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Johnny Cash

The Ballad Of Ira Hayes

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  • 2012
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  • 1951
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“The Ballad of Ira Hayes” was written by folk singer Peter La Farge. It tells the story of Ira Hayes, one of the five Marines and one Navy Corpsman who became famous for having raised the flag on Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima of World War II. The song has been recorded many times; the most popular version is by Johnny Cash. Patrick Sky covered it on his self-titled 1965 debut album (and later for a 1985 album). Pete Seeger covered the song on his 1963 Album Broadside Ballads Volume 2 Bob Dylan followed suit by covering the song during his sessions for Self Portrait, though his version did not see release until Columbia used it as part of the Dylan album of 1973. Townes Van Zandt covered this song during a rare television appearance. Kinky Friedman did a cover of... Read on...

Song lines: ♪ Not the whiskey drinkin' Indian ... He won't answer anymore ... Nor the Marine that went to war

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