Outlaws - Ghost Riders in the Sky

"(Ghost) Riders in the Sky: A Cowboy Legend" is a cowboy-styled country/western song written in 1948 by American songwriter, film and television actor Stan Jones.

Rock band Outlaws made a recording on their 1980 album Ghost Riders that omitted the last verse. This version spent 15 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 31 in March 1981. They also released a live version of the song, recorded in 1982 at the King Biscuit Flower Hour radio show, which appeared on Greatest Hits of The Outlaws... High Tides Forever.


An old cowboy went ridin' 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 steers he saw

A ploughin' through the ragged skies 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 through the sky

He saw the riders coming hard... and he heard their mournful cry

Yippie i ay Yippie i oh

Ghost riders in

Ghost riders in the sky

Yippie i ay (Yippie i ay) Yippie i oh (Yippie i oh)

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 'em yet

'Cause they've got to ride forever in the range up in the sky

On horses snorting fire as they ride hard, hear them cry

Yippie i ay Yippie i oh

Ghost riders in

Ghost riders in the sky

Ghost riders in the sky