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There's A Star-Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere, WW2 song lyrics

Song: There's A Star-Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere
Lyrics: Bob Miller(2)

Music: Bob Miller(2)
Year: 1942
Genre: Country Music
Origin: USA

There's a Star-Spangled Banner waving somewhere,
In a distant land so many miles away.
Only Uncle Sam's great heroes get to go there,
Where I wish that I could also live some day.
I'd see Lincoln(3), Custer(4), Washington(5) and Perry(6),
And Nathan Hale(7) and Colin Kelly(8), too.
There's a Star-Spangled Banner waving somewhere,
Waving o'er the land of heroes brave and true.
This song was originally posted on
In this war with its mad schemes of destruction,
Of our country fair and our sweet liberty,
By the mad dictators, leaders of corruption,
Can't the U. S. use a mountain boy like me?
God gave me the right to be a free American,
And for that precious right I'd gladly die.
There's a Star-Spangled Banner waving somewhere,
That is where I want to live when I die.

Though I realize I'm crippled, that is true, sir,
Please don't judge my courage by my twisted leg.
Let me show my Uncle Sam what I can do, sir,
Let me help to bring the Axis(9) down a peg.
If I do some great deed I will be a hero,
And a hero brave is what I want to be.
There's a Star-Spangled Banner waving somewhere,
In that heaven there should be a place for me.


1 - Transcribed from the Decca record 6059 sung my Jimmy Wakely June 1942, and listing the lyricist as "Paul Roberts" and composed by "Shelby Darnell", both pseudonyms for Bob Miller. The top selling popular song during World War 2 was recorded by a number of others in both June and July of 1942, with the most popular version sung by Elton Britt.

2 - Bob Miller biography.

3 - Abraham Lincoln biography from The National Museum of American History.

4 - George Armstrong Custer a short biography.

5 - George Washington.

6 - Oliver Hazard Perry

7 - Nathan Hale

8 - Colin Kelly

9 - World War 2 Axis