The Shifting Whispering Sands Part 1

Lyrics Shared By: Jennifer

Johnny Cash:
I discovered the valley of the shifting whispering sands while prospecting in a western state. I saw the silent windmills, the crumbling water tanks, the bones of the cattle picked clean by buzzards, bleached by the desert sun. I stumbled over a crumbling buckboard, nearly covered by the sand and stopping to rest, I heard a tinkling, whispering sound. And suddenly realized even though the wind was quiet, the sand did not lie still. I seemed to be surrounded by a mystery so heavy and oppressive, I could scarcely breathe. For weeks I wandered aimlessly in the valley, seeking answers to the many questions that raced through my mind. Where was everyone? Why the white bones, the dry wells, the barren valley where people must have lived and died. I sat down and buried my face in my hands and resting, I learned the secret of the shifting, whispering sands. How I managed to escape from the valley I don’t know, but now to pay my debt for being saved, I must tell you what I learned out on the desert so many years ago.
Carter Sisters:
When the day is hardly quiet
And the breeze seems not to blow
One would think the sand was resting
But you’ll find this is not so
It is whispering, softly whispering
As the trolley moves along
And for those who stop and listen
It will sing this mournful song
Statler Brothers:
Oh, sidewinders and the horn toad
On the thorny chaparral
In the sunny days and moonlight nights
The lonely cohorts yell
Johnny: How the stars seem they could touch you
As you lay and gaze on high
All: At the heavens where you’re hoping
You’ll be going when you die

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