(Ghost) Riders in the Sky Lyrics - Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash Silver cover art
publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group
writers: Gene Autry
release date: 1979
genres: Rock Folk, World, & Country
styles: Folk Rock/Country Rock/Acoustic
length: 3:46
producer: Brian Ahern
guitar: Jerry Hensley, Johnny Cash, Jack Clement and Jack Routh
percussion: Mark Morris
trumpet: Bob Lewin, Wayne Jackson and Jack Hale
vocal: The Carter Family, Johnny Cash and Jan Howard
electric guitar: Bob Wootton
electric bass guitar: Marshall Grant
fiddle: Ricky Skaggs
mandocello: Bob Johnson
banjo: Bob Johnson
drums (drum set): W.S. Holland
piano: Earl Poole Ball
hammered dulcimer: Alisa Jones
French horn: Jack Hale and Bob Lewin
lyricist: Stan Jones
composer: Stan Jones
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 ooh
Yippie yi yay
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 ooh
Yippie yi yay

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

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Vinyl 1
  • 1 The L & N Don’t Stop Here Anymore
  • 2 Lonesome to the Bone
  • 3 Bull Rider
  • 4 I’ll Say It’s True
  • 5 (Ghost) Riders in the Sky
  • 6 Cocaine Blues
  • 7 Muddy Waters
  • 8 West Canterbury Subdivision Blues
  • 9 Lately I Been Leanin’ Toward the Blues
  • 10 I’m Gonna Sit on the Porch and Pick on My Old Guitar