Ghost Town Sound song “Fingerprints” riddim based on true story

The Haunting Facts behind the ‘Ghost Riders in the Sky’ Legend

“Texas is full of lore, legends and ghost stories. The tale of the Ghost Riders is by far the saddest, most evil, not to mention, the most famous one in the country. This legend is sadly true, a senseless ghoulish tragedy which took place in Crosby County, Texas. You may know it as Stampede Mesa.

It all began like any other cattle drive should have back in the fall of 1889. The weather had been less than cooperative; the cowboys were worn to a frazzle and the herd had been restless the entire trip. Late one night as they began climbing the slope to the top of the range near the Neches River a storm began brewing. They’d planned to set up camp just over the ridge near the water. Sawyer, the trail boss rode ahead to check out the surroundings and look out for Indians. He was shocked to see a brand new homestead perched right on top of the hill. He’d taken this route hundreds of times without incident, but now this was blocking his entire herd from crossing. It would take hours to go around it…” continue reading


“Their faces gaunt, their eyes were blurred
Their shirts all soaked with sweat
He’s ridin’ hard to catch that herd
But he ain’t caught em yet
Cause they got to ride forever in that range up in the sky
On horses snortin’ fire as they ride on hear their cries
As the riders loped on by him he heard one call his name
‘If you wanna save your soul from hell a-ridin’ on our range
Then cowboy change your ways today or with us you will ride
Tryin’ to catch the devil’s herd across these endless skies
Yippie I ohhh oh oh
Yippie I aye ye ye
Ghost riders in the sky
” -words by Stan Jones

-“In and Outlaws” image by Deeling Gregory

-article by Carol Commons-Brosowske, Texas Hill Country News | September 23, 2016


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