(Ghost) Riders In The Sky


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(Ghost) Riders In The Sky

(Stan Jones, 1948)

An old cowpoke went riding out one dark and windy day.  
Upon a ridge he rested as he went upon his way,  
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When all at once a mighty herd of red-eyed cows he saw  
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plowing through the ragged sky and up a cloudy draw. 

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Yippie-i-ay, yippie-i-o! ghost herd in the sky 
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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!  
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A bolt of fear went through him as they thundered through the sky,  
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For he saw the riders coming hard     and he heard their mournful cry:  
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Yippe-i-ay, yippee-i-o!  
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Ghost riders in the sky.  
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Their faces gaunt, their eyes were blurred, their shirts all soaked with sweat, 
They're riding hard to catch that herd, but they ain't caught 'em yet. 
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They've got to ride forever on that range up in the sky 
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With horses snorting fire!  As they ride on, hear them cry: 

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As the riders rode on by him, he heard one call his name:  
If you want to save your soul from hell, a-riding on this range,  
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Then, cowboy, change your ways today or with us you will ride  
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Trying to catch the devil's herd across these endless skies.  

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