We made camp along Red River Watched the cattle as they bedded down Back at the wagons, right after supper We spread our bedrolls on the ground And me and Willie, we took the night guard And the sage never smelled so sweet The prairie moon, was blazin' silver No chance tonight for a stampede
Way over yonder, off in the distance Towards the mountains there in the west Did I see lightnin', did I hear thunder My mind is weary, I could use some rest Then all at once, the wind shifts directions The clouds roll in behind the tumbleweeds These longhorn cattle, are gettin' restless God help us all, if they stampede
Smell the rain, hear the thunder The midnight sky, turns black as death The lightnin' crashes, smell the sulphur It's rank and strong, it's Satan's breath The cattle rise up, and go to runnin' I spur my pony on and take the lead And across the herd, I can hear Willie yellin' Hey Stampede!
Dust clouds rise, as the rain falls They mix together, turn the air to mud I feel the longhorns brush against me And I can feel the demons racin' through my blood Then all at once, my pony stumbles We hit the ground, I rise up to my knees In a flash of light, I can see the cattle comin' Lord I know I'm gonna die in this stampede
Then I awake, and I look around me I'm in my bedroll and I'm layin' on the ground Over there's the wagon, and there's the campfire I was only dreamin', but what's that sound? Then I feel the earth tremble underneath me As the midnight sky begins to bleed And from the blackness I can hear Willie yellin' Hey Stampede