Burl Ives - Ghost Riders In The Sky Lyrics




An old cowpoke 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 cows he saw
A-plowin' through the ragged skies, and up a cloudy draw

Yippie-i-ay, yippie-i-oh!
A ghost herd in the sky

Their brands were still on fire, and the hoofs 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 comin' hard, and heard their mournful cry

Yippie-i-ay, yippie-i-oh!
Ghost riders in the sky

Their faces gaunt, their eyes were blurred, the 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 on that range up in the sky
On horses snorting fire, as they ride on, hear their cry

Yippie-i-ay, yippie-i-oh!
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 that devil's herd, across these endless skies"

Yippie-i-ay, yippie-i-oh!
A ghost herd in the sky
Ghost riders in the sky





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  1. New England Views

    You gotta warn a man when you’re gonna hit the falsetto like that 💥

  2. 50srefugee

    "Yippe eye aaa! Yip-ee eye oohhh...." i love the way Ives draws his voice back, making it high, distant, and ever so mournful. That's craft, that is.

  3. Phillip Holt

    It has to be a banjo! I believe he played a nylon string.

  4. Phillip Holt

    Burl made the original?

  5. foulpotato

    I actually prefer this version to Johnny cash's.. I'm weird I guess

    Jacob Swagmaster vinson

    Same bro also TICCI TOBI IS BETTER

  6. Enzo Music

    Thank you! Very nice.

  7. Jerry G.

    When I was a kid I used to listen to his music. I liked him very much. His singing was great.

  8. Tony Roberts

    Best version

  9. Rc Warbird Geek 3

    Him and Johnny cash did this song the best

  10. Earl Washington

    This is the first time that I am hearing this beautiful Western song and I wasn't prepared for that pure, breathy falsetto chorus.  Brought tears to my eyes!!

  11. kim shearon

    I was raised on the instrumental versions, I had no idea this song was this old! Learn something new everyday!

  12. Адвенчер Ке-Лошок

    But it isn't a original.
    The original was made by Stan Jones a year earlier.
    But this version is beautiful!

  13. Dave Beecher

    I'm an old man,I just realized I'm an old man,thanks for song,I reckon

  14. Geoffrey Piltz

    Definitely the most haunting, ghostly version.

  15. gremlinuk1968

    1st heard him,, when a kid in the 70s,, born 1968,,!

  16. Karl Fisher

    RCA was the best at the time from what I remember. K

  17. Glenn parent

    the earth is flat

  18. MELDtoys

    This is a GOSPEL Cowboy song!

  19. Daniel Daniels

    I was shocked to learn that Burl Ives wasn’t actually a snowman

  20. Mehmet Bütüner

    Sol Ayağım - Christy Brown 💪🏽

  21. MURR DOG

    NOBODY rocks Christmas.... like burl...period....much respect USA

  22. Doug Shelton

    I thought frosty sucked....

  23. Catherine Hazur

    Great song, Burl does it total justice along with Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson....all these guys have very distinctive vocal chops, never get tired of listening to them!

  24. 820hurleyj

    Wow! I never knew he recorded that. One of my earliest favorite songs.

  25. max mustermann

    Zu dem Song habt ihr americans doch Schokoladen überzogene schaumhaltige Zuckersüßigkeiten mit Migrantenhintergrund durch die Straßen geprügelt!Oder nicht?

  26. modern studies

    That's talent

  27. Roi Omnium

    Now I watched when the Lamb opened one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures say with a voice like thunder, “Come!” And I looked, and behold, a white horse! And its rider had a bow, and a crown was given to him, and he came out conquering, and to conquer.
     When he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” And out came another horse, bright red. Its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that people should slay one another, and he was given a great sword.
     When he opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come!” And I looked, and behold, a black horse! And its rider had a pair of scales in his hand. And I heard what seemed to be a voice in the midst of the four living creatures, saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius, and do not harm the oil and wine!”
    When he opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, “Come!” And I looked, and behold, a pale horse! And its rider's name was Death, and Hades followed him. And they were given authority over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by wild beasts of the earth.
    When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the witness they had borne. They cried out with a loud voice, “O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” Then they were each given a white robe and told to rest a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brothers should be complete, who were to be killed as they themselves had been.
     When he opened the sixth seal, I looked, and behold, there was a great earthquake, and the sun became black as sackcloth, the full moon became like blood, and the stars of the sky fell to the earth as the fig tree sheds its winter fruit when shaken by a gale. The sky vanished like a scroll that is being rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place. Then the kings of the earth and the great ones and the generals and the rich and the powerful, and everyone, slave and free, hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains, calling to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who is seated on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb, for the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?”

  28. No One

    I didn't know snowmen could sing this good ☃️👍

  29. Denny Wilkinson

    Classic, great singer great song. So much rubbish around these days.

  30. erepsekahs

    The Mick Jagger of 1949.

  31. peter obertssn

    Always looked at the stormy sky when I was a kid to see if I could see the Ghost Riders

  32. 63DW89A

    Wow. This version by Burl Ives really grabs the attention. So haunting and mesmerizing. Sometimes "Simple" is best. Especially with a voice as good and unique as Burl Ives.

  33. Miguel Mondragon

    Voice of the west

  34. analogdesigner

    This was done over 70 years ago... That's high voltage!

  35. Doğukan Sarpkaya

    My Left Foot

  36. Yoobie1ShoT

    Would never have known this great song existed if not for Mr. Inbetween. Thank you Ray Shoesmith

  37. unclebugspayton

    Now I picture in my head as frosty singing this...smh

  38. Lynn Lobliner

    The first time I became aware of this song was in 1961 as an instrumental guitar "rock" song by The Ramrods. I didn't learn until much later that there were words. This is at the top of my list, although I do like most of the versions I've heard.

  39. David Hall

    I loved him as the genie in The Brass Bottle.

  40. Sridharan V.K.

    Long time since I heard this song. Unbeatable lyrics and awesome singing. Enjoyed it from India. Thanks for posting

  41. Raymond Sommerfeldt

    Best version ever.

  42. Kirara's Mom

    I only know him as the snowman from Rudolph Red nose movie.

    yourdogsnews

    His Christmas album is a classic.

  43. alexjmartens

    a ghost turd in the sky

  44. Erik Nelson

    This should have been in Fall Out New Vegas.

  45. sonyahannah

    Thanks so much for posting this! We, too, would sing it in the car [7 kids plus my mom, who taught us how to sing harmony]. At home, our father would often chime in; although he was born and bred in the Bronx, he yearned to be a cowboy. . . Thank you for the dance down Memory Lane!

  46. joey0077d

    It’s been years since I heard the lyrics to this song. So hunting. As you see the story he sings. Thanks for sharing this video.

  47. Adam A

    Very good

  48. MrSpeziguzi

    Da läuft es mir kalt den Rücken runter...........

  49. BuckFlicks

    Stan Jones made the original recording. Ives was the first one to make it a hit.

  50. Hansi Baumgartner

    Fantastic voice.😊

  51. Asko Varjorinne

    Burl, thanks!

  52. Bob Lewis

    Vaughn Monroe also recorded it in 1949...

  53. Greg Miller

    This song always reminds me of the poem "The Hellbound Train"

  54. Thiago Gustavo

    Johnny Cash is the best version.

  55. Matthew Page

    Great as it is, this is not the original version. Stan Jones wrote the song, and recorded his own version in 1948.

  56. Fuzzy Bunny

    It's refreshing to hear famous musicians who can't play the guitar as well as I do :D

  57. Valhalla 2022

    His voice brings tears to my eyes.

    Gerald Johnson

    I love Vaughn Monroe's version but hearing Burl Ives version for the first time tonight I am floored. Hauntingly beautiful.

  58. Russ Elwood

    The original Is Still The Best ever made. A real masterpiece of the music world.

  59. kostas gian

    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
    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…






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  60. GotDramaAllergy

    Any Western you See Mr Ives with his guitar,you best believe you'll remember that song forever.So many just as superb.

  61. Buttermilkjug

    Ghost turds in the sky~

  62. Robert Huether

    TIL: My favorite Johnny Cash songs are all covers

  63. I'm On Your Roof

    "Ghost Riders in the Sky" inspired The Doors to write and record "Riders on the Storm".

  64. gomongio

    Comparing Stan Jones and this one, I stand for the original. Anyway, I prefer Johnny Cash's rendition

  65. Frank Besek

    I never knew that Burl sang it, yet alone firstly. What a treat. He always had a voice to BEHOLD. His acting was equal. May he rest in peace eternal with our Dear Lord. God Bless You for the sharing.

  66. Outlaw Gentleman

    Mr Inbetween

  67. Sathish Sathi

    King of Kings

  68. Corey XBOXgamer88

    Much respect for early Country.

  69. sixpakshaker88

    He played at my brothers school. My mother brought to the concert. I was probably 8 at the time. But I won't forget his concert and how much he loved the kids.

  70. you're wrong

    It is especially earie knowing it's a dead man singing this

  71. Alex Rossimartin

    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 riders 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, and 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' fire, as they ride on, hear their 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

  72. George Washington

    Wow this is so hauting right now.... It's storming and I don't even want to hear this anymore...i fucked up god please forgive me.

  73. Jon Dunning

    He did a good Job thanks.

  74. Larry Dockery

    rock on big guy well done

  75. Crazy organist

    What a truly great version of an amazing song

  76. Thomas Zaccone

    Love this song!
    Actually comes from The Wild Hunt - Odin, his warriors and Valkyries chasing game across the sky.

  77. Gold Prime

    Such a ghost like voice

  78. William Jordan

    Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer narrator.

  79. marcus brown

    Commie!

  80. John Hill

    nice. could have used some good backup singers for the chorus

  81. Herman Duke

    The best and the original.......

  82. chrisw

    a great actor, and a great singer. burl ives.............

  83. johnkentvalan

    Ha! "MILK A COW!"
    Great Farm Song!
    WHOOPEE KIYO!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlFMsl6chXk

  84. Road house

    1948 ;)

  85. oneness is the key.

    wow Tank you Mr. Matthew. I love this version call me a hermit but I do love it their is nothing that can compare to the original. I am only 49 years old but I find it awesome his voice was something. Oh my if my Father was alive he will for sure Love this Version.

  86. Drink life Deeply

    Nothing better than the original, pure, simple and perfect. I hope not to be rider someday.

  87. Ray C.

    Thank you Mr. Ives for this wonderful piece of music.   You are truly missed.

  88. Daryl Davis

    Magnificent! This is the first time I've heard Burl Ives's recording. Thank you!

  89. Ryan Bumgardner

    When Rudolph loped on by us, he snorted out my name. If you want to save old Santa's day a'ridin in his sleigh, then let me guide that sled tonight or with us you will ride, on the buggy without tires, reindeer in the sky!

  90. Gundog55

    I used to sing this to my kids when they were little before bedtime. Now they sing it to theirs.

  91. Insane One

    The voice of Burl Ives will always remind me of pine trees and Christmas time.

  92. R Y

    No ever sang it as good as Burl Ives.

  93. Lowly Worm

    I tried to love this more, but it gave me a nosebleed. This recording is the definition of haunting. His voice is glorious.

  94. christosvoskresye

    Next up, Santa himself will sing "Cool Water".

  95. Randall M

    My uncle was terrific, but we lived very far apart. I often thought Mr. Ives would have been a really cool uncle.

  96. Bryan L Weier

    Actually, the first was by Stan Jones, which was recorded in late 1948 or early 1949. A recording by Stan Jones and his Death Valley Rangers issued on Mercury 5320 in May 1949, However, Burl also the song on February 17, 1949, and the song was released by Columbia Records , Of course the version that REALLY hit big was Vaughn Monroe and His Orchestra with Vaughn Monroe and The Moon Men on vocals, was recorded on March 14, 1949, and released by RCA Victor Records as catalog No. 20-3411 (in USA) and by EMI on the His Master's Voice label as catalog No. BD 1247, HN 3014, HQ 2071, IM 1425 and GY 878. The recording first appeared on the Billboard charts on April 15, 1949, lasting 22 weeks and reaching No. 1.[8] Billboard ranked it as the No. 1 song for 1949.[9]

  97. Dos Kiefe

    awe https://youtu.be/YOhXr03Otfg

  98. CALL OF THE WILL MAN

    get your mom to play this for you Victor!