Ragged Old Flag

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Ragged Old Flag
Studio album by Johnny Cash
Released April 5, 1974
Recorded 1974
Length 29:35
Label Columbia
  • Johnny Cash
  • Charlie Bragg
Johnny Cash chronology
Johnny Cash and His Woman
(1973)Johnny Cash and His Woman1973
Ragged Old Flag
Junkie and the Juicehead Minus Me
(1974)Junkie and the Juicehead Minus Me1974
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]

Ragged Old Flag is the 47th album by American country music singer Johnny Cash, released on Columbia Records in 1974 (see 1974 in music). The album addresses several political as well as ethical issues, not unlike many of Cash's other releases. The title track, and simultaneously the only single from the album, is a spoken word tribute to patriotism amid the Watergate scandal. "Don't Go Near the Water" addresses another hot political issue of the time, the environment. All of the songs on the album were composed by Cash, save "I'm a Worried Man" by himself and June Carter Cash.

Track listing[edit]

Johnny Cash, except where noted
1."Ragged Old Flag" 3:08
2."Don't Go Near the Water" 2:52
3."All I Do is Drive" 2:10
4."Southern Comfort" 2:10
5."King of the Hill" 2:44
6."Pie in the Sky" 2:27
7."Lonesome to the Bone" 2:41
8."While I've Got It on My Mind" 2:20
9."Good Morning, Friend" 2:05
10."I'm a Worried Man"Johnny Cash, June Carter Cash2:10
11."Please Don't Let Me Out" 2:42
12."What on Earth Will You Do (for Heaven's Sake)" 2:08


  • Charlie Bragg – producer, engineer
  • Al Quaglieri – producer, reissue producer
  • Freeman Ramsey – engineer
  • Rob Tucker – engineer
  • Howard Fritzson – art director, reissue art director
  • Billy Barnes – cover design
  • Al Clayton – cover photo
  • Seth Foster – mastering
  • Randall Martin – design
  • John Henry Jackson – project director
  • Steven Berkowitz – A&R
  • Patti Matheny – A&R
  • Darren Salmieri – A&R


AlbumBillboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1974 Country Albums 16

SinglesBillboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1974 "Ragged Old Flag" Country Singles 31