“Rocky Mountain High”

John Denver

ALBUM: Rocky Mountain High

1972

CHART POSITION: Number 9 on U.S. Billboard Hot 100

Songwriter(s): John DenverMike Taylor

 


He was born in the summer of his 27th year,

coming 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 hanging by a song

But the strings already broken and he doesn’t really care

It keeps changing fast, and it don’t last for long

 

 

And the Colorado Rocky Mountain high, I’ve seen it raining fire in the sky

The shadows from the starlight are softer than a lullaby

Rocky Mountain high, Colorado. 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 the memory

 

Now he walks in quiet solitude, the forest and the streams,

seeking grace in every step he takes

His sight is 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 raining fire in the sky

You can talk to God and listen to the casual reply

Rocky Mountain high, Colorado. 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 raining fire in the sky

I know he’d be a poor man if he never saw an eagle fly

Rocky Mountain high,

 

the Colorado Rocky Mountain high, I’ve seen it raining fire in the sky

Friends around the campfire and everybody’s high

 

Rocky Mountain high, Colorado. Rocky Mountain high

Rocky Mountain high, Colorado. Rocky Mountain high

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