Chris LeDoux - Night Rider's Lament Lyrics




While I was out a ridin' the grave yard shift midnight till dawn
The moon was bright as a readin' light for a letter from an old friend back home
And he asked me why do you ride for your money and why do you rope for short pay
You ain't a gettin' nowhere and you're losin' your share
Boy you must have gone crazy out there

He said last night he runnin' to Jenny she's married and has a good life
And boy you sure missed the track when you never come back
She's the perfect professional's wife
And she asked him why does he ride for his money
And tell me why does he rope for short pay
He ain't a gettin' nowhere and he's losin' his share
Well he must've gone crazy out there

Ah but they've never seen the Northern Lights
They ain't never seen a hawk on the wing
They've never spent spring on the Great Divide
And they've never heard ole camp cookie sing
Well I read up the last of my letter and tore off the stamp for black Jim
And when Billy rode up to relieve me he just looked at my letter and grinned
He said you know I wonder why do they ride for their money
Tell me why do they ride for short pay
They ain't a gettin' nowhere and they're loosin' their share
Son, they all must be crazy out there
They ain't never seen the Northern Lights
They ain't never seen a hawk on the wing
They've never spent spring on the Great Divide
And they've never heard ole camp cookie sing





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Chris LeDoux Night Rider's Lament Comments
  1. Traveling Man

    Ride on forever Chris LeDoux.

  2. Ulrike Thalhammer

    Wow Spitze Musik 👍👏🎶🎵🎸🎸🤠🇱🇷🇦🇹

  3. Sherman Willden

    Did anyone get to see the Professional Rodeo Museum's room specifically set up for Chris?

  4. Gilbert Dildine

    Home now. You're are missed. Chris.

  5. Ray Summitt

    God bless Chris ledoux

  6. wwwbbchris247

    I was lucky enough to have the pleaser of meeting him. He was a stand up friendly guy that was nothing but kind while meeting us. Most stars would walk by without even a smile or a hello because there so full of themselves. Not Chris though, he talked with us like we was pals from way back. What a gifted person he was. So many amazing accomplishments in his life. Nothing but a pleaser to meet him, to listen to his poetry and music, to read his book, see him twice in concert and see how great he was in rodeo( wish i could have seen some of that in person but little to young for that). Very much so taken to early. But what an outstanding life he'd lived. Easy to idolize someone so great. We miss you Chris!!!

  7. Cassie Perry

    Way to soon to go on. One of the absolute greatest song writers and bronc champ ever to be known. I sure do miss him.

  8. M gdhse3

    ❤🐴❤🐴

  9. Kenneth Rauens

    God bless Chris LeDoux!

  10. Kenny Go

    I know it's too late to change it, but Chris played this one a little too simple. Great song... deserves more effort. RIP to great talent that missed an opportunity on this one.

    Bob Marshall

    I disagree, Kenny. I sense a great deal of passion in his voice. This is a wonderful song and a wonderful rendition. But when it comes to the best of Chris LeDoux, nothing tops "This Cowboy's Hat."

    Jay Layland

    Chris sent This Cowboys Hat out to me one night in Utah after we had met and talked for awhile. We are both for Wyoming he rode with my cousins in their College days. Very humble and caring man. RIP Cowboy.

    Bret Secrist

    After all he was a simple man.

    Gilbert Dildine

    I like it as is

  11. Richard hoelscher

    left this world too soon

  12. Lion's Vigil

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

  13. jordan Daugherty

    I ride for my money

  14. MyK1ndaParty

    wish I could add a photo comment I'm on night herd right now

    Ron Parker

    Sang this song to a herd or two in the moonlight myself, they didn't complain.

    8th Gen Fla Native Steve

    something about that slow riding, moon lighting up the herd, gal on your mind and this song coming out of you that really lets you know that you are exactly where you fit.

  15. John Graves

    amazing artist and songwriter! by far my favorite of all time!