Night Rider's Lament  Written by Michael Burton
Performed by Garth Brooks (& others)c1975 Groper Music

    D                       G      D                     A
One night while I was out ridin' The graveyard shift, midnight 'til dawn
          G                       A             D                 Bm   -  A  -   G  -  D
The moon was bright as a readin' light For a letter from an old friend back home.
                 G                  A       D        G                A        D
And he asked me Why do you ride for your money Tell me why do you rope for short pay
      G               A         D           Bm   -  A  -   G
You ain't gettin' nowhere and you're losin' your share
      A           G              D
Boy, you must have gone crazy out there.
                D                    G                 D             A
He said last night I run onto Jenny She's married and she has a good life.
      G            A         D                Bm
Boy, you sure missed the track when you never came back
                 A           G           D
She's the perfect professional's wife.
                 G                  A       D        G                A        D
And she asked me why does he ride for his money And tell me why does he rope for short pay
      G               A         D           Bm   -  A  -   G 
He ain't gettin' nowhere and he's losin' his share
      A           G              D
Boy, he must've gone crazy out there.
                 G       A              D           G          A                      D
Ah, but they've never seen the Northen Lights, they've never seen a hawk on the wing
            G        A                  D       Bm   -  A  -   G  -  D
They never spent spring on the Great Divide,
           A            G                  D    ----   E         
And they've never heard ole' camp cookie sing.
E                         A                 E                 B
Well, I read up the last of my letter, And I tore off the stamp for black Jim.
      A              B                     E                  C#m - B - A - E
And when Billy rode up to relieve me,      He just looked at my letter and grinned.
          A                  B      E          A                  B       E
He said now why do they ride for their money, Tell me why do they ride for short pay
                  A                  B            E            C#m - B - A
They ain't gettin' nowhere and they're losin' their share
                  B       A                E
Boy, they must've gone crazy out there
                  A                 B              E
Son, they all must be crazy out there.

Have fun with the yodeling part! Yodel in the key of E, after the last *there* go back
to A, E, B, E over and over again until you run out of breath or clear the room.

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