a statement from Charlie Daniels.
 I simply say, “AMEN” !!!!!

 There are probably some of you folks out there who are wondering why we didn’t appear on the CMT Country Freedom Concert for the
 Salvation Army to benefit the victims of the September 11th Attack on America.

 We were announced and scheduled and had every intention of doing the show, until we gave the CMT folks the lyrics to a new song I had written and wanted to perform on the show.

 After receiving the words they informed us that we could not do the song on the show and when we asked them why they said that the
 show was a healing type show and they were afraid that the song would offend someone.

 I would never do anything to hurt the show but I knew that they had the very epitome of country stars and didn’t particularly need us to
 sell tickets. With this in mind, I decided to pull off the show for personal reasons which I would like to share with you.

 Let me preface my remarks by saying that I respect CMT’s right to not allow anything they don’t agree with to go out over their airwaves.  And in all fairness, I guess they were taking the sensibilities of the  victim’s families into account. But I respectfully and vehemently  disagree with their stand.

 First of all, I don’t feel that this is the time for healing. I feel  that this is the time to rub salt in the wounds and keep America focused on the job at hand. We lost almost seven thousand people in the Trade Towers and Pentagon and we’re worrying about offending somebody?

 We have seven month old babies infected with Anthrax and we’re afraid we’ll hurt someone’s feelings?

 Brave Americans forced a plane down in a field in Pennsylvania and we’re worried about ruffling someone’s feathers?

 We’re sending our sons and daughters off to fight and perhaps die in a war we had nothing to do with starting and we’re concerned about insulting somebody?

 I felt to give into this political correctness would be to turn my  back on the people who lost their lives on 9-11 and on the brave  men  and women who defend this country.

 The title of the song is “This Ain’t No Rag It’s A Flag”, and I don’t apologize for a word in it. I’ll let you all decide for yourselves:

 **** This ain’t no rag it’s a flag and we don’t wear it on our heads
It’s a symbol of the land where the good guys live are you listening
 to what I said

 You’re a coward and a fool
 and you broke all the rules
 and you wounded our American pride
 Now we’re coming with a gun
 and we know you’re gonna run
 but you can’t find no place to hide

 We’re gonna hunt you down
 like a mad dog hound
 and make you pay for the lives you stole
 We’re all through talking and messing around
 and now it’s time to rock and roll

 These colors don’t run
 and we’re speaking as one
 when we say united we stand
 If you mess with one you mess with us all
 every boy, girl, woman and man

 You’ve been acting mighty rash
 and talking that trash
 but let me give you some advice
 You can crawl back in your hole
 like a dirty little mole
 but now it’s time to pay the price

 You might have shot us in the back
 but now you have to face the fact
 that the big boy’s in the game
 The lightning’s been flashing
 and the thunder’s been crashing
 and now it’s gettin ready to rain

 This is the United States of America
 the land of the brave and free
 We believe in God, we believe in justice,
 we believe in liberty

 You’ve been pulling our chain,
 we shoulda done something about you
 a long time ago
 But now the flag’s flying high
 and the fur’s gonna fly
 and now the whole world’s gonna know

 This ain’t no rag it’s a flag
 old glory red white and blue
 The stars and stripes
 and when it comes to a fight
 we can do what we have to do

 Our people stand proud
 the American crowd
 is faithful and loyal and tough
 We’re as good as the best
 and better than the rest
 you’re gonna find out soon enough

 When you look up in the sky
 and you see the eagle fly
 you’d better know he’s headed your way
 This ain’t no rag it’s a flag
 and it stands for the USA

 What do you think?

 God Bless America
 Charlie Daniels

 A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but
 it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.