From the album Wills And Won'ts

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Lyrics

They’re more popular than ever now, designs many and varied
But our flag decals still won’t get us into heaven
Count the stars up in the sky, count the young that we have buried
And our flag decals still won’t get us into heaven

We hate our neighbors, we hate our selves, we build walls to keep us free
But our flag decals still won’t get us into heaven
We have to work so hard to live this patriotically
And our flag decals still won’t get us into heaven

(1)We wear ‘em on our shirts these days, we slap ‘em on our luggage
We fly them from the windows of our cars
We haven’t changed in forty years - we still hate those we’ve been told to fear
And everything we fear we feel we have to kill
And so we do
And so we will

Home of the free, land of the brave, but it’s ourselves we need to save
And our flag decals still won’t get us into heaven

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(2)Heaven’s even fuller now - it’s hard to find some space
And it’ll take more than your flag decal to get you through the gates
Our dirty little wars look more and more like a video game
The times and places change - the names and faces end up the same

John Prine was right when he did sing about how all our patriotic bling
Would never be enough to secure our entrance into Eternity
I’d like to shake his hand some day and thank him for being the first to say
That our flag decals won’t get us into heaven

So hate the sinner but love the sin, no matter what kind of shape we’re in
Our flag decals still won’t get us into heaven
When you think about what all we’ve done in the name of the Father and the Son
It’s small wonder we’re not welcome there in heaven
Yeah, our flag decals just might keep us out of heaven
Yeah our flag decals still won’t get us into heaven