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​Night Rider's Lament

This song is by Chris LeDoux and appears…

While I was out a ridin'
The graveyard shift, midnight till dawn
The moon was bright as a readin' light
For a letter from an old friend back home

And he asked me
Why do you ride for your money?
And why do you rope for short pay?
You ain't a'gettin' nowhere
And you're losin' your share
Boy, you must have gone crazy out there

He said last night he run into Jenny
She's married and has a good life
And boy you sure missed the track
When you never come back
She's the perfect professional's wife

And she asked him
Why does he ride for his money?
And why does he rope for short pay?
He ain't a'gettin' nowhere
And he's losin' his share
Well, he must've gone crazy out there

But they've never seen the Northern Lights
They ain't never seen a hawk on the wing
They've never spent spring at the Great Divide
And they've never heard ole' camp cookie sing

Well, I read up the last of my letter
And tore off the stamp for black Jim
And when Billy came up to relieve me
He just looked at my letter and grinned

He said you know I wonder
Why do they ride for their money?
And why do they ride for short pay?
They ain't a-gettin' nowhere
And they're losin' their share
Son, they all must be crazy out there

'Cause they ain't never seen the Northern Lights
They ain't never seen a hawk on the wing
They've never spent spring at the Great Divide
They ain't never heard ole' camp cookie sing

Written by:

Michael Burton