Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Green songs and poetry: The Green Flag (official and international lyrics)

With the next Green Party conference to coincide with the European Greens and Global Greens Congresses, it is time I released a fuller, modern version of The Green Flag:

1. The people's flag is brightest green,
Let's emblazon its verdant sheen!
For here those trees grew stiff and cold,
Their sap dyed our flag's every fold.
Let's raise the emerald standard high,
Within its shade, we'll live and die!
Though cowards flinch and traitors sneer,
We'll keep the green flag flying here!

2. Look round, the French do chant its praise,
The modern Germans know its place
On Bristol harbour, its hymns were sung,
Round Amsterdam our flag was hung,
Let's raise the emerald standard high,
Within its shade, we'll live and die!

Though cowards flinch and traitors sneer,
We'll keep the green flag flying here!

3. Our flag shall fly with this strong breeze,
Across the land, the air, and our seas,
It witnessed many a deed and vow,
We must not change its colour now.
Let's raise the emerald standard high,
Within its shade, we'll live and die!
Though cowards flinch and traitors sneer,
We'll keep the green flag flying here!

4. We'll march onward and sound our horn,
To bring to our world a green dawn!
A dawn that brings prosperity,
Fair justice and equality!
Let's raise the emerald standard high,
Within its shade, we'll live and die!
Though cowards flinch and traitors sneer,
We'll keep the green flag flying here!

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