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Riders in the Sky
Frankie Laine Lyrics

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 herd 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, their 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' flame an' fire, as they ride on, hear them 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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Patrick wagner

No one, but no one does this song better than Frankie Laine!  As a kid my mom and I enjoyed his music and now she's in heaven still listening and enjoying!


I like them both. Have VM and FL LPs.

Jim Casamento

completely agree!!!

joe bloggs

@Leighann Tonilas huh

Susan Bolton

Mike Pinc Vaughn was the best by far! Loved his version. (I think he was singing about my daddy and I still tear up when he sings it!)


Actually the song was first recorded by the song writer Stan Jones in 1948. The first well known artist to record it was Burl Ives in 1949 about a month before Vaughn Monroe. Several others recorded it the same year including Bing Crosby and Peggy Lee.

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Mark Johnson

Frankie Laine was quite a showman and had such a distinctive style. Unfortunately he is very under appreciated today. 

Anne Page

noise with special effects, dancers and silly outfits


I fear you are right .After a decade and more of absolute tripe, though we must be due for some sort of revival of quality in pop music.I am amazed at what passes for musical talent these days.


+Mark Johnson - I could not agree more

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