The Ballad of Boot Hill

Johnny Cash

credits


publisher: ©Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
writers: Carl Perkins
album: Track 4 in album Sings the Ballads of the True West
release date: 1965
popularity : 11 users have visited this page.
genres: Rock Folk, World, & Country
styles: Country Rock/Acoustic
length: 3:50

Album Information

country(area): United States
script: Latin

Cover Art

Johnny Cash Sings the Ballads of the True West cover art

Lyrics

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Ira Hayes

He won't answer anymore
Nor the Marine that went to war
Gather round me people there's a story I would tell
From the land of the Pima Indian a proud and noble band

The water grew Ira's peoples' crops
And the sparklin' water stopped
Now Ira's folks were hungry
When war came, Ira volunteered

He won't answer anymore
Nor the Marine that went to war
There they battled up Iwo Jima's hill
But only twenty-seven

And when Old Glory raised
Was the Indian, Ira Hayes
Call him drunken Ira Hayes
Not the whiskey drinkin' Indian

Celebrated through the land
Everybody shook his hand
But he was just a Pima Indian
At home nobody cared what Ira'd done

He won't answer anymore
Nor the Marine that went to war
Then Ira started drinkin' hard
They'd let him raise the flag and lower it

Alone in the land he fought to save
Was a grave for Ira Hayes
Call him drunken Ira Hayes
Not the whiskey drinkin' Indian

But his land is just as dry
In the ditch where Ira died

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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