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Johnny Cash
Album: Sings the Ballads of the True West
Track: Johnny Reb

Johnny Reb Lyrics

NARRATION

(Johnny Cash)
© '65 Song Of Cash Music, ASCAP

Just like Mr Greeley suggested back in the 1860's many young men went West
But they went with their pistols cocked
It seemed the only way to escape the horrors of war
But sometimes the horrors were even worse in the West
Back on the front the losers Johnny Reb they called him fought all the way
Okay Johnny Reb you can sound down the flag now it's all over

JOHNNY REB

(Merle Kilgore)
© '60 Fort Knox Music, BMI / Shelby Singleton Music, BMI / Trio Music, BMI / Cedarwdood Publishing, BMI

Yeah you fought all the way Johnny Reb Johnny Reb
You fought all the way Johnny Reb

I saw you a marchin' with Robert E Lee
You held your head high tryin' to win the victory
You fought for you folks but you didn't die in vain
And even though you lost they speak highly of your name

You fought all the way...

I heard your teeth chatter from the cold outside
Saw the bullets open up the wounds in your side
Saw the young boys when they began to fall
There were tears in your eyes but you couldn't help at all

You fought all the way...

I saw General Lee raise a sabre in his hand
Heard the cannons roar as you made your last stand
You marched into battle with the Grey and the Red
When the smoke cleared away it took days to count the dead

Cause you fought all the way...

And when President Lincoln heard the news of your fall
Everyone said there'd be a victory ball
But he asked the band if they would play dixie
For you Johnny Reb and for what you believed

Cause you fought all the way...
Yeah you fought all the way...

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