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Ghost Riders in the Sky (A Cowboy Legend)
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Stan Jones[1]
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Stan Jones[1]
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April 5, 1949[2]
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"Ghost Riders in the Sky (A Cowboy Legend)" is a song Frank Sinatra never recorded in a studio session. Sinatra did, however, perform the song only once in his career. Under Columbia Records, Sinatra performed the song during the performance of "Your Hit Parade," a show in which Sinatra presented in 1949.

History Edit

"Ghost Riders in the Sky (A Cowboy Legend)" was written by Stan Jones in the summer of 1948.[1]

The initial name of the song was "Riders in the Sky."[3] However, the song has been seen under many names including "Ghost Riders in the Sky" and "A Cowboy Legend."

Lyrics Edit

An old cow polk went ridin’ one dark and windy day
Upon a ranch he rested as he went along his way
When all at once a mighty herd of red eyed cows he saw
A plowin’ through the ragged sky and up the cloudy draw

Yippee-I-Yay
Yippee-I-Yo
Ghost herd in the Sky

Their brands were still on fire and thier hoofs were made of steel
Their horns were black and shiney and thier 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

Yippee-I-Yay
Yippee-I-Yo
Ghost Riders in the Sky

Their faces gone, their eyes were blurred , their shirts all soaked with sweat
Their rindin’ hard to catch that heard but they 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 they hear their cry

Yippee-I-Yay
Yippee-I-Yo
Ghost Riders in the Sky

As the riders loped on by him, he heard one call his name
'If you want to save your soul from hell, you’re ridin’ on that range
then cowboy, change your ways today……or with us you’ll ride on
tryin’ to catch the devil’s herd across these endless sky'
Yippee-I-Yay (Yippee-I-Yay)
Yippee-I-Yo (Yippee-I-Yo)
Ghost Riders in the Sky

Other artists Edit

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 http://www.westernmusic.org/HallOfFamefiles/StanJones.html
  2. http://www.the-main-event.eu/songindex/ghostridersintheskyacowboylegend.html
  3. http://www.ascap.com/ace/search.cfm?mode=search ascap.com/ace

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