Remembering those who paid the price
To heed their country’s call
Thus sparing us the tyrants heel
Did gladly give their all.
As long as God shall let me live
These knees shall never bow
To any power on this earth
Who’d force from me a vow
And dare to try to take from me
This freedom I have now.
Tis better far that I should die
And rot beneath the sod
Than raises these knarled old hands of mine
To anyone but God
And try to face myself each day
If victor’s feet should trod.
If victors come and take my flag
And dash it to the ground
And mouths be closed on lesser men
And patriots be bound
Then count your dead on battlefields
For there I shall be found.
Regardless of the price we pay for
Freedom, it’s still the world’s greatest bargain.
William Raymond Waterman, Sr.