Ghost Riders

From Creolista!
Jump to: navigation, search

A song originally written by Stan Jones in 1948. As a young teen, I often requested this song at the Shangri-la Hotel where Matthew and the Mandarins performed. I'm sure I saw Johnny Cash performing it on the Muppet Show when I was really young, and probably heard various versions on the radio.

Youn Sun Nah, Lento
An old cowboy went riding out one dark and windy day,
Upon a ridge he rested as he went along his way,
When all at once a mighty herd of red eyed cows he saw
A-plowing through the ragged sky and up the cloudy draw.
Their brands were still on fire and their hooves were made of steel.
Their horns were black and shiny and their hot breath he could feel.
A bolt of fear went through him as they thundered through the sky
For he saw the riders coming hard and he heard their mournful cry.
Yippie yi ooh
Yippie yi yay
Ghost riders in the sky
Their faces gaunt, their eyes were blurred, their shirts all soaked with sweat
He's riding hard to catch that herd, but he ain't caught 'em yet
'Cause they've got to ride forever on that range up in the sky
On horses snorting fire, as they ride on hear their cry.
As the riders loped on by him he heard one call his name
"If you want to save your soul from hell, a-riding on our range,
Then cowboy change your ways today or with us you will ride
Trying to catch the devil's herd, across these endless skies."
Yippie yi ooh
Yippie yi yay
Ghost riders in the sky
Ghost riders in the sky
Ghost Riders in the sky
Johnny Cash, 1979, Silver                                              (+muppets)                                                Burl Ives (1949)