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Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by Stanford Guitar, Jul 26, 2021.
Was singing this on my MTB ride home today.
I am from and live in West Virginia and I hate that song and hate John Denver. He was thinking of Virginia and needed an extra syllable in the chorus.
That aside, enjoy the ride.
I am not surprised to see yet again a beautiful photo. What a great trail you have at your fingertips!
Not a John Denver fan, but I always liked this version
not my favorite song, but it sure is popular. We play it when it gets requested, and folks of all ages love it and sing along
That song was a hit when I was in the 9th grade. My last name is Rhodes, so my algebra teacher started calling me "Country." Lived in Nashville at the time. Country music was not my first love but I liked some of it. Wasn't wild about the nickname though.
My older brother got called Dusty and my dad got called Rocky but I was never called either of those. No one else ever called me Country. Now that I play a Tele, am retired, and I think more about death than about high school, Country wouldn't be an unwelcome nickname...
I think Denver's song is excellent.
Its a good song that perhaps was heard a bit much. I've learned to appreciate it later in life. Denver, not his real name, made playing the twelve string look easy.
I'm always singing this song in Northern VA...
(I have heard from other DC-area locals, that it was original written about 'Take me home, Clopper Rd' in MD, and words were changed, maybe? )
... and it's about W VA ( or altered to be)
Fabricated or not, everyone loves it at gigs, sings along. I like picking a Martin solo break on it too.
Often our last song, in our duo.
Well.... kinda. But yeah. The writers were not from WV. And the Shanendoah barely touches the most NE corner of the state.
But all in all, West Virginia has adopted the song as its own, whether we like it or not.
I've never like the song that much, to be truthful. John Denver had plenty of others that I liked more. I'm from the West originally, so maybe that makes sense.