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. E 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.