Ghost Riders In The Sky - ukulele chords

14 Feb 2011

Ghost Riders In The Sky - ukulele chords

What a great cowboy song - chords and lyrics for ukulele, very simple to play!


Em                                G
1. An old cowpoke went riding out one hot and windy day,
    Em                                 G        
   Upon a ridge he rested as he went along his way,
   When all at once a mighty herd of red-eyed cows he saw,
       Am                                  Em
   A plowin through the ragged skies, and up the cloudy draw.
     Em      G          Em   Am                Em
   Yip-i-ya-a, Yip-i-ya-o, Ghost riders in the sky.
2. Their brands were still on fire and their hoofs 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 as he saw the riders comin hard, he could hear their mournful cry.
3. Their face were gaunt, their eyes were blurred, 
   Their shirts all soaked with sweat,
   They're riding hard to catch that herd, but they ain't caught him yet.
   They've got to ride forevermore on the range up in the sky,
   On horses snorting fire and as they ride, I hear them cry.
4. And as the riders loped on by he heard one call his name,
   If you want to save your soul from hell a ridin on the range,
   Then cowboy better change your ways or with us you will ride,
   Trying to catch the devil's herd across the endless skies.


  1. Thank you for posting this. I'm traveling to D.C. in April with a van load of veterans (11 hour drive) and I've been asked to bring my 'ukulele to help keep the driver awake. This is going into the trip songbook.
    Thank you for the work you do having all the tips for beginners.

  2. I play this song like this... I find it's easier for me to sing, and easier uke fingerings for beginners. Oh, and I use these lyrics, which work well for kids. :D

    Ghost Chickens in the Sky

    Am C
    A chicken farmer went out one dark and windy day
    Am C
    And by the coop he rested as he went along his way
    Am F
    When all at once a rotten egg hit him in the eye
    Am F Am
    It was the sight he dreaded, ghost chickens in the sky
    C Am
    Buck buck buuuuck, squawk aquawk cluck
    F Am
    Ghost chickens in the sky
    This farmer had these chickens since he was twenty four,
    Working for the Colonel for thirty years or more
    Killing all these chickens and sending them to fry.
    And now they want revenge, ghost chickens in the sky.
    Their beaks were black and shining their eyes were burning red
    They had no meat or feathers these chickens they were dead.
    They picked the farmer up and he died by the claw
    They cooked him extra crispy... (pause for dramatic effect) and ate him with coleslaw.


    Ghost chickens in the sky... SQUAWK!

  3. Here's the rarely covered 4th verse of Ghost Chickens:

    So [Am]let this song remind you, if [C]you want eternal peace
    [Am]Don't raise harmless poultry, for [C]cookin' up in [E7]grease
    Re[Am]member don't raise animals, that you will some day kill
    For [F]chickens may come haunt you... but tofu never [Am]will


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