Night Rider's Lament Lyrics

Nanci Griffith


publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
writers: Michael E Burton
album: Track 14 in album Other Voices, Other Rooms
release date: 1993-3-2
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length: 3:58
composer: Michael Burton
lyricist: Michael Burton

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While I was out a-ridin'
The graveyard shift midnight till dawn
The moon was as bright as a reading light
For a letter from an old friend back home

[Chorus]
He asked me
Why do you ride for your money?
Why do you rope for short pay?
You ain't gettin' nowhere
And you're losin' your share
You must've gone crazy out there

He said last night I ran into Jenny
They married and have a good life
Oh, you sure missed the track when you never came back
She made the perfect professional's wife

[Chorus]

They've never seen the northern lights
Never seen a hawk on the wing
Never seen the spring hit the Great Divide
Oh, they never heard old Camp Cookie sing

I read up the last of my letter
And tore off the stamp for Black Jim
Little Dougie rode up to relieve me
He just looked at my letter and grinned

[Chorus]

They've never seen the northern lights
Never seen a hawk on the wing
Never seen the spring hit the Great Divide
Oh, they never heard old Camp Cookie sing

Track Listing

  • 1 Across the Great Divide
  • 2 Woman of the Phoenix
  • 3 Tecumseh Valley
  • 4 Three Flights Up
  • 5 Boots of Spanish Leather
  • 6 Speed of the Sound of Loneliness
  • 7 From Clare to Here
  • 8 Can't Help But Wonder Where I'm Bound
  • 9 Do Re Mi
  • 10 This Old Town
  • 11 Comin' Down in the Rain
  • 12 Ten Degrees and Getting Colder
  • 13 Morning Song for Sally
  • 14 Night Rider's Lament
  • 15 Are You Tired of Me Darling
  • 16 Turn Around
  • 17 Wimoweh