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LYRICS to GHOST DONALD IN THE SKY
by The Freedom Toast

An old con man started tweeting on a dark and windy day.
He was still in bed, the TV off, so he didn’t have much to say,
when all at once a mighty herd of lemmings he did see.
He thought, “they’re jumping off a cliff . . . and they’re doing it for me!”

They carried flags of Russia and Kentucky and of Maine.
Their eyes burned with the fire of the fanatically insane.
They shouted, “MAGA Donald!” leaping off that cliff so high
and every last one vanished as . . . he heard their mournful cry.

One Fish Filet
Big Mac to go
Ghost Donald in the sky

His face was gaunt, his eyes were blurred, his golf shirt soaked with sweat.
We try to catch his meaning now, but we ain’t caught it yet,
‘cause he takes words like “covfefe” that he plucks out of the sky,
refusing to explain them . . . and he still won’t tell us why.

The lemmings overran him as he heard one call his name.
“Avoid the Southern District, and accept some of the blame!"
“And Donald, change your ways today, or with us you will leap."
“Your burgers and your large size fries . . . will sink you in the deep!”

One Fish Filet
Big Mac to go
Ghost Donald in the sky

One Fish Filet
Big Mac to go
Ghost Donald in the sky

ABOUT THE SOURCE MATERIAL

"(Ghost) Riders in the Sky: A Cowboy Legend" is a cowboy-styled country/western song written in 1948 by American songwriter, film and television actor Stan Jones.

A number of versions were crossover hits on the pop charts in 1949, the most successful being by Vaughn Monroe. The ASCAP database lists the song as "Riders in the Sky," but the title has been written as "Ghost Riders", "Ghost Riders in the Sky", and "A Cowboy Legend". Members of the Western Writers of America chose it as the greatest Western song of all time.

The song tells a folk tale of a cowboy who has a vision of red-eyed, steel-hooved cattle thundering across the sky, being chased by the spirits of damned cowboys. One warns him that if he does not change his ways, he will be doomed to join them, forever "trying to catch the Devil’s herd across these endless skies". The story has been linked with old European myths of the Wild Hunt, in which a supernatural group of hunters passes the narrator in wild pursuit.

Stan Jones stated he had been told the story when he was 12 years old by an old Native American who resided north-east of the Douglas, Arizona border town, a few miles behind D Hill, north of Agua Prieta, Sonora. The Native Americans, possibly Apache, who lived within Cochise County, believed that when souls vacate their physical bodies, they reside as spirits in the sky, resembling ghost riders. He related this story to Wayne Hester, a boyhood friend (later owner of the Douglas Cable Company). As both boys were looking at the clouds, Stan shared what the old Native American had told him, looking in amazement as the cloudy shapes were identified as the "ghost riders" that years later, would be transposed into lyrics. The melody is based on the song "When Johnny Comes Marching Home".

More than 50 performers have recorded versions of the song. Charting versions were recorded by The Outlaws, Vaughn Monroe ("Riders in the Sky" with orchestra and vocal quartet), which topped the Billboard magazine charts, by Bing Crosby (with the Ken Darby Singers), Frankie Laine, Burl Ives (two different versions), Marty Robbins, The Ramrods and Johnny Cash. Other recordings were made by Eddy Arnold, Peggy Lee (with the Jud Conlon Singers), Christopher Lee, and Spike Jones and his City Slickers. Gene Autry sang it in the 1949 movie, Riders in the Sky. Jones recorded it for his 1957 album Creakin’ Leather. Children of Bodom, Impaled Nazarene, and Die Apokalyptischen Reiter have also made covers. The Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus sing the song dressed in cowboy attire and performing rope tricks.


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