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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 yaaaay
Yippie yi ohhhhh

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 yaaaay
Yippie yi ohhhhh

Ghost Riders in the sky
Ghost Riders in the sky
Ghost Riders in the sky

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    Terri MasonAug 8, 2013 at 9:36 pm
    Ghost Riders in the Sky was written on June 5, 1948 by Stan Jones. A number of versions were crossover hits on the pop charts in 1949. The ASCAP database lists the song as "Riders in the Sky" (title code: 480028324[2]), but the title has been written as "Ghost Riders", "Ghost Riders in the Sky", and "A Cowboy Legend". Jones published 200 songs in his short life; about 100 were hits and/or used in many Western movies and Disney's World of Color.
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    Alan DannAug 9, 2013 at 5:49 am
    Although many great versions have been done over the years I like the version of Ghost Riders In The Sky done by the group of the same name... Ghost Riders In The Sky.
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    Wendy RudolphAug 9, 2013 at 3:13 am
    I love all the traditional versions but Troy Rudolph found us one once by Skatman Carruthers - we have it on our ipod and love it when it comes on
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    UnregisteredMay 18, 2012 at 11:52 am
    An old cowboy (or any person) thinking about their past deeds (misdeeds) and their need to change their ways before they die.
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    UnregisteredMar 15, 2012 at 5:13 am
    A powerful message, with meaning and relevance to listeners of all ages and genre. Added to the message are a driving rhythym, mimicing the pounding of hooves of a ghostly herd and minor harmonies lending to an overall sense of beyond reality experience. I've been in thunderstorms in the mountains, and they truly do have this kind of power and effect. This has always been one of my favorite songs to listen to and to sing.

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