The Shifting, Whispering Sands, Part II Lyrics - Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash Johnny Cash Sings the Ballads of the True West cover art
Release information
Release Date: 1965
Genre: Rock Folk, World, & Country
Style: Country Rock/Acoustic
length: 2:29
producer: Frank Jones and Don Law
bass: Marshall Grant
dobro: Norman Blake
drums (drum set): W.S. Holland
electric guitar: Luther Perkins
guitar: Bob Johnson, Jack Clement and Johnny Cash
piano: Bill Pursell
vocal: Johnny Cash
writer: Jack Gilbert, Mary Hadler
(Sung by unknown choir)
Listen to the angel's story of the Shifting, Whispering Sands

(Sung by Johnny Cash)
Yes they always whisper to me
Of the days of long ago
When the settler and the miner
Fought the crafty Navajo

How the cattle roamed the valley
Happy people worked the land
Now everything is covered
By The Shifting, Whispering Sands

(Sung by an unknown choir)
A miner left his buck board
Went to work his claim that day

(Sung by Johnny Cash)
And the burrows broke their halters
When they thought he'd gone to stay

How they found that ancient miner
Lying dead upon the sands
And for months they could but wonder
Did he die by human hands?

So they dug his grave and laid him
On his back and crossed his hands
And his secret still is covered
By the Shifting, Whispering Sands

(Sung by an unknown choir)
And his secret is still hidden
By the Shifting, Whispering Sands

(Spoken by Johnny Cash)
This is what they always whisper to me
Out on the quiet desert air
Of the people and the cattle
And that miner lying there

So if you want to learn the secret
Wander through this quiet land
(Sung)
And I'm sure you'll hear the story
Of the Shifting, Whispering Sands

(Sung by an unknown choir)
And I'm sure you'll hear the story
Of the Shifting, Whispering Sands

Tracklist
  • 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