The Rebel
Johnny Cash Lyrics


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Away, away, away rolled the rebel Johnny Yuma

Johnny Yuma was a rebel
He roamed through the west
And Johnny Yuma, the rebel
He wandered alone

He got fightin' mad
This rebel lad
He packed no star
As he wandered far
Where the only law
Was a hook and a draw
The rebel, Johnny Yuma (Away, away, away rode the rebel Johnny Yuma)

Johnny Yuma was a rebel
He roamed through the west
Johnny Yuma, the rebel
He wandered alone

He searched the land
This restless lad
He was panther quick
And leather tough
'Cause he figured that
He had been pushed enough
The rebel, Johnny Yuma (Away, away, away rode the rebel Johnny Yuma)
Johnny Yuma

Johnny Yuma was a rebel
He roamed through the west
Johnny Yuma, the rebel
He wandered alone

Fightin' mad
This rebel lad
With a dream he'd hold
'Til his dyin' breath
He'd search his soul
And gamble with death




The rebel, Johnny Yuma (Away, away, away rode the rebel Johnny Yuma)
Johnny Yuma

Overall Meaning

The song "The Rebel-Johnny Yuma" by Johnny Cash tells the story of a young man named Johnny Yuma who is a rebel and roams through the west alone. Yuma is described as a restless and quick-witted man who is not afraid to fight for what he believes in. He does not carry a star, which refers to a badge worn by a lawman, and he wanders where the only law is the gun.


As Yuma searches the land, he becomes increasingly fed up with the way things are and decides to take matters into his own hands. He dreams of a better life and is willing to risk his own life to achieve it. Yuma is portrayed as a hero, an independent and brave man who fights for his own destiny.


The song captures the spirit of the American west and the ideal of individualism. It portrays Yuma as an archetypal figure who embodies the spirit of the frontier. He is a lone figure who wanders through a dangerous world, facing challenges and overcoming them with his courage and wits. Throughout the song, he is a character who is a product of his time, but also transcends it with his individuality.


Line by Line Meaning

Away, away, away rolled the rebel Johnny Yuma
Johnny Yuma was a rebel who traveled extensively across the west.


Johnny Yuma was a rebel
Johnny Yuma was a nonconformist who refused to follow the rules.


He roamed through the west
He traveled throughout the western part of the United States.


And Johnny Yuma, the rebel
Johnny Yuma was known as a rebel.


He wandered alone
He preferred to be alone and not have anyone interfere with his life.


He got fightin' mad
Johnny Yuma became upset and angry with the current situation.


This rebel lad
This young man was not afraid to go against authority.


He packed no star
Johnny Yuma did not carry a gun or any weapons.


As he wandered far
He journeyed across great distances.


Where the only law
The only rules or regulations he followed


Was a hook and a draw
Were physical fights or drawing weapons.


He searched the land
Johnny Yuma went looking for something, although it's unclear what.


This restless lad
Johnny Yuma was a young man with a lot of energy and wasn't content with a sedentary lifestyle.


He was panther quick
He moved quickly, like a panther.


And leather tough
He was strong and resilient, like leather.


'Cause he figured that
He thought that.


He had been pushed enough
He had reached his limit and couldn't take it anymore.


With a dream he'd hold
Johnny Yuma had a goal or aspiration that he wanted to achieve.


Til his dyin' breath
He was committed to his dream until his last breath.


He'd search his soul
He would take time to reflect on his life and think deeply about his decisions.


And gamble with death
He was willing to take risks even if it meant risking his own life.




Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: ANDREW FENADY, RICHARD MARKOWITZ

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on Wayfaring Stranger

Wayfaring Stranger - The New Appalachians - Lyrics

I am a poor wayfaring stranger
Traveling through this world alone

There will be no sickness, toil or danger
In that grand land to which I roam

Well I'm going home to see my mother
I'm going home to a morning rose
I'm only goin' over Jordan
I'm only goin' over home

Musical Interlude

I know dark clouds will gather 'round me
I know my way is rough and steep
And beautiful fields lie just before me
Where God's redeemed there vigils keep

Well I'm going home to see my brothers
I'm going home no more to roam
I'm only goin' over Jordan
I'm only goin' over home

Musical Interlude

I'm going home to see my Father
I'm going home no more to roam
I'm only goin' over Jordan
I’m only goin’ where no one roams

I want to wear that crown of glory
When I get to that good land
I want to shout out salvation story
In concert with that blood washed band.
I'm going there to see my saviour
I’ll see his face no more to roam
I'm only going over Jordan
I'm only going over home
I'm only goin' over home

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