SLS ~ Ghost


Thanks go to our musical host Jim Adams for today’s timely Halloween theme. I chose “(Ghost) Riders in the Sky” performed by Johnny Cash and originally written by Stan Jones in 1948. Stan said he heard about this cowboy legend from a Native American and the folk tale stuck with him, inspiring the lyrics. Many artists have covered the song, including Stan himself, and it’s been popular through the years. Johnny’s version peaked at No. 2 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles in 1979.

{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
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


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17 responses to “SLS ~ Ghost

  1. Wow. That’s a great one, with an enthralling picture to go with it.

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  2. Johnny Cash has such a distinctive voice that works perfectly for this song. Thanks for sharing this Paula.

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  3. Fabulous song! Johnny was a classic and is much missed!

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  4. Very popular today! I would have loved to have seen him in concert! 🙂

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  5. love, Love, LOVE this song!! I remember a substitute teacher and his girlfriend (?) playing this song on a guitar and singing it to my 3rd or 4th grade class. 🎶💃🏼
    Too bad they don’t even *have* music in a lot of schools now.☹

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  6. Very good and ghostly – one of my favorites! 🙂

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