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Thread #87839   Message #2750239
Posted By: open mike
22-Oct-09 - 10:52 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Night Rider's Lament
Subject: Lyr Add: NIGHT RIDER'S LAMENT (Mike Burton)
there is another thread (Oct. 2009) about Michael Burton.
Probably several more, as well, He is elusive, and so
many have searched for him in order to usethis song.

It is woefully incomplete in the DT (only the chorus and last verse)
so I will add the first and second verse here:

NIGHT RIDER'S LAMENT (WHY DO YOU RIDE FOR YOUR MONEY?)
(Mike Burton)

Verse 1:
When I went out a-ridin' graveyard shift midnitght til dawn
The moon was as bright as a reading light
For a letter from an old friend back home

Chorus:
He asked me: "Why do you ride for your money
Why do you rope for short pay?
You ain't gettin' nowhere and your loosin' your share
Well you must have gone crazy out there."

Bridge:
But he's never seen the northern lights
Never seen a hawk on the wing
Never seen the spring hit the great divide
Never heard old camp cookie sing
Yodel-ay ee o, yodel-ay ee o, Yodel-ay ee

Verse 2:
Last night I ran into Jenny
She's married and has a good life
You sure missed the track
When you never came back
She's a perfect professional's wife

Chorus:
She asked me "Why does he ride for his money
Why does he rope for short pay?
He ain't gettin' nowhere and he's loosin' your share
Well he must have gone crazy out there."

Bridge:
But she's never seen the northern lights
Never seen the hawk on the wing
Never seen the spring hit the great divide
Never heard old camp cookie sing
Yodel-ay ee o, yodel-ay ee o, Yodel-ay ee

Verse 3:
Well I read up the last of his letter
I tore off the stamp for black Jim
And Billy come by to relieve me,
Just looked at my letter and grinned

He asked me "Why do we ride for our money
Why do we rope for short pay?
We ain't gettin' nowhere and we're loosin' our share
We all must be crazy out here."

Bridge:
But they've never seen the northern lights
Never seen a hawk on the wing
Never seen the spring hit the great divide
Never heard old camp cookie sing
Yodel-ay ee o, yodel-ay ee o, Yodel-ay ee