Johnny Cash

The Ballad of Boot Hill

Composed by Carl Perkins

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A classic Western ballad, "Boot Hill" opens with Johnny Cash reciting the actual story of the gunfight at the O.K. Corral, and the subsequent murders of three gunmen by the illustrious "Doc" Holliday. Following this soliloquy, the song proper begins with a downcast two-step, waltz-like rhythm and string, minor chord melody. The lyrics over this capture the atmosphere in Tombstone today, and the stark, abandon ghost town feel, makes this a near-cinimatic piece. Some unnecessary female chorus vocals occasionally take the effect down, but in the end, Cash's fabulous baritone lead vocal tells the tale with a striking reality. Available on @Sony/Legacy's 2002 re-issue of ^Johnny Cash Sings Ballads Of The True West).

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
The Fabulous Johnny Cash 1958 Wax Time
Sings the Ballads of the True West 1965 DCC Compact Classics 3:49
Mean as Hell! 1966 Bear Family Records 3:49
No Image 1968 CSP Records
Walls of a Prison 1970 Harmony
Come Along and Ride This Train 1991 Bear Family Records 3:49
The Essential Johnny Cash 1955-1983 1992 Sony Music Distribution 2:34
Sings the Ballads of the True West/Life 2006 Sony BMG 3:48
The Music of Johnny Cash 2009 Columbia / Legacy / Sony Music Distribution 2:37
The Complete Columbia Album Collection 2012 Columbia / Legacy / Sony Legacy 1:14
The Box Set Series 2014 Columbia / Legacy 2:37
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