Hardin Wouldn't Run

Johnny Cash


publisher: ©Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
writers: J Baird, Pd Traditional
album: Track 6 in album Sings the Ballads of the True West
release date: 1965
popularity : 9 users have visited this page.
genres: Rock Folk, World, & Country
styles: Country Rock/Acoustic
length: 4:21

Album Information

country(area): United States
script: Latin

Cover Art

Johnny Cash Sings the Ballads of the True West cover art


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I know a man whose plow handle hand is quicker than a light
For he might have to kill or walk around a fight
And if you ever saw Wes Hardin draw you know he can skin his gun
Up against the top hand up against the wrong man cause Hardin' wouldn't run
He rode in like a Texas wind took the eastbound train
So long Janie chin up I'll be back again
Off he went to Huntsville Prison so long Janie he cried
And she left that bad land to wait up in the sky
Free at last the payin' past for all the wrong he did
So let him come and let him go and let him deal and bid
Near the border in El Paso Lawyer reads the sign
For business is real bad one client's all he's had in quite a long long time
Then sheriff Selman's boy broke in to Wes's woman's place
And John Selman demands revenge for this disgrace
You could see every night by candlelight in Hardin's favorite bar
Headed for the Goose Hair glad it wasn't far
Right through the swinging doors John Selman came with a blazin' gun
John Wesley Hardin fell dead cos Hardin wouldn't run


Track Listing

  • 1 Hiawatha's Vision
  • 2 The Road to Kaintuck
  • 3 The Shifting, Whispering Sands, Part I
  • 4 The Ballad of Boot Hill
  • 5 I Ride an Old Paint
  • 6 Hardin Wouldn't Run
  • 7 Mister Garfield
  • 8 The Streets of Laredo
  • 9 Johnny Reb
  • 10 A Letter From Home
  • 11 Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie
  • 12 Mean as Hell
  • 13 Sam Hall
  • 14 25 Minutes to Go
  • 15 The Blizzard
  • 16 Sweet Betsy From Pike
  • 17 Green Grow the Lilacs
  • 18 Stampede
  • 19 The Shifting, Whispering Sands, Part II
  • 20 Reflections