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Title: Knot of blue and gray
Music: T. Brigham Bishop

You ask me why upon my breast unchang'd from day to day,
Link'd side by side in this broad band,
I wear the blue and gray,

I had two brothers long ago,
Two brothers bright and gay,
One wore the coat of northern blue,
And one the coat of southern gray,
One heard the roll-call of the south,
And link'd his fate with Lee,
The other bore the stars and stripes,
With Sherman to the sea

Each fought for what he deem'd the right,
And fell with sword in hand;
One sleeps amid Virginia's hills,
And one by Georgia's strand,
The same sun shines on both their graves,
And rests o'er hill and plain
And in my dreams of vanished days
Both brothers live again

Refrain:
And that is why upon my breast unchanged from day to day,
Link'd side by side in this broad band, 
    I wear a knot of blue and gray.

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