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The Ballad of Ira Hayes - Kris Kristofferson

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Uploaded on Sep 8, 2008

Gather round me, people, there's a story I would tell, About a brave young Indian you should remember well; From the land of the Pima Indians, a proud and noble band, Who farmed the Phoenix Valley in Arizona land. Down their ditches for a thousand years the waters grew Ira's people's crops, Till the white man stole their water rights and their sparklin' water stopped. Now Ira's folks grew hungry, and their farms grew crops of weeds. When war came, Ira volunteered and forgot the white man's greed. Call him drunken Ira Hayes -- He won't answer anymore, Not the whiskey-drinkin' Indian, Not the Marine who went to war. Well, they battled up Iwo Jima hill -- two hundred and fifty men, But only twenty-seven lived -- to walk back down again; When the fight was over -- and Old Glory raised Among the men who held it high was the Indian -- Ira Hayes. Ira Hayes returned a hero -- celebrated through the land, He was wined and speeched and honored -- everybody shook his hand; But he was just a Pima Indian -- no water, no home, no chance; At home nobody cared what Ira done -- and when do the Indians dance? Then Ira started drinkin' hard -- jail was often his home; They let him raise the flag and lower it -- as you would throw a dog a bone; He died drunk early one morning -- alone in the land he'd fought to save; Two inches of water in a lonely ditch -- was the grave for Ira Hayes. Yea, call him drunken Ira Hayes, But his land is just as dry, And the ghost is lying thirsty In the ditch where Ira died.

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