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Johnny Cash – Ghost Riders In The Sky lyrics

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 Mason
    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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  • u
    The meaning of this song is simple. The ghost riders are cowboys that have died and gone to hell. In this case their hell is to chance the devil's heard of cows for eternity. This is a hopeless task according to song. There is also a warning to the living cowboy, change your way and start living right or you will join our hell riding on our range. In more modern terms live right with The Lord or you're destined to hell a never ending torment.
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    I Gieseler
    It's a sad song to my thinking, perhaps of a haunted cowboy? I really would like to know. What the author had in mind. I am in my late 70's but remember the song from when I was young. It suddenly showed up in my memory, and I would like to be able to understand it.
    Thank you.
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  • b
    This song is obviously about an older cowboy minding his own business, doing what he always did when he was still in the "game"- riding alone on the range. Some very angry cow ghosts came by being chased by some very angry cowboy ghosts who were deceased, but still very much in the "game." The coyboy ghosts were warning the older cowboy to get out of the "game" while he still has the time or wind up chasing something that was unattainable.
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  • u
    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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