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John Denver : “Take Me Home, Country Roads”

Denver wrote this song with his friends Bill and Taffy Danoff, who were married at the time (Taffy later became Taffy Nivert). Denver was in Washington, DC to perform with the Danoffs, and after the show they went back to the couple’s home where they played him what they had of this song (John almost didn’t make it – he got in a car accident on the way over and was taken to a hospital for a thumb injury).

Denver helped them complete the song, and the next night they sang it together on stage. Denver knew he had a hit song on his hands, and brought the Danoffs to New York where they recorded the song together – you can hear Bill and Taffy on background vocals.



Almost heaven, West Virginia

Blue Ridge Mountains

Shenandoah River,

Life is old there

Older than the trees

Younger than the mountains

Blowin’ like the breeze


Country roads, take me home

To the place I belong

West Virginia, mountain momma

Take me home, country roads

All my memories gathered ’round her

Miner’s lady, stranger to blue water

Dark and dusty, painted on the sky

Misty taste of moonshine

Teardrops in my eye


I hear her voice

In the mornin’ hour she calls me

The radio reminds me of my home far away

And drivin’ down the road I get a feelin’

That I should have been home yesterday, yesterday

[Chorus:Repeat x2]

Take me home, now country roads

Take me home, now country roads

**Special Note: The Country Roads in this song are in West Virginia, but Denver had never even been to West Virginia. Bill and Taffy Danoff started writing the song while driving to Maryland – they’d never been to West Virginia either! Danoff got his inspiration from postcards sent to him by a friend who DID live there, and from listening to the powerful AM station WWVA out of Wheeling, West Virginia, which he picked up in Massachusetts when he was growing up.

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