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Johnny Cash — Ghost Riders In The Sky
Album: The Essential Johnny Cash
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Released: 1964
Length: 3:33
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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 cows he saw
plowin through the ragid 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
for he saw the riders comin hard and he heard their mournful cries

chorus:

yippie i ohhh ohh ohh
yippie i aye ye ye
ghost riders in the sky

their faces gaunt, their eyes were blurred
their shirts all soaked with sweat
he's ridin hard to catch that herd
but he aint caught em yet
cause they got to ride forever in that range up in the sky
on horses snortin fire as they ride on hear their cries

as the riders loped on by him he heard one call his name
''if you wanna save your soul from hell a-ridin on our range
then cowboy change your ways today or with us you will ride
tryin to catch the devil's herd across these endless skies

yippie i ohhh oh oh
yippie i aye ye ye
ghost riders in the sky
ghost riders in the sky
ghost riders in the sky
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legacyofrob827 wrote:
he can play and has great style sense but he still cant sing for shit its all style and not much substance really 7
 

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               Mimicking the anal psycho-babble that is most rp commentary is a hell of an aspiration, Rob !
               ALL that Johnny Cash DID, was sing. 
               His guitar, like Elvis's, and Dylan's, was a prop.
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 legacyofrob827 wrote:
he can play and has great style sense but he still cant sing for shit its all style and not much substance really 7
 
Singing is all about style.  What sort of "substance" are you looking for?
I prefer this version, I reckon  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWTjjm-Gg3c
Nice job by Johnny Cash. Really good version.

Favorite version is by The Prodigals : https://youtu.be/I8cJomVBafM
Decent cover, but have heard better...
and I am a fan of Johnny Cash
 legacyofrob827 wrote:
he can play and has great style sense but he still cant sing for shit its all style and not much substance really 7
 
Say what??  
he can play and has great style sense but he still cant sing for shit its all style and not much substance really 7
I love me some Johnny Cash, and I love me some Ghost Riders; but I don't think this is a great pairing. Still a solid 8 from me. :-)
 2020sk wrote:

Contrary, it would seem, to most commentators, I regard this as a rather drab and ordinary song by an artist I otherwise greatly admire. What am I missing?



 
Historical context? Memories? This song was released 4 years before I was born, but I recall it and it's variants from the earliest of ages. It conjures up the desire of every kid of my generation and before to head out to a fictional west and be a cowboy. Love it.

Contrary, it would seem, to most commentators, I regard this as a rather drab and ordinary song by an artist I otherwise greatly admire. What am I missing?


 kcar wrote:

Make up your mind, Poacher, and grab one. 

 

haha, good one!
 

Damn straight. 


 TheKing2 wrote:
so who or what are the ghost riders in the sky?

 
Ghosts of eternally-damned cowboys chasing the devil's herd of red-eyed cattle.  C'mon, man, keep up.
The man in black...
Where's Trigger?  Seriously.....I LOVE this ......ICONIC!!!{#Crown}
10, next
 kcar wrote:

Make up your mind, Poacher, and grab one. 

 
{#Lol}
 ofanansky wrote:
one of the weirder Muppet Show bits
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5HRSmLlaiA
 

 
Yumm, thank you for the link, exquisite ! - I'm a die-hard fan. Of the Muppets, I mean.

I admire Cash, not really my cup of tea - but I do like this song.
so who or what are the ghost riders in the sky?
Although country is not my cup of tea, this song is something outstanding. Therefore a 9. :-)
 junebaby65 wrote:
The Outlaws do a pretty kick butt version of this song.

 
Like it too, except they left off the (haunting) third verse.
 stegokitty wrote:

Agreed. Outlaw's version is my fave.

 
Yea, I have to go with this also.  The Florida Guitar Army!!!
 junebaby65 wrote:
The Outlaws do a pretty kick butt version of this song.

 
Agreed. Outlaw's version is my fave.
The Outlaws do a pretty kick butt version of this song.
as much as I love johnneys take on this tune, I think that the best version of all time was done by "KOLIDeSCOPE" (SPEL?) Sol's voice and phrasing are dead on for the mood of the tune   {#Fire}


Everybody in my church loves this song...
 
What I'm talkin' 'bout.  Not the original, but a damn fine version.  The original is "Godlike", this one an 8 to 9.
Reminds me of my grandad and childhood.. :).. Love this song
The Burl Ives version was a soundtrack to my early childhood. It must have got a lot of airplay in the UK - I used to tear around on my tricycle, cowboy hat on, Colt 45 at my hip and Winchester slung over my shoulder,  with this going round in my head.

Interesting genesis https://www.westernmusic.com/performers/hof-jones-stan.html

I think I prefer the Peggy Lee cover to Cash.
 shellbella wrote:
I know people just love Johnny Cash... I don't like his music, his voice, nadda... Doesn't do anything for me.....
 
Can´t see anybody around here denying you the right.
bill, please play kalidiscops  (spl.? ) version of this tune. it most "gets it "of all covers ever done. seriously ghost riders spooky and strange. you used to play it on fat radio.....
 Stratocaster wrote:
The definition of Classic Country.
 
Absolutely wrong.
Amen. (play this at a party, never a bad reaction)
 DD rabbi_phil wrote:


pardon the kibbitz but... you can Never watch too much nude womens volleyball...

 
amen
 fredriley wrote:

You've been watching too much nudist women's beach volleyball, Poacher :o)

 

pardon the kibbitz but... you can Never watch too much nude womens volleyball...

one of the weirder Muppet Show bits
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5HRSmLlaiA
 
A great version. The first I heard was by the Spotnicks , (instrumental).
 Byronape wrote:

Brilliant!
 
... not to mention hilarious
i think that kolideiscope did the best cover of this tune ever made. john is always a joy tho.
Did Stan Jones REALLY write this?  Or did he have a "ghost writer in this guy"?
Try Vaughn Monroe.
 Poacher wrote:
Bum, titty bum, titty bum, titty bum, titty bum, titty bum, titty bum, titty bum, etc, etc  
 
You've been watching too much nudist women's beach volleyball, Poacher :o)

 kcar wrote:

Make up your mind, Poacher, and grab one. 
 
Brilliant!
"Yippie-Ki-Yay MF". To quote one of best lines from Bruce Willis in the movie Diehard. And then there's the varation, Yippie-yi-yo-ki-yay, from "I'm an Old Cowhand", performed by one of my favorite groups, Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks, which same song was also recorded by Frank Sinatra.

Hahhaha, my son and I went to see the new "Ghost Rider - Spirit of Vengeance" movie last night. I have to admit I am a comic book geek and I just had to.

Can't recommend it but the "Ghost Rider" effects were pretty cool. 
The definition of Classic Country.
 Poacher wrote:
Bum, titty bum, titty bum, titty bum, titty bum, titty bum, titty bum, titty bum, etc, etc  
 
Make up your mind, Poacher, and grab one. 

Great song...great singer... Thank you... This set is why I love RP and never fail to tell everyone to come and listen...Eclectic, old-new-human picked... No algorithm can match this and hit so many good songs. PLUS... NO paid play from A&R guys building a new star... Love the mix... 
I know people just love Johnny Cash... I don't like his music, his voice, nadda... Doesn't do anything for me.....
A good way to end a crappy day! Thanks Bill! {#Daisy}

Ghost Riders (In the Sky) - Willie Nelson & Johnny Cash:

"They sing a great duet!!! i grew up on Johnny Cash's music,, my unlces played his songs all the time, as they sit and drink a beer lol. First songs I remember is "I walk the line", & The Ring of Fire"...Now Johnny is in Heaven with all the other great musicians, sitting there, playing their guitars singing their songs. Rest in Peace!"     yvonnejm51

 


Bum, titty bum, titty bum, titty bum, titty bum, titty bum, titty bum, titty bum, etc, etc  
Right, cause movies are always the best way to take the real measure of a person's life. {#Silenced}
 johnjconn wrote:
Don't misunderstand me, I love Johnny.  But "a life well lived, for sure"????
Johnny's life would rarely be described as a life well lived.  Watch the movie, you'll understand.

 
misterbearbaby wrote:
Johnny Cash- a life well lived, for sure.
 
 
Well he did get to play a bad guy on Columbo:

 
the MAN in Black...
{#Bananajumprope}
 sirdroseph wrote:
Just a great song no matter who does it, personally The Outlaws version if my fav, but this one is outstanding too! 8
 
I agree with the Outlaws version being great, except that they left out the last verse.  If it wasn't for that, I'd put it up there with Johnny's.

{#Bananajam}

Johnny Cash- a life well lived, for sure.
 Jelani wrote:

What?! How did Johnny Cash and Bono wind up in the same sentence?!
Apologize to Johnny, please.
:) 
  Nonsense.  Listen to The Wanderer at the end of Zooropa

Great artists from different time periods who admire and respect each other

Enough with these narrow minded comments comparing artists.


Moves me to action, just not sure which type. Awesome.


 lawman wrote:
Best. Version. Everrrr.
 
That post looks like Charlie Sheen sounds.

Gives me chills!
The trademark sound of cash guitars Dum dack dum. Turn up the tremelo and let er rip
Best. Version. Everrrr.
 Cynaera wrote:
I spent my entire youth being deprived of country music because my parents hated it.  Once I was emancipated, I still steered clear of country for a long time.  Thank goodness, a door opened in my brain and I allowed country music into my realm.  And now, thanks to RP, I have a new appreciation for Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, and the new generations of country artists.

Thank you, RadioParadise.
 
Its not Country... Its "Johnny".

Just a great song no matter who does it, personally The Outlaws version if my fav, but this one is outstanding too! 8
Legendary. 'Nuff said.
I spent my entire youth being deprived of country music because my parents hated it.  Once I was emancipated, I still steered clear of country for a long time.  Thank goodness, a door opened in my brain and I allowed country music into my realm.  And now, thanks to RP, I have a new appreciation for Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, and the new generations of country artists.

Thank you, RadioParadise.
This song is cool! I love every version of it!
 purplespider wrote:
Johnny Cash was cool before Bono was even born.{#Notworthy}
 
Huh?
cher, bono & zimmerman


 markander33 wrote:
Godlike is the appropriate adjective for rating this song!
 
Given the song topic, maybe Devil-like would be more appropriate? ;)

Cheesier than the Wensleydale Creamery, yet fun with it. This is one of the very few Cash songs that rates a 5 from the Nottingham jury.

I have never been so happy to hear this song, whew
Yippie ki yay, fother muckers
Honestly..I love that guitar solo !{#Guitarist}   {#Yes}
 thewiseking wrote:
dig this
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWTjjm-Gg3c
 
Good one. My absolute favorite version from Ghost Rider movie by Spiderbait
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtXSmqEq1eA


 purplespider wrote:
Johnny Cash was cool before Bono was even born.{#Notworthy}
 
What?! How did Johnny Cash and Bono wind up in the same sentence?!
Apologize to Johnny, please.
:) 
dig this
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWTjjm-Gg3c
Johnny Cash was cool before Bono was even born.{#Notworthy}
{#Good-vibes}
My hero!
Irresistble!
This is an absolute classic of its type. Love it!
{#Skull} {#Skull} {#Skull} {#Skull} {#Skull} {#Skull} {#Skull} {#Skull}
Wow... Never knew I liked Johnny Cash...
Don't. Stop.
Don't stop.
Yippie Eye - yea!!!! 

Norah Jones and Kris Kristopherson - Guess Things Happen That Way, Live (2006)
"Norah Jones and Kris Kristopherson singing a Johnny Cash song"



Godlike is the appropriate adjective for rating this song!
This is the last artist I want to hear upon rising! Uugghh!
My favorite version, live with Willie Nelson!

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zol906ltPU
Cracking cheese, Gromit!


More Cash!
 westslope wrote:
Cash is an icon.  But you are wrong about the rest.  There are plenty of great American  and Canadian country acts.

....Stompin' Tom Connors...

 
I'd love to hear Tom on RP.

In the late 80s, I knew a guy who used to be in his band. When Tom came out of retirement, the guy quit his job to tour. The guy's boss couldn't understand it.

"But... aren't you happy here? We'll up your salary..."

"It's fine but Tom.... he's putting the band back together..."

"but.. you've got a good job here...."

"It's a great job but Tom..."

 crockydile wrote:
Ghost Rabbi in the sky! Yippie tae yo! Oi Veh!
 
Thanks for the laugh, crockydile, I needed it tonight! {#Drunk}

 dggeek wrote:
RIP Cash.  You're the only man that could make country music enjoyable. {#Cowboy}
 

Cash is an icon.  But you are wrong about the rest.  There are plenty of great American  and Canadian country acts.

 

Ian & Sylvia,  Stompin' Tom Connors, Gordon Lightfoot, Kris Kirstofferson, John Prine, Steve Goodman, Emmy Lou Harris.  I'm sure that I just scratched the surface.

Some of the country 'n western material is rather good too.


drile
Ghost Rabbi in the sky! Yippie tae yo! Oi Veh!
Happy early birthday to one of the kings!
 keller1 wrote:

My vote is for the Outlaws version.

On the subject of JC covers, Michelle Shocked did an unbelievable version of One Piece at a Time. 
 

{#Yes} I like this one too.
 Frater_Kork wrote:
Well upload it if you have it available! Bill is a complete sucker for covers, trust me. {#Cheesygrin}
 
I uploaded Jonathan Round doing Sympathy for the Devil and it got "sorry"-ed instantly.  There appears to be a limit to his cover suckerness.

 Frater_Kork wrote:

Well upload it if you have it available! Bill is a complete sucker for covers, trust me. {#Cheesygrin}
 

Good idea.  I'll put in my next batch of uploads.
 keller1 wrote:

On the subject of JC covers, Michelle Shocked did an unbelievable version of One Piece at a Time. 
 
Well upload it if you have it available! Bill is a complete sucker for covers, trust me. {#Cheesygrin}
 kaybee wrote:
Great version but not the best, which is probably Sons of the Pioneers or Marty Robbins...

 
My vote is for the Outlaws version.

On the subject of JC covers, Michelle Shocked did an unbelievable version of One Piece at a Time. 


 dggeek wrote:
RIP Cash.  You're the only man that could make country music enjoyable. {#Cowboy}
 

try this

https://www.amazon.com/Hanky-Panky/dp/B000002AZD/ref=cm_cmu_pg__header


love it...



Johnny Cash - "Ghost Riders In The Sky" Live in Montreux (1994)

" Johnny Cash was one of the most influential figures in American music in the post war period. He managed to combine elements of folk, rock 'n' roll and country, which together with his distinctive voice and guitar style, created an instantly recognisable sound "

"Some people say, that this music is "all too simple". Well I say yes, Johnny indeed was a normal man, one of us. And he wasn't playing a thousand chords in each song - but that's exactly why we love him! Johnny - we miss ya!"

Great version but not the best, which is probably Sons of the Pioneers or Marty Robbins...speaking of which, when are you going to play El Paso, Bill?

 baltoga wrote:


The Outlaws have an updated version for you.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFjqlx8eSfQ
 
Loved the Outlaws' version when I was a kid, except that they left out the final verse.

Either version gives me chills.


RIP Cash.  You're the only man that could make country music enjoyable. {#Cowboy}
FrankMc wrote:
Look up "Mondegreen" at dictionary.com. Fun word and etymology.

EssexTex wrote:

Goat Riders in Disguise......



Reminds me of my dear old Grandma....I'd ask her if she'd like "some tea"? and she'd reply "Oh yes didn't it rain a lot yesterday"...she had it down god rest her soul.

Look up "Mondegreen" at dictionary.com.  Fun word and etymology.

 
EssexTex wrote:

Goat Riders in Disguise......

 


DaveInVA wrote:
A great version of Goat Riders.


Goat Riders in Disguise......

A great version of Goat Riders.

dad, if youre still listenin to RP these days, this one is goin out to you right now.  im having a good laugh remembering your story about performing this in palm springs...

only you dad, only you.  big love
Johnny is relating a true story. Look up some night, you'll see them. {#Skull}
I remember my mom playing this song by Sons of the Pioneers when I was a small kid ... I could just picture this whole song, see the dust clouds, etc.  Takes me back ...
Goat Smoked

Not the best Cash song but still memorable. Btw, I had an awesome dream last night. Myself and two others were guests of both Johnny and June at some small cabin somewhere down a country road. The five of us sat around a table drinking Johnny's best whiskey and listening to both artists play guitar and sing. We chatted, drank and laughed. It was so vivid I feel like I met them.... (just had to share that)