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Night Riders Lament Chords 
On The Acoustic

Night Riders Lament Chords and Lyrics

Here on this Jerry Jeff Walker Night Riders Lament chords page I have a free pdf chord sheet for you, along with the lyrics on the page below, my free partial acoustic demo of the song and a tip on playing the rhythm to this song.

Night Riders Lament Chords
Demo Lyrics & Pdf

This is a nice mellow number for the acoustic player from Jerry Jeff called night Riders Lament.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = a simple root down up down up pattern and repeat. There are some chords where you can play a few bass notes
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = D, G, A7, Em, D/Gb, D7

Jerry Jeff Walker Night Riders Lament Live


Night Riders Lament Lyrics

While I was out - a ridin’ - graveyard shift, midnight ‘till dawn
The moon was as bright as a readin’ 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 getting’ nowhere and you’re losin’ your share
You must have gone crazy out there

He tells me last night I run onto Jenny - she’s married and has a good life
Ah, you sure missed the track when you never come back
She’s a perfect - professional’s wife

She asked him - why does he ride for his money
Why does he rope for short pay
He ain’t getting’ nowhere and he's losin’ his share
He must have gone crazy out there

But they ain't never seen the Northern Lights
Never seen a hawk on the wing
Never seen Spring hit the Great Divide
And never heard Ol’ Camp Cookie sing

Well I read up - the last of that letter
And tore off the stamp for Black Jim
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
Why do they rope for short pay
They ain’t getting’ nowhere and they're losin’ their share
They must have gone crazy out there

Cause they ain't never seen the Northern Lights
Never seen a hawk on the wing
Never seen Spring hit the Great Divide
And never heard Ol’ Camp Cookie sing

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