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Ghost Riders In The Sky Chords

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1st fret
Ghost Riders in the Sky     
Johnny Cash
Standard Tuning  
Capo 1  
Standard Boom Chuck    
Reworked by Ken Lee

(6 bars)

      Am                                          C                      Am    
An  old cowboy went  riding out one  dark and windy  day,  
        Am                                    C                    Am     
Up -  on a ridge he  rested as he  went along his  way,   
           Am                                     F                         Am
When  all at once a  mighty herd of  red-eyed cows he  saw,
Am                        F                           F                Am       
Plowin' through the  ragged sky,   and   up a cloudy  draw,    

         Am                                             C                              Am     
Their  brands were still on  fire and their  hooves were made of  steel,  
         Am                                                   C                            Am   
Their  horns were black and  shiny and their  hot breath he could  feel,  
    Am                                                   F                               Am
A  bolt of fear went  through him as they  thundered through the  sky,
           Am                  F                                                               Am  
For he  saw the riders  coming hard,   and he  heard their mournful  cry.   


                C                      Am   
Yippe-ai -  oh,   yippee-a i-  ay,    (Coyote Yip)
F                              Am   
Ghost  riders  in  the  sky,  

(One verse Instrumental Guitar & Banjo)

         Am                                                          C                              Am 
Their  faces gaunt, their  eyes were blurred, their  shirts all soaked with  sweat,  
         Am                                           C                             Am   
He's  ridin' hard to  catch that herd but  he ain't caught them  yet,  
                      Am                                     F                     Am
Cause they've  got to ride for -  ever on that  range up in the  sky,
      Am                  F                   F                          Am     
All  horses snortin'  fire,   as they  ride on, hear them  cry.    

           Am                                    C                         Am        
As the  riders loped on  by him, he  heard one call his  name,    
          Am                                               C                Am
If you  want to save your  soul from hell, a  ridin' on our  range,
         Am                                                 F                     
Then  cowboy change your  ways today or  with us you will  ride,
Am                        F                        F                             Am      
Trying to catch the  devil's herd,   a -  cross these endless  skies.  


                 C                  Am       
Yippe-ai -   oh,   yippee-ai -  ay,     (Coyote Yip)
F                              Am    
Ghost  riders  in  the  sky,   
F                              Am     
Ghost  riders  in  the  sky,    
F                              Am              11 bars
Ghost  riders  in  the  sky,             then fade
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schleichi 738 wrote on February 9 2006, 04:24 pm


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saddletramp 10 wrote on May 18 2007, 10:05 pm

I play this song using a G following the C in the first verse. If you pick out the notes there is a B in there. So by strumming the E,A,D and the G,B,E of the Am you are able to seperate the tone of the song to arrive with the B. Or not!

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bouda32 10 wrote on March 10 2013, 01:50 pm

I use an E after the C in the second line and a G after F (instead of another F) on the fourth line. It's probably not how the song goes, but it should be.

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