What does The Ballad of Ira Hayes mean?

Johnny Cash: The Ballad of Ira Hayes Meaning

Album cover for The Ballad of Ira Hayes album cover

Song Released: 1964


The Ballad of Ira Hayes Lyrics

Ira Hayes,
Ira Hayes

[CHORUS:]
Call him drunken Ira Hayes
He won't answer anymore
Not the whiskey drinkin' Indian
Nor the Marine that went to war

Gather round me people there's a story I would tell
About a brave young Indian you should...

  1. anonymous
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    Nov 11th 2011 !⃝

    The Pima USMC corporal from Arizona who was immortalized as one of the Marines raising the flag at Iwo Jima never was able to reconcile the loss of his fellow Marines while he was hailed as a hero. Alcohol only fueled his frustration until his death in 1955.


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