VAUGHN MONROE


Red Roses For A Blue Lady Lyrics

(Ghost) Riders In the Sky
Vaughn Monroe

Peak Billboard position # 1 in 1949
Monroe may not have sung it precisely this way but a
recording by him was not
available so the words and music herein are taken from
the sheet music as written
by Stan Jones
Monroes' version, as well as competing versions by
Peggy Lee (# 2), Bing Crosby
(#14), and Burl Ives (# 21) were all charted as just
"Riders In the Sky"
Later, The Ramrods took it to # 30 in 1961 with the
parenthetical (Ghost) added,
as did the Baja Marimba Band (#52 in 1966) and The
Outlaws (#31 in 1981)
Lawrence Welk used the original title on his # 87 in
1961.

An old cowpoke 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'plowin' through the ragged skies and up a cloudy draw

Yi-pi-yi-ay, Yi-pi-yi-o
Ghost riders in the sky

Their brands were still on fire and their hooves were
made of steel
Their horns wuz black and shiny and their hot breaths
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 cry

Yi-pi-yi-ay, Yi-pi-yi-o
Ghost riders in the sky

Their faces gaunt, their eyes were blurred, and shirts
all soaked with sweat
They're ridin' hard to catch that herd but they ain't
caught them yet
They've got to ride forever in that range up in the sky
On horses snortin' fire, as they ride on, hear their
cry

Yi-pi-yi-ay, Yi-pi-yi-o
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 a' ridin' on
our range"
"Then cowboy change your ways today or with us you will
ride"
"A-tryin' to catch the Devil's herd across these
endless skies."

Yi-pi-yi-ay, Yi-pi-yi-o
Ghost riders in the sky
Ghost riders in the sky

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Songwriter(s): Sid Tepper, roy C. Bennett
Publisher(s): Chappell & Co., Sis 'N Bro Music Company, Chappell & Co. Inc.
Record Label(s): 2007 Prestige Elite
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