JOHN DENVER                       

  

BIOGRAPHY

 

ANNIE'S SONG
 
 G              C  D    Em      C            G
You fill up my senses, like a night in the forest.
 
 G                   C   D      Am     C           D
Like a mountain in springtime, like a walk in the rain.
 
 G                   C  D    Em      C           G
Like a storm in the desert, like a sleepy blue ocean.
 
 G              C  D    Am   D        G
You fill up my senses, come fill me again.
 
  G           C   D    Em     C                G
Come let me love you, let me give my life for you.
 
 G                     C   D    Am    C            D
Let me drown in your laughter, let me die in your arms.
 
 G                C     D    Em      C            G
Let me lay down beside you, let me always be with you.
 
 G            C   D    Am   D        G
Come let me love you, come love me again.
 
 G              C  D    Em     C             G
You fill up my senses, like a night in the forest.
 
 G                   C      D    Am     C           D
Like a mountain in spring time, like a walk in the rain.
 
 G                   C  D    Em       C          G
Like a storm in the desert, like a sleepy blue ocean.
 
 G              C  D    Am   D        G
You fill up my senses, come fill me again.
 
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Back home again                    John Denver
 
 
          D                D7     G              
There's a storm across the valley clouds are rollin' in
 
    A7                              D  
the afternoon is heavy on your shoulders
 
                           D7          G  
there's a truck out on the four lane a mile or more away
 
    A7                                  D
the whinin' of his wheels just makes it colder
 
 
            D                D7             G
2. He's an  hour away from   riding on your prayers up in the sky
3. After    all the news to  tell him,      how'd you spent your time?
4. It's the sweetest thing I know of just   spendin' time with you
 
        A7                                    D 
2. and  ten days on the road are barely       gone,
3. and  what's the latest thing the neighbor  say?
4. It's the little things that make a house a home.
 
                               D7       G
2. there's a fire softly       burning, supper's on the stove
3. and your mother called last friday? 'Sunshine' made her cry
4. Like a fire softly          burning, supper on the stove 
    
                 A7                                D
2. and there's a light in your eyes that makes him warm
3. and you       felt the baby move just    yester-day.
4. and a         light in your eyes that makes me  warm
 
 
   G                 A7            D    D7  
R: Hey, it's good to be back home again
 
   G          A7                 D                G  
   sometimes this old farm feels like a long lost friend.
 
           A7                             D
   Yes and hey, it's good to be back home again.
 
 
   D7  G                 A7             D              G      
B: And oh, the time that I can lay this tired old body down
 
       e                A7             D      D7
   and feel your finger feather soft upon me.
 
       G             A7           D                       G
   The kisses that I live for the love that lights my way
 
       e              G               A7
   the happiness that living with you brings me.
Back home again                    
   D             d7            g
There's a storm across the valley clouds are rollin' in
 
    A7                              D  
the afternoon is heavy on your shoulders
 
                           D7          G  
there's a truck out on the four lane a mile or more away
 
    A7                                  D
the whinin' of his wheels just makes it colder
 
 
            D                D7             G
2. He's an  hour away from   riding on your prayers up in the sky
3. After    all the news to  tell him,      how'd you spent your time?
4. It's the sweetest thing I know of just   spendin' time with you
 
        A7                                    D 
2. and  ten days on the road are barely       gone,
3. and  what's the latest thing the neighbor  say?
4. It's the little things that make a house a home.
 
                               D7       G
2. there's a fire softly       burning, supper's on the stove
3. and your mother called last friday? 'Sunshine' made her cry
4. Like a fire softly          burning, supper on the stove 
    
                 A7                                D
2. and there's a light in your eyes that makes him warm
3. and you       felt the baby move just    yester-day.
4. and a         light in your eyes that makes me  warm
 
 
   G                 A7            D    D7  
R: Hey, it's good to be back home again
 
   G          A7                 D                G  
   sometimes this old farm feels like a long lost friend.
 
           A7                             D
   Yes and hey, it's good to be back home again.
 
 
   D7  G                 A7             D              G      
B: And oh, the time that I can lay this tired old body down
 
       e                A7             D      D7
   and feel your finger feather soft upon me.
 
       G             A7           D                       G
   The kisses that I live for the love that lights my way
 
       e              G               A7
   the happiness that living with you brings me.
 
   
TAKE ME HOME, COUNTRY ROADS  
 
 
1           *       6m            *
.... Almost heaven, .... West Vir-ginia
 
5               *          4          1     *
.... Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah River___
 
*            *          6m             *
.... Life is old there, older than the trees
 
5                *          4              1
Younger than the mountains, growin' like a breeze
 
 
CHORUS:
 
        1     *            57  *
Country roads___, take me home___
       6m    *        4    *
To the place___, I be-long___
         1      *            57    *
West Vir-gin-ia___, mountain momma___
        4    *           1     *     *
Take me home___, Country Roads___
 
 
1           *         6m      *
.... All my mem'ries, gather 'round her
5            *     4                1
.... Miner's lady, stranger to blue water
*             *      6m             *
.... Dark and dusty, painted on the sky
5              *          4              1
Misty taste of moonshine, teardrop in my eye
 
 
6m            5             1                 *
.. I hear her voice, in the mornin' hours she calls to me
    4        1              57         *
The radio re-minds me of my home far a-way
    6m               7b           4
And drivin' down the road I get a feeling'
       1                     5         *          57  *
That I should have been home yesterday___, yester-day___
 
 
ENDING: CHORUS, REPEAT LAST LINE
 
 
 
 
Take me home, Country Roads(better in A)
          G         Em           
1) Almost heaven,   West Virginia,
2) All my mem'ries, gather round her, 
 
   D               C                G
1) Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah       River.
2) miner's lady,         stranger to blue water.
 
                      Em  
1) Life is old there, older than the trees, 
2) Dark and dusty,    painted on the sky, 
 
   D
1) younger than the mountains
2) misty taste of moonshine
 
   C              G
1) growin' like a breeze.
2) teardrop in my eye.
 
              G              D            Em        C
Ref.) Country roads, take me home, to the place I belong.
            G               D              C            G
      West Virginia, Mountain momma, take me home Country roads
 
 
Bridge)   Em       D            G 
      I hear her voice in the morning hour she calls me,
            C        G              D 
        the radio reminds her of my home far away
            Em               D            C
        and driving down the road I get a feeling 
             G                     D          D7    G
        that I should have been home yesterday, yesterday.   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
LEAVING ON A JET PLANE
 
           Words and Music by John Denver
 
          G                   C
1) All my bags are packed, I'm ready to go
2) There's so many times I've let you down
3) Now the time has come to leave you
 
         G                 C
1) I'm standing here outside your door
2) So many times I've played around
3) One more time, let me kiss you
 
       G               C            D
1) I hate to wake you up to say goodbye
2) I tell you now, they don't mean a thing
3) Then close your eyes, I'll be on my way
 
            G                    C
1) But the dawn is breakin' it's early morn
2) Every place I go, I'll think of you
3) Dream about the days to come
 
        G                    C
1) The taxi's waitin' he's blowin' his horn
2) Every song I sing, I'll sing for you
3) When I won't have to leave alone
 
       G           C                D
1) Already I'm so lonesome I could die
2) When I come back I'll bring your wedding ring
3) About the times I won't have to say:
 
Chorus: (1, 2 & 3)
     G           C            G                  C
So kiss me and smile for me; tell me that you'll wait for me
 G                    C          D
Hold me like you'll never let me go
            G      C
'Cause I'm leavin' on a jet plane
   G             C               G
Don't know when I'll be back again
      C              D
Oh, babe, I hate to go....
 
 
(3rd Verse only repeat last three lines)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
My Sweet Lady
 
 
 
 
 
INTRO:   Slowly
 
 
 
 
 
 
VERSE:
 
 
 
1  La - dy,        are you   cry - ing,        do the
 
2  La - dy,        are you   hap - py,         do you
 
3  La - dy,        are you   cry - ing,        do the
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   tears  be - long     to me           Did you
 
   feel   the  way       I do           are there
 
   tears  be - long     to me           Did you
 
 
 
 
 
   think      our  time      to - gether        was
 
   meanings   that you've    ne - ver           seen
 
   think      our  time      to - gether        was
 
 
 
 
 
    all                      gone?
 
    be          -            fore
 
    all                      gone?
 
 
 
 
 
     La - dy,      you've been dream - ing       I'm as
 
     La - dy,       my sweet    la - dy          I  just
 
     La - dy,       my sweet    la - dy          I'm as
 
 
 
 
 
     close     as I       can be               and I
 
     can't    believe  it's true              and it's
 
     close     as I       can be               and I
 
 
 
 
 
 
     swear  to  you    our time     has just     be -
 
     like     I've   never ever      loved       be -
 
     swear  to  you    our time     has just     be(Go to ENDING CHORD)
 
 
 
 
 
     gun
 
     fore
 
                                        gun
 
 
CHORUS:
 
      G              A                    D     D7
    Close your eyes and rest your weary mind
 
 
        G             A                  D        D7
    I promise I will stay right here beside you
 
       G                   A                 D
    Today our lives were joined, became entwined
 
 
       Bm                  Bm7             Em   A
    I wish that you could know how much I love you
 
Poems, prayers and promises                      
   D                                 G(add A)          D
1) I've been lately thinking about    my life's time
2) Days they pass so quickly now, the nights are seldom long
                       
                                        G(add A)
1) all the things I've done and how it's been,
2) time around me whispers when it's cold.
 
       D                            G(add A)        D
1) and I can't help believin' in     my       own    mind
2)     The changes somehow frightens me, still I have to smile
 
                                        G(add A)
1) I know I'm gonna hate to see it end.
2) it turns me on to think of growing old.
 
   D                                          G(add A)         D
1) I've seen a lot of sunshine                 slept out in the rain
2) It's tho' my life's been good to me there's still so much to do
 
                                        G(add A)
1) spent a night or two all on my own
2) so many things my mind has never known
 
   D                             G(add A)        D
1) I've known my lady's pleasures had myself some friends
2) I'd like to raise a fam'ly I'd like to sail    away
 
                                        G(add A)
1) spent a time or two in my own home.
2) dance across the mountains on the moon.
 
        G              A7             D               G
Ref.) I have to say it now it's been good life all in all, 
                   D              Bm                  Em
      it's really fine to have a chance to hang around.
   A7     G                A7      D                 G
      and lie there by the fire and watch the evening tire,
                  D                 Bm           Em           A7
      while all my friends and my old lady sit and pass a pipe around
                  G                     Fm
      and talk of poems and prayers and promises
          G                D                            Dmaj7
      and things that we believe in, how sweet it is to love someone,
          G              A        G                   Fmaj7
      how right it is to care, how long it's been since yesterday
      Em           D                         Dmaj7 
      what about tomorrow and what about our dreams
                  G           A        D  G  D
      and all the memories we share
 
Chords for chorus:
 
       G     A    D    D7    Bm    Bm7    Em
 
 
 
 
 

ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH

 

 
       G                         C    D
He was born in the summer of his 27th year,
       G                          C
Comin' home to a place he'd never been before.
        G           Em                  C                D
He left yesterday behind him, you might say he was born again,
          G                            C
You might say he found a key for every door.
        G                              C             D
When he first came to the mountain his life was far away,
       G                     C
On the road and hangin' by a song,
        G                Em            C              D
But the string's already broken and he doesn't really care,
         G                                   C
It keeps changin' fast and it don't last for long.
          C        D              G          C               D           G
 But the Colorado Rocky Mountain high, I've seen it rainin' fire in the sky.
      C               D            G                  C
 The shadow from the starlight is softer than a lullaby.
                 G         C                    G         C
 Rocky Mountain high, Colorado, Rocky Mountain high, Colorado.
   G                                   C               D
He climbed cathedral mountains, he saw silver clouds below,
       G                            C
He saw everything as far as you can see.
         G               Em                C                  D
And they say that he got crazy once and he tried to touch the sun,
       G                               C
And he lost a friend, but kept his memory.
G                                  C               D

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now he walks in quiet solitude the forests and the streams,
        G                      C
Seeking grace in every step he takes.
    G                  Em              C            D
His sight has turned inside himself to try and understand
    G                                 C
The serenity of a clear blue mountain lake.
          C        D              G          C               D           G
 And the Colorado Rocky Mountain high, I've seen it rainin' fire in the sky.
          C               D             G        C
 You can talk to God and listen to the casual reply.
                 G         C                    G         C
 Rocky Mountain high, Colorado, Rocky Mountain high, Colorado.
        G                               C                     D
Now his life is full of wonder, but his heart still know some fear
     G                            C
Of a simple thing he cannot comprehend.
         G               Em               C                 D
Why they try to tear the mountain down to bring in a couple more,
     G                           C
More people, more scars upon the land.
          C        D              G          C               D           G
 And the Colorado Rocky Mountain high, I've seen it rainin' fire in the sky.
    C              D                G                  C
 I know he'd be a poorer man if he never saw an eagle fly.
                 G            C        D              G
 Rocky Mountain high, it's a Colorado Rocky Mountain high,
       C               D           G    C                  D            G   C
 I've seen it rainin' fire in the sky, friends around the campfire and everybody’s high.
                 G         C                    G         C
 Rocky Mountain high, Colorado, Rocky Mountain high, Colorado.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rocky Mountain High     
 
 
* capo up 2 frets
* Tune low E down to D  (Drop D tuning)  Wow - it didn't start with 
                                         Soundgarden!
 
 
D       Em7          G      A 
                                He was born
 
D                     Em7           C    A           D
in the summer of his twenty seventh year,  comin'  home
 
 
- keeps repeating......
 
A        G       A                   D
But the Colorado Rocky Mountain high
 
       G             A             D
I've seen it rainin' fire in the sky
 
     G               A            D           Em7  Dmaj7   G
The shadow from the starlight is softer than a lul- la-    by
 
                   D            Em7
Rocky Mountain high
G     A           D
Rocky Mountain high
 
Sorry, can't be more specific..
 
D    000232
Em7  220000
G    (5th fret) 11--xx
A    (7th fret) 11--xx
C    x32010
Dmaj7 000222
 
 
 
 
 
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 Colorade 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 forests 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 a Colorado Rocky Mountain high
I've seen it rain' fire in the sky
Friends around the campfire and everybody's high
Rocky Mountain high/Colorado
 
 
 
SUNSHINE ON MY SHOULDERS
 
 
NOTE: Capo 3rd fret
 
   G        C       G         C          G       C    G    C
|: Sunshine   on my shoulders   makes me happy.
 
G        C       G    C           Am7       D7
Sunshine   in my eyes can make me cry
 
G        C        G     C          G        C     G    C
Sunshine   on the water   looks so lovely.
 
G        C        G      C         G     C    G   C
Sunshine   almost always   make me high
 
   G    Am7   Bm   C              G        Am7    Bm    C
1) If I had a day    that I could give you
2) If I had a tale   that I could tell you
 
       G          Am7   Bm    C             Am7     D7
1) I'd give to you    a day   just like   today.
2) I'd tell a tale      sure  to make you   smile.
 
   G       Am7   Bm   C              G          Am7   Bm  C
1) If I had    a song   that I could sing for you.
2) If I had    a wish   that I could wish for you.
 
       G          Am7   Bm        C         G    Am7   Bm   C
1) I'd sing a song   to make you  feel this way.              :|
2) I'd make a wish   for sunshine all the   while.            CODA
 
 
CODA
 
G        C        G            C          G     Am7   Bm   C
Sunshine   almost all the time   makes me high.
 
G        C        G      C    G   Am7   Bm    C
 
Sunshine   almost always. Makes me high
 
 
 

 

 

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