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Johnny Cash
Album: Heart of Cash
Track: The Ballad of Boot Hill

The Ballad of Boot Hill Lyrics


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

One day on 1881 the Tombstone Epitaph
A booming newspaper in a booming silver mining town
Screamed out the headlines about a gunfight at the OK Corral right downtown
The headlines read Murder In The Streets Of Tombstone
Well that wasn't such hot news but more stark and spine chilling
Than that was a sight on the boardwalk in front of the Epitaph building
Neatly laid out in beautiful caskets were the bodies of Tom McLowery
Frank McLowery and young Billy Clanton twenty eight years old
A witness at the trial later said that he saw Doc Holliday
Blast away with a nickel plated pistol
And Billy Clanton screamed don't shoot me I don't wanna fight
Today there's no more silver mining in Tombstone
But up there on Boot Hill you can see where the graves of the men are
The ones who fought over or because of that big silver strike that created Tombstone


(Carl Perkins)
© '59 Unichappell Music, BMI

Here lies less more four slugs from a forty-four no less no more

Out in Arizona just south of Tucson
Where tumbleweeds tumble in search of a home
There's a town they call Tombstone where the brave never cry
They live by a sixgun by a sixgun they die

It's been a long time now since the town was a boom
The jailhouse is empty so's the Palace Saloon
Just one look will tell you that this town was real
A secluded old dirt road leads up to Boot Hill

Walk up to the fence there and look at the view
That's where they were hanging eighteen eighty two
It's easy to see where the brave men have died
Rope marks on the oak tree are now petrified

At night when the moon shines so far away
It gets mighty lonesome lookin' down on their graves
There lies Billy Clanton never wanted to kill
But he's there with the guilty way up on Boot Hill (Boot Hill)

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