Mister Garfield

Johnny Cash


publisher: ©Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
writers: Jack Elliott
album: Track 7 in album Sings the Ballads of the True West
release date: 1965
popularity : 20 users have visited this page.
length: 4:36

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country(area): United States
script: Latin

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Johnny Cash Sings the Ballads of the True West cover art


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Me and my brother was down close to the depot
I hollered, "I wonder what was that!"
He run out and come back and he said

"Mr. Garfield's been shot down, shot down, shot down

But I just wouldn't let myself believe that he'd been shot
Me and my bother run out there and everybody was all confused
And I stepped up to this one lady and I said that
"Ma'am what was it really that happened Ma'am?", and she said that
Mr. Garfield's been shot down low"
Well, it looked like everybody felt just about as bad as I did
Me and my brother did too
Then a few weeks later, I heard that the President was still alive
And go to that Big House up there and see how the President is"
"Let's go up there to where he's laid up hurt and sick we'd see him"
And there was a soldier boy standin' round upside, outside
And, I sidled up to him and I said to that soldier boy
Who was it that shot the President?"

Charlie Guiteau done shot down a good man low

Miss Lucretia Garfield was always at his bedside

And he'd overheard Miss Lucretia and Mr. Garfield talkin'

He said, "You get yourself a good man"

'Cause I love you too much"
And he said that "You'll make some good man a good wife, good wife
Don't pull in single harness all your life, good gal

And things have changed

And I walked back up to this soldier boy and I said

Mr. Garfield's been shot down low
Mr. Garfield's been shot down low
Have you heard the news?
Mr. Garfield's been shot down low, Lord


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