Johnny Reb Lyrics

Johnny Cash


publisher: ©Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Roba Music, Peermusic Publishing
writers: Merle Kilgore
album: Track 9 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: 2:52

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Johnny Cash Sings the Ballads of the True West cover art
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[Chorus]
You fought all the way
Johnny Reb, Johnny Reb
You fought all the way, Johnny Reb

Saw you a-marchin' with Robert E. Lee
You held your head high tryin' to win the victory
You fought for your folks, but you didn't die in vain
Even tho' you lost they speak highly of your name, 'cause

[Chorus]

I heard your teeth chatter from the cold outside
Saw the bullets open up the wounds in your side
I saw the young boys as they began to fall
You had tears in your eyes 'cause you couldn't help at all, but

[Chorus]

I saw Gen'ral Lee raise a sabre in his hand
Heard the cannons roar as you made your last stand
You marched in the battle of the Grey and the Red
When the cannon smoke cleared, took days to count the dead, 'cause

[Chorus]

When Honest Abe heard the news about your fall
The folks thought he'd call a great vict'ry ball
But he asked the band to play the song Dixie
For you, Johnny Reb, and all that you believe

You fought all the way
Johnny Reb, Johnny Reb
Yeah, you fought all the way, Johnny Reb

[Chorus]


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