"Ghost Riders in the Sky" as written by and Hughie Thomasson....
An old cowboy went ridin 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
plowin through the ragid skies and up a 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 comin hard and he heard their mournful cries

chorus:
yippie i ohhh ohh ohh
yippie i aye ye ye
ghost riders in the sky

Their faces gaunt, their eyes were blurred
their shirts all soaked with sweat
he's ridin hard to catch that herd
but he ain't caught em yet
cause they got to ride forever in that range up in the sky
on horses snortin fire as they ride on hear their cries

As the riders loped on by him he heard one call his name
''if you want to save your soul from hell a-ridin on our range
then cowboy change your ways today or with us you will ride
tryin to catch the devil's herd across these endless skies

yippie i ohhh oh oh
yippie i aye ye ye
ghost riders in the sky
ghost riders in the sky
ghost riders in the sky


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"Ghost Riders in the Sky" as written by Hughie Thomasson

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    General CommentMusic today is absolute crap. While 50 cent makes good beats that sound nice to listen to, the lyrics are absolute $H1+. The new linkin park sounds just like all their old stuff, and after listening to their new single "What I've Done" it sounded like i've heard it a million times already and become old after the second playthrough. There's very few talented artists out there today, which has led me to look to the past for older artists. Cash is simply amazing. Hard to describe, but he's got such a good flow it's hard to ignore this him.
    narfoon April 09, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis is a great story. johnny cash seemed like such a cool guy. i wish i had the chance to meet him. maybe in heaven i will.
    GabrielDeRoseon June 17, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is awesome. its so.. epic. very visual. ive loved this song since i was a little kid.
    jinx_me6on December 20, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI cant believe this only has one comment! the song is amazing, i think its about a message from these 'ghost riders' telling a guy that hes basically been a twat, anbd needs to change his actions

    great song
    Avatar-rockon March 22, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI cant believe this only has one comment! the song is amazing, i think its about a message from these 'ghost riders' telling a guy that hes basically been a twat, anbd needs to change his actions

    great song
    Avatar-rockon March 22, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhoops double post
    Avatar-rockon March 22, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOh he's been a twat :D ?
    well thats deep
    Durang0on March 30, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentoh shup.
    i was probly high, gimme some slack.
    you got what i meant anyway.
    Avatar-rockon June 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgreat song
    gdoggon August 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe beauty in this song is the simplicity of the story-telling. Johnny is in no uncertain terms revealing his own fears of the day that judgement would be passed on him. I like to compare this song to "When the man comes around" from American IV. I almost see that song as a continuation of the message he started in this story taking note all of the dark paths that the man in black had traveled over the years.

    I remember listening to this song in my mothers car back in the 70's looking up at the tall fluffy gray/white clouds along the prairie in the mid-western US. It is one of my fondest early memories.
    sadianon December 31, 2006   Link

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