Ghost Riders

Jim Adams’ challenge is to write about a song containing Halloween images like ghosts, witches, pumpkins, and the like.  This Country classic captures the macabre and the eerie presence of the Ghost’s message.  

“(Ghost) Riders in the Sky: A Cowboy Legend” written in 1948 by Stan Jones.  It has had numerous releases, and remains haunting.


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 yayGhost riders in the sky
Ghost riders in the sky Ghost Riders in the sky

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Stan Jones

(Ghost) Riders in the Sky lyrics

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6 thoughts on “Ghost Riders

  1. YES!!! I was going to do this one too, but went with the other ghost like song. When the Highwaymen got together, it was an incredible bunch of talent on the stage. I would have loved to have seen them in concert together! 🙂

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