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September 29

Denver’s “Take Me Home,Country Roads” Remind us of our Roots

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The song Take Me Home, Country Roads is a favorite that is so hard to forget and so hard not to list when we are asked of our favorite country songs that remind us of our Southern roots. This John Denver song is a welcome breath of fresh air regardless of when it was released and whenever you hear it. While there are many country songs out there that are trying to become the new anthem of this new era, nothing could equate Take Me Home, Country Roads. In fact, it’s still covered by many artists or used as a soundtrack for different important events in the country scene.

Take Me Home, Country Roads, John Denver

“Take Me Home, Country Roads” received an enthusiastic response from West Virginians. The song is the theme song of West Virginia University and has been performed at every home football pre-game show since 1972. In 1977 Denver played at Morgantown High School and even changed the wording to “Appalachian Mountains, Monongahela River”

The popularity of the song has inspired revolutions in the West Virginia Legislature to change the state song of West Virginia to “Take Me Home, Country Roads”. On March 7, 2014, the West Virginia Legislature approved a resolution to make “Take Me Home, Country Roads” an official state song of West Virginia, alongside three other pieces: “West Virginia Hills”, “This is My West Virginia”, and “West Virginia, My Home Sweet Home”.

The video below reflects a live performance of John Denver like he is alive and kicking and this will definitely make you miss your Southern roots.

Watch the video below:

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Take Me Home, Country Roads Lyrics

Almost heaven, West Virginia, Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah River.
Life is old there, older than the trees, younger than the mountains, blowing like a breeze.

Country roads, take me home to the place I belong.
West Virginia, mountain mamma, 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 mamma, take me home, country roads.

I hear her voice in the morning hour, she calls me, the radio reminds me of my home far away.
And driving down the road I get a feeling that I should have been home yesterday, yesterday.

Country roads, take me home to the place I belong.
West Virginia, mountain mamma, take me home, country roads.

Country roads, take me home to the place I belong.
West Virginia, mountain mamma, take me home, country roads

Take me home now, country roads,
Take me home now, country roads.


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