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John Denver flying his bi-plane shortly before his death in 1997.

"The first album that had great success for me was an album called Poems, Prayers & Promises, and the song that really made that album a success is one that I wrote with two friends, Bill and Taffy (Nivert) Danoff, from Starland Vocal Band. I met them in a place called The Cellar Door in Washington, DC when I was working with the Mitchell Trio and later when I started performing on my own.

When I first had the opportunity to be a headliner at The Cellar Door, they asked me who I wanted for an opening act. I asked about having Bill and Taffy, who called themselves Fat City. They came and opened the shows for me.

The first night we were together we went back to their place after closing, just to visit, see what was going on and enjoy being together. We had a bunch of songs we wanted to show each other. One of the songs was one they had started and were unable to complete. It was a song called "Take Me Home, Country Roads".

In the wee hours of the morning, sometime between Christmas and New Year's Eve, in their basement apartment in Washington, DC, we wrote "Take Me Home, Country Roads". It became my first Number One record."


From "Take Me Home"
by John Denver.
Copyright © 1994 by John Denver


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TAKE ME HOME, COUNTRY ROADS
Written By John Denver, Bill Danoff, and Taffy Nivert

Almost Heaven, West Virginia
Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah River
Life is old there, older than the trees
Younger than the mountains, growin' like a breeze

Country Roads, take me home, to the place I belong
West Virginia mountain mama
Take me home, Country Roads

All my memories gather 'round her
Miner's lady, stranger to blue water
Dark and dusty, painted on the sky
Misty taste of moonshine teardrop in my eye

Country Roads, take me home, to the place I belong
West Virginia mountain mama
Take me home, Country Roads

I hear her voice, in the mornin' hour as 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

Country Roads, take me home, to the place I belong
West Virginia mountain mama
Take me home, Country Roads

Country Roads, take me home, to the place I belong
West Virginia mountain mama
Take me home, Country Roads

Take me home, Country Roads
Take me home, Country Roads




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