Ghost Riders in the Sky

24 Mar

Sky 3I recorded a version of “Ghost Riders in the Sky” (see icon below). I always thought the song was interesting  but never bothered to learn it. Then my friend Tony Weisskopf wrote a parody of it called “Ghost SFPAans in the Sky,” and once at a party during ContraFlow I told her I’d record it. Which I eventually did. When we finished it, I thought the music sounded interesting, like a spectral stampede across the sky. I decided to record the actual lyrics to the music as well as Toni’s parody. The result is below.

 

 

GHOST RIDERS IN THE SKY

 

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

Plowing through the ragged sky and up a 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 cross the sky

For he saw the riders coming hard and he heard their mournful cry

 

Yippie I A Yippie I O, ghost riders in the sky

 

Their faces gaunt, their eyes were blurred, their shirts all soaked with sweat

They’re riding hard to catch that herd but they ain’t caught em yet

For they got to ride forever on that range up in the sky,

on horses snorting fire. As they ride on hear them cry.

 

Yippie I A Yippie I 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 ariding 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 I A Yippie I O, ghost riders in the sky

 

Ghost riders in the sky

 

Credits: Dorothy McDaniel, bass; Chris Butler, percussion; Bob Swenson, vocal harmony; Dan Marsh, harmonica; Me, guitars and vocal.

 

 

One Response to “Ghost Riders in the Sky”

  1. robertswenson41 March 24, 2018 at 3:07 am #

    COOL . . . it was fun . . . . and an honor to be part of this recording . . . first ever for me . . . on to Nashville . . . Thanks Kent !!! I tried to say this on your WordPress site, but I’m now allowed as I have no password . . . or something like that . . . Missed you Wed AM . . . next Wed hopefully. Bob

    On Fri, Mar 23, 2018 at 8:05 PM, Dumbfounding Stories wrote:

    > kentmcdanielwrites posted: “I recorded a version of “Ghost Riders in the > Sky” (see icon below). I always thought the song was an interesting but > never bothered to learn it. Then my friend Tony Weisskopf wrote a parody of > it called “Ghost SFPAans in the Sky,” and once at a party dur” >

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