For those of you who were in on this discussion last week, here is what I have found out.
First of all, in Nanci Griffith's book, Other Voices, this is what she says about the song..."Michael Burton, who wrote "Night Rider's Lament", is originally from Alaska, and this is the only real cowboy song he's ever written. He was very good friends with Jerry Jeff Walker, Guy Clark, etc...The part about losing your shares is a big thing if you are a native of Alaska, because if you leave the land, you lose it. That's why I always found that song so endearing and so opposite to what Michael Burton really is. He lives in London and L.A. and is very sophisticated...."
Now, if you ever want to record this song, let me make it easier on you than it was on me...it took a bit of research, but you need to contact:
Michael Burton Music (they are going to get a website soon which should help)
email: email@example.com (Karen is Michael's wife)
phone: (520) 762-8088
It is a great song...thanks for everyone that tried to help me...I'll let you know when my CD is out (sometime in March)