One cold, black night of a Colorado winter It snowed on Red Mountain Pass We warned ev'rybody that the Slide was runnin' An' 5-5-Oh was a mess But outta the plowshed, south a' town Come a blade with a flashin' blue light We told that boy: "Whatever you do, Beware of the Riverslide Slide."
Now that plow-jockey knew he had a job to do Been dodgin' them slides for years But we all knew, deep down inside, He was livin' with a thing called fear 'Cause you don't mess around with an avalanche, son A lotta men tried, and died Yeah, you get them plows past Bear Creek Falls, You lookin' at the Riverside Slide
Now all a' us folks around Ouray County Seen a lotta them cold, black nights When the only thing movin' is a big ol' plow Flashin' them weird blue lights You drive them snowplows around these parts You gotta have a real thick hide 'Cause ya never quite know what time a' the night You gonna die in the Riverside Slide
Well, it snowed six feet on the mountain that night An' we knew what was comin' on down An' so did the boy an' his flashin' blue light When he rolled that blade outta town Well, he took that plow up 5-5-Oh An' he felt it lean to one side An' before he knew it, he was buried alive At the bottom of the Riverside Slide
Yeah, all a' us folks around Ouray County Seen a lotta them cold, black nights When the only thing movin' is a big ol' plow Flashin' them weird blue lights We found the boy in the early spring Still settin', the plow on its side Yeah, ya never quite know what time a' the night You gonna die in the Riverside Slide