Night Rider's Lament cover
Night Rider's Lament cover

Night Rider's Lament Lyrics Meanings
by Mike Aiken


Night Rider's Lament Lyrics

While I was out a-ridin'
The graveyard shift midnight till dawn
The moon was as bright as a reading light
For a letter from an old friend back home
He asked me


Why do you ride for your money?
Why do you rope for short pay?
You ain't gettin' nowhere
And you're losin' your share
Oh, you must've gone crazy out there


He said last night I ran into Jenny
She's married and has a good life
Boy, you sure missed the track when you never came back
She's the perfect professional's wife
And she asked me


Why does he ride for his money?
Why does he rope for short pay?
He ain't gettin' nowhere
And he's losin' his share
Oh, he must've gone crazy out there


But then they've never seen the northern lights
They've Never seen a hawk on the wing
They've never seen the spring hit the Great Divide
They ain't never heard old Camp Cookie sing


Now, I read up the last of my letter
And tore off the stamp for Black Jim
When Dougie rode up to relieve me
He just looked at my letter and grinned

Writer(s): MICHAEL E BURTON
Copyright(s): Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
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