A ballad of the American Indian, "The Ballad Of Ira Hayes" is about a member of the 'Pema' Indian, a brave warrior who's family was uprooted by the white man and who's water rights were taken away. However, the protagonist was Ira Hays, who actually turned the other cheek and enlisted in World War One. Despite the fact that Hayes was a war hero (one of the soldiers who held up the flag at Iwo Jima), he ended up dying in un-celebratory fashion, drunk and in a white man's jail. In many ways, it illustrates just how badly the white man treated the Indian. Cash's version of the tragic events makes it a true classic in the American folk tradition. An excellent version has been unveiled on 2002's Johnny Cash At Madison Square Garden from the December 1969 concert.