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Night Rider's Lament

This song is by Suzy Bogguss and appears on the album Somewhere Between (1988).

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

He said last night I ran into Jenny
She's married and has a good life
Boy, you sure missed the track when you never came back
She made the perfect professional's wife

And she asked me, "Why does he ride for his money?"
"And why does he roll for short pay?"
He ain't gettin' nowhere and he's losin' his share
Oh, he must have gone crazy out there

But then they've never seen the northern lights
And never seen a hawk on the wing
Never seen a spring at the Great Divide
No, they never heard old Camp Cookie sing

Well, I read up the last of the letter
And tore of the stamp for Black Jim
The Billy rode up to relieve me
He just looked at my letter and grinned

He said, "Why do they ride for their money?"
"And why do they rope for short pay?"
They ain't gettin' nowhere and they're losin' their share
Oh, they all must be crazy out there

But then they've never seen the northern lights
Never seen a hawk on the wing
Never seen a spring at the Great Divide
Oh, they never heard old Camp Cookie sing

Credits

Written by:

Michael Burton

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