United StatesJohn Denver

Artist rating: 61.37 % (ranking: 204)
Highest rating: 61.37 % (1976)
Most recent trend: 61.85 % (1976)
Highest trend: 66.20 % (1975)

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Born: 1943-12-31
Died: 1997-10-12

Age: 53
 

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1975
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1976
57.51 %

The Very Best of John Denver

John Denver - The Very Best of John Denver
 
 
Release date: 1999
Type: compilation
Genres:

In collection: CD (2004-03-31)
 
Average song length: 03:22

Ranking

John Denver:
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11
Year (1999):
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40
Decade (1990's):
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471
Overall:
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2642

Tracks

1
lyrics
03:01
2
lyrics
04:45
3
lyrics
04:46
4
lyrics
02:17
5
lyrics
03:10
6
lyrics
03:10
7
lyrics
03:31
8
lyrics
02:44
9
lyrics
04:17
10
lyrics
01:28
11
lyrics
02:29
12
lyrics
02:57
13
lyrics
03:44
14
lyrics
03:52
15
lyrics
03:32
16
lyrics
03:08
17
lyrics
03:45
18
lyrics
03:25
19
lyrics
03:18
20
lyrics
04:24
21
Please Daddy
From Farewell Andromeda (1973) (as Please Daddy (Don't Get Drunk This Christmas))
lyrics
02:56
22
lyrics
03:23
 
Total time:
 
01:14:02

Lyrics

Annie's Song
03:01
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You fill up my senses
Like a night in the forest
Like the mountains in springtime
Like a walk in the rain
Like a storm in the desert
Like a sleepy blue ocean
You fill up my senses
Come fill me again

Come let me love you
Let me give my life to you
Let me drown in your laughter
Let me die in your arms
Let me lay down beside you
Let me always be with you
Come let me love you
Come love me again

Let me give my life to you
Come let me love you
Come love me again

You fill up my senses
Like a night in the forest
Like the mountains in springtime
Like a walk in the rain
Like a storm in the desert
Like a sleepy blue ocean
You fill up my senses
Come fill me again
Rocky Mountain High
04:45
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He was born in the summer of his 27th year
'Comin' home to a place he'd never been before
He left yesterday behind him
You might say he was born again
You might say he found a key for every door

When he first came to the mountains
His life was far away
On the road and hangin' by a song
But the string's already broken
And he doesn't really care
It keeps changin' fast and it don't last for long

But the Colorado rocky mountain high
I've seen it rainin' fire in the sky
The shadow from the starlight
Is softer than a lullabye
Rocky mountain high

He climbed cathedral mountains

He saw silver clouds below
He saw everything as far as you can see
And they say that he got crazy once
And he tried to touch the sun
And he lost a friend but kept his memory

Now he walks in quiet solitude
the forest and the streams
Seeking grace in every step he takes
His sight has turned inside himself
To try and understand
The serenity of a clear blue mountain lake

And the Colorado rocky mountain high
I've seen it rainin' fire in the sky
You can talk to God
And listen to the casual reply
Rocky mountain high

Now his life is full of wonder
But his heart still knows some fear
Of a simple thing he cannot comprehend
Why they try to tear the mountains down
To bring in a couple more
More people, more scars upon the land

And the Colorado rocky mountain high
I've seen it rainin' fire in the sky
I know he'd be a poorer man
If he never saw an eagle fly
Rocky mountain high

It's Colorado rocky mountain high
I've seen it rainin' fire in the sky
Friends around the campfire
And everybody's high
Rocky mountain high
Back Home Again
04:46
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There's a storm across the valley, clouds are rollin' in
The afternoon is heavy on your shoulders
There's a truck out on the four lane a mile or more away
The whinin' of his wheels just makes it colder

He's an hour away from ridin' on your prayers up in the sky
And ten days on the road are barely gone
There's a fire softly burnin', supper's on the stove
But it's the light in your eyes that makes him warm

Hey it's good to be back home again
Sometimes this old farm feels like a long-lost friend
Yes 'n' hey, it's good to be back home again

There's all the news to tell him, how'd you spend your time
What's the latest thing the neighbors say
And your mother called last Friday, Sunshine made her cry
You felt the baby move just yesterday

Hey it's good to be back home again - yes it is
Sometimes this old farm feels like a long-lost friend
Yes 'n' hey, it's good to be back home again

Oh the time that I can lay this tired old body down
Feel your fingers feather soft upon me
The kisses that I live for, the love that lights my way
The happiness that that livin' with you brings me

It's the sweetest thing I know of, just spending time with you
It's the little things that make a house a home
Like a fire softly burnin' supper on the stove
The light in your eyes that makes me warm

Hey it's good to be back home again
Sometimes this old farm feels like a long-lost friend
Yes 'n' hey, it's good to be back home again

Hey it's good to be back home again - you know it is
Sometimes this old farm feels like a long-lost friend
Hey, it's good to be back home again
I said hey it's good to be back home again
Grandma's Feather Bed
02:17
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When I was a little bitty boy
Just up off-a floor
We used to go down to Grandma's house
Every month end or so
We had chicken pie and country ham
And homemade butter on the bread
But the best darn thing about Grandma's house
Was her great big feather bed

It was nine feet high and six feet wide
Soft as a downy chick
It was made from the feathers of forty 'leven geese
Took a whole bolt of cloth for the tick
It'd hold eight kids, four hound dogs
And a piggy we stole from the shed
We didn't get much sleep but we had a lot of fun
On Grandma's feather bed

After the supper we'd sit around the fire
The old folks'd spit and chew
Pa would talk about the farm and the war
And Granny'd sing a ballad or two
I'd sit and listen and watch the fire
Till the cobwebs filled my head
Next thing I knew Id wake up in the morning
In the middle of the old feather bed

It was nine feet high and six feet wide
Soft as a downy chick
It was made from the feathers of forty'leven geese
Took a whole bolt of cloth for the tick
It'd hold eight kids, four hound dogs
And a piggy we stole from the shed
We didn't get much sleep but we had a lot of fun
On Grandma's feather bed

Well I love my Ma, an' I love my Pa
Love Granny and Grandpa too
Been fishing with my uncle, I wrestled with my cousin
I even kissed Aunt Lou oooh
But if ever had to make a choice
I guess it ought to be said
That I'd trade them all plus the gal down the road
For Grandma's feather bed

It was nine feet high and six feet wide...
Polka Dots and Moonbeams
03:10
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A country dance was being held in a garden
I felt a bump and heard an "Oh, beg your pardon"
Suddenly I saw polka dots and moonbeams
All around a pug-nosed dream

The music started and was I the perplexed one
I held my breath and said "May I have the next one?"
In my frightened arms polka dots and moonbeams
Sparkled on a pug-nosed dream.

There were questions in the eyes
Of other dancers as we floated over the floor
There were questions, but my heart knew all the answers
And perhaps a few things more

Now in a cottage made of lilacs and laughter
I know the meaning of the words "ever after"
And I'll always see polka dots and moonbeams
When I kiss my pug-nosed dream

There were questions in the eyes
Of other dancers as we floated over the floor
There were questions,
But my heart knew all the answers
And perhaps a few things more

Now in a cottage made of lilacs and laughter
I know the meaning of the words "ever after"
And I'll always see polka dots and moonbeams
When I kiss my pug-nosed dream
When I kiss my pug-nosed dream
Take Me Home, Country Roads
03:10
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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 where 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, teardrop in my eye.

Country roads, take me home
To the place I belong:
West Virginia, mountain momma,
Take me home, country roads.

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

Country roads, take me home
To the place where I belong:
West Virginia, mountain momma,
Take me home, country roads.
I'm Sorry
03:31
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It's cold here in the city
It always seems that way
And I've been thinking about you almost everyday
Thinking about the good times
Thinking about the rain
Thinking about how bad it feels alone again

I'm sorry for the way things are in China
I'm sorry things ain't what they used to be
But more than anything else
I'm sorry for myself
'Cause you're not here with me

Our friends ask all about you
I say you're doing fine
And I expect to hear from you almost anytime
But they all know I'm crying
I can't sleep at night
They all know I'm dying down deep inside

I'm sorry fro all the lies I told you
I'm sorry for the things I didn't say
But more than anything else
I'm sorry for myself
I can't believe you went away

I'm sorry if I took some things for granted
I'm sorry for the chains I put on you
But more than anything else
I'm sorry for myself
For living without you
Late Nite Radio
02:44
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There's lonely hearts in Arkansas
There's truckers in Des Moines
All there to keep me company in the early morn
A world unknown to daytime
Is forever going on
The airwaves of the nation
Between midnight and the dawn

Late night radio
Take it everywhere I go
My best friend when I'm lonely
Is my late night radio

Well I turn the dial
A little bit past one-o-one point two
In time to catch the news
And see who's shooting who
Then I hunt around for old songs
They're so good to hear again
To think of how it was
Imagine how it might have been

Late night radio
Take it everywhere I go
My best friend when I'm lonely
Is my late night radio

La La La I sing along
'Cause I never know the words
La La La La La La La La
I'd love to call a talk show
But I haven't got the nerve
La La La Oh Oh Oh radio

The Lord is still my shepherd
But these preachers got to go
This time of night my interest
Lies in U.F.O.'s
So I turn the dial a little
Past fifty-six point three
To find myself a lullaby
To rock me off to sleep

Late night radio
Take it everywhere I go
My best friend when I'm lonely
Is my late night radio

Late night radio
Take it everywhere I go
My best friend when I'm lonely
Is my late night radio
Don't Close Your Eyes Tonight
04:17
There's a tenderness that I feel, it's very real you see
I can feel your body stir so deep within
Let it be an out of love tonight completely
And let me ask of you one thing

Don't close your eyes tonight
Just look at me and see how many times I cried for you
Don't close your eyes tonight
Let it be me, not just a fantasy
Let it be me tonight

Well you can lie so close to someone and still feel alone
And though I heard you say you loved me so many times
While you give me love so beautiful and tender
Someone else is in your mind

Don't close your eyes tonight
Just look at me and see how many times I cried for you
Don't close your eyes tonight
Let it be me, not just a fantasy
Let it be me tonight

Sorry if I cry - feelings run so deep
Many is a time when I'll wake up and find
That I'm crying in my sleep
Look me in the eye, tell me what you see
I'm the one who loves you, I'm the one who needs you
Make this one for me

Don't close youe eyes tonight
Just look at me and see how many times I cried for you
Don't close your eyes tonight
Let it be me, not just a fantasy
Let it be me tonight
The Music Is You
01:28
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Music makes pictures and often tells stories
All of it magic and all of it true
And all of the pictures and all of the stories
All of the magic, the music is you

Music makes pictures and often tells stories
All of it magic and all of it true
And all of the pictures and all of the stories
And all of the magic, the music is you
It's Up to You
02:29
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You can do whatever you want to do wherever you want to go it's up to you
And wouldn't it be fine following your heart playing your own part
You and me out on a farm let the sun be our alarm
Kicking off our shoes doing what we choose
And wouldn't it be fine knowing that you're mine anytime you want to be

I don't want to own you I just want to hold you
I just want to need you
I just like to see you smile and stay for awhile

If the times get rough bein' free might be enough
Keep our feelings warm see us through the storm
Wouldn't it be fine looking back and knowing that we helped each other find
You can do whatever you want to do wherever you want to go it's up to you
And wouldn't it be fine following your heart playing your own part
It's up to you it's up to you
For Baby (For Bobbie)
02:57
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I'll walk in the rain by your side
I'll cling to the warmth of your hand
I'll do anything to keep you satisfied
I'll love you more than anybody can

And the wind will whisper your name to me
Little birds will sing along in time
Leaves will bow down when you walk by
And morning bells will chime

I'll be there when you're feelin' down
To kiss away the tears if you cry
I'll share with you all the happiness I've found
A reflection of the love in your eyes

And I'll sing you the songs of the rainbow
A whisper of the joy that is mine
And leaves will bow down when you walk by
And morning bells will chime

I'll walk in the rain by your side
I'll cling to the warmth of your tiny hand
I'll do anything to help you understand
And I'll love you more than anybody can

And the wind will whisper your name to me
Little birds will sing along in time
Leaves will bow down when you walk by
And morning bells will chime
Gimme Your Love
03:44
Oh, spring is here and love is in the air
Overflowing with life and I don't have a care
I'm gonna see you shining like your diamond ring
Every cell in our body is singing

Gimme your love forever
Gimme your love
Gimme your love forever
Oh, oh, gimme your love imme your love

All around I see signs of rebirth
Resurrection, renewal, celebration of life on earth
Baby won't you stay with me and watch your garden grow
I love you, I want you, please say you'll

Gimme your love forever
Gimme your love
Gimme your love forever
Oh, oh, gimme your love imme your love

People think I'm crazy as I walk along the street
I don't understand 'em anyway
All I know is since you came my life has been so sweet
And that's the way I know it's gonna stay

Baby won't you stay with me and watch your garden grow
I love you, I want you, please stay you'll

Gimme your love forever
Gimme your love
Gimme your love forever
Oh, oh, gimme your love imme your love
Got My Heart Set on You
03:52
Ever since the day I met you
I feel like I'm walking on air
And lately I'm convinced, it's no coincidence
I run into into you everywhere

And though I've heard your love is taken
I gotta believe what's in your eyes
Would I be out of line if I suggested a time
And we got together one of these nights

Got my heart set on you
You're everything I've ever wanted
Got my heart set on you
Can't be anything but love
Baby I'm bettin' on it

I don't want to give you the wrong impression
I'm not the kind who rushes in
But baby every time I see you, before I even leave you
I can hardly wait to see you again

Got my heart set on you...

I don't mean to be coming on strong
Or taking everything for granted
But love is a thing that just comes along
You don't understand how it got out of hand
But you're in it right from the start

Got my heart set on you...
Love Is Everywhere
03:32
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Love is everywhere, I see it
You are all that you can be, go on and be it
Life is perfect, I believe it
Come and play the game with me

Open yourself to the first celebration
Open your eyes to the joy and pain
Life is the fruit of your own creation
Every new birth is a soul regained

Love is everywhere, I see it
You are all that you can be, go on and be it
Life is perfect, I believe it
Come and play the game with me

Drinking my life from a silver fountain
Sweet water running to the cold salt sea
Old man moon on a white-top mountain
Sound of the wind singing dreams for me

Love is everywhere, I see it
You are all that you can be, go on and be it
Life is perfect, I believe it
Come and play the game with me

Follow your heart like a flying stallion
Race with the sun to the edge of night
Form your truth like a gold medallion
Dance in the circle of the love and the light

Love is everywhere, I see it
You are all that you can be, go on and be it
Life is perfect, I believe it
Come and play the game with me
Cool an' Green an' Shady
03:08
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Saturday's, holidays, easy afternoon
Lazy days, summer days, nothing much to do
Rainy days are better days, for hanging out inside
Rainy days and city ways make me want to hide
Someplace cool and green and shady.

Find yourself a piece of grassy ground
Lay down, close your eyes
Find yourself and maybe lose yourself
While your free spirit flies
(musical interlude)

August skies, lullabys, promises to keep
Dandelions and twisting vines, Clover at your feet
Memories of Aspen leaves, trembling on the wind
Honeybees and fantasies
Where to start again
Someplace cool and green and shady

Cool and green and shady
Cool and green and shady
Cool and green and shady
Cool and green and shady
Matthew
03:45
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Had an uncle named Matthew
Was his fathers only boy
Born just south of Colby, Kansas
Was his mothers pride and joy

Yes, and joy was just the thing that he was raised on
Love was just the way to live and die
Gold was just a windy Kansas wheatfield
Blue, just a Kansas summer sky

All the stories that he told me
Back when I was just a lad
All the memories that he gave me
All the good times that he had

Growing up a Kansas farmboy
Life was mostly having fun
Riding on his Daddys shoulders
Behind a mule beneath the sun

Yes, and joy was just the thing that he was raised on
Love was just the way to live and die
Gold was just a windy Kansas wheatfield
Blue is just a Kansas summer sky

Well, I guess there were some hard times
And I'm told some years were lean
They had a storm in forty-seven
A twister came and stripped them clean

He lost the farm and lost his family
He lost the wheat and lost his home
But he found the family Bible
Faith as solid as a stone

Yes, and joy was just the thing that he was raised on...

So he came to live at our house
And he came to work the land
He came to ease my Daddys burden
And he came to be my friend

So, I wrote this down for Matthew
And it's for him the song is sung
Riding on his Daddy's shoulders
Behind a Mule beneath the sun

Yes, and joy was just the thing that he was raised on
Love was just the way to live and die
Gold was just a windy Kansas wheatfield
Blue, was just a Kansas summer sky

Yes, and joy was just the thing that he was raised on...
I'm in the Mood to Be Desired Tonight
03:25
Another day is over and I'm on my way home
Knowing you'll be waiting is all I need to know
'Cause I'm in the mood to be desired
Wrap your arms around me
I'm in the mood
Let's build a fire
Till the embers retire, we'll be
Lost in a world of ecstacy

Forget about your troubles
Forget about my woes
You're the one who comforts me
Whenever I feel low
'Cause I'm in the mood to be desired
Wrap your arms around me
I'm in the mood
Let's build a fire
Till the embers retire, we'll be
Lost in a world of ecstacy

You're everything I could imagine
You fill me up with such passion, baby
Eternity is not long enough
For you, and me
'Cause I'm in the mood to be desired
Wrap your arms around me
I'm in the mood
Lets build a fire
Till the embers retire, we'll be
Lost in a world of ecstacy
City of New Orleans
03:18
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Riding on the "City of New Orleans"
Illinois Central Monday Morning Rail
Less fifteen cars and fifteen restless riders
Three conductors and twenty five sacks of mails
They're out on the south-bound odissey and the train pulls out of Kankoke
Rolling past houses, farms and fields
Passing towns that have no names and freightyards full of old black men
And the graveyards of the rusted automobiles

Singing Good Morning America. How are you?
Saying don't you know me, I'm your native son?
I'm the train they call "City of New Orleans".
I'll be gone five hundred miles when the days is done

I was dealing cards with the old man in the club car
Plenty of points there ain't no one keeping score
Say won't you pass the paper bag that holds the bottle
And feel the wheels rumbling through the floor
And the sons of foregone porters and the sons of engineers
Ride their father's magic carpet made of steel
And the days were full of restless and their dreams were full of memories
And the echos of the freight train whistles clear

Singing Good Morning America. How are you?
Saying don't you know me, I'm your native son?
Yes I'm the train they call "City of New Orleans".
I'll be gone five hundred miles when the days is done

But it's twilight on the city of New Orleans
Talk about a pocket full of friends
Halfway home, we'll be there by morning
With no tomorrow waiting 'round of then
Singing goodbye America. I love you
Saying don't you know me, I'm your native son?
I'm the train they call "City of New Orleans".
I'll be gone five hundred miles when the days is done
Singing Good Morning America. How are you?
Saying don't you know me, I'm your native son?
Yes I'm the train they call the "City of New Orleans".
I'll be gone five hundred miles when the days is done
I'd Rather Be a Cowboy (Lady's Chains)
04:24
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Jesse went away last summer, a couple of months ago
After all our time together, it was hard to see her go
She called me right up when she arrived, asked me one more time to come
Or livin' on an LA freeway, Ain't my kinda havin' fun

I think I'd rather be a cowboy
I think I'd rather ride the reigns
I think I'd rather be a cowboy
Then to lay me down and love the lady's chains

We were just beginnin', it was such an easy way
Layin' back up in the mountains, makin' songs for summer days
She got tired of pickin' daisies, cookin' my meals for me
She can live the life she wants to, yes, it's alright with me

I think I'd rather be a cowboy...

I'd rather live on the side of a mountain
Than wander through canyons of concrete and steel
I'd rather laugh with the rain and the sunshine
Then lay down my sun down in some starry field

Oh, but I miss her in the morning, when I awake alone
The absence of her laughter, is a cold and empty sound
But her memory always makes me smile, and I want you to know
I love her yes I love her, just enough to let her go

I think I'd rather be a cowboy...

I think I'd rather be a cowboy
I think I'd rather ride the reigns
I think I'd rather be a cowboy
Then to lay me down and love lady's chains
Please Daddy
02:56
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John Denver - Farewell Andromeda (1973) (as Please Daddy (Don't Get Drunk This Christmas))
Please daddy, don't get drunk this Christmas
I don't wanna see my Mama cry
Please daddy, don't get drunk this Christmas
I don't wanna see my Mama cry

Just last year when I was only seven
Now I'm almost eight as you can see
You came home a quarter past eleven
And fell down underneath our Christmas tree

Please daddy, don't get drunk this Christmas...

Mama smiled and looked outside the window
She told me: "Son, you better get upstairs."
But then you laughed and hollered: "Merry Christmas."
I turned around and saw my Mama's tears

Please daddy, don't get drunk this Christmas...
Friends with You
03:23
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What a friend we have in time
Gives us children, makes us wine
Tells us what to take or leave behind

And the gifts of growing old
Are the stories to be told
Of the feelings more precious than gold

Friends I will remember you,
Think of you, pray for you
And when another day is through
I'll still be friends with you

Babies days are never long
Mother's laugh is baby's song
Gives us all the hope to carry on

Friends I will remember you...
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