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Song Parodies -> "Black Riders In The Night"

Original Song Title:

"Ghost Riders In The Sky"

 (MP3)
Original Performer:

Johnny Cash

Parody Song Title:

"Black Riders In The Night"

Parody Written by:

Old Man Ribber

The Lyrics

Here's another tribute to Wendy Christopher's delighful Lord Of The Rings series. I've chosen to use the Johnny Cash version of the original song, but I prefer the Vaughn Monroe recording. ;D



A group of Hobbits left the Shire. It wasn't a big thing.
There on a chain around his neck - one carried Sauron's Ring.
When out of Mordor came the Nine - a terrifying sight,
On hellish devil horses - in garb black as midnight,

Their forms were almost spectral. Their voices harsh and shrill.
Their eyes were red and flaming - and their foul Black Breath could kill.
They carried evil weapons - and one bore a Morgul knife.
Upon the heights of Weathertop - Frodo almost lost his life.


Nine men who fell
Under the spell.
Black Riders in the night.


When unhorsed at the river ford - before long they returned.
Their mission: Find the Master Ring, In their black hearts it burned.
The Witch King led the Dark Lord's troops - to Gondor and to war.
'Twas there he met his downfall - on the Fields of Pelennor.

The head Fell Rider thought he knew - the old prophetic plan,
But Merry and brave Eowyn were certainly "no man"!
The other eight arrived too late - and vanished in the gloom
When Gollum and the mighty Ring - both burned up in Mount Doom.


Power unmade,
Back into shade.
Black Riders in the night.
Fell Riders were served right.
Nine Ringwraiths out of sight!



If you can find it, I highly recommend "National Lampoon's Bored Of The Rings" - a whole book parodying the classic trilogy. Here's an example of the writing...the inscription in the One Ring. "This is the Ring that was made by the Elves - who'd pawn their own mothers to weild it themselves. Ruler of creeper, mortal, and scallop - this little trinket packs quite a wallop. The power almighty rests in this One Ring - The power alrighty to do your own thing. If damaged or broken it cannot be remade - if found send to Sorehead (Sauron), the postage is pre-paid." ;D

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Phil Alexander - January 15, 2013 - Report this comment
Fits the OS very well, indeed. Excellent job :-)
Patrick - January 15, 2013 - Report this comment
One of the few nerds who never read LOTR or saw the movies. But I did read the National Lampoon parody. Your song tells the story in a matter of a couple minutes, thus saving me immense amounts of time. Thank you.
Old Man Ribber - January 15, 2013 - Report this comment
Thanks guys. What's with all the one bombing and no scoring/comments? Any idea who is responsible and how widespread is it beyond me? ;D
Timmy - January 15, 2013 - Report this comment
Your song tells the story well, very descriptive.
Wendy Christopher - January 15, 2013 - Report this comment
When the late, great Johnny Cash is invoked to tell the LOTR story, people listen. When Ribber provides the lyrics for him - well, how can you not love that? ;^) A sweeping epic, told in the space of an epic song - 555 is just not enough. Yep, the Uno-bomber's been a busy little bee for a couple of days now. I can't imagine what anyone might get out of it... it must surely be the most unrewarding form of trolling there is? *shrugs*

Yes, the 'Bored of The Rings' parody is very well done. You might also like this gloriously silly French and Saunders comedy sketch - hopefully this link works for you: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCYbRUmzIb0
Callmelennie - January 15, 2013 - Report this comment
I attended a Jesuit High School that was very much infatuted by Tolkien. I think we spent two months my Freshman year reading and studying both "the Hobbit" and "Lord of the Rings" I was a Senior when "Bored of The Rings" came out and it definitely resonated with students as everyone by then thought the Jesuits got a little carried away with Tolkien ... And BTW, "Bored of the Rings" was published by the "Harvard Lampoon" which preceded "National Lampoon" Indeed, many of the creators of "Harvard Lampoon" were responsible for starting "National Lampoon"
Lifeliver - January 15, 2013 - Report this comment
With respect to Wendy, and as she acknowledges, this parody reminds me how much fun it is when you match your wit with a winning song, as you've done to great effect here. 555

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