The Ballad of Ira Hayes

Johnny Cash

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publisher: ©CARLIN AMERICA INC
writers: Peter Lafarge
album: Track 5 in album Bitter Tears
release date: 1964
popularity : 18 users have visited this page.
length: 4:10

Album Information

label: Columbia
country(area): United States
format: 12" Vinyl
script: Latin

Cover Art

Johnny Cash Bitter Tears cover art

Lyrics

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Ira Hayes...
Call him drunken Ira Hayes,
Not the whiskey drinking Indian,
Gather 'round me people,
'Bout a brave young Indian,
From the land of the Pima Indian,
Who farmed the Pheonix Valley,
Down the ditches a thousand years,
'Til the white man stole their water rights,
Now, Ira's folks were hungry,
When war came, Ira volunteered,
Call him drunken Ira Hayes,
Not the whiskey drinking Indian,
There they battled up Hirajima hill,
But only twenty-seven lived,
And when the fight was over,
Among the men who held it high,
Call him drunken Ira Hayes,
Not the whiskey drinking Indian,
Ira Hayes returned a hero,
He was wined and speeched and honored,
But he was just a Pima Indian,
At home nobody cared what Ira'd done,
Call him drunken Ira Hayes,
Not the whiskey drinking Indian,
Then Ira started drinking hard,
They let him raise the flag Old Glory,
He died drunk early one morning,
Two inches of water and a lonely ditch,
Call him drunken Ira Hayes,
Not the whiskey drinking Indian,
Yeah, call him drunken Ira Hayes,
And his ghost is lying thirsty,

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Track Listing


12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 As Long as the Grass Shall Grow
  • 2 Apache Tears
  • 3 Custer
  • 4 The Talking Leaves
  • 5 The Ballad of Ira Hayes
  • 6 Drums
  • 7 White Girl
  • 8 The Vanishing Race