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Thread #15331   Message #1925557
Posted By: JeremyC
03-Jan-07 - 08:44 AM
Thread Name: ADD/Origins: The Foggy Dew (Fr. O'Neill)
Subject: Foggy Dew(1916)/Star Spangled Banner?
I might have posted this in one of the other discussion threads on "The Foggy Dew," but I'm not sure what the etiquette is on "bumping" threads that may be several years old. On most forums this is frowned upon, hence the new thread. Onto my question:

Is it just me, or is the line:

And when morning broke, still the war (or "green") flag shook
out its folds in the foggy dew.

intentionally similar to the "our flag was still there" line from "The Star Spangled Banner"? I may be overthinking this, but are there other examples of the "we fought hard, and in the morning our flag was still flying above us" image in other revolutionary songs? "The Star Spangled Banner" predates the revolutionary version of "The Foggy Dew," obviously, but I was wondering if the line was a reference to "Banner," or if they both drew from some commonly-used image.

I was just discussing this with a friend of mine, and I thought maybe the knowledgeable folks here might have some insights. Thanks!