John Denver – Take Me Home, Country Roads

The song became one of John Denver's most popular and beloved songs. In March 2014, it became one of the four official state anthems of West Virginia.

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Cover LP John Denver RCA 1971
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“Take Me Home, Country Roads”, also known simply as “Take Me Home” or “Country Roads”, is a song written by Bill Danoff, Taffy Nivert and John Denver about West Virginia. It was released as a single performed by Denver on April 12, 1971, peaking at number two on Billboard’s US Hot 100 singles for the week ending August 28, 1971. The song was a success on its initial release and was certified Gold by the RIAA on August 18, 1971, and Platinum on April 10, 2017. The song became one of John Denver’s most popular and beloved songs. It has continued to sell, with over 1.6 million digital copies sold in the United States.

The song has a prominent status as an iconic symbol of West Virginia, which it describes as “Almost Heaven”. In March 2014, it became one of the four official state anthems of West Virginia.



From the album Poems, Prayers & Promises
B-side “Poems, Prayers and Promises”
Released April 12, 1971
Recorded January 1971, New York City
Genre Country
Length 3:17
Label RCA
Songwriter(s) Bill DanoffTaffy NivertJohn Denver
Producer(s) Milton Okun Susan Ruskin





John Denver – Take Me Home, Country Roads Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Almost Heaven, West Virginia
Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah River
Life is old there, older than the trees
Younger than the mountains, growing like a breeze

[Chorus]
Country roads, take me home
To the place I belong
West Virginia, mountain mama
Take me home, country roads

[Verse 2]
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

[Chorus]
Country roads, take me home
To the place I belong
West Virginia, mountain mama
Take me home, country roads

[Bridge]
I hear her voice in the morning hour, she calls me
The radio reminds me of my home far away
Driving down the road, I get a feeling
That I should have been home yesterday, yesterday
[Chorus]
Country roads, take me home
To the place I belong
West Virginia, mountain mama
Take me home, country roads
Country roads, take me home
To the place I belong
West Virginia, mountain mama
Take me home, country roads

[Outro]
Take me home, (Down) country roads
Take me home, (Down) country roads

Single John Denver RCA 1971
Single John Denver RCA 1971
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