Ghost Riders in the Sky

Ghost Riders in the Sky

Directed by Erika McCauley
Arranged by Keith McCauley

Cantus Youth Choirs is proud to present Ghost Riders in the Sky. This video was featured at the Season 9 Finale, HOME: A TRIBUTE TO AMERICAN MUSIC. This was originally performed with live vocals from Josh Hessing, Zach Jensen and Logan Leavitt, while the video played on the center screen.


Josh Hessing, Zach Jensen and Logan Leavitt


Produced by Cantus Youth Choirs
Erika McCauley, Director

Recorded by Jason Ringelstetter at Tonic Room Studios
Shadow puppetry and videography by Keith McCauley and Liam McCauley

Instrumentals were pre-recorded by Jason Ringelstetter at the Tonic Room Studios in Boise by Malinda DeBry and The Boise River Band.

Malinda DeBry, fiddle
Tamie Fried, guitar
Dan Siebel, guitar/banjo
Dave Ries, bass


An old cowboy went riding 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
A-plowing through the ragged sky and up the 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 coming hard and he heard their mournful cry

Yippie yi ooh
Yippie yi yay
Ghost riders in the sky

Their faces gaunt, their eyes were blurred, their shirts all soaked with sweat
He’s riding hard to catch that herd, but he ain’t caught ’em yet
‘Cause they’ve got to ride forever on that range up in the sky
On horses snorting fire
As they ride on hear their cry

Yippie yi ooh
Yippie yi yay
Ghost riders in the sky

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

Yippie yi ooh
Yippie yi yay
Ghost riders in the sky
Ghost riders in the sky
Ghost Riders in the sky

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