THE SONS OF THE PIONEERS : RIDERS IN THE SKY [1959]

Μια από τις αναρίθμητες εκτελέσεις του κλασικού western τραγουδιού του Stan Jones [1948] είναι αυτή των Sons Of The Pioneers. Στη διάρκεια του αφιερώματός μας στη Μουσική Για Φαντάσματα θα ακούσουμε κάποιες ακόμα. Η σύνθεση του Stan Jones [αρχικός τίτλος : “Ghost Riders On The Sky”] αποτελούσε ελεύθερη απόδοση του θέματος του “When Johnny Comes Marching Home” από την εποχή του Εμφυλίου.
Προσέξτε τη λεπτή δουλειά εδώ του ακκορντεονίστα.

One of the innumerable performances of
Stan Jones’ classic western song [1948] is that of The Sons Of The Pioneers. During our tribute to Music Related To Ghosts we will hear some more. Stan Jones’ composition [original title : “Ghost Riders On The Sky”] was a free rendition of “When Johnny Comes Marching Home”‘s theme from the Civil War era.
Pay attention to the delicate work here of the accordionist.

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
Plowin’ through the ragged skies
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-o
Yippie-yi-yay
Ghost riders in the sky
Their faces gaunt
Their eyes were blurred
Their shirts all soaked with sweat
He’s riding hard to catch that herd
But he ain’t caught ’em yet
‘Cause they’ve got to ride forever
On that range up in the sky
On horses snorting fire
As they ride on, hear their cry
As the riders loped on by him
He heard one call his name
‘If you wanna save your soul
From hell a-riding 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-yi-o
Yippie-yi-yay
Ghost riders in the sky
Ghost riders in the sky
Ghost riders in the sky

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5 Comments

  1. Liz Gauffreau November 23, 2022 at 3:02 pm

    I’ve always liked this song.

    Reply
    1. Oannes November 23, 2022 at 4:50 pm

      I love it in almost all its covers [I got tens of them]. I’ m gonna post some more. Thank you very much!

      Reply
      1. Liz Gauffreau November 23, 2022 at 11:31 pm

        You’re welcome! I’ll look forward to listening to the covers.

        Reply
  2. Resa November 26, 2022 at 11:32 pm

    Yippie! This is an under adored genre. Cowboys have gotten a a bad rap lately.

    Reply
    1. Oannes November 27, 2022 at 7:47 am

      Well, I always loved cowboys and western songs and movies. And I still do!

      Reply

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