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Ragged Old Flag - Johnny Cash: a cloze exercise

Ragged Old Flag - Johnny CashIl brano è un'ode alla bandiera americana (personificata con il pronome "She") in versi di grande impatto emotivo. Cash riassume, a modo suo, la storia della "Old Glory" nel corso delle guerre combattute negli anni dagli Stati Uniti.

Eventi e personaggi citati

  • county courthouse square = piazza del tribunale di contea.
  • Washington attraversò il gelido fiume Delaware la notte del 25-26 Dicembre 1776, in un'operazione logisticamente difficile e pericolosa. Fu la prima mossa in un attacco a sorpresa contro le forze dell'Assia a Trenton, New Jersey, la mattina del 26 dicembre.
  • Francis Scott Key fu l'autore nel 1814 dell'inno nazionale americano "Star-Spangled Banner" che inizia con le parole "O! say can you see by the dawn's early light ..."
  • La battaglia di New Orleans dell'8 gennaio 1815 fu l'atto finale della guerra contro l'Impero Britannico. Le forze americane, comandate da Andrew Jackson, sconfissero l'esercito britannico comandato da Sir Edward Pakenham.
  • La battaglia di Alamo (23 febbraio - 6 marzo 1836) fu un evento cruciale nella rivoluzione Texana contro il Messico
  • La battaglia di Chancellorsville fu una grande battaglia della Guerra Civile americana; venne combattuta dal 30 aprile al 6 maggio 1863, in Virginia, presso il villaggio di Chancellorsville.
  • Shiloh Hill fu una delle battaglie più sanguinose della Guerra Civile (1861–1865)
  • Robert E. Lee, Beauregard and Bragg furono dei Generali dell'esercito Confederato
  • Il "Big Bertha" era un cannone di grosso calibro dell'artiglieria tedesca.
  • Due momenti della Guerra Fredda - La Guerra di Corea (25 Giugno 1950 - 27 luglio 1953) tra la Repubblica di Corea (sostenuta principalmente dagli Stati Uniti d'America) e la Repubblica democratica popolare di Corea (sostenuta dalla Repubblica popolare cinese e U.R.S.S.); la guerra del Vietnam fu un conflitto che coinvolse Vietnam, Laos e Cambogia dal 1 novembre 1955 alla caduta di Saigon il 30 aprile 1975.
  • Uncle Sam ("US") è una personificazione del governo americano che, secondo la leggenda, venne usato per la prima volta durante la guerra del 1812.

Words and Verbs to insert:

bench= panchina -- blew= soffiava -- denied= rinnegata -- fell= cadde -- fire = fuoco -- fold= pieghiamo -- hole = foro -- hung = pendeva -- it'll do= basterà -- kinda= un po' -- land= terra -- leaned= inclinato -- little= piccolo -- powder= dinamite -- quit= smesso -- raise= alziamo -- rip= strappo -- said= ha detto -- sat= Rimase seduto -- seams = cuciture -- seat= posto -- sent = mandata -- ships = navi -- slow= lentamente -- stands= Si erge -- sword= spada -- take= sopportare -- thin= sottile -- thread= tessuto -- time= volta -- took= portò -- touch= toccare -- turned= divenne -- waved= sventolava -- you got= avete
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I walked through a county courthouse square
On a park , an old man was sittin' there.
I said, "Your old court house is run down,
He said, "Naw, for our little town".
I said, "Your old flag pole is a little bit,
And that's a ragged old flag hangin' on it".
He said, "Have a ", and I sat down,
"Is this the first
you've been to our little town?"
I said, "I think it is"
He "I don't like to brag,
but we're kinda proud of
That Ragged Old Flag

"You see, we got a hole in that flag there,
When Washington it across the Delaware.
and It got burned
the night that Francis Scott Key watching it,
writing "Say Can You See"
And it got a bad in New Orleans,
with Packingham & Jackson
tugging at its .

and It almost at the Alamo
beside the Texas flag,
But she on though.
She got cut with a at Chancellorsville,
And she got cut again at Shiloh Hill.
There was Robert E. Lee, Beauregard and Bragg,
And the south wind hard on
That Ragged Old Flag

On Flanders Field in World War I,
She got a big from a Bertha Gun,
She blood red in World War II
She limp, and low, a time or two,
She was in Korea, Vietnam,
She went where she was
by her Uncle Sam.

She waved from our upon the briny foam
and now they've about wavin' back here at home
in her own good here She's been abused,
She's been burned, dishonored, , refused,
And the government for which she
Has scandalized throughout the land.

And she's got bare, and she's wearin' ,
But she's in good shape, for the shape she's in.

'Cause she's been through the before
and i believe she can a whole lot more.
So we her up every morning
we take her down every night,
We don't let her the ground,
And we her up right.

On second thought
I *do* like to brag
Cause I'm mighty proud of
That Ragged Old Flag"
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I walked through a county courthouse square
On a park bench, an old man was sittin' there.
I said, "Your old court house is kinda run down,
He said, "Naw, it'll do for our little town".
I said, "Your old flag pole is leaned a little bit,
And that's a ragged old flag you got hangin' on it".
He said, "Have a seat", and I sat down,
"Is this the first time
you've been to our little town?"
I said, "I think it is"
He said "I don't like to brag,
but we're kinda proud of
That Ragged Old Flag

"You see, we got a little hole in that flag there,
When Washington took it across the Delaware.
and It got powder burned
the night that Francis Scott Key sat watching it,
writing "Say Can You See"
And it got a bad rip in New Orleans,
with Packingham & Jackson
tugging at its seams.

and It almost fell at the Alamo
beside the Texas flag,
But she waved on though.
She got cut with a sword at Chancellorsville,
And she got cut again at Shiloh Hill.
There was Robert E. Lee, Beauregard and Bragg,
And the south wind blew hard on
That Ragged Old Flag

On Flanders Field in World War I,
She got a big hole from a Bertha Gun,
She turned blood red in World War II
She hung limp, and low, a time or two,
She was in Korea, Vietnam,
She went where she was sent
by her Uncle Sam.

She waved from our ships upon the briny foam
and now they've about quit wavin' back here at home
in her own good land here She's been abused,
She's been burned, dishonored, denied, refused,
And the government for which she stands
Has scandalized throughout the land.

And she's got thread bare, and she's wearin' thin,
But she's in good shape, for the shape she's in.

'Cause she's been through the fire before
and i believe she can take a whole lot more.
So we raise her up every morning
we take her down slow every night,
We don't let her touch the ground,
And we fold her up right.

On second thought
I *do* like to brag
Cause I'm mighty proud of
That Ragged Old Flag"