July 6, 2009

Johnny Cash - Bitter Tears (Ballads of the American Indian)

Genre(s) - Country
Origin - United States of America
Year of release - 1964
Bitrate - 128 kbps
Size - 28.49 MB

Let's be totally honest here, this isn't Cash's best release ever, but thematically it appeals to me enough to make this a mandatory share. Johnny at first mistakenly believed he had partial Cherokee heritage, but when he learned he didn't, this did not diminish his affection for the indigenous population of the Americas. The continuous mistreatment of these people brought him to write a near-concept album about the subject, a few years in advance of the reignition of the Indian struggle for self-determination under the American Indian Movement. The more defiant tracks are the best, most notably Custer, its wry lyrics ("Now the general is silent - he got barbered violent!") delivered perfectly, and the proud and hopeful Drums. If you're interested in this subject and like country and folk music, you might want to try out some Buffy Sainte-Marie along with it: here.
  1. As long as the grass shall grow
  2. Apache tears
  3. Custer
  4. The talking leaves
  5. The ballad of Ira Hayes
  6. Drums
  7. White girl
  8. The vanishing race
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