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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, like 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.

Ragged Old Flag
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 5, 1974
  • Johnny Cash
  • Charlie Bragg
Johnny Cash chronology
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Ragged Old Flag
Junkie and the Juicehead Minus Me
Singles from Ragged Old Flag
  1. "Ragged Old Flag"
    Released: March 19, 1974
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]

Track listingEdit

All tracks are written by 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 Cash)2:10
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