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Most of the songs on "Bitter Tears" come from the songbook of a Pima-Indian, Peter LaFarge. LaFarge served in the Korean War, worked with Cisco Houston, made numerous recordings for Folkways and Columbia, and died in 1964 (of either suicide or stroke). That same year Columbia released "Bitter Tears". This CD now stands as an unplanned tribute to LaFarge (the original liner notes refer to LaFarge in the present tense, so hopefully he lived to hear Cash's interpretations of his songs).
Johnny Cash wrote "Apache Tears" and "The Talking Leaves". LaFarge wrote the remaining songs except J.Horton's "The Vanishing Race". The CD contains nothing but outstanding songs, many of which refer to real historic people or events.
"As Long as The Grass Shall Grow" sums up the history of broken treaties. After the American Revolution, the United States found itself very weak. To placate the American Indians (many of who fought on the side of the British), the US government offered numerous peace treaties promising land "as long as the grass shall grow and the waters flow". US Courts later interpreted such phrases as pure metaphor, and denied claims to land that the treaties promised.Read more ›
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I never heard this album before. I came across an article on the internet about it and decided to purchase it. It is a nice album.Published 5 days ago by K John
Intense, honest songs as only Johnny Cash could write and sing them.Published 23 days ago by Dragonfly
an awesome listen. no one can do it like Johnny. an oldie, but a goodiePublished 1 month ago by Emma L. Killingbeck
I would recommend this recording to anyone that enjoys the singing of Johnny Cash.Published 2 months ago by Ricki E LeGault