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									                                            A Baby Just Like You
                                     Words & Music by John Denver
                                 from Rocky Mountain Christmas (1975)

(Capo up 4 frets)

C         G    F       C    F C/E G7       C
The sea -son is up-on us now, a time for gifts and giv-ing
C         G        F     C       F C/E G7        C
And as the year draws to its close__ I think a - bout__ my liv-ing
C            G       F     C      F C/E G7       C
The Christ-mas time when I was young, the mag - ic and the won-der
C           G       F         C     F C/E    G7      C
But col - ors dull and can - dles dim__ and dark my stand - ing un-der

Am           D        G        F          C     G     C
Oh, lit-tle an - gel, shin - ing light, you've set my soul to dream-ing
 Am           D      G     F
You've giv-en back my joy in life
   C             G C
You filled me with new mean-ing

C       G        F        C     F C/E G7     C
A sav-ior King was born that day, a ba - by just like you
C        G       F        C      F C/E G7       C
And as the Ma - gi came with gifts, I come with my___ gift too
C          G          F       C
That peace on earth fills up your time
     F    C/E G7            C
That broth - er - hood sur-rounds you,
C          G       F        C
That you may know the warmth of love
    F C/E G7              C
And wrap      it all a - round you.

Am          D       G     F       C      G    C
It's just a wish, a dream I'm told from days when I was young,
        F      G       C Am          Dm7     G7   C
Mer-ry Christ-mas lit-tle Zachary__ Mer-ry Christ-mas ev-ery-one
        F      G       C Am          Dm7     G7   C
Mer-ry Christ-mas lit-tle Zachary__ Mer-ry Christ-mas ev-ery-one

G   F   C   F   C/E   G7   C

                                           A Country Girl in Paris
                                    Words and Music by John Denver
                                      from Higher Ground (1988)

Capo up 3rd fret
C
A country girl in Paris, Moonlight on the Seine.
                                     C7
Memories of Tennessee and Nashville in the rain.
F                                       C      G
It's such a contradiction; a heart that's filled with pain.
                                      C
A country girl in Paris dreamin' Nashville in the rain.

C
She walks along the boulevard Champs-Elysees,
                                         C7
Thinks about a country boy three thousand miles away.
  F                               C
Pride is such a hard thing, such a price to pay,
   G                                  C
To be all alone in Paris, with true love so far away.

Bridge #1

Am                       F          C
Up upon Montmarte where she stops to rest a while
Em                            F             G
All the artists look at her and they long to paint her smile.
Am                        F           C
For even in her sorrow there's something in the eyes
Em                          F              G
That makes the young men jealous and makes the old men sigh.

3rd Verse - Instrumental to Bridge #2

Bridge #2

Am                         F            C
They say the loss of innocence is always linked to pain,
Em                        F            G
For once the heart is opened, nothing ever is the same.
Am                      F         C
So the evening lends itself to lovers and romance.
Em                        F                G
The way to heal a broken heart: give true love just one more chance.

4th Verse: Repeat 1st verse

                                            A Little Further North
                                    Words and Music by Graeme Conners
                                           Sung by John Denver
                              from The Flower That Shattered The Stone (1990)

       Unusual Chords
       Aadd2/E : 007760
       A/C#     : x4x2x0
       B/D#     : xx1x02

       E    /   Aadd2/E   /
       E    /   Aadd2/E   /

       E
The sun sinks behind me in the west
                  B
This is the time of day I love best
                        E
Salt breezes murmur through the coconut palms
      A               B      E
As the colors change, you set a scene of tropic calm

 E
Seagulls headed back to land
             B
Over the mangrove and the salt pan
                           E
By a lazy creek with a six pack and a fishin' line
 A                B               E
Win back some memories and losin' track of time

       A            B        E
I head a little further north each year
      A          B       A/C#       B/D#
Leave the cities behind, out of sight out of mind
   E                   A
Oh, up where my troubles can all disappear
      F#m             B        E / Aadd2/E      /
I head a little further north each year

 E
Feeling the night wrap around me
          B
Eases my mind's serenity
                     E
Ocean waves are hummin' on the outer reef
     A                     B        E
These balmy days and sultry nights are a welcome relief

       A            B        E
I head a little further north each year
      A          B        A/C#       B/D#
Leave the cities behind, out of sight out of mind
   E                   A
Oh, up where my troubles can all disappear
      F#m             B        E
I head a little further north each year

       A            B        E
I head a little further north each year
 A       B        A/C#     B/D#
Taking my mind to an easier time
   E                       A
Oh, up where there's silence and the night sky is clear
      F#m             B        E / Aadd2/E      /
I head a little further north each year
E / Aadd2/E /
E    /   Aadd2/E   /

Copyright 1984 Irving Music, Inc. (BMI)

                                    A Song For All Lovers
                                       by John Denver
                            from The Wildlife Concert (1995)
         A                 D
I see them dancing, somewhere in the moonlight
            A            D
Somewhere in Alaska, somewhere in the sun
          A               D
I hear them singing, a song for all lovers
              A               D
A song for the two hearts beating only as one

         A              D
Imagine the morning, no longer alone
          A              D
The arms of another, a place to belong
            G    A           D
No longer the struggle, no longer the night
        A                 D
And ever becoming in the quickening light

             A              D
To   see in the darkness, to listen within
            A              D
To   answer in kindness, to ever begin
          G     A            D
To   ever be gentle, to always be strong
              A                D
To   walk in the wonder, to live in the song

             Bm    G        A           D
In a place of enchantment, where the wild things are known
              F#m A               D
Will the future remember when the lovers are gone?


(Instrumental)

        G    A            D
To ever be gentle, to always be strong
           A                D
To walk in the wonder, to live in the song

         A               D
I see them dancing, somewhere in the moonlight
            A           D
Somewhere in Alaska, somewhere in the sun
          A             D
I hear them singing, a song for all lovers
            A                 D
A song for the two hearts beating only as one
            A                 D
A song for the two hearts beating only as one



                                      African Sunrise
                              Words & Music by John Denver
                               from Dreamland Express (1985)
                                           G6/9
African sunrise, shine on a brand new day.
G6/9
African sunrise, show us a brand new way.
G6/9
Give us a brand new morning.
G6/9
Show us forever beginning to stand on our own.
G6/9
African sunrise, smile on my african home.

 Am7            D        G
In this hour of quiet contemplation.
     Am7             D          G
The stillness of the dawning calms my mind.
   Am7              D       G
I face the day with heartfelt exaltation.
    Am7              D        G
The light is both a promise and a sign
      Am7             D               G
In the darkness we have lost the son of our sister.
         Am7           D           G
Though the beauty of his spirit lingers still.
  G               D            G
This was a child of love, a child of laughter.
 Am7               D        G
Who cannot understand the way I feel.

 F            C              G
Is it not the sun that gives the seasons.
 F            C             G
Is it not the sun that brings the rain.
     F                 C                G
Our throats are choked with dust, but we're still singing.
     C             F         D
Our song wil not be silenced by the pain.
             Am7           D             G
All around the village I could hear the roosters crowing.
           Am7            D        G
There was a time it was like music to my ears.
            Am7               D          G
Now all I can hear is the sound of hungry babies crying.
  Am7              D          G
I pray for rain to wash away their tears.
       Am7       D            G
African sunrise, light of a brand new day
       Am7       D              G
African sunrise, light of a brand new way.
    Am7                 D
With one who will be our brother.
   Am7                 D               G
And one who will be our partner and teach us to know.
Em       Am7       D              G
African sunrise, smile on my african home.
      Am7        D              G
African sunrise, smile on my african home.
      Am7      D      G
African sunrise .....
                                       Alaska And Me
                            Words and Music by John Denver
                              from Higher Ground (1988)


AEADAEA

                   E         D         A
  When I was a child and I lived in the city
                   F#m D          E
  I dreamed of Alaska so far away
           A         F#m        D            E
  and I dreamed I was flying over mountains and glaciers
   A       F#m        D        E A      E
  somehow I knew that I'd live there one day

             A           E         D         A
  Well it took me some growin' and a fair bit of schoolin'
                                F#m       D       E
  and a little bit of trouble to get on the move
            A          F#m        D          E
  and I felt like a loser but I turned out the winner
             A       F#m       D      E A
  when I came to Alaska the land that I love

     E            D           A
Rit: Here's to Alaska, here's to the people
     F#m                 D           E
    here's to the wild and here's to the free
     A         F#m        D        E
    here's to my life in a chosen country
     A       E       A E A D A E A
    here's to Alaska and me.

                      E       D       A
  I was born in a cabin on little Mulchatna
                      F#m         D      E
  raised in hard times but I had a good life
             A           F#m        D     E
  from the first time I flew with my father a singin'
     A          F#m        D    E    A      E
  I knew that I'd wind up a bush pilot's wife.

         A          E        D          A
  We sleep near the sound of a slow running river
                       F#m           D       E
  and wake up most mornings to a drizzling rain
            A       F#m         D           E
  and we live every day like the first or the last one
          A        F#m     D      E A
  with nothing to lose and heaven to gain.

Rit: Here to Alaska....


  F#m         E      D          A
  Oh, for a fire on a cold winter's night
     F#m                    D          E
  and once more to gaze at the great northern lights
     A          F#m       D         E
  for all of the beauty my children will see
   A         E      A
  here's to Alaska and me.

   E            D           A
  Here's to Alaska, here's to the people
   F#m                 D          E
  here's to the wild and here's to the free
   A         F#m        D       E
  here's to my life in a chosen country
   A       E        A
  here's to Alaska and me
  D A          E        A
  oh, here's to Alaska and me

                                 Alfie: The Christmas Tree
                                     by John Denver
                            from A Christmas Together (1979)


Did you ever hear the story of the Christmas Tree
who just didn't want to change the show
He liked living in the woods and playing with squirrels
He liked icicles and snow.

He liked wolves and eagles and grizzly bears
and critters and creatures that crawled
Why bugs were some of his very best friends
Spiders and ants and all.

Now that's not to say that he ever looked down
on the vision of twinkling lights
Or on mirrored bubbles and peppermint canes
And a thousand other delights

And he often had dreams of tiny reindeer
and a jolly old man and a sleigh full of toys
and presents and wonderful things
And the story of Christmas Day

Oh, Alfie believed in Christmas all right
He was full of Christmas cheer
All of each and every day
and all throughout the year

To him it was more than a special time
much more than a special day
It was more than a beautiful story
It was a special kind of way

You see, some folks have never heard a jingle bell ring
And they've never heard of Santa Claus
They've never heard the story of the son of God
And that made Alfie pause.

Did that mean that they'd never know of peace on earth
or the brotherhood of man
Or know how to love, or know how to give
If they can't...no one can.

You see, life is a very special kind of thing
not just for a chosen few
But for each and every living breathing thing
Not just me and you

So in your Christmas prayers this year
Alfie asked me if I'd ask you
Say a prayer for the wind, and the water, and the wood
And those who live there, too.


Copyright 1979, Cherry Lane Music Publishing Company, Inc.
                                     All Of My Memories
                              Words & Music by John Denver
                                   from Aerie (1971)



G            C                  G
All of my memories lay in the life of the highway
C                                G
All of my nights in old motels and sleeping alone
C                              G
All of my days on the road with no one beside me
                  C              G
All of my dreams of a place that I can call home

                     C                 G
Somewhere in the shade near the sound of a sweet singin' river
   C                                    G
Somewhere in the sun where the mountains make love to the sky
   C                           G
Somewhere to build me a faith, a farm and a family
                   C                G
Somewhere to grow older, and somewhere a reason to try

         D                  C               G
'Cause I'm tired of big cities and so tired of big city ways
  Bm                   C                 G
Scratchin' off sunsets, and walkin' around in the maze
     D                      C              G
Some sweet taxi dancer's tryin' to save me from bein' alone
        Bm                        C                   G
Ah, it's much worse than lonely, there is no place that I really belong
          D            D7
I want to be home

   G                    C             G
          this city life In my mind I'm flyin' away
I'm leavin'
   Bm              C                G
          tomorrow and all of the old yesterdays
I'm leavin'
   D                      C                    G
          the trash cans, the bright lights, the telephone lines
I'm leavin'
   Bm                 C               G
          my sorrows and all of my memories behind
I'm leavin'
         D         D7
To see what I find

  G                  C                  G
Somewhere in the shade near the sound of a sweet singin' river
    C                                G
Somewhere in the sun where the mountains make love to the sky
    C                     G
Somewhere to build me a faith, a farm, and a family
                   C                G
Somewhere to grow older, and somewhere a reason to try
                C                  G
Somewhere to grow older, somewhere to laydown and die

                                         All This Joy
                            Words and Music by John Denver
                              from Higher Ground (1988)
A     E A        E/G# D/F# A/E A
All this joy, all this sor - row
    A/C# E        Dsus2            A
All this promise,        all this pain
E       A        E/G# D/F# A/E A
Such is life, such is     be - ing
    A/C# E Dsus2              A
Such is spirit,     such is love

    E A D A E/G# D/F# A/E A
City of joy, city of sor - row
    A/C# E      Dsus2          A
City of promise,       city of pain
E      A        E/G# D/F# A/E A
Such is life, such is   be - ing
    A/C# E Dsus2            A
Such is spirit,   such is love

    E A         E/G# D/F# A/E A
World of joy, world of sor - row
   A/C# E        Dsus2          A
World of promise,      a world of pain
E      A         E/G# D/F# A/E A
Such is life, such is   be - ing
   A/C# E Dsus2              A
Such is spirit,    such is love

     E A        E/G# D/F# A/E A
All this joy, all this sor - row
    A/C# E        Dsus2            A
All this promise,        all this pain
E       A        E/G# D/F# A/E A
Such is life, such is     bei - ng
    A/C# E Dsus2              A
Such is spirit,     such is love
    A/C# E Dsus2              A
Such is spirit,     such is love

                                Amazon (Let This Be a Voice)
                               Words & Music by John Denver
                               from Different Direction (1991)

Unusual chord:
D* :      |||222


D          D* D G                D
There is a river that runs from the mountains
         D* D     G D
     That one river is all rivers
     G               D
     All rivers are that one


          D* D G                 D
There is a tree that stands in the forest
          D* D G D
  That one tre-e is all forests
  G              D
  All trees are that one

          D* D       G           D
There is a flower that blooms in the desert
          D* D     G    D
  That one blossom is all flowers
  G                D
  All flowers are that one

         D* D G                       D
There is a bird that sings in the jungle
         D* D G D
  That one song is all music
  G              D
  All songs are that one

G              A      D
It   is the song of life
G               A       D
It   is the flower of faith
G               A     D
It   is the tree of temptation
G              A       D A D
It   is the river of no regret

          D* D G                   D
There is a child that cries in the ghetto
          D* D      G    D
  That one chi--ld is all children
  G                 D
  All children are that one

         D* D        G             D
There is a vision that shines in the darkness
         D* D     G             D
 That one vision is all of our dreams
  G                    D
  All of our dreams are that one

G           A       D
It is a vision of heaven
G            A      D
It is a child of promise
G             A     D
It is the tree of temptation
G            A       D A D
It is the river of no regret

     A        G          D
Let this be   a voice for the mountains
     A        G          D
Let this be   a voice for the river
     A        G          D
Let this be   a voice for the forest
     A        G          D
Let this be   a voice for the flowers
     A        G          D
Let this be   a voice for the desert
     A        G          D
Let this be   a voice for the ocean
     A        G          D
Let this be   a voice for the children
     A        G          D
Let this be   a voice for the dreamers
     A        G      D A D
Let this be   a voice of no regret
   A D
no regret
                                          American Child
                               Words & Music by John Denver
                                  from Autograph (1980)
Unusual chords:
Esus4 : |222||
Gmaj7 : 32|||2


D Esus4 E F G A

          G DA           G        D      A
Goin' up to Alaska, up to the land of the Midnight Sun
        G                       F      C A
where the whale and polar bear run o'er the icy blue sea
          G DA          G          D     A
Goin' up to Alaska, up to the north and the pioneer life
     G                             F       C D
where courage and strength still survive and a man can be free

 G
American Child does the call of the wild
    F                    C
ever sing thru the mist of your dreams?
       G                   Gmaj7 G7
Does it fly with the wind when you waken again?
        C                   D
When it's gone do you know what it means?
       G
Can you picture the time when a man had to find
       F                 C
his own way through an unbroken land
  G                       Gmaj7        G7
Before the machine changed the blue and the green
   C                     D
to something you can't understand?
 G
American Child there's a burning inside
        F                   C
you that calls you away through the cold
   G             Gmaj7            G7
to come back again to all that you've been
         C                   D
Can't you see that it's time to come home
       G
To the flowers and the trees and the rivers and the seas
      F                   C
and the earth who's the mother of all?
   G                   Gmaj7          G7
A promise once made will it shine, will it fade
       C                  A
will we rise with the vision or fall?

          G DA           G         D      A
Goin' up to Alaska, up to the land of the Midnight Sun
        G                       F       C A
where the whale and polar bear run o'er the icy blue sea
          G DA          G           D     A
Goin' up to Alaska, up to the north and the pioneer life
     G                             F        C
where courage and strength still survive and a man can be free
         D
Men can be free
          G D             G D             G D
Goin' up to Alaska, goin' up to Alaska, goin' up to Alaska




                                       Amsterdam
                           Words & Music by Brel & Shuman
                                 sung by John Denver
                           on Take Me To Tomorrow (1970)

Am   Em   Am   Em    Am   Em   Am

      Am                  G
In the port of Amsterdam there's a sailor who sings
       F                   E
Of the dreams that he brings from the wide open sea.
      Am                  G
In the port of Amsterdam there's a sailor who sleeps
         F        E          Am
While the river bank weeps to the old willow tree.
       C                      G
In the port of Amsterdam there's a sailor who dies
        Am                    E
Full of beer, full of cries in a drunkin' down fight.
          F                     Em
But in the port of Amsterdam there's a sailor who's born
     F        E          Am
On a muggy, hot morn by the dawns early light.

      Am                   G
In the port of Amsterdam where the sailors all meet
         F             E
There's a sailor who eats only fish-heads and tails.
        Am                   G
He will show you his teeth that have rotted too soon.
         F       E        Am
That can swallow the moon that can haul up the sails.
     C                  G            Am
And he asks to the cook with his arms open wide.
                    E
Bring me more fish, put it down by my side.
      F                   Em
And he wants so to belch, but he's too full to try.
     F           E        Am
So he gets up and he laughs and he zips up his fly.

      Am                   G
In the port of Amsterdam you can see sailors dance.
        F                     E
Haunches bursting their pants, binding woman to paunch.
       Am                       G
They've forgotten the tune that their whiskey voice croaks.
           F         E          Am
And they're aplitting the night with the roar of their jokes.
        C                 G                   Am
And they turn and they dance and they laugh and they lust.
                      E
To the rats it sounds of the accordion burst.
        F                       Em
Then it's out into the night with their pride in their pants.
       F          E      Am
With a slut that they tow underneath the street lamps.

      Am                    G
In the port of Amsterdam there's a sailor who drinks.
       F                   E
And he drinks and he drinks and he drinks once again.
    Am                   G
He drinks to the health of the whores of Amsterdam.
         F        E        Am
Who have promised their love to a thousand other men.
       C                       G
And they darken their bodies and their virtue long gone
     Am                    E
For a few dirty coins. And then when he can't go on
           F                 Em
He plants his nose in the sky And he wipes it up above
       F                 Am
And he splits like I cry for an unfaithful love.
      Em
In the port of Amsterdam.
      Am
In the port of Amsterdam.
      Em
In the port of Amsterdam.
                                        Ancient Rhymes
                       Words and Music by John Denver & Bob Samples
                      from The Flower That Shattered The Stone (1990)
Capo 5th fret

Unusual chords
D/C     x3x232
G/B     x2x033
D/F#     2x023x
A7sus4 x02030
Dsus4 xx0233
Dsus2 xx0230


D    D/C        G/B     A
G    D/F#       Em       A7sus4         A

    D      D/C G/B      A7
Two days before the moon was round
    D        D/C G/B        A7
You felt the urge of sun s light beams
    D      D/C    G/B     A
The muffled world of dolphin sounds
      G      D/F# Em          A7    D Dsus4          D    Dsus2
Slipped out and back,         into your dreams

   D        D/C       G/B        A7
For nine full months that passed before
   D         D/C        G/B        A7
You learned of all of life's ancient rhymes
    D       D/C    G/B A
Then mother sensed a far-ther shore
    G         D/F# Em           A7 D Dsus4       D       Dsus2
And brought you forth        in-to these times

   Em7               A
 So taste the air of your new world
     Bm           G     D/F#
 And gently guide us to your mind
    Em7               A      D
 It knows the winds and sails unfurled
     G     D/F# Em       A7       D    Dsus4           D    Dsus2
 And holds to heart    the dol-phin kind

D    D/C      G/B     A      G    D/F#         A

D     D/C    G/B      A7
Welcome precious earthmade child
  D     D/C          G/B    A7
We met you first in your fa-ther's songs
   D      D/C      G/B A
And mother's smile and waters wild

    G     D/F# Em A7       D     Dsus4             D       Dsus2
It's in this place you now be-long

  D       D/C G/B          A7
I know you know of all these things
    D      D/C       G/B      A7
And feel the faith of a dolphin's sigh
    D      D/C G/B A
For you were born on silver wings
   G       D/F#     Em A7 D          Dsus4         D       Dsus2
To taste the high blown crys-tal sky

    Em7           A
 So sing one day to all of us
     Bm                 G    D/F#
 The songs you learned in dol-phin lair
       Em7            A D
 Giving home to life as all we must
     G     D/F# Em        A7     D     Dsus4 D             Dsus2
 And teach us how      their grace to share

D    D/C    G/B       A7
D    D/C    G/B       A7
D    D/C    G/B       A
G    D/F#    Em        A7sus4       A
D      Dsus4         D        Dsus2                D

                                         And So It Goes
                                   by Overstreet-Schlitz
                                   sung by John Denver
                          on Will The Circle Be Unbroken (vol 2)

G   Am   D7

  G                C            G
A mansion on a hill is a lovely sight to see
       C        G       Am          D7
but like any other house it's only temporary
 G                C               G
Home is anywhere you choose to put your heart
     C           G         Am         D7
if there's no love inside it'll soon fall apart.

C       G      D7      G
Ashes to ashes, dust into dust
 C            G     Am         D7
buildings will crumble, bridges will rust,
 C           G                  C
mountains will disappear, rivers will dry on
    Am           D7          G
And so it goes with everything but love,
      Em Am D7             G         Em Am D7
so it go--es, everything but love, so it go--es.

 G                 C       G
You can drive around in a long limousine
      C               G     Am            D7
if you don't know where you're going, you don't mean a thing
 G                   C           G
He would walk a mile just to hold an empty hand
    C         G     Am         D7
he knows what it means to be a wealthy man.

C       G      D7      G
Ashes to ashes, dust into dust
 C           G      Am        D7
colusses will crumble, bridges will rust,
 C           G                  C
mountains will disappear, rivers will dry on
    Am           D7          G
And so it goes with everything but love,
      Em Am D7             G         Em Am D7
so it go--es, everything but love, so it go--es.

 C D7 G         C       D7 G
Wordly treasures will all pass away
  C    D7 Em           Am         D7
there's just one thing's put here to stay

C       G      D7      G
Ashes to ashes, dust into dust
 C           G      Am        D7
kingdoms will crumble, bridges will rust,
 C           G                  C
mountains will disappear, rivers will dry on
    Am           D7          G
And so it goes with everything but love,
      Em Am D7            G
so it go--es, everything but love,
      Em Am      D7         G
so it go--es,   everything but love,
      Em Am      D7         G
so it go--es,   everything but love.



                             And You Say That The Battle Is Over
                               Words & Music by David Mallett
                                   sung by John Denver
                                   on Autograph (1980)
Unusual chord:
C/G : 3|2|13


  G                   C/G G
And you say that the battle is o---ver,
                                          D
And you say that the war is all done

Go tell it to those with the wind in their nose
                                         G/D G
Who run from the sound of the gun,
                           C/G         G
And write it on the sides of the great whaling-ships,
                                C
Or on ice floes where conscience is tossed
                            G
With the wild in their eyes, it is they who must die
        D                     G C/G G
And it's we who must measure the loss.

  G                     C/G G
And you say that the battle is o---ver,
                                  D
And finally the world is at peace

You mean no one is dying, and mothers don't weep,
                          G/D G
Or it's not in the papers, at least.
                             C/G     G
There are those who would deal in the darkness of life,
                                C
There are those who would tear down the sun,
                        G
And most men are ruthless, but some will still weep
        D                    C/G D Em D Em
When the gifts we were given are gone.

        G               C/G        G
Now the blame cannot fall on the heads of a few,
                         D
It's become such a part of the race;
It's eternally tragic that that which is magic
                                G/D G
Be killed at the end of the glorious chase.
                               C/G        G
From young seals to great whales, from waters to wood,
                              C
They will fall just like weeds in the wind;
                           G
With furcoats, and perfumes, and trophies on walls:
       D                 C/G D G
What a hell of a race to call men.

  G                   C/G G
And you say that the battle is o---ver,
                                          D
And you say that the war is all done

Go tell it to those with the wind in their nose
                                         G/D G
Who run from the sound of the gun,
                           C/G         G
And write it on the sides of the great whaling-ships,
                                C
Or on ice floes where conscience is tossed
                            G
With the wild in their eyes, it is they who must die
        D                     G
And it's we who must measure the loss.
        C/G                   G
With the wild in their eyes, it is they who must die,
        D                  G C/G G
And it's we who must measure the cost.
                                Angels From Montgomery
                                     by John Prine
                                  sung by John Denver
                            from Farewell Andromeda (1973)


(Capo 3rd fret)

G C G C G C G C
G C G C G C G C

 G         C
 I am an old woman
 G            C
 Named after my mother,
 G            C
 My old man is another
 G           C G C G
 Child that's grown old
                   C
If dreams were lightning
G              C
And thunder were desire
G                  C
This old house would have burnt down
 G     C G C
A long time ago

G        F          C             G C G
Make me an angel that flies from Montgomery,
            F          C       G C G
Make me a poster of an old rodeo
                   F            C         G C G
Just give me one thing that I can hold on to,
                         C            G      C G     C
To believe in this livin' is just a hard way to go

G C G C G

G           C
When I was a young girl
G         C
I had me a cowboy
G                C
He weren't much to look at,
           G       C G    C G
Just a free ramblin' man.
              C
But that was a long time
G               C
And no matter how I try,
G             C
The years just flow by
           G     C G C
like a broken down dam.

G        F          C             G C G
Make me an angel that flies from Montgomery,
            F          C       G C G
Make me a poster of an old rodeo
                   F            C         G C G
Just give me one thing that I can hold on to,
                         C            G      C G     C
To believe in this livin' is just a hard way to go

G   C   G   C

G                 C
There's flies in the kitchen
G                   C
I can hear 'em in there buzzin'
G              C
 And I ain't done nothin'
            G      C G C G
 Since I woke up today.
                       C
 How the hell can a person
 G               C
 Go to work in the mornin'
 G             C
 Come home in the evenin'
             G      C G C
 And have nothin' to say?

 G        F          C             G C G
 Make me an angel that flies from Montgomery,
             F          C       G C G
 Make me a poster of an old rodeo
                    F            C         G C G
 Just give me one thing that I can hold on to,
                          C            G      C G     C
 To believe in this livin' is just a hard way to go

(Repeat Chorus)
                                     Annie's Other Song
                           Words and Music by John Denver
                       from An Evening With John Denver (1975)




    G       D      C

I'm bringing me home to you,
              D      G
That's all that I have to give,
                D
My life, my love, my everything
                 G
It's you I choose to be with

                     D
Had a wonderful time in the city
             G
I smile when I recall
                    D
The space, the songs, the company
            G
I really had a ball

                     D
It's a funny set of circumstances
                    G
Sends me out on the road alone
                     D
With the moon looking over my shoulder
                G
I'm finding my way back home

    G       D      C

I'm bringing me home to you,
              D      G
That's all that I have to give,
                D
My life, my love, my everything
                 G
It's you I choose to be with

                   D
Riding high in the Rocky Mountains
                    G
They're quiet and peaceful times
                   D
I'd sweat the stars are smiling
                     G
Like they know what's on my mind

                   D
You see, on any such an occasion
                  G
My thoughts will turn to you
               D
The time I spend all by myself
              G
I mostly spend with you

    G       D      C

I'm bringing me home to you,
              D      G
That's all that I have to give,
                D
My life, my love, my everything
                 G
It's you I choose to be with

G D C G C D G C D G D G
  La, la......

              D
When I lay down beside you,
                  G
All the love that you show,
             D
I wanna live my life with you
                     G
It's all the dreams that I know

    G        D      C

I'm bringing me home to you,
              D       G
That's all that I have to give,
                D
My life, my love, my everything
                 G
It's you I choose to be with
D                 G
It's you I choose to be with
D                 G
It's you I choose to be with
D         C      G
It's you I want to live with

G D C G C D G C D G D G
    La, la, la......



Copyright by Cherry Lane Music
                                       Annie's Song
                             Words & Music by John Denver
                             from Back Home Again (1974)

Unusual   Chords:
Dsus4 :    |||233
D/C# :     |4|232
D/B :     |2|232


D    Dsus4 D Dsus4 D Dsus4 D

             Dsus4       G A Bm
          You fill up my senses
                 G          D   D/C# D/B
          like a night in the forest
                  D/A          G F#m Em
          like the mountains in springtime,
                 G         A7
          like a walk in the rain
                          G A Bm
          like a storm in the desert,
                 G        D D/C# D/B
          like a sleepy blue ocean
              D/A       G F#m Em
          you fill up my senses,
          A7       D Dsus4 D
          come fill me again.
            Dsus4 G A Bm
         Come let me love you,
              G          D    D/C# D/B
         let me give my life to you
               D/A         G F#m Em
         let me drown in your laughter,
              G         A7
         let me die in your arms
                       G A Bm
         let me lay down beside you,
              G        D      D/C# D/B
         let me always be with you
      D/A       G F#m Em
         come let me love you,
         A7      D Dsus4 D
         come love me again.

(instrumental)
          Dsus4     G A    Bm
          G       D D/C# D/B
      D/A    G     F#m Em
          G       A7
          G       A Bm
          G       D D/C# D/B
      D/A    G     F#m Em
      A7     D     Dsus4 D



            Dsus4       G A Bm
         You fill up my senses
                G          D   D/C# D/B
         like a night in the forest
                 D/A          G F#m Em
         like the mountains in springtime,
                G         A7
         like a walk in the rain
                         G A Bm
         like a storm in the desert,
   (hold back..in time)      D D/C# D/B
         like a sleepy blue ocean
             D/A       G F#m Em
         you fill up my senses,
         A7       D Dsus4 D Dsus4 D Dsus4 D
         come fill me again.
                                  Anthem-Revelation
                            Words & Music by John Denver
                          from Take Me To Tomorrow (1970)

Unusual chords:
A/B : x|22||
A       Asus4 A/B
See the su-n ri-se
A         A/B A
Open up your ey-es
          D        A E7
Today is the very first day
 A            Asus4 A/B
Watch the morning co----me
 A           A/B A
Now the night is go-----ne
                  E       E7
Yesterday is so very far a-way______
D            A
Trouble, you get out of my sight
         D                   A
You know I can't look at you when the sun is so bright
      D                 A
You know everything's coming together now
        E / E7 / D
Can't you see

           A            D
And I live my life in cel-e-bra-tion
        A           E
That I've got a life to live
           D           A
And I sing my song in rev-e-la-tion
        D    A                  E
That I've got a song that I can give to you
             / / E7 /
And you know I do

 A           E7
La   la la   la la   la la la
 A           E7
La   la la   la la   la la la
 A           D               A   E7
La   la la   la la   la la la la
 A           E7
La   la la   la la   la la la
 A           E7
La   la la   la la   la la la
 A           D               A E7
La   la la   la la   la la la la

D            A
I was blind but, now I can see
           D                       A
You know, I'm just learning how it feels to be free
         D                A            E / E7 / D
You know I never really knew just what it could be before
           A            D
And I live my life in cel-e-bra-tion
        A           E
That I've got a life to live
           D           A
And I sing my song in rev-e-la-tion
        D    A                  E
That I've got a song that I can give to you
             / /           /
And you know I do         and you know it's true.

 A             E7
La   la la     la la la la la
 A      E7       A
La   la la la la la



Copyright 1970 Cherry Lane Music
                                     Around And Around
                                 Words & music by John Denver
                           from Poems, Prayers and Promises (1971)


  G                        Am                        C G
 Time as I've known it doesn't take much time to pass by me
                                   Am                              C G
 Minutes into days, turn into months turn into years they hurry by me
Am                                  G                 D
 Still I love to see the sun go down and the world go around

   G                Am                                     CG
 Dreams full of promises, hopes for the future I've had many
                                      Am                      C G
 Dreams I can't remember now, hopes that I've forgotten, faded mem'ries
Am                                  G                         D
 Still I love to see the sun go down and the world go around
       Am                      C         G             C
 And I love to see the morning as it steals across the sky
 Am           C         G          C
 I love to remember and I love to wonder why
       Am            C          G               C
 and I hope that I'm around so I can be there when I die
          D D7
 when I'm gone

   G
 I hope that you will think of me
    Am                              CG
 in moments when you're happy and you're smiling

 that the thought will comfort you
    Am                            CG
 on cold and cloudy days if you are cry-ing
Am                            G                             D
 that you'll love to see the sun go down and the world go around
                      G     CG
 and around and around
                                       Aspenglow
                            Words & Music by John Denver
                          from Take Me To Tomorrow (1970)
Unusual chord:
D/F#     : 2||232

(capo up 5 frets)

 Em                             Am
See the sunlight through the pine
 C                           G
Taste the warm of winter wine
  Em                 Am
Dream of softly falling snow
 G           D/F#
Winter skol, Aspenglow

Em               Am
As the winter days unfold
 C                    G
Hearts grow warmer with the cold
 Em                  Am
peace of mind is all you know
 G        D/F#
Winter skol, Aspenglow

C             G
Aspen is the life to live
 C                        G
See how much there is to give
 C                 G
See how strongly you believe
 A7                         D7
See how much you may receive

  Em                   Am
Smiling faces all around
 C                      G
laughter is the only sound
 Em                         Am
memories that can't grow old
 G            D/F#
Winter skol, Aspenglow

 Em                             Am
See the sunlight through the pine
 C                           G
Taste the warm of winter wine
  Em                 Am
Dream of softly falling snow
 G            D/F#
Winter skol, Aspenglow
C                   G
  Winter skol, Aspenglow
                                         Autograph
                            Words & Music by John Denver
                               from Autograph (1980)


Unusual chords:
D/F#: ||4232
G7/D: |||||1
G/B : |2||3|
F#o : ||121|


 G           D/F#        Em          G7/D
Here I am, and closing my eyes again,
  C       G/B         Am7           D          G
Trying so hard not to see all the things that I see.
          D/F#         Em        G7/D
Almost willing to lie again,
    C          G/B      Am7 D                G
I swear that it just isn't so, It just isn't me.
          D/F# Em G7/D              C G/B Am7 G D      D7
We are never alone        even tho' we'd like to be.

 G          D/F#       Em     G7/D
Then I go and open my eyes again
 C           G/B        Am7          D        G
Love in your eyes is the thing that I'd most like to see.
           D/F#        Em     G7/D
I'd be willing to die again,
    C          G/B        Am7      D           G
To know of a place and a time where it always could be;
     D/F#        Em G7/D       C G/B Am7 G D
To be always with you,       and you al--ways with me.

  F#o          G Am          D7           G
This is my autograph, here in the songs that I sing,
 F#o                  G Am           D7           G
Here in my cry and in my laugh, here in the love that I bring
    D/F#       Em G7      C G/B Am7 G D
To be always with you   and you al--ways with me.

 G           D/F#     Em        G7/D
Say a pray'r and open your heart again
 C          G/B        Am7        D         G
You are the love and the light that we all need to see
         D/F#          Em      G7/D
Always willing to shine and then
 C           G/B        Am7     D          G
Peace on this earth is the way that it always can be
    D/F#        Em G7       C G/B Am7 G D
To be always with you     and you al--ways with me.

  F#o          G Am          D7           G
This is my autograph, here in the songs that I sing,
 F#o                  G Am           D7           G
Here in my cry and in my laugh, here in the love that I bring
    D/F#       Em G7      C G/B Am7 G D
To be always with you   and you al--ways with me.
                                     Away In A Manger
                           Traditional Arranged by John Denver
                         from Rocky Mountain Christmas (1975)


 G        G7             C        G
Away in a manger no krib for his bed.
   D                 C          G
The little Lord Jesus lay down his sweet head.
               G7      C         G
The stars in the sky looked down where he lay.
   D          G     C      D7 G
The little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay.

    G         G7        C      G
The cattle are lowing, the poor baby wakes.
    D                 C      G
But little Lord Jesus, no crying he makes.
              G7        C          G
I love thee Lord Jesus, look down from the sky.
     D        G       C     D7 G
And stay by my side 'till morning is nigh.

   G          G7     C          G
Be near me Lord Jesus, I ask thee to stay.
     D             C         G
Close by me forever and love me, I pray.
                G7        C       G
Bless all the dear children in thy tender care.
   D         G       C        D7 G
And fit us for heaven to live with thee there.

 G        G7             C       G
Away in a manger no krib for his bed.
   D                 C         G
The little Lord Jesus lay down his sweet head.
               G7      C         G
The stars in the sky looked down where he lay.
   D          G     C      D7 G
The little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay.
                           Baby You Look Good To Me Tonight
                               Words & Music by Bill Danoff
                                  Sung by John Denver
                                   from Spirit (1976)

    G                             Am
I've been out on this highway now five days in a row
   G                          Am
My words all run together and my feet are movin' slow
     D           C                G
I've got to stop and eat while it's still light
        D          C           G
There's a local angel sittin' on my right
   C    C/B       C/A C/G D
Do you believe in love at first sight?
 Am           D7         G
Baby, you look good to me tonight

Well I'm ordinarily very shy
       A7
And I'd be polite if I had the time
 D          C           G
Baby, you look good to me tonight

Tomorrow I'll be good and gone
  A7
Please don't make me wait that long
 D            C         G
Baby, you look good to me tonight
   G                   Am
"I get off at eleven," she said and walked away
     G                           Am
She poured a cup of coffee and she brought it on a tray
    D                C            G
She said, "It would be nice if you could stay,
  D             C           G
You're the best idea I've had all day,
 C C/B C/A C/G D
Usually I put up a fight
    Am            D7        G
But baby, you look good to me tonight"

Well I'm ordinarily very shy
      A7
But I grinned at her as I ate my pie
     D          C          G
Said, baby, you look good to me tonight

I thought I must be in a dream
      A7
When she asked me if I wanted cream
 D            C         G
Baby, you look good to me tonight
 Am             D           Bm           Em
All in all you know it's not a bad life on the road
             Am             D          G
If you've got wheels to roll and lucky stars above
     Am           D           Bm            Em
Your destiny's your own, you go as far as you can go
              Am
And if there's time to sleep
        D            D7sus4
There's time to make love
   G                      Am
I came I saw I conquered and I rode off in the sun
       G                          Am
But I know the look she left me with keeps telling me she won
     D        C          G
Her face is the only thing I see
  D             C          G
Whispering these words of prophecy:
        C      C/B C/A C/G            D
"Well, I may come easy but I don't come free
       Am         D7           G
You're never gonna see the last of me"

Baby, you look good to me
     A7
I was born to love you now can't you see
 D          C        G
Baby, you look good to me tonight

Well, I'm ordinarily very shy
     A7
But I take the time to satisfy
 D          C          G
Baby, you look good to me tonight
 D          C          G
Baby, you look good to me tonight
                                Daddy, What's A Train?
                       Words & Music by Bruce "U. Utah" Phillips
                                Sung By John Denver
                                on All Aboard! (1997)

D*   : -------------------
          -------------------
          -------------------
          -------------------
          ----0----2----4----
          -------------------
D* D                               G
  Daddy what's a train? Is it something I can ride?
        D                      E7         A7
Does it carry lots of grown-up folks and little kids inside?
      D           D7       G
Is it bigger than our house? Well how can I explain
        D                  A7           D
When my little boy and girl ask me "Daddy what's a train?"

                  G
When I was just a boy and living by the track
  D                       E7          A7
Us kids would gather up the coal in big 'ole gunnysacks
      D            D7         G
Then we heard the warning sound as the train pulled into view
  D                        A7              D
The engineer would smile and wave as she went rolling through

     G                  D
She blew so loud and clear, we had to cover up our ears
      E7                           A7
And we counted cars just as high as we could go
     D            D7        G
I can almost hear the steam those big old drivers scream
   D          A7             D
A sound my little kids will never know

D* D                               G
  Daddy what's a train? Is it something I can ride?
        D                      E7         A7
Does it carry lots of grown-up folks and little kids inside?
      D           D7       G
Is it bigger than our house? Well how can I explain
        D                  A7           D
When my little boy and girl ask me "Daddy what's a train?"

                         G
I guess the times have changed, kids are different now
      D                        E7            A7
'Cause some don't even seem to know the milk comes from a cow
   D                  D7     G
My little boy can tell the names of all the baseball stars
    D                    A7            D
I remember how I memorized the names on railroad cars

   G              D
The Wabash and the TP, Lackawanna, the IC
   E7                         A7
The Nickel-Plate and the good old Santa Fe
    D            D7     G
Just names out of the past, I guess they're fading fast
D         A7             D
Every time I hear my little boy say

D* D                               G
  Daddy what's a train? Is it something I can ride?
        D                      E7         A7
Does it carry lots of grown-up folks and little kids inside?
      D           D7       G
Is it bigger than our house? Well how can I explain
        D                  A7           D
When my little boy and girl ask me "Daddy what's a train?"

                  G
We climbed into the car, drove down into town
    D                 E7        A7
Right out the depot house, but no one was around
   D             D7       G
We searched the yard togheter for something I could show
      D                        A7           D
But I know there hadn't been a train for a dozen years or so

G                    D
All the things I did when I was just a kid
    E7                   A7
How far away those memories appear
  D                D7          G
I guess it's plain to see they still mean a lot to me
        D            A7       D
'Cause my ambition was to be an engineer

D* D                               G
  Daddy what's a train? Is it something I can ride?
        D                      E7         A7
Does it carry lots of grown-up folks and little kids inside?
      D           D7       G
Is it bigger than our house? Well how can I explain
        D                  A7           D
When my little boy and girl ask me "Daddy what's a train?"

D G D A7 D
                                      Back Home Again
                             Words and Music by John Denver
                              from Back Home Again (1974)



             E           E7           A
1) There's a storm across the valley,    clouds are rollin' in
2) He's an hour away from ridin' on your prayers up in the sky
     B7                       E
1) the afternoon is heavy on your shoul-ders.
2) and ten days on the road are barely gone.
             E           E7           A
1) There's a truck out on the four lane, a mile or more away
2) There's a fire softly     burning;     supper's on the stove
                     B7                        E
1) the        whinin' of his wheels just makes it colder.
2) but it's the light in your eyes that makes him warm.

         A             B7           E7
Chorus: Hey, it's good to be back home a-gain
         A        B7             E7           A
         Sometimes this old farm feels like a long lost friend
                    B7                     E7
         Yes, 'n, hey it's good to be back home again

3) There’s all the news to tell him: how do you spend your time?
  And what's the latest thing the neighbors say?
  and your mother called last friday; "Sunshine" made her cry
  and you felt the baby move just yesterday.

Chorus
            A             B7                E      A
Bridge: And oh, the time that I can lay this tired old body down
            Fm             B7             E E7
         and feel your fingers feather soft up-on me
            A          B7           E                 A
         the kisses that I live for, the love that lights my way
            Fm           A             B7
         the happiness that livin' with you brings me.

4) 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 burning and supper on the stove.
  And the light in your eyes that makes me warm.
                                The Ballad Of St.Anne's Reel
                            Words and Music by David Mallett
                                from Autograph (1980)

D
He was stranded in some tiny town
    G              D
On fair Prince Edward Isle
                         A
Awaitin' for a ship to come and find him
 G                  A
A one-horse place, a friendly face
     D          G
Some coffee and a tiny trace
   D             A          D
Of fiddlin' in the distance far behind him

D
A dime across the counter then
   G        D
A shy hello, a brand new friend
                            A
A walk along the street in the wintry weather
  G            A
A yellow light, an open door
     D                 G
And a welcome friend, there's room for more
    D                A         D
And then they're standing there inside together

             A
  He said I've heard that tune before somewhere
        G            D
  But I can't remember when
        A
  Was it on some other friendly shore
          G            Bm
  Or did I hear it on the wind
          D           A
  Was it written on the sky above
           G            D
  I think I heard it from someone I loved
        G           A        D
  But I never heard it sound so sweet since then

D G D G A7 D Em A7 D Em A7 D

 D
Now his feet begin to tap
  G                D
A little boy says I'll take your hat
                             A
He's caught up in the magic of her smile
    G            A
And leap the heart inside him went
   D             G
And off across the floor he sent
     D         A           D
His clumsy body graceful as a child

              A
  He said there's magic in the fiddler's arm
        G          D
  There's magic in this town
        A
  There's magic in the dancers' feet
        G             Bm
  And the way they put them down
   D           A
  People smilin' everywhere
   G             D
  Boots and ribbons, locks of hair
      G               A            D
     And laughter and old blue suits and Easter gowns

D G D G A7 D Em A7 D Em A7 D

D
Now the sailor's gone, the room is bare
 G            D
The old piano's settin' there
                           A
Someone's hat's left hanging on the rack
  G               A
And empty chairs, the wooden floor
    D               G
That feels the touch of shoes no more
 D            A            D
Awaitin' for the dancers to come back

            A
     And the fiddle's in the closet
            G            D
     Of some daughter of the town
          A
     The strings are broke and the bow is gone
            G            Bm
     And the cover's buttoned down
         D          A
     But sometimes on December nights
            G               D
     When the air is cold and the wind is right
              G        A            D
     There's a melody that passes through this town

D G D G A7 D G D G A7 D
Em A7 D Em A7 D Em A7 D Em A7 D
                                       Berkeley Woman
                             Words and music by Brian Bowers
                                   Sung by John Denver
                             from Farewell Andromeda (1973)


       G                 C               G
1)   I saw a Berkeley woman sittin' in her rockin chair
2)   'Twas hard to believe what my eyes showed me then
3)   Well, I fin'ly realized there was hunger in my stare
4)   So with anger on her face and hurt in her eyes
5)   I guess she's prob'ly right, Oh, I guess I'm prob'ly wrong
6)   Well, now you've heard my story as plain as the light of day

  G                   D7
1) A dulcimer in her lap, a feather in her hair
2) The color in her cheeks was just her natural skin
3) In my mind I was swayin' with the woman in the rockin' chair
4) She scratched me and & clawed me, she screamed & she cried
5) I guess she's not too far away, she hasn't been gone very long
6) It's hard to feel guilty for lovin' the ladies

        G
1)   Her breasts swayed freely
2)   She wore no makeup
3)   But the lady I was livin' with
4)   Oh you don't give me near
5)   And I guess we could get together
6)   That's all I gotta say      (To chorus)

             C                G
1)   With the rhythm of the rockin' chair
2)   To make her look that way
3)   Was standin' right by my side
4)   All the lovin' that you should
5)   And try this one more time

             C                   G
1)   She was a sittin' and a singin' and a swayin'
2)   She was a natural mama with the red cheeks
3)   She saw my stare and she saw the hunger
4)   Yet you're ready to go and lay with her
5)   But I know the wanderlust would come again

        D7             G
1)   Her cheeks were red I declare
2)   What more can I say?
3)   And Lord it made her cry
4)   You're just no damn good!
5)   She'd only wind up cryin'

                 G
(Chorus) 6) Except a woman is the sweetest fruit
      7) Well, a woman is the sweetest fruit
             C              G
      6) That God ever put on the vine
      7) That God ever put on the vine
            C            G
      6) I'd no more love just one kind of woman
      7) I'd no more love just one kind of woman
              D7               G
      6) Than drink only one kind of wine
      7) Than drink only one kind of wine
                                       Bet On The Blues
                                Words & Music by Tom Paxton
                                    sung by John Denver
                                 from I Want To Live (1977)

C7
Five hundred will buy you a stack,
                    F7         F7
Bet it on the red or the black and you lose,
         C7
Bet on the blues.

You tell me you were a gambling man,
                  F7
Try to beat the house if you can and you lose,
         C7
Bet on the blues.

If you're looking to get an inside slant,
                        F7
If you're looking for something so good you can't refuse,
         C7
Bet on the blues.

Find a man who thinks he's over the hump
                          F7
And I'm here to tell you he's a kind of a chump you can use,
 F#7(2fr) G7(3fr)
Bet on the blues,
         C7
Bet on the blues.
 C7
Lucky old sun is shining today,
              F7
Even money says you'll be paying some dues,
        C7
Bet on the blues.

You say you found your lady fair,
                     F7
Eight to five says she's wearing her traveling shoes,
         C7
Bet on the blues,

Bet on the blues,

Bet on the blues
 C7
Five hundred will buy you a stack,
                    F7
Bet it on the red or the black and you lose,
         C7
Bet on the blues.

If you're looking to get an inside slant,
                          F7
If you're looking for something so good you can't refuse,
         C7
Bet on the blues, Bet on the blues,
Bet on the blues, Bet on the blues,

Bet on the blues, Bet on the blues,

Bet on the blues, Bet on the blues.
                                       Blow Up Your TV
                               Words & Music by John Prine
                                  Sung by John Denver
                                    on Aerie (1971)

        A                  D
She was a level-headed dancer on the road to alcohol
 E                          A
I was just a soldier on my way to Montreal

Well, she pressed her chest against me
        D
About the time the jukebox broke
   E
She give me a peck on the back of the neck
                      A
And these are the words she spoke

          A
Blow Up Your TV, throw away your paper
        E               A
Go to the country, build you a home

Plant a little garden, eat a lot of peaches
            E        A
Try and find Jesus on your own

   A                      D
I sat there at the table and I acted real naive
        E                                  A
Cause I knew that topless lady, she had something up her sleeve
                                D
She danced around the room awhile and she did the hoochy cooch
     E                                 A
Yea sing a song all night long tellin' me what to do

          A
Blow Up Your TV, throw away your paper
        E               A
Go to the country, build you a home

Plant a little garden, eat a lot of peaches
            E        A
Try and find Jesus on your own

 A                    D
But I was young and hungry and about to leave that place
 E                           A
Just as I was going she looked me in the face

I said "You must know the answer"
        D
She said "No, but I'll give it a try"
    E
And to this day we've been livin' our way
               A
Here is the reason why

           A
We blew up the TV, threw away the paper
         E             A
Went to the country, built us a home

Had a lotta children, fed 'em on peaches
            E          A
They all found Jesus on their own

E7      A

                                      Blue Christmas
                            Words & Music by Hayes-Johnson
                                  sung by John Denver
                           on Christmas Like A Lullaby (1990)

D                       A
I'll have a blue Christmas without you;
              A7      D
I'll be so blue thinking about you.
             D7
Decorations of red
      G
on a green Christmas tree
 Em
Just won't mean a thing if
 A
you're not here with me

                D            A
And when those blue heartaches start hurting,
                A7         D
I'll have some blue memories for certain;
                D7
You'll be doing all right
          G         Em
with your Christmas of white,
    A                   D
But I'll have a blue, blue Christmas.
           D7
Decorations of red
     G
on a green Christmas tree
 Em
Just won't mean a thing if
 A
you're not here with me

                D            A
And when those blue heartaches start hurting,
                    A7        D
I'll have some blue blue memories for certain;
                D7
You'll be doing all right
          G         Em
with your Christmas of white,
    A                   D
But I'll have a blue, blue Christmas.
    A                   D
Yes I'll have a blue, blue Christmas.
                                          The Box
                                 Words by Lascelles
                       from Poems, Prayers and Promises (1971)


Once upon a time in the land of Hush-a-bye, about the wondrous
days of Yore, I came across a sort of box, bound up with chains
and locked with locks and labelled, "Kindly do not touch, it's War".

The creed was issued round about, all with a flourish and a shout
and a gayly coloured mascot tripping lightly on before. "Don't
fiddle with this deadly box or break the chains or pick the locks and
please don't ever play about with war".

The children understood, the children happened to be good. They were just
as good around the time of Yore. They didn't try to pick the locks or
break into that deadly box. They never tried to play about with war.

Mummies didn't either, sisters, aunts, grannies neither cause they were
quiet, sweet and good in those wondrous days of Yore. Very much the
same as now, not the ones to blame somehow for opening up that deadly
box of Yore.

But someone did! Someone battered in the lid and spilled the insides
out across the floor. A sort of bouncy, bumpy ball made up of
guns and flags and all the tears and horror and the death that goes
with war.

It bounced right out and went bashing all about and bumping into
everything it saw and what was sad and most unfair is that it didn't
really seem to care much who it bumped or why or what or for.

It bumped the children mainly and I'll tell you this quite plainly
it bumped some everyday and more and more and leaves them dead and
burned and dying, thousands of them sick and crying cause when it
bumps it's really very sore.

Now there's a way to stop the ball it isn't difficult at all. All
it takes is wisdom and I'm absolutely sure that we could get it back
into the box and bind the chains and lock the locks but no-one seems
to want to save the children anymore.

Well that's the way it all appears, cause it's been bouncying round
for years and years in spite of all the wisdom wiz since those
wondrous days of Yore and the time they came across the box bound
up with chains and locked with locks and labelled "Kindly do not touch,
it's War".
                                  Boy From The Country
                   Words & Music by Michael Murphy & Costerman
                              sung by John Denver
                       on Some Days Are Diamonds (1981)


       D
Because he calls the forest "Brother"
       A              D
Because he calls the Earth his mother
         G Em A           D
They drove him out into the rain
    A                                   D
Some people even said that the boy from the country was insane


Because he spoke to the fish in the creek
          A                  D
He tried to tell us that the animals could speak
       G Em A              D
And who knows? perhaps they do
   A                                           D
How do you know they don't just because they've never spoken to you?

     A
Chorus: Boy from the country
                        D
      Left his home when he was young
     A               (n.c.)
      Boy from the country
                D
      He loves the sun.
He tried to tell us that we should love the land
       A                                       D
We just turned our heads and laughed; you see we did not understand
    G                       Em A                 D
Sometimes I think the boy from the country is the only one who sees
         A                                         D
'cause the boy from the country doesn't want to see the forest for the trees.
                                     Bread And Roses
               Words by James Oppenheim and Music by John Denver
                              sung by John Denver
                            on Higher Ground (1988)


D
As we go marching, marching, in the beauty of the day
D
A million darkened kitchens, a thousand mill lofts grey
   G
Are touched with all the radiance that sudden sun discloses
       D                 G      D      A7     D
For the people hear us singing, Bread and Roses, Bread and Roses.

G
As we go marching, marching, we battle too for men
G
For they are women's children and we mother them again
   G
Our lives shall not be sweetened from birth until life closes
       D                 G      D       A7    D
Hearts starve as well as bodies, give us Bread, but give us Roses.

G
As we go marching, marching, we bring the greater days
G
For the rising of the women, means the rising of the race
   G
No more the drudge and idler ten that toil where one reposes
       D                     G       D    A7     D
But the sharing of life's glories, Bread and Roses, Bread and Roses.
 G      D                     G       D    A7     D
But the sharing of life's glories, Bread and Roses, Bread and Roses.

                                 Catch Another Butterfly
                             Words & music by John Denver
                           from Rhymes And Reasons (1969)



  G    G/F# Em       D/F#      G
Do you remember days not so very long ago
      Em          Am    Am/G      D/F#
When the world was run by people twice your size?
      G            C
And the days were full of laughter
      D/F#             G
And the nights were full of stars
      Am       Am/G D/F#             G
And when you grew tired you could close your eyes
C/G     G     C/G     G

      G         G/F#      Em
Yes the stars were there for wishing
      D/F#              G
And the wind was there for kites
      Em             Am     Am/G     D/F#
And the morning sun was there for rise and shine
    G         C
And even if the sniffles kept you
 D/F#            G
Home from school in bed
   Am      Am/G D/F#              G
You couldn't hardly stay there after nine

      Am Am/G D/F#                   G G/F# Em
And I wonder if the smell of morning's fad - ed
     Am      Am/G D/F#
What happened to the robin's song
      Am          D
That sparkled in the sky?
 G            G/B
Where's all the water gone
     C            G
That tumbled down a stream?
      Am Am/G D/F#            G     C/G G C/G G
Will I ever catch another butterfly?



  G     G/F# Em            D/F#           G
Do you remember campouts right in your own backyard?
 Em        Am Am/G         D/F#
Wondering how airplanes could fly
      G             C
And the hours spent just playin'
     D/F#         G
With a funny rock you found
    Am       Am/G D/F#               G
With crystal specks as blue as all the sky

    Am Am/G D/F#                   G G/F# Em
And I wonder if the smell of morning's fad - ed
   Am     Am/G D/F#
What happened to the robin's song
    Am           D
That sparkled in the sky?
 G            G/B
Where's all the water gone
     C            G
That tumbled down a stream?
      Am Am/G D/F#            G     C/G G C/G G
Will I ever catch another butterfly?

 G    G/F# Em               D/F#     G
Now I watch my son, he's playin' with his toys
    Em         Am      Am/G D/F#
He's happy, I give him all I can
   G            C
But I can't help feelin'
      D/F#             G
Just a little tingly inside
      Am         Am/G D/F#       G
When I hear him say he wants to be a man

      Am Am/G D/F#                   G G/F# Em
And I wonder if the smell of morning's fad - ed
     Am      Am/G D/F#
What happened to the robin's song
      Am          D
That sparkled in the sky?
 G            G/B
Where's all the water gone
     C            G
That tumbled down a stream?
      Am Am/G D/F#            G     Em
Will I ever catch another butterfly?
      Am Am/G D/F#            G
Will I ever catch another butterfly?
G      G7     C       G (ending chords)
                                          Calypso
                             Words & Music by John Denver
                                from Windsong (1975)
Unusual chords:
A6    : ||2222
Amaj7 : ||2224
Bm/A : ||4432
Em7/A : ||||||
A(add B): ||22||
Dsus4 : |||233


   A                A6
To sail on a dream on a crystal clear ocean,
   Amaj7               A         Bm/A
to ride on the crest of a wild raging storm
   A                 A6
To work in the service of life and living,
   Amaj7       A               Bm/A
in search of the answers of questions unknown
     A                 A6
To be part of the movement and part of the growing,
 Amaj7     A           Em7/A
part of beginning to understand,

D              A
Aye Calypso the places you've been to,
    D              A
the things that you've shown us,
    E        A
the stories you tell
D            A
Aye Calypso, I sing to your spirit,
   D           A        E7         A
the men who have served you so long and so well

     E   D A       E
Hi dee ay-ee ooo doo-dle oh
    D      A       E    D A
oo do do do do do doo-dle ay yee
         E
doo-dle ay ee

Dsus4 S A(add B) A     D   A(add B)   D

            A                      A6
Like the dolphin who guides you, you bring us beside you
   Amaj7                   A        Bm/A
To light up the darkness and show us the way
     A                   A6
For though we are strangers in your silent world
   Amaj7       A                     Bm/A
To live on the land we must learn from the sea
          A                A6
To be true as the tide and free as a wind swell
 Amaj7      A                Em7/A
Joyful and loving in letting it be

D              A
Aye Calypso the places you've been to,
    D              A
the things that you've shown us,
    E        A
the stories you tell
D            A
Aye Calypso, I sing to your spirit,
   D           A        E7         A
the men who have served you so long and so well

     E   D A      E
Hi dee ay-ee ooo doo-dle oh
    D      A       E    D A
oo do do do do do doo-dle ay yee
         E
doo-dle ay ee

     E    D C#m Bm A
he dee Ay-ee
     E    D C#m Bm A
Hi dee oh ooo
     E D C#m Bm A
hi dee ayee
     E    Dsus4 D
hi dee oh ooo
                                   Carolina On My Mind
                                    by James Taylor
                                  sung by John Denver
                            on Take Me To Tomorrow (1970)

  A              D          E
  In my mind I'm going to Carolina
 D                  E
  can't you see the sunshine
 D                      E
  can't you just feel the moon shining
 A                    F#m
  ain't it just like a friend of mine
     D             E
  to hit me from behind
              A           D E      A  E
  and I'm going to Carolina in my mind

  A          Bm
 Karen she's a silver sun
             D            E
 you best walk her way and watch it shining
F#m         D             E
 watch her watch the morning come
    D            A          Bm E
 a silver tear's appearing now I'm crying ain't I
         A         D E      A    E
 I'm going to Carolina in my mind

  A                  Bm
 There ain't no doubt it no ones mind
          D             E
 that loves the finest thing around
F#m        D              E
 whisper something soft and kind
  D          A             Bm E
 hey babe the sky's on fire I'm dying well ain't I
         A         D E       A
 I'm going to Carolina in my mind
 A              D          E
 In my mind I'm going to Carolina
D                  E
 can't you see the sunshine
D                      E
 can't you just feel the moon shining
A                    F#m
 ain't it just like a friend of mine
    D             E
 to hit me from behind
             A           D E      A  E
 and I'm going to Carolina in my mind

  A            Bm
 Dark and silent late last night
              D               E
 I think I might have heard the highway calling
F#m         D             E
 geese in flight and dogs that bite
  D              A          Bm      E
 signs that might be omens say I'm going I'm going
         A         D E       A
 I'm going to Carolina in my mind

               D        C#m            F#m
 Now with a holy host of others standing round me
  D             Bm            E
 still I'm on the dark side of the moon
            Bm             D           F#m
 and it seems like it goes on like this forever
                   A E
 you must forgive me

 is it so then

 A              D          E
 In my mind I'm going to Carolina
D                  E
 can't you see the sunshine
D                      E
 can't you just feel the moon shining
A                    F#m
 ain't it just like a friend of mine
    D             E
 to hit me from behind
             A           D E      A  E
 and I'm going to Carolina in my mind

A           D        E
In my mind I'm going to Carolina
D             E
can't you see the sunshine
 D                      E
  can't you just feel the moon shining
 A                    F#m
  ain't it just like a friend of mine
     D             E
  to hit me from behind
              A           D E      A
  and I'm going to Carolina in my mind
                                      Casey's Last Ride
                           Words & Music by Kris Kristofferson
                                 Sung by John Denver
                                   from Aerie (1971)


 Dm                       C
Casey joins the hollow sound of silent people walkin'
        Bb                     A
down the stairway to the subway in the shadows down below
 Dm                         C
Following their footsteps thru the neon darkened coridors
   Bb                   A
Of silent desperation, never speakin' to a soul

    Bb                         F
The poison air he's breathin' has the dirty smell of dyin'
          Gm                         A
'Cause it's never seen the sunshine and it's never felt the rain
    Dm                      C
But Casey minds the arrows and ignores the fatal echoes
       Bb                         A          Dm C
Of the clickin' of the turnstile and the rattle of his chains

   F                                C
  "Oh", she said "Casey it's been so long since I've seen you"
               C7                     F
  "Here" she said, "Just a kiss to make a body smile"
                                        C
  "See" she said, "I've put on new stockings just to please you"
               C7                   F   A
  "Lord" she said, "Casey can you only stay awhile"

 Dm                         C
Casey leaves the underground and stops inside the Golden Crown
   Bb                        A
For somethin' wet to wipe away the chill that's on his bones
 Dm                       C
See'ing his reflection in the lives of all the lonely men
   Bb                       A
Who reach for anything they can to keep from going home

 Bb                     F
Standing in the corner, Casey drinks his pint of bitter,
      Gm                      A
Never glancing in the mirror at the people passing by
       Dm                         C
Then he stumbles as he's leavin' and he wonders if the reason
      Bb                        A             Dm C
Is the beer that's in his belly or the tear that's in his eye

     F                                 C
    "Oh" she said, "I suppose you seldom think about me"
                  C7                       F
    "Now" she said, "Now that you've a family of your own"
                                             C
    "Still" she said, "It's so blessed good to feel your body"
                   C7                    F
    "Lord" she said, "Casey, it's a shame to be alone"

 G                                D
"Oh" she said, "Casey, it's been so long since I've seen you"
                  D7              G
"Here" she said "Just a kiss to make a body smile"
                                      D
"See" she said, "I've put on new stockings just to please you"
             D7                    G
"Lord" she said, "Casey, can you only stay a while"
 D            D7                  G
"Lord" she said, "Casey it's a shame to be alone"


Copyright 1970 by Combine Music Corporation
                                   Children Of The Universe
                      Words & Music by John Denver and Joe Henry
                                  from Spirit (1976)


  Cmaj7                         Gm7(3fr)
A her - i - tage__ of vi - sion was giv - en to us all
    Cmaj7
To smell the ros - e's fra - grance
   Gm7(3fr)         Fmaj7
To hear the song-bird call
   Fmaj7              Cmaj7            Fmaj7           Cmaj7
To watch the dis - tant moon-light fill__ the com - ing of the tides
  Fmaj7                 Cmaj7          Fmaj7                Am
To un - der-stand__ that life__ is more__ than al - ways choos - ing sides

G    Fmaj7    Bb9

      Cmaj7                    Gm7(3fr)
And some have seen what can be seen of sail - ing ships_ and kings
  Cmaj7                         Gm7(3fr)        Fmaj7
And some are giv - en feet of clay , and some are giv - en wings
Fmaj7           Cmaj7
Some must strug-gle just__ to breathe
Fmaj7              Cmaj7
Some have a gold - en spoon
   Fmaj7           Cmaj7
And some will nev - er leave__ the nest
    Fmaj7          Am G Fmaj7 Bb9
While some walk__ on the moon


    Cmaj7                           Gm7(3fr)
And don't you know the life that lives with-in the si-lent hills
   Cmaj7                         Gm7(3fr)           Fmaj7
Is just as rich__ and beau-ti-ful__ and just as un - ful-filled
   Fmaj7           Cmaj7               Fmaj7          Cmaj7
As man with all__ his in - tel - lect, his rea-son and his choice
    Fmaj7         Cmaj7               Fmaj7        Am G Fmaj7       Bb9
Oh who's to say the night - in - gale has an - y less a voice

    Cmaj7
The sil - ver dol - phins twist__ and dance
    Gm7(3fr)
And sing to__ one an -oth - er
    Cmaj7
The cos - mic o - cean knows no bounds
   Gm7(3fr)             Fmaj7
For all that__ live are broth-ers
     Fmaj7             Cmaj7
The whip-poor-will, the griz-zly bear,
   Fmaj7           Cmaj7
The el-e-phant, the whale
     Fmaj7            Cmaj7
All chil - dren of__ the un - i - verse
    Fmaj7            Am G Fmaj7 Bb9
All weav - ers of the tale

    Cmaj7                       Gm7(3fr)
So pal - o - mi- no lie back down__ and dream your-self to sleep
     Cmaj7
The hawk flies__ with the mourn-ing dove
     Gm7(3fr)         Fmaj7
The li - on__ with the sheep
    Fmaj7        Cmaj7
As far a - way as you may go
      Fmaj7         Cmaj7
We'll nev - er be a - part
     Fmaj7             Cmaj7
It's in you dreams__ that you__ will know
     Fmaj7          Am G Fmaj7
The sea - sons of the heart

                                  Christmas For Cowboys
                            Words & Music by Steve Weisberg
                                    sung by John Denver
                             on Rocky Mountain Christmas (1975)

         This is the tablature as I find it by playing my guitar.
One is expected to play the INTRO first, PART 1 and PART 2 to be
played during the first and the second part of each verse,
the INTRO between the verses and the INTERLUDE between the third
verse and the last one. After the last verse, one have to play
the ENDING.

                                                               Fabio Zucca



|                INTRO                    |       Part 1

| F |        C    | Am | F |    C             | F | C | G | Am |

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|                INTERLUDE                    |

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Intro:   F C Am F C

 F         C       G           Am
Tall in the saddle we spend Christmas day
  F        C          G         C
Driving the cattle on the snow-covered plains.
 F         C       G           Am
All of the good gifts given today;
  F        C          G         C
Ours is the sky and the wide open range.

F C Am F C

 F         C       G             Am
Back in the cities, they have different ways,
  F        C          G           C
Football and eggnog and Christmas parades.
 F         C       G             Am
I'll take the blanket; I'll take the reins;
  F        C          G           C
Christmas for Cowboys and wide open plains.

F C Am F C

 F       C       G          Am
A campfire for warmth as we stop for the night;
  F      C          G        C
The stars overhead are the Christmas-tree lights.
 F       C       G          Am
The wind sings a hymn as we bow down to pray;
  F      C          G        C
Christmas for Cowboys and the wide open plains.

Interlude: F C G Am F C G C
           Mmmmmm.....mmmmm...

 F          C       G          Am
It's tall in the saddle we spend Christmas Day,
  F         C          G        C
Driving the cattle on the snow-covered plains.
 F          C       G          Am
So many gifts have been opened today;
  F         C          G        C
Ours is the sky and the wide open range.
  F        C         G       C
It's Christmas for Cowboys and wide open plains.

Ending: F C Am F C
                                  Christmas Like A Lullaby
                              Words & Music by John Denver
                           from Christmas Like A Lullaby (1990)


 D
Christmas like a lullaby steals across the land

A breeze upon the waters, rain fall on the sand
   Bm                  G        D
We celebrate a baby born from spirit into man

And Christmas like a lullaby steals across the land

 C    G    D

     A
It's morning in Australia; In fact, it's Christmas day
                     Bm
And Colorado never seemed so very far away

Back where night has fallen and it's still Christmas Eve
     G                                D
And snow is in the mountains that I always hate to leave
    A
But here I am down under with a brand new family
                           Bm
Christmas bells are ringing there's presents 'neath the tree
                            G
I know that it's been said before and now I know it's true
                            Gm               D
That home is where the heart is and Christmas lives there too

  F#m      G   D

  A
And on this morning Peace on Earth is still your fervent prayer
                         Bm
And I can feel it being whispered softly everywhere
                         G
And guns are called to silence and anger called to still
                         Gm           D
And brotherhood and sisterhood surrounded by goodwill

     F#m   G   D


Christmas like a lullaby steals across the land
A breeze upon the waters, rain fall on the sand
   Bm                  G        D
We celebrate a baby aborn from spirit into man

And Christmas like a lullaby steals across the land

 C   G    D    C   G   D


Copyright 1990 Cherry Mountain Music Co.
                                              Circus
              Words & music by John Denver, Michael Johnson & Laurie Kuehn
                            from Rhymes And Reasons (1969)

Capo Up 2 Frets

Unusual   Chords:
C/G        : 3X2|13
G/F#       : 22|||3
Am7/G      : 3X2|1|
D/F#       : 2||232
CM7        : X32|||
A/G        : 3X222X

G             C/G
If I look like home to you
     G G/F#       Em
and if I am your sign
      G              C/G
Don' try to understand it girl
Am7 Am7/G          D/F#
When I draw the line
    G            C/G
It hasn't come to this
            G          C   CM7
That you can say I waste my time
       G C D
Lookin' ev'-ry-where
      G
Goin' nowhere (Coda on Repeat)

            G               C/G
1.   For the skies, they look so lazy now
2.   Because I lost what I was look-in' for

          G     G/F#       Em
1.   And    heavy are the clouds
2.   There's nothing left to share

           G                C/G
1.   There's noth-ing here that I can learn
2.   I     need to take my - self away

       Am7       Am7/G D/F#
1.   Of what it's all about
2.   To be some oth-er- where

       G            C/G
1.   You haven't said a thing to me
2.   A face, a life, a min-ute more

          G                 C Cmaj7
1.   And you talk so ve - ry loud
2.        I    dont think I can spare

          G      C      D
1.   Lookin'         ev' - ry - where
2.   Lookin'         ev' - ry - where

         G
1.   Goin' nowhere
2.   Goin' nowhere

           Bm(addG)
1.   Well, I think I'll try the circus
2.   'Cause I tell you when you hurt me

          C
1.   Or go back to Mexico
2.   and you just don't seem to know

             Bm(addG)
1.       It's time to make mistakes again
2.   And I in - form you when I'm lonely

            Am7        Am7/G        D/F#
1.     It's time to change the show.
2.   And you still don't think I'll go

            G             C/G
1.     It's time and time and time again
2.   So if I lie to you, and smile a thought

           G     Am           Bm(addG)
1.   To find an-oth - er      way
2.   That's on - ly half-way here

                C
1.         It's time to ga - ther forces
2.   It's just a cir - cus and I'm singing

           A   A/G        D/F#
1.   And get out of yes-ter-day
2.   And I'm nev-er real-ly near
Repeat First verse take Coda

Coda


      G     C D
Lookin' ev' - ry - where
      G     C D
Lookin' ev' - ry - where
      G     C D
Lookin' ev' - ry - where
     G
Goin' nowhere



Copyright 1969, 1971 Cherry Lane Music
                                   City of New Orleans
                   Words & Music by Steve Goodman & John Denver
                                 from Aerie (1971)


 G           D       G
Riding on the "City of New Orleans"
Em              C          G D
Illinois Central Monday Morning Rail
     G            D             G
Less fifteen cars and fifteen restless riders
   Em              D               G
Three conductors and twenty five sacks of mails
          Em                          Bm
They're out on the south-bound odissey and the train pulls out of Kankoke
 D                       A
Rolling past houses, farms and fields
        Em                     Bm
Passing towns that have no names and freightyards full of old black men
         D                     G
And the graveyards of the rusted automobiles

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

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

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

           C         D         G
But it's twilight on the city of New Orleans
 C            D          G
Talk about a pocket full of friends
 Em             D            G
Halfway home, we'll be there by morning
      A          A7            D
With no tomorrow waiting 'round of then
          C       D      G
Singing goodbye A-merica. I love you
        C            D             G D
Saying don't you know me, I'm your native son?
          G             D        G
I'm the train they call     "City of New Orleans".
         Em            D                G
I'll be gone five hundred miles when the days is done
             C      D         G
Singing Good Morning A-merica. How are you?
        C            D             G D
Saying don't you know me, I'm your native son?
             G             D         G
Yes I'm the train they call the "City of New Orleans".
         Em            D                G
I'll be gone five hundred miles when the days is done

                                   City of New Orleans
                           Words & Music by Steve Goodman
                                Sung By John Denver
                                on All Aboard! (1997)
 G           D        G
Riding on the "City of New Orleans"
Em              C          G
Illinois Central Monday Morning Rail
              D            G
fifteen cars and fifteen restless riders
   Em              D               G
Three conductors and twenty five sacks of mails
     Em                        Bm
All along a south-bound odissey the train pulls out of Kankakee
 D                          A
Rolls along past houses, farms and fields
 Em                         Bm
Passing trains that have no name freight yards full of old black men
     D            D7          G
the graveyards of the rusted automobiles

           C       D        G
Singing Good Morning A-merica, how are you?
       Em            C             G
Saying don't you know me, I'm your native son?
         G              D       Em
I'm the train they call the "City of New Orleans".
        C       B     A          D     G
I'll be gone five hundred miles when the days is done

 G                D           G
Dealing cards with the old men in the club car
 Em               C           G
Penny a points ain't no one keeping score
            D             G
pass the paper bag that holds the bottle
 Em             D              G
feel the wheels a rumbling 'neath the floor
       Em                       Bm
And the sons of pulmann porters and the sons of engineers
         D                      A
Ride their fathers' magic carpet made of steel
    Em                      Bm
And mothers with their babes asleep rockin' to the gentle beat
        D         D7            G
And the rhythm of the rails is all they feel

           C       D        G
Singing Good Morning A-merica, how are you?
       Em            C             G
Saying don't you know me, I'm your native son?
         G              D       Em
I'm the train they call the "City of New Orleans".
        C       B     A          D     G
I'll be gone five hundred miles when the days is done
 G            D         G
Nighttime on the City of New Orleans
 Em             C            G
Changing cars in Memphis, Tennesse
           D               G
Halfway home, we'll be there by morning
  Em                D                     G
Through the Mississippi darkness rolling down the sea
   Em                            Bm
But all the towns and people seems to fade into a bad dream
D                                 A
And the steel rails still ain't heard the news
    Em                            Bm
The conductor sings his songs again the passenger will please refrain
     D                 D7              G
This train has got the disappearing railroad blues

           C       D        G
Singing Good Morning A-merica, how are you?
       Em            C             G
Saying don't you know me, I'm your native son?
         G              D       Em
I'm the train they call the "City of New Orleans".
        C       B     A          D     G
I'll be gone five hundred miles when the days is done
                                        Claudette
                             Words & Music by Roy Orbison
                                 Sung by John Denver
                             on Dreamland Express (1985)

E   A        E A         E
    Oh, Oh Claudette Oh, Oh Claudette

  E
I got a brand new baby

And I feel so good

She loves me even better

Than I thought she would
   A
I'm on my way to her house

And I'm all out of breath
     B
When I see her tonight

I'm gonna squeeze her to death

    E
Claudette
  A                 E
Pretty little pet, Claudette
 A                   E
Never make me fret, Claudette
               B                     A
Well, she's the prettiest little girl that I've ever met
   B                     A                E
I get the best lovin' that I'll ever get, from Claudette
  A                 E
Pretty little pet, Claudette
A          E
Oh, Oh Claudette

    E
Well, I'm a lucky man - my baby treats me right

She's gonna let me hug and kiss and hold her tight
 A
When the date is over and we're at her front door
        B
And when I kiss her goodnight

I holler more, more, more!

     E
Claudette
  A                 E
Pretty little pet, Claudette
 A                   E
Never make me fret, Claudette
          B                      A
She's the prettiest little girl that I've ever met
   B                      A               E
I get the best lovin' that I'll ever get, from Claudette
  A                 E
Pretty little pet, Claudette
A          E
Oh, Oh Claudette

   E
When me and my new baby have a date or three

I'm gonna ask my baby if she'll marry me
   A
I'm gonna be so happy for the rest of my life
      B
When my brand new baby is my brand new wife!

   E
Claudette
 A                  E
Pretty little pet, Claudette
 A                   E
Never make me fret, Claudette
               B                      A
Well, she's the prettiest little girl that I've ever met
   B                     A                E
I get the best lovin' that I'll ever get, from Claudette
  A                 E
Pretty little pet, Claudette
A          E
Oh, Oh Claudette
A            E
Mmm, mmm Claudette
A          E
Oh, Oh Claudette
A            E
Mmm, mmm Claudette
                          Come And Let Me Look Into Your Eyes
                      Words & Music by John Denver and Joe Henry
                                  from Spirit (1976)


Unusual chords:
Dsus4 : |||233
CaddD : |32|3|
Csus4 : |33|13
D7sus4: |||213



   G         Bm C D        G
 I Guess growing isn't hard to do
Bm           C       D
 Just stand against the wall
G       F       C
 Once I was just two feet high
   Am      F      D
 Today I'm six feet tall
          G    Bm C D        G
 But knowing who to listen to
Bm           C    D
 Is something else again
G           F     C
 Words just whistle 'round my head
          Am F         D
 Like seasons in the wind

  G            F            C   Dsus4 D
  All across the water the clouds are sail---ing
   G             F        CaddD D
  They won't let me look at the sky
  G           F           C       D
  All I want to do is try and find myself
  G         D        Csus4 C G
 Come and let me look in your eyes.

     G       Bm C D          G
 In searching for the way to go
Bm             C       D
 I've followed all the rules
G            F          C
 The way they say to choose between
          Am       F      D
 The wise men and the fools
    G     Bm C D            G
 I listen to the words they say
Bm           C       D
 I read what I should read
 G       F       C
 I do whatever's right to do
            Am       F      D
 Try to be what I should be

  G          F             C    Dsus4 D
 Someone let me in I think the sky is fall----ing
  G             F         CaddD D
 Seems I've gotten lost on my way
 G           F           C        D
 All I want to do is try and find myself
  G            D         C
 Come and let me look in your eyes
  G            D         Csus4 C
 Come and let me look in your eyes

Ad lib: G Bm C D Bm C D G F C Am F D

        G    Bm C D
 But wisdom is-n't underground
Bm        C      D
 Nor on a mountain side
         G     F   C
 And where am I to take myself
           Am      F     Dsus4
 There's no place here to hide
                     D
 Where can I hide

 G           F            C     Dsus4 D
 All across the universe the stars are fa---ding
  G              F         CaddD D
 Seems we've gotten lost on our way
 G           F           C         D
 All I want to do is try and find myself
  G            D         C
 Come and let me look in your eyes
  G            D         C
    Come and let me look in your eyes
     G         D        Csus4 C G D7sus4 G
    Come and let me look in your eyes.
                                  Cool An' Green An' Shady
                             Words by John Denver and Joe Henry
                                    Music by John Denver
                                from Back Home Again (1974)
Unusual chord
D#dim : ||1212

 A       D      D#dim       A
Saturdays, holidays, easy af-ter-noons
        F#m        D             E Eaug
Lazy days, sunny days, nothing much to do.
 A          D                  D#dim A
Rainy days are better days for hangin' out in----side
            F#m       D           E
Grainy days and city ways make me want to hide
       A       D       A
Someplace cool an' green an' shady.

 D                   Bb
Find yourself a piece of grassy ground,
   G           C
Lay down close your eyes.
 F                 Bb
Find yourself and maybe lose yourself
         A         D     E
While your free spirit flies.

 A             D               D#dim A
August skies, and lull-a-bies, promises to keep
              F#m          D          E
Dan-de-lions and twisting vines clover at your feet.
 A         F#m           D         D#dim A
Mem-o-ries of Aspen leaves, tremblin' on the     wind.
            F#m         D           E
Honey bees and fan-ta-sies, where to start a-gain,
       A        D       A     D
Someplace cool an' green an' shady.
 A      D        A D
Cool an' green an' shady, (Repeat and f=ade.)
                                          Country Love
                                 Words & Music by John Denver
                             from Some Days Are Diamonds (1989)

A    /   /   /   /   /   /   .

A                             Bm
Nashville nights are lonely signs that point to broken hearts
  D           A         G            E
Broken lives and families that love has split apart
 A                 Bm
Children who miss Daddy, Mommys on the run
    D           A         G           E
The pleasure that is painful and hidden from the sun

 A                           Bm
Nashville hearts are lonely words that speak of love gone wrong
 D           A         G         E
Sad and soulful stories and beautiful love songs
   A                  Bm
For each and ev'ry melody of happiness denied
    D             A           G           E
You know that there's another one that shows the other side

 A            D           A         /
Country   love is kisses in the kitchen
 A            D             A         /
Country   love is honest and it's true
 A            D               A         /
Country   love is home and with your fam'ly
 A               D            A         /
Country   love's the way that I love you

 Bm                        F#m
Country love is silky nights and warm familiar hands
 Bm                         G        E
Someone whose been there before and always understands

 A                            Bm
Nashville nights are lonely roads that we ve all travelled on
    D               A        G            E
Sometimes they take you far away or they can bring you home
        A                       Bm
If you re lost out on the highway, do not deny the dove
     D                A        G            E
When Nashville night's the question the answer's country love

 A            D           A         /
Country   love is kisses in the kitchen
 A            D             A         /
Country   love is honest and it's true
 A            D               A         /
Country   love is home and with your fam'ly
 A               D            A         /
Country   love's the way that I love you

 A          D           A         /
Country love is kisses in the kitchen
 A          D             A         /
Country love is honest and it's true
 A          D               A         /
Country love is home and with your fam'ly
 A            D           A         /
Country love's the way that I love you

A   /       /    /   /   /   /   .

Copyright 1981 Cherry Lane Music Publishing Co. Inc
                                         The Cowboy And The Lady
                                     Words & Music by Bobby Goldsboro
                                           sung by John Denver
                                     on Some Days Are Diamonds (1981)

Tune 6th string to D, capo 3 frets

Unusual Chords
Gmaj7      5x0432
Em7       220033
Ebmaj7     22x033
E7/G#      6x0430
A4       x02230
Em7/A      x00030

D       /       Gmaj7        /        Em7      /   Ebmaj7   D

      D                     G
In the airport lounge she sat, in a fancy feathered hat
     Em7        A7        D
The grandest lady I had ever seen
                     G
Outside the heavy rain, had grounded all the planes
    Em7             A7           D
So I asked her if she'd like some company

     D                    G
In my rhinestone studded suit, my cowboy hat and boots
  Em7            A7            D
I must have been a sight for her to see
                               G
But she said, "Pull up a chair", and she fumbled with her hair
   Em7         A7            D
A more unlikely pair you'll never see

     D                  G
I was Mogen Davis wine, she was Chablis '59
    Em7            A7        D
but there we sat, the cowboy and the lady.
                         G
She was evenings at the opera, and summers in Paree
     Em7            A7         D
I was Grand Ole Op'ry, Nashville, Tennesee

   Bm         A      G               D/F#
The cowboy and the lady, as diff'rent as could be
      Em7     D/F#       G     E7/G# A4        A
But it seemed so right that rainy night in Tennesee

   D                     G
And somewhere in between her Harvey's Bristol Cream
      Em7                 A7       D
and the beer I drank and the easy company
                          G              A7
We somehow came together, for a night of stormy weather
           Em7                          A
Now there's a little bit of class in this old cowboy.
        Em7            A7         D
There's a little bit of cowboy in the lady.

(guitar solo)D / Gmaj7     /   Em7 /    Ebmay7 D   /

   Bm          A       G             D/F#
The cowboy and the lady, as diff'rent as could be
      Em7     D/F#       G     E7/G# A4        A
But it seemed so right that rainy night in Tennesee

(inst.)
  D                                    G
Em7                   A7                D

G             A7
We somehow came together, for a night of stormy weather
           Em7                         A
Now there's a little bit of class in this old cowboy.
        Em7            A7         D            /
There's a little bit of cowboy in the lady.

Gmaj7 /    Em7 A7 D    /
D /   Gmaj7 Em7   Em7/A /
D / Gmaj7    /   Em7 Em7/A                  /


Copyright 1977 House of Gold Music Inc.
                                       Cowboy's Delight
                           Words & Music by Carpenter-Holster
                                  Sung by John Denver
                                 from Windsong (1975)

    G         Em     C      D7 G
Sing songs of the sunrise into the night
             Em         C    D G
The stars as your timepiece, make it all right
                Em        C      D7 G
Make friends with the darkness, talk to the moon
           Em              C     D G D Em C G D G
And when the light lifts, you can let out a tune
     G         Em       C          D7 G
I've been to the mountains, climbed through the sky
              Em      C         D     G
Shouldered their whiteness, watched their gold fly
             Em       C      D7 G
Shared in their treasures, shook at their might
            Em      C       D G D Em C G D G
Spoke softly of wonders, Cowyboy's Delight

    G         Em      C    D7 G
Sing songs of the sunrise into the night
           Em       C     DG
A song of the mountain, Cowboy's Delight
             Em          C      D7 G
The stars as your timepiece will make it all right
             Em        C     D G D Em C G D G
Sing songs of the mountain, Cowboy's Delight
                                  Daddy, What’s A Train?
                               Written by Bruce “Utah” Phillips

                                           CHORUS
                    Daddy, what’s a train? Is it something I can ride?
                 Does it carry lots of grown-up folks and little kids inside?
                                 Is it bigger than our house?
                                  Well, how can I explain...
                When my little boy and girl ask me, ‘Daddy, what’s a train?’

                      When I was just a boy and living by the tracks
                  Us kids would gather up the coal in big ‘ole gunnysacks
              Then we heard the warning sound as the train pulled into view
              The engineer would smile and wave as she went rolling through

                  She blew so loud and clear, we had to cover up our ears
                     And we counted cars just as high as we could go
                 I can almost hear the steam those big old drivers scream
                          A sound my little kids will never know

                                          CHORUS

                    I guess the times have changed, kids are different now
             ‘Cause some don’t even seem to know that milk comes from a cow
                    My little boy can tell the names of all the baseball stars
                 I remember how we memorized the names on railroad cars

                      The Wabash and the TP, Lackawana, and the IC
                         The Nickel-Plate and the good old Santa Fe
                   Just names out of the past, I guess they’re fading fast
                             Every time I hear my little boy say

                                          CHORUS

                       We climbed into the car, drove down into town
                    Right up to the depot house, but no one was around
                 We searched the yard together for something I could show
                 But I knew there hadn’t been a train for a dozen years or so

                           All the things I did when I was just a kid
                            How far away those memories appear
                      I guess it’s plain to see they still mean a lot to me
                              My ambition was to be an engineer

                                            CHORUS




                                       Dance Little Jean
                            Words & Music by Jimmy Ibbotson
                                  sung by John Denver
                                on Forever, John (1998)


D
Played a weddin' for the money
                               G
And I wish I could've told the bride and groom
     A
Just what I think of marriage
 A7                     D
What's in store after the honeymoon


I was rumblin' through the verses
                           G
'Bout how men and women ought to live apart
       A
How the promise never made
         A7                 D
Cannot be broken and can never break a heart


Suddenly from out of nowhere
                                 G
This little girl came spinning across the floor
    A                     A7
Her crinolines were billowing beneath the
                  D
Skirt of calico she wore


As her joy fell on the honored guests
                           G
Each one of them was drawn into her dream
      A                                  A7
And they laughed and stamped and clapped their hands
                        D
And hollered at her "dance little Jean!"

           G
And they said dance little Jean
    A        D
This day is for you
                Bm
Two people that you love
    E          A7
Stood up to say I do.

 G
Dance little Jean
   A           D
A prayer that you had
            G
Was answered today
         A         D
Your mom is marrying your dad.


Well the cynics heart just melted
                            G
As I figure what this gift together meant
        A
And how it ended years of tears
         A7                       D
And sad confusion that the little girl had spent


They told the band to pack it up
                        G
About the time the couple cut the cake
       A
But we stayed and we played all night long
   A7                         D
For love and laughs and little Jeannie Sage

       G
We played dance little Jean
    A        D
This day is for you
                Bm
Two people that you love
    E          A7
Stood up to say I do.

          G
And they said dance little Jean
   A        D
This day is for you
                Bm
Two people that you love
    E          A7
Stood up to say I do.

 G
Dance little Jean
   A           D
A prayer that you had
            G
Was answered today
         A         D
Your mom is marrying your dad.

(repeat chorus twice)
                              Dancing With The Mountains
                             Words & Music by John Denver
                                from Autograph (1980)
Tune 6th String to D

Unusual Chords
G6   550000

D         /        /          /
D         /        /          /
D
Ev'rybody's got the dancing fever
D
Ev'rybody loves to rock and roll.
D
Play it louder baby, play is faster,
D
Funky music's gotta stretch your soul.

D
Just relax and let the rhythm take you,
D
Don't you be afraid to lose control.
D
If your heart has found some empty spaces,
D
Dancin's just a thing to make you whole.

G                      D
I am one who dances with the mountains.
G                    D
I am one who dances in the wind, wo wo;
G                   D
I am one who dances on the ocean, wo,wo
   G            G6             D
My partner's more than pieces, more than friends.
(8 Bar instumental) D       /   /   /   /   /   /   /

D
Were you there the night they lost the lightning?
D
Were you there the day the earth stood still?
D
Did you see the famous and the fighting?
D
Did you hear the prophet tell his tale?

G                         D
We are one when dancing with the mountains, wo wo;
G                     D
We are one when singing in the wind, wo wo;
G                        D
We are one when thinking of each other
       G             G6             D
More then partner's more than pieces, more than friends.

D   /   /   /   /   /   /

Copyright 1979 Cherry Lane Music Pub.
                                                Darcy Farrow
                                by Tom Campbell and Steve Gillette
                                       sung by John Denver
                                 from Rocky Mountain High (1972)



D G D A A7 G D G A D G D A7 D

           D                 G          D
1. Where the wal-ker runs down thru the Carson Valley Plain
2.       Her voice was as sweet as the sugar   can-dy
4.    But her pony did stumble     and she did    fall

                  Dmaj7      Em7            A A9 A
1.      there lived a maiden Darcy Farrow was her name.
2.    Her touch was as soft as a bed of goose down
4. her dying touched the hearts of us one and all

      D                      G        D
1. The daughter of Old Dundee and fair one was she
2. her eyes shone bright like the     pretty lights
4. Young Vandy in his pain put a bullet thru his brain

      G A       D       G D       A      D
1. the sweetest flower that bloomed over the range.
2. that shine in the night out of Yerrington town.
4. we buried them togeher as the snow began to fall.
  D D/C                G   Em     D
3. She was courted by      young Vandamere
5. They sing of Darcy Farrow where the Truckee runs thru

                  Dmaj7 Em7           A A9 A
3.     a fine lad was he as I am to hear.
5. they sing of her beauty in Virginia City, too.

    D     D/C                 G Em    D
3. He gave her silver rings and   la- cy things
5. At dusky     sun-down to her name they drink a round

     G A       D G       D     A     D
3. she promised to wed before the snows came that year
5. and to young Van-dy whose love was        true.
                                          Daydreams
                               Words & music by John Denver
                             from Rhymes And Reasons (1969)

Tune 6th String to D, capo 2
Unusual Chords:
C/D    : 002010
D(V)   : xx0775
G/D1    : xx0797
G/D2    : xx07810
C(add D) : x32030
Em/D    : 022000

D C/D D C/D

D          D(V)      G/D1 G/D2 G/D1 D(V)
Yes, I been dreaming a-bout you ev - ry day
             C(add D)
Each and evry day
D          D(V)      G/D1 G/D2 G/D1         D(V)
And I been think-ing a-bout you all night long
              C(add D) D
I even wrote a song
Em                             D
Just to try and tell you how I real-ly feel
Em                        D
To make you understand my love is real
         G/D     D        G
That you're on my mind all the time
          D          G       A
I wish to God you were mine once again

D         Em/D
I remember talk-ing to you
D         Em/D
I remember walk-ing with you
D             Em/D         A          Bm
I remember laugh-ing all the time when you were mine
C(add D)             D
Now the days seem so long
C(add D)                 D
I can't face the night alone
C(add D)                     D    C
I beg you please won't you please come home

D            Em/D
I remember talk-ing to you
D            Em/D
I remember walk-ing with you
D            Em/D          A
I remember laughing all the time
D            Em/D
I remember sing-ing to you
D             Em/D
I remember dream-ing with you
D           Em/D            A   /
I remember lov-ing, you were mine
C(add D)             D
And now the days seem so long
C(add D)                 D
I can't face the night alone
C(add D)        0             D    C
I beg you please won't you please come home

D   C/D   D   C/D


Copyright 1969/1971 Cherry Lane Music
                                 Deal With The Ladies
                           Words and Music by John Denver
                             from Higher Ground (1988)

   C                E
I like to deal with the ladies
   C             E
I like to give'em a real hard time
 C            Am
like to make'em sigh
 Dm             G      C G
like to make'em cry over me
   C                 E
I like to swing with the good times
   C             E
I like to have me a real live ball
 C         Am        Dm        G    C
down what I can like a dirty old man Tee Hee

G
Like to have'em hanging around
 C
wondering where I've been
 D
like to see'em with their big brown eyes
 G
just a drinkin' me in

   C                 E
I like to deal with the ladies
   C             E
I like to hand'em up on my line
  C          Am
treat'em kinda rough
        Dm         G      C
but they never got enough of me
      G      C
rat a tat tat tat tat
                                    Dearest Esmeralda
                              Words & Music by Bill Danoff
                              from I Want To Live (1977)


  F     G C Bb        C    F
  Dearest Esmeralda in another age
  Dm              Em         F
  Antiques would be modern
                      G
  We would be the rage
   F       G     C
  Silk would be in fashion
   Bb      C     F
  We would dress in lace
   Dm             Em
  Love would be the passion
            F      G
  And the saving grace

     F           G            C    Am
  I slept one rainy night with you in Paris
   F          G           C    Am
  Made up for a thousand wasted years
   F        G          Em Am
  Dearest Esmeralda you are ma-gic
     F             G          C    Am
  I close my eyes and you make love appear

  F     G       C
  Dancing in the shimmer
           Bb     C F
  Of a crystal chandelier
  Dm             Em
Shadows singing so low
         F       G
Only we could he-ar
 F    G       C
Moving to the glimmer
 Bb     C      F
Shaking to the storm
Dm             Em
Outside it was raging
   F           G
But inside it was warm

   F               G            C    Am
We said goodnight in the candlelight and thunder
 F         G               C   Am
Now I wake and find you're never there
F        G            Em Am
I'm becoming old enough to won-der
 F          G              C   Bb F C Bb F C
Happy that I'm still too young to care

 F   G     C
Masterpieces crumble
Bb     C     F
Empires tumble down
 Dm         Em       F     G
Refugees and fantasies go underground
 F     G     C
Romance lasts forever
Bb       C     F
Love don't fade away
 Dm              Em
They may take our future
           F           G
But they can't stop yesterday

         F           G          C   Am
Cause somewhere in the cloudy skies of Paris
 F          G          C   Am
We were part of some artists design
 F        G        Em Am
Dearest Esmeralda you are ma-gic
F            G         C   Am
In the gray around me how you shine
F G         C
Oooh, how you shine!
                                   Deck The Halls
                         Traditional Arranged by John Denver
                          from A Christmas Together (1979)

G D A A7 D
G D A A7 D
D
Deck the halls with boughs of holly
  G         D      A A7 D
 Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la

'Tis the season to be jolly
   G         D      A A7 D
  Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la
 A7           D
Don we now our gay apparel
          G         Bm A
  Fa-la-la, la-la-la, la-la-la.
  D
Troll the ancient Yule-tide carol
   G         D      A A7 D
  Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la.

  G        D     A A7 D

 D
See the blazing Yule before us.
  G         D      A A7 D
 Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la

Strike the harp and join the chorus.
   G         D      A A7 D
  Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la
 A7          D
Follow me in merry measure.
          G         Bm A
  Fa-la-la, la-la-la, la-la-la.
  D
While I tell of Yule-tide treasure.
   G         D      A A7 D
  Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la

  G        D     A A7 D

 D
Fast away the old year passes.
  G         D      A A7 D
 Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la

Hail the new year, lads and lasses
   G         D      A A7 D
  Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la
 A7           D
Sing we joyous, all together.
          G         Bm A
  Fa-la-la, la-la-la, la-la-la.
 D
heedless of the wind and weather.
  G         D      A A7 D
 Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la
                                Don't Close Your Eyes Tonight
                    Words & Music by Richard Kerr and Frank Musker
                                sung by John Denver
                            on Dreamland Express (1985)


(Capo up 4 frets)
Intro:
C     G/C   Am/C        FaddG
C     G/C   Am/C        FaddG

         C       G/C Am/C
There's a tenderness that I feel,
     FaddG       G
 Very real, you see
      C      G/C Am/G FaddG
I can feel your body stir, so deep within
      Em7         C         F        Am Dm7
Let it be an act of love tonight, completely
      G           FaddG       C
Let me ask of you one thing

       FaddG G        C   FaddG
Don't close your eyes tonight
           C/E       Am G          F F/G C
Just look at me, see how many times I've cried for you
       FaddG G        C   Dm7
Don't close your eyes tonight
         G G/F Em7           Am     G F
Let it be me,      not just a fantasy
         G C
Let it be me tonight

      C       G/C      Am/G
You can lie so close to someone
            FaddG      G
And still feel all alone
           C          G/C
Though I've heard you say
  Am/G C        FaddG
You love me so many times
       Em7
When you give me love
    C         F            Am C/E Dm7
 So beautiful,       and tender
      G              FaddG C
Someone else is in your mind

     FaddG G         C    FaddG
Don't close your eyes tonight
           C/E       Am G          F F/G C
Just look at me, see how many times I've cried for you
       FaddG G        C   Dm7
Don't close your eyes tonight
         G G/F Em7           Am     G F
Let it be me,      not just a fantasy
         G C
Let it be me tonight

 Dm7            C/E
Sorry if I cry- feelings run so deep
  F
Many is the time when I wake up and find
     Am               G
I've been crying in my sleep
 Dm7
Look me in the eye,
 C/E
Tell me what you see
F
I'm the one who loves you

I'm the one who needs you
Am             A D
Make this one for me

      GaddA A         D
Don't close your eyes tonight
GaddA         D/F#         Bm A          G G/A D
Just look at me, see how many times I've cried for you
      Gadda         A     D     Em7
Don't close      your eyes tonight
         A A/G F#m7               Bm     A G
Let it be me,         not just a fantasy
         A      D
Let it be me     tonight
                             Down By The Old Mill Stream
                                 Sung by John Denver
                         from Rocky Mountain Holiday (1983)

 G
Down by the old (not the new but the old)
 A7     D7
Mill stream (not the river but the stream),
        B7
Where I first (not the last but the first)
 D G
Met you. (Not me but you.)
         G
With your eyes (not your ears, but your eyes)
B7 C
Of blue (not green, but blue).
       D                     C G
Dressed in ging- (not silk but ging-) -ham too. (Not one but two.)

         G
And it was there (not here, but there),
A7 D7
I knew (not old, but new)
       B
That you loved (not hate, but loved)
 B7 Em
Me too. (Not one but two.)

        C7
You were sixteen (not seventeen, but sixteen)
         G Em
My village queen! (Not the king, but the queen).
         A7
Down by the old (not the new, but the old),
 D7     G
Mill stream (not the river, but the stream).
                                         Downhill Stuff
                            Words and Music by John Denver
                             from JD John Denver (1979)


(capo up 2 frets)

         G                D
Blue River Blue, I'd rather be outside
        G A7             D    G A7
Here I am inside watching it rain
         G                 D
Blue River Blue, I'd rather be somewhere
        G A7             D     G A7
Here I am nowhere watching it rain

D

 G                 D
Some people like that downhill stuff
 G                  D
They like it fast and breezy
 G                      D
Some people walk on the other side
   E7              A7
They like it slow and easy
 G                  D
Some people run on a mountain trail
 G                 D
Some like it wild and rough
 G                 D
Some like to fly and some like to sail
   A7                D
And some like the downhill stuff

       G             D
There's work in what we practice
 G               D
Work in the things we say
  G
Sometimes we work
        D
Just to try to make a living
        E7                A7
Or we're workin' just to make it pay
  G                     D
Sometimes we're tryin' to work our will
    G            D
But that won't work anyway
G                D
I only know that I'm workin' still
       E7               A7
Just to get another chance to play

  G                 D
Some people like that downhill stuff
  G                 D
They like it fast and breezy
 G                       D
Some people walk on the other side
    E7              A7
They like it slow and easy
  G                 G
Some people run on a mountain trail
 G                 D
Some like it wild and rough
  G                D
Some like to fly and some like to sail
 A7                    D
And some like the downhill stuff

     Bm                  G
Keep movin' in a forward direction
      Em7           A7        D
Like a river rollin' down to the sea
       Bm                   G
If you wanna make a diff'rent selection
      E7                A7
Honey, let yourself go with gravity

 G                 D
Everybody's lookin' for heaven
 G                D
Everybody's lookin' for home
 G                 D
Everybody's lookin' for higher and higher
    E7             A7
But nobody wants to be lookin' alone
  G                 D
Everybody's tryin' to get down to it
  G              D
Everybody's tryin' to sing
  G             D
Whatever it is we're all gonna do it
        E7               A7
'Cause whatever we do we gotta do our own thing

 G                 D
Some people like that downhill stuff
 G                  D
They like it fast and breezy
 G                   D
Some people walk on the other side
      E7           A7
They like it slow and easy
  G                D
Some people run on a mountain trail
  G                D
Some like it wild and rough
  G                D
Some like to fly and some like to sail
     A7                   D
And some like the downhill stuff
A7                 D
I like the downhill stuff
        A7                D
Let me slide down that downhill stuff
         A7               D
Oh, honey give me some downhill stuff
                                   Dreamland Express
                             Words & Music by John Denver
                            from Dreamland Express (1985)


             G         Em        C     D
I caught a ride on the dreamland express last night,
     G         Em        C      D
I was sailing on an ocean of blue,
          G       Em         C     D    G    Em C D
Right there by my side much to my surprise was you ,

             G           Em         C        D
I said, come on over here baby, let my look in your eyes,
          G         Em        C      D
Let me see the very heart of you,
     G       Em             C           D          G Em C
And I couldn't believe it, to conceive that my dream would come true,
           D     G              Em       C       D
Cause you said, hey there sweet daddy everything is all right,
   G                Em      C      D
For miles there's not a telephone line,
               G           Em          C
There's not a soul to disturb us, don't be nervous,
    D        G      Em        C        D
Just come and be mine,

            D         D7        G      Em
You said, let me be the end of your rainbow,
 D           D7     G     Em
Let me be the stars up above,
 D         D7         G      Em
Let me be the one that you long for, darling,
 C         D         G     Em
Let me be the one that you love oh oh,
 C         D         G
Let me be the one that you love,

              G         Em          C       D
And now it's four in the mornin', honey I can't sleep,
           G          Em        C      D
I can't seem to get you out of my mind,
          G        Em       C             D     G Em C       D
I keep tossin' and turnin', yearnin' for the sun to shine,

               G       Em           C        D
I'd like to send you a ticket on the dreamland express,
    G           Em      C     D
And take you far away with me,
              G         Em      C       D       G Em C       D
I've got a vision of heaven and you livin' there with me,

         D         D7        G       Em
Honey, let me be the end of your rainbow,
 D          D7     G      Em
Let me be the stars up above,
 D        D7         G       Em
Let me be the one that you long for, darling,
 C        D          G     Em
Let me be the one that you love oh oh,
 C        D          G
Let me be the one that you love,


Babe, let me...
                                          Dreams
                            Words & Music by Stephen Geyer
                                 Sung by John Denver
                            on Seasons Of The Heart (1982)
Intro:   D   Em F#m G(3rd fr) D A4 A7 D


         D        Em ` F#m G(3rd fr)
There are dreams that sail away to sea
  D         Bm     C A7
Dreams that stay at home
         D       Em      F#m G(3rd fr)
There are dreams in need of company
 D D/A A         D
Some that stand alone
         Bm         A     G A D
There are dreams that stay inside all day
     G(3rd fr) D     A4 A
And never      see the light
 A#o     Bm        Bm/A#     Bm/A E9/G#
And if dreams come true, I swear to you
       Gm6       A7        D
I'll dream of you tonight

D   Em F#m G(3rd fr) D Bm C A7
D   Em F#m G(3rd fr) D A4 A7 D

      D     Em       F#m G(3rd fr)
In the corner bar the local star
    D     Bm       C     A7
Destroys a passing chord
   D     Em     F#m G(3rd fr)
He sits behind a Mason jar
     D D/A A        D
And dreams of his reward
       Bm        A
Then he takes his break
   G(3rd fr) A D
He counts     his take
  G(3rd fr) D       A4 A
A dollar    buys a beer
A#o Bm Bm/A# Bm/A E9/G#
A quarter of his life is gone
 Gm6       A7 D
What's he doing here
    Am7
Now times are hard
   D          G(3rd fr) G/F# G/E G/D
The old backyard is buried     in cement
    Em7 F#m7 Bm             Bm/A
The people seem afraid to dream
     Em        F#m G(3rd fr) A4 A
And dreams don't cost a ce----------nt

(D Em F#m G(3rd fr) D Bm C A7 D Em F#m G(3rd fr) D A7 D)
         Bm         A     G A D
There are dreams that stay inside all day
     G(3rd fr) D     A4      A
And never      see the light
A#o      Bm        Bm/A# Bm/A E9/G#
And if dreams come true, I swear to you
      Gm6      A7 D
I'll dream of you tonight
A#o      Bm       Bm/A# Bm/A Bm/G#
And if dreams come true, I swear to you
       Gm6     A7 D
I'll dream of you tonight

D Em F#m G(3rd fr) D A7 D
                                         Druthers
                             Words & Music by John Denver
                              from I Want To Live (1977)

Unusual chord:
D/A : |||232

 A         D/A          A      D/A
If I had my druthers I'd go fishing,
 A          D/A          A D/A
Find myself a lake and a lazy day.
 A         D/A           A      D/A
If I had my druthers I'd quit wishing,
 A             D/A           A
Get off the old caboose get on my way.
       D7(3fr)
Give me whole lots of laughter, great big barrels of fun,
                  D#7(4fr) E7(5fr)
A nighttime full of romance, a daytime full of sun.
 A         D/A          A D/A
If I had my druthers I'd go flying,
   A          D/A             A D/A
Looking for the things I'd like to see.
 A         D/A          A D/A
If I had my druthers I'd be trying, trying
     A      D/A         A
The only way to be what I can be.
       D7(3fr)
Give me somebody to love me, make me feel like the only one,
                           D#7(4fr)E7(5fr)
And something that's worth doing, Lord, I feel good when it's well done.

(Instrumental) A D/A A D/A A D/A A C#7 F#7 B7 E7(5fr)

 A        D/A           A    D/A
If I had my druthers I'd go sailing,
  A         D/A           A D/A
Catch me camping out on the open sea.
 A        D/A          A     D/A
If I had my druthers I'd be singing,
   A            D/A            A
A just how good this good life feels to me.
       D7(3fr)
You just need someone to talk to, something you can share.
                            D#7(4fr)E7(5fr)
You don't need no reason for living, Lord, it's already there, yes it is!

A D/A A D/A A (play 7 times)
                                Durango Mountain Caballero
                              Words & music by John Denver
                           from Rocky Mountain Holiday (1983)


(Verse 1)
C
You know I love the trail I'm on
        Dm
And the friends who ride with me
    G7
The country that we're passing through
     C
Is a paradise to see, a haven for my spirit
   Dm
The homeland of my dreams
   G7
My heart flies through the wilderness
   C
And on an eagle's wings
   C
And oh I love the waterfall
       Dm
And the way the river sings
      G7
From snow-capped peaks both proud and tall
       C
Through forests deep and green
   C
The highway of the mountains
    Dm
The lifeblood of the land
     G7
I can hear my mother speak to me
   C
And hold my father's hand

(chorus)
   F
Durango Mountain caballero
 C
Take me for a ride
       F
On the backbone of this mighty land
      C
The Continental Divide
       F
To the place where earth and heaven
        Am            Em
Meet the mountains and the sky
     F              Dm Dm/C G7/B G7
In the heart of Colorado, Rocky Mountain High


(Verse 2)
    C
And oh I love the campfire
        Dm
And the circle that I'm in
      G7
The stories and the laughter
           C
They should never, ever end
   C
Forever in my memory
   Dm
Forever in my song
       G7
On a San Juan mountain trail ride
      F       G C
I'll carry you_____ along
                               The Eagle And The Hawk
                            Words & Music by John Denver
                                 from Aerie (1971)


Unusual chords:
D/C bass : |3|23|
Dmaj7 : |||222
G/B bass : |2||33
B(add E) : |2444|
G6     : 32||||
Fmaj7-5 : 1332||


D
I am the eagle, I live in high country
                              C
In rocky cathedrals that reach to the sky
D
I am the hawk and there's blood on my feathers
                                  C
But time is still turning they soon will be dry
   D
And all those who see me and all who believe in me
                         F E A
Share in the freedom I feel when I fly

     D                    D/C bass    A
Come dance with the west wind and touch on the mountain tops
 Dmaj7         Bm      G         A
Sail o'er the canyons and up to the stars
    D          D/C bass G/B bass           D
And reach for the heavens and hope       for the future
  D/C bass      G/B bass Em7        A
And all that we "can" be, not what we are

B(add E) A G6 Fmaj7-5        E
                           Eagles And Horses (I'm Flying Again)
                      Words and Music by John Denver & Joe Henry
                    from The Flower That Shattered The Stone (1990)


            Em                Bm        Em
 1)     Horses are cratures who worship the earth
 2)   My body is merely the    shell of my soul
 4)      Eagles inhabit the   heavenly heigths
 5)   My spirit will never be broken or caught
 7)   My body is merely the    shell of my soul
 8)   My spirit will never be broken or caught


                                  Bm       G
 1)   As they gallop on    feet of ivory
 2)   But the flesh must be given its due
 4)   They know neither     limit nor bound
 5)   For the soul is a  free-flying thing
 7)   But the flesh must be given its due
 8)   For the soul is a  free-flying thing


                      C
 1)        Constrained by the wonder of dying and birth
 2)   Like a    pony that carries its rider back home
 4)   They're the guardian angels of darkness and light
 5)   Like an    eagle that needs neither comfort nor thought
 7)   Like a    pony that carries its master back home
 8)   Like an    eagle that needs neither comfort nor thought


               Em               Bm          Em
 1)   The horses still        run they are free
 2)   Like an old friend that's tried and been true
 4)   They see all and          hear every    sound
 5)   To    rise up on       glorious      wings
 7)   Like an old friend that's tried and been true
 8) To    rise up on       glorious      wings


 3), 6), 9)

   G             D
   I had a vision of eagles and horses
   C       Am         Em          D
   High on a ridge in a race with the wind
            C                G        Em
   Going higher and higher and faster and faster
         C         Em         D     G
   On eagles and horses I'm flying again,
                                  D     C        D     G
                             I'm flying again, I'm flying again....
                             Earth Day, Every Day (Celebrate)
                              Words & Music by John Denver
                                from Earth Songs (1990)




Am
Celebrate morning,
    F     C       F
The cry of a loon on a lake in the night
 G           C        Em          F
Dreams that are born in the dawn's early light
       G
Celebrate morning.

       Am
Celebrate living,
   F          C         F
The laughter that sings in the heart of a child,
 G          C        Em         F
Freedom that flies to the call of the wild,
       G
Celebrate living.

       Am
Celebrate evening,
    F        C        F
The stars that appear in the loss of the sun,
 G       C         Em          F
Whispering winds, 'We are one, we are one'...

 C F C F C F C F

CHORUS X 4:          C       F    C F
         Celebrate Earth Day, every day,
                           C      F      C         F
                    Celebrate    Earth Day, every day
                    Am       G
                    Celebrate    land and sea
                    C     F
                    Celebrate    you and me
                   C       F       C F
                    Celebrate    Earth Day, every day



Copyright 1990 Cherry Mountain Music Co.
                                      Easy, On Easy Street
                       Words & music Johnny Slate & Larry Keith
                                   sung by John Denver
                         from Some Days Are Diamonds (1981)
Tune 6th String to D, Capo 2 frets

Unusual Chords

Dmaj9      0000220
Am7/D      002010
Gmaj7      5x04321

Dmaj9 /        /        /

Dmaj9
My way was the hard way, didn't know it at the time
Am7/D                          Gmaj7
I could've had it made by now, but I was too busy tryin'
Dmaj9
Your way was so easy, thank God you came along
Am7/D                      Gmaj7
You took me to a special place where nothin' can go wrong

Dmaj9
Easy on Easy Street,
Am7/D                      Gmaj7
You're the one who gave me love and made my life complete

Dmaj9
Easy on Easy Street,
Am7/D                             Gmaj7
the dream I pictured in my heart could never be this sweet.
Em                   A                    Dmaj9     /    /  /
Ev'ry thing I'll ever need is here with you on Easy Street

Dmaj9
I know you're up to somethin', what's son you're little heart?
Am7/D                               Gmaj7
It really doesn't matter 'cause I know I'll love my part.

Dmaj9
Easy on Easy Street,
Am7/D                      Gmaj7
You're the one who gave me love that made my life complete

Dmaj9
Easy on Easy Street,
Am7/D                             Gmaj7
the dream I pictured in my heart could never be this sweet.
Em                  A                      Dmaj9    /      / /
Ev'ry thing I'll ever need is here with you on Easy Street

Dmaj9
Easy on Easy Street,
Am7/D                             Gmaj7
the dream I pictured in my heart could never be this sweet.
Em                  A                     Dmaj9     /    /  /
Ev'ry thing I'll ever need is here with you on Easy Street


Copyright 1981 House of Gold Music, Inc.
                                            Eclipse
                             Words and Music by John Denver
                              from Back Home Again (1974)

   G           C          G       C
The sun is slowly fading in the western sky
 G               C      G        C
Sometimes it takes forever the day to end
   Am
Sometimes it takes a lifetime
   C                         G     C G C
Sometimes I think I'll never see the sun again

        G        C          G        C
There's a heavy smog between me and my mountains
      G          C            G        C
It's enough to make a grown man sit and cry
      Am
It's enough to make you wonder
      C                       G C G C
It's enough to make the world roll up and die

    Am                C         D            G
I think it's kind of interesting the way things get to be
     Em           C                 G
The way the people work with their machines
   Am          C      D        G
Serenity's a long time coming to me
          Em              A7            D D7
In fact I don't believe that I know what it means

     G           C           G       C
In the east a shaded moon is hanging lazily
  G         C            G      C
I do believe I saw the old man smile
  Am
I do believe I did
  C                      G        C G C
I do believe he's been laughing all the while

    Am                C         D            G
I think it's kind of interesting the way things get to be
     Em           C                 G
The way the people work with their machines
   Am          C      D        G
Serenity's a long time coming to me
          Em              A7            D
In fact I don't believe that I know what it means
    D7
Anymore

   G           C          G       C
The sun is slowly fading in the western sky
   G           C          G       C
Sometimes it takes forever the day to end
   Am
Sometimes it takes a lifetime
   C                         G     C
Sometimes I think I'll never see the sun again
   G      C      G C G C G C G
The sun again, sun again woo oo oo . . .
                                            El Paso
                             by Marty Robbins (1959)
             sung by John Denver in his concert in Milano (Italy) (1995)


    D                  Em
[i] Out in the West Texas town of El Paso
    A7                       D
    I fell in love with a Mexican girl
     D                    Em
    Nighttime would find me in Rosa's cantina
     A7                         D
    Music would play and Felina would whirl

[i] Blacker than night were the eyes of Felina
    Wicked and evil while casting a spell
    My love was deep for this Mexican maiden
    I was in love but in vain I could tell

    G                 C G D7 G
[ii] One night a wild young cowboy came in
     G                D7
    Wild as the West Texas wind
   D7
   Dashing and daring, a drink he was sharing
   D7                          G
   With wicked Felina, the girl that I loved

          A7     D                    Em
[iii] So in anger I challenged his right for the love of this maiden
      A7                          D
     Down went his hand for the gun that he wore
         D                 e
     My challenge was answered in less than a heartbeat
         A7                            D
     The handsome young stranger lay dead on the floor
[i] Just for a moment I stood there in silence
     Shocked by the foul evil deed I had done
     Many thoughts raced through my mind as I stood there
     I had but one chance, and that was to run

[ii] Out through the back door of Rosa's I ran
    Out where the horses were tied
    I caught a good one, it looked like it could run
    Up on its back and away I did ride

[iii] Just as fast as I could from the West Texas town of El Paso
     Out to the badlands of New Mexico
     <->
     <->

[i] Back in El Paso my life would be worthless
    Everything's gone in life, nothing is left
    It's been so long since I've seen the young maiden
    My love is stronger than my fear of death
[ii] I saddled up and away I did go
    Riding alone in the dark
    Maybe tomorrow a bullet will find me
    Tonight nothing's worse than this pain in my heart

[iii] And at last here I am on the hill overlooking El Paso
     I can see Rosa's cantina below
     My love is strong and it pushes me onward
     Down off the hill to Felina I go

[i] Off to my right I see five mounted cowboys
    Off to my left ride a dozen or more
    Shouting and shooting, I can't let them catch me
    I have to make it to Rosa's back door

[ii] Something is dreadfully wrong, for I feel
     A deep burning pain in my side
     Though I am trying to stay in the saddle
     I'm getting weary, unable to ride
[iii] But my love for Felina is strong and I rise where I've fallen
     Though I am weary I can't stop to rest
   I see the white puff of smoke from the rifle
   I feel the bullet go deep in my chest

[i] From out of nowhere Felina has found me
    Kissing my cheek as she kneels by my side
    Cradled by two loving arms that I'll die for
    One little kiss, then Felina goodbye.
                                       Eleanor Rigby
                   Words & Music by John Lennon & Paul McCartney
                               sung by John Denver
                         on Whose Garden Was This (1970)



Bb                    Dm
Ah, look at all the lonely people!
Bb                    Dm
Ah, look at all the lonely people!

Dm                                               Bb6
Eleanor Rigby, picks up the rice in a church where a wedding has been,
          Dm
Lives in a dream.
Dm                                                  Bb6
Waits at the window, wearing the face that she keeps in a jar by the door,
        Dm
Who is is for?

Dm7            Dm6
All the lonely people,
     Bb           Dm
Where do they all come from?
Dm7            Dm6
All the lonely people,
     Bb          Dm
Where do they all belong?

Dm                                              Bb6
Father McKenzie, writing the words of a sermon that no one will hear,
          Dm
No one comes near.
Dm                                                    Bb6
Look at him working, darning his socks in the night when there's nobody there,
         Dm
What does he care?

Dm7            Dm6
All the lonely people,
     Bb            Dm
Where do they all come from?
Dm7            Dm6
All the lonely people,
    Bb          Dm
Where do they all belong?
Dm                                             Bb6
Eleanor Rigby, died in the church and was buried along with her name,
      Dm
Nobody came.
Dm                                                Bb6
Father McKenzie, wiping the dirt from his hands as he walks from the grave,
        Dm
No one was saved.


All the lonely people,
     Bb           Dm
Where do they all come from?
Dm7            Dm6
All the lonely people,
     Bb          Dm
Where do they all belong?
                                        Eli's Song
                            Words & Music by Jack Williams
                                sung by John Denver
                                  from Spirit (1976)

dM             dM7+
Born in the month of June
dM7             G7       C7+
No silver spoon to help you out
    DM         Dm7+
Your mother had you nat’rally,
Dm7                   G7         C7+
Nat’rally is the way you came out
Am          C7+/G F C
You know your own mind
       F        C
and you show it to me
Am             F C
Give me the high sign
             Dm7        G
When you want to be free
   DM/            C
And open up your eyes
           Am     Em         F
To the wonder that you see
           Em/G       C
See the airplane fly
             Dm7        G
See the trees rush by
Dm7                  Em         F        C
Be brave and strong when you hurt yourself
   Dm7              G                  C
And don’t you have a worry in the world.
           Dm                  DM/+
For the love that’s been given you
      Dm7            G7             C7+
is the one thing time can’t erase
    Dm              Dm7+
and ev’ry day it’s growin’
            Dm                G7         C7+
like the knowin’ smile upon your face
Am          C7+ F        C
You’re startin’ out strong
            F             C
you get a kick out of life
Am            F C
you like to sing song
   Dm7          G
be in the spotlight
           EM/           C
And when ev’rybody’s watchin’ you
    Am Em F
you shine so bright
          Em/G        C
See the airplane fly
            Dm7         G
See the trees rush by
Dm7                 Em            F        C
Be brave and strong when you hurt yourself
     Dm7           G                    C
And don’t you have a worry in the world.

Dm    Dm7+    Dm7            G7   C7+
Dm    Dm7+    Dm7       G7     C7+

Am         C7+/G F C
You know your own mind
            F     C
and you show it to me
Am            F C
Give me the high sign
            Dm7        G
When you want to be free
   DM/         C
And open up my eyes
        Am     Em      F
like your mother did for me.
          Em/G       C
See the airplane fly
            Dm7        G
See the trees rush by
Dm7                 Em          F        C
Be brave and strong when you hurt yourself
    Dm7           G                    C
And don’t you have a worry in the world.
Dm7                  G       C
don’t you have a worry in the world.

Dm    Dm7+       Dm7             G7   C7+
Dm    Dm7+       Dm7        G7     C7+
                                            Everyday
                                 Words & Music by Hardin/Petty
                                       Sung by J.Denver
                                       from Aerie (1971)




D        G          A7      D          G         A7
Ev'ry day it's agettin' closer, goin' faster than a rollercoaster
D                G     A7      D G A7
love like yours will surely come my way.
D        G          A7      D           G         A7
ev'ry day it's agettin' faster, ev'ry one says go ahead and ask her
D                G     A7      D G A7
love like yours will surely come my way. Hey hey
G                           C
Ev'ry day seems a little longer, in ev'ry way my love's a little stronger
F                           E           A
come what may, do you ever long for true love from me
D               G A7        D       G D A7 D
Love like ours will sure be here to stay
                                              Fall
               Words & Music by John Denver, Mike Taylor and Dick Kniss
                          from Rocky Mountain High (1972)

Unusual chord:

G9sus4:    333555


Cmaj7     Am   Dm7     G7   Cmaj7    Am7    Dm7   G7


   Cmaj7      Am       Dm7           G9
Reflections in the water like shadows in my mind
  Cmaj7          Am           Dm7            G7
speak to me of passing days and nights and passing time.
    Cmaj7                  Am       Dm7            G9
The falling leaves are whispering, winter's on its way
   Cmaj7 Am                 Dm7          G7
I close my eyes remembering the warmth of yesterday
   Dm7                 G9        Cmaj7                  Am7
It seems a shame to see September swallowed by the wind
    Dm7               G7       Cmaj7                Am7
and more than that it's oh so sad     to see the summer's end.
           Dm7           G9       C           Am
And though the changing colors are a lovely thing to see
   Dm7             G9         G7              Cmaj7
if it were mine to make a change, I think I'd let it be.

Am    Dm7    G9sus4

     Cmaj7       Am         Dm7     G7 Cmaj7
But I don't remember hearing anybody asking me.

Am   Dm7     G9sus4    Cmaj7    Am     Dm7   G9sus4   C
                               Falling Leaves (The Refugees)
                             Words and Music by John Denver
                               from Higher Ground (1988)

C        G         F     C
Thank you for this precious day
             G       C
these gifts you give to me
          G       F      C
my heart so full of love for you
             G       C
sings praise for all I see
   G            F      C
oh sing for every mother's love
   G         F C
for every childhood tear
   G               F   C
oh sing for all the stars above
    F     G        C
the peace beyond all fear.

  C     G      F C
This is for the refugees
          G     C
the ones without a home
         G     FC
a boat out on the ocean
       G    C
city street alone
     G              F      C
are they not some dear mother's child
     G      F     C
are they not you and I
    G           F        C
are we the ones to bear this shame
     F       G C
are they this sacrifice.

  C       G        F      C
Or are they just like falling leaves
          G     C
who give themselves away
            G      F      C
from dust to dust from seed to shear
        G     C
and to another day
   G             F    C
if I could have one wish on earth
   G      F    C
of all I can conceive
         G       F      C
it'would be to see another spring
      F      G     C
and bless the falling leaves.

C        G         F     C
Thank you for this precious day
             G       C
these gifts you give to me
          G       F      C
my heart so full of love for you
             G       C
sings praise for all I see
   G            F      C
oh sing for every mother's love
   G         F C
for every childhood tear
   G               F   C
oh sing for all the stars above
    F     G        C
the peace beyond all fear.
                                      Falling Out Of Love
                               Words & Music by John Denver
                                from It's About Time (1983)


 G                         D
This is   what it's like falling out of love
 G                                  D
This is   the way you lose your very best friend
 C             D                G
This is   how it feels when it's all over
 Am               D7            G
This is   just the way a true love ends

 G                            C
First of all, there's no one you can talk to
 G                              C
When there is, they just don't seem to hear
 D                         G
Words don't seem to matter much, anyway
     Am               C       Am             D
They can't describe the pain, they can't explain the fear
 G                             C
Then the nights grow cold and hard to live through
 G                         C
Still, you hate to see the morning come
 D                           G
Somehow tomorrow doesn't matter much anymore
    Am             C         Am         D7
The future holds no promise, your life's already done

 G                         D
This is   what it's like falling out of love
 G                                  D
This is   the way you lose your very best friend
 C             D                G
This is   how it feels when it's all over
 Am               D7            G
This is   just the way a true love ends

 G                          C
Then you find your heart no longer flutters
   G                          C
And you no longer look through a lover's eyes
 D                              G
What's to see when the world falls down around you?
   Am          C              Am           D7
You simply can't believe it, but it comes as no surprise

 G                         D
This is   what it's like falling out of love
 G                                  D
This is   the way you lose your very best friend
 C             D                G
This is   how it feels when it's all over
 Am               D7            G
This is   just the way a true love ends

  C               D           G           Em
What's this sense of failure? It's such an incredible loss
     C                Am
It's all the things you'll never do
    C                   D7
and all the dreams that will never come true

 G                       D
This is what it's like falling out of love
 G                                D
This is the way you lose your very best friend
 C           D                G
This is how it feels when it's all over
 Am             D7            G
This is just the way a true love ends
    Am              D           G
Oh, this is just the way a true love ends
  Am              D           G
I don't believe a true love ever ends
                    Farewell Andromeda (Welcome To My Morning)
                              Words & Music by John Denver
                            from Farewell Andromeda (1973)

D Em7 Asus4

D                               Em        Asus4
Welcome to my morning Welcome to my day, oh yes
D                                 Em7      Asus4
I'm the one responsible, I made it just this way.
D                                   Em7           Asus4
To make myself some pictures, see what they might bring
    D                              Em7      Asus4
I Think I made it perfectly, I wouldn't change a thing.
      D      Em7          Asus4
La la la, la la, la la la
      D      Em7          Asus4
la la la, la la, la la la

(end on)-D

D                                   Em           Asus4
Welcome to my happiness, you know it makes me smile
D                                   Em7                     Asus4
And it pleases me to have you here for just a little while,
        D                      Em7              Asus4
While we open up the spaces and try to break some chains.
    D                                      Em7 Asus4
And if the truth is told they will never come again.
      D      Em7          Asus4
La la la, la la, la la la
      D      Em7          Asus4
la la la, la la, la la la

D                                 Em7      Asus4
Welcome to my evening', the closing' of the day,
    D                                   Em7         Asus4
You know I could try a million times, never find a better way
D                                   Em7                  Asus4
To tell you that I love you and all the songs I played
D                                          Em7          Asus4
Are to thank you for allowing me in that lovely day you made.

D                             Em         Asus4
Welcome to my morning Welcome to my day, oh yes
D                               Em7       Asus4
I'm the one responsible, I made it just this way.
D                                   Em7                    Asus4
To make myself some pictures and see what they might bring
D                                Em7        Asus4
Think I made it perfectly, I wouldn't change a thing.
      D      Em7          Asus4
La la la, la la, la la la
      D      Em7          Asus4
la la la, la la, la la la
                                        Fire And Rain
                                Words & music by James Taylor
                                    sung by John Denver
                           from Poems, Prayers and Promises (1971)

D                    C                   G     C D
Just yesterday morning they let me know you were gone
           A            C          D
Suzanne the plans they made put an end to you
                     C                 G       C D
I walked out this morning and I wrote down this song
               A        C       G
but I just can't remember who to send it to

        A7             D
I've seen fire and I've seen rain
     G                 A           D
I've seen sunny days that I thought would never end
     G                  A           D
I've seen lonely times when I could not find a friend now
     C              G          D
but I always thought that I'd see you again

              C                G        C D
Won't you look down upon me jesus you gotta help me make a stand
        A               C      D
you just got to see me through another day
       C                     G    C D
my body's achin' and my time is at hand
      A        C      G
I won't make it any other way

        A7             D
I've seen fire and I've seen rain
     G                 A           D
I've seen sunny days that I thought would never end
     G                  A           D
I've seen lonely times when I could not find a friend now
     C              G          D
but I always thought that I'd see you again

                         C          G        C         D
I've been walkin' my mind to an easy time my back turned towards the sun
               A               C               D
lord knows when the cold wind blows it'll turn your head around
                                C                   G            C D
but there's hours of time on the telephone line to talk about things to come
             A             C             G
sweet dreams and flying machines in pieces on the ground


        A7             D
I've seen fire and I've seen rain
     G                 A           D
I've seen sunny days that I thought would never end
     G                  A           D
I've seen lonely times when I could not find a friend now
     C              G          D
but I always thought that I'd see you again
                                        The First Noël
                             Traditional Arranged by John Denver
                             from Christmas Like A Lullaby (1990)


C   Em   F   C   F   C   G   C

    C     Em     F        C
The first Noël the angels did say:
       F        C                G C
Was to surtain for shepherds in fields as they lay.
             Em      F          C
In fields where they lay keeping their sheep.
     F         C           G C
On a cold winter's night that was so deep.
 C      Em F       C
Noël, Noël, Noël, Noël.
 F        C        G C
Born is the King of Isra--ël.

C   Em   F   C   F   C   G   C
C   Em   F   C   F   C   G   C

 C    Em F       C
Noël, Noël, Noël, Noël.
 F        C       G C
Born is the King of Isra--ël.
  C   Em F         CG
Noël, Noël, Noël, No----ël.
 F        C       G C
Born is the King of Isra--ël.
                                         Fishin' Gone
                                Words & music by John Denver
                             from Rocky Mountain Holiday (1983)

(Capo up 3 frets)

     D     D7/F#
Gone fishin'
        G        A7
There's a sign upon your door
       D    D7/F#
Gone fishin'
         G      A7
I ain't workin' anymore
         D          D7
There's a hoe out in the sun
         G            Gm
Where you left a row half done
        E7
I said "Hoe-in' ain't no fun"
         Em7      A7
You ain't got no ambition
      D     D7/F#       G        A7
Gone fishin' - by a shady, wady pool
      D     D7/F#          G         A7
Gone fishin', - man, you really play it cool
         D       D7/F#          G
We don't wish to be annoyed, Mister John,
           Gm          D      B7
And Mister Floyd, we're fishin'
   Em7       A7   D       G     Gm
Instead of just a-wishin'
        D B7 Em7         A7    D
We're fishin' instead of just a-wishin'
 Eb13       D13
Oh,       yeah!
                         The Flower That Shattered The Stone
                      Words and Music by Joe Henry and Jarvis
                  from The Flower That Shattered The Stone (1990)

 G                  C      G
Earth is our mother just turning around
        Bm         Em          D
with her trees in the forest and roots underground
   G                            C               G
Our father above us whose sight is the wind
 C        G              D     G
paint us a rainbow without any end

                          C           G
As the river runs freely the mountain does rise
       Bm          Em              D
let me touch with my fingers and see with my eyes
       C                 G             D
In the hearts of the children a pure love still grows
        C         G Em              G
like a bright star in heaven that lights our way home
          Am        D7            G
like the flower that shattered the stone

  G               C        G
A sparrow finds freedom beholding the sun
     Bm         Em      D
in the infinite beauty we're all joined in one
   G                        C            G
I reach out before me and look to the sky
     C           G            D               G
did I hear someone whisper did something pass by

                          C           G
As the river runs freely the mountain does rise
       Bm          Em              D
let me touch with my fingers and see with my eyes
       C                 G             D
In the hearts of the children a pure love still grows
        C         G Em              G
like a bright star in heaven that lights our way home
          Am        D7            G
like the flower that shattered the stone
        C         G Em              G
like a bright star in heaven that lights our way home
          Am        D7            G
like the flower that shattered the stone
                                         Fly Away
                               Words & Music by John Denver
                                  from Windsong (1975)



  G
  All of her days have gone soft and cloudy
                            D7sus4
  All of her dreams have gone dry
  G
  All of her nights have gone sad and shady

  She's getting ready to fly

   Am    D7 Am        D7     G D7sus4
  Fly away, fly away, fly away.

   G
  Life in the city can make you crazy
                           D7sus4
  For sounds of the sand and the sea
   G
  Life in a high-rise can make you hungry
                           D7sus4
  For things that you can't even see

   Am    D7 Am          D7     G
  Fly away, fly away,   fly away.
  Am                      Bm             CaddD
  In this whole world there's nobody as lonely as she
         Am                  D7
  There's nowhere to go and there's nowhere
                 G
  That she'd rather be.

       G
  She's looking for lovers and children playing
                                  D7sus4
  She's looking for signs of the spring
     G
  She listens for laughter and sounds of dancing
                               D7sus4
  She listens for any old things

   Am     D7 Am         D7     G D G D G GaddA
  Fly away, fly away,   fly away.

  Repeat 1st verse
                               Flight (The Higher We Fly)
            Words by John Gillespie Magee, Jr., John Denver, Joe Henry
                             Music by Lee Holdridge
                Adapted by the poem by John Gillespie Magee, Jr.
                          from It's About Time (1983)

Intro:
F Am/E     Dm   Db+5    F/C   Bbmaj7   Gm7   C7

    F    Am/E            Dm        F/C
Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
     Bbmaj          Am7           Gm7 C7
And danced the sky on laughter silvered wings
           F       Am/E           Dm Db+5
Sunward I've climbed and joined the tumbling mirth
   Bbmaj7            Gm7 C7         F
Of sun-split clouds and done a hundred things
      Bb       G       C Bb     F        Abmaj7
I've wheeled and soared and swung high in the sunlit silence
Db+5 Csus4 C7           F      Am/E            Dm
         Hovering there I've chased the shouting winds aloft
 F/C        Bb               Gm7 C7       F
And flung my eager craft through footless halls of air

            Bbmaj7          Fmaj7/A
 Chorus:   The higher we fly, the farther we go
             Gm7     Gm7/C      F
        The closer we are to each other
            Bbmaj7             Fmaj7/A
        The darker the night, the brighter the star
           Gm7       Gm7/C        F Am/E Dm Db+5
        In peace go my sisters and brother
   F/C    Bbmaj7   Gm7      C7

   F      Am/E          Dm        F/C
Up, up, the long delirious burning blue
     Bbmaj7              Am7            Gm
I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
  C7      F     Am/E        Dm
Where never lark nor even eagle flew
 Db+5         F/C           G    C Bb
And while with silent lifting mind I trod
    F Am/E         Dm           F/C
The high untrespassed sanctity of space
   Bb          C9(no 3rd)           F
Put out my hand and touched the face of God

             Bbmaj7          Fmaj7/A
 Chorus:    The higher we fly, the farther we go
              Gm7     Gm7/C      F
         The closer we are to each other
             Bbmaj7             Fmaj7/A
         The darker the night, the brighter the star
            Gm7       Gm7/C        F Am/E Dm Db+5
         In peace go my sisters and brother

Gm7      C7   F     Fsus2     Fadd2

Copyright 1983 by Cherry Mountain Music
                                       Flying For Me
                              Words & Music by John Denver
                                  from One World (1986)
                            dedicated to the crew of Challenger

       G
Well, I guess that you probably know by now
  Em
I was one who wanted to fly
          C                D              G   D
I wanted to ride on that arrow of fire right up into heaven
     G
And I wanted to go for every man,
      Em
every child, every mother of children
          C                 D                 G D
I wanted to carry the dreams of all people right up to the stars
      G
And I prayed that I'd find an answer there
   Em
Or maybe I would find the song
        C              D                 G D
Giving a voice to all of the hearts that can not be heard
      G
And for all of the ones who live in fear
  Em
And all of those who stand apart
        C                D               G
My being there would bring us a little step closer together

                C          D         G
They were flying for me, they were flying for everyone
               C           D              G
They were trying to see, a brighter day for each and everyone
              C                   D
They gave us their light, they gave us their spirit,
              Em C
and all they could be
         D       G C          D      G
They were flying for me, they were flying for me

    G
And I wanted to wish on the Milky Way
   Em
and dance upon the falling star
        Am             C          Am              D
I wanted to give myself, and free myself, enjoin' myself with it all!

  G   Em   Am   C   Am    D

        G
Given the chance to dream, it can be done
    Em
The promise of tomorrow is real
          C             D               G
Children of spaceship Earth, the future belongs to us all

               C        D          G
She was flying for me, she was flying for everyone
              C          D               G
She was trying to see, a brighter day for each and everyone
            C                D
She gave us her light, she gave us her spirit,
              Em C
and all she could be
       D        G
She was flying for me

                C          D         G
They were flying for me, they were flying for everyone
               C           D              G
They were trying to see, a brighter day for each and everyone
              C                   D
They gave us their light, they gave us their spirit,
              Em C
and all they could be
         D       G C          D      G
They were flying for me, they were flying fot me
        D       G C         D       G
they were flying for me, they were flying for me.
                                          Follow Me
                             Words & Music by John Denver
                           from Take Me To Tomorrow (1970)


Used unusual Chords:
G : 5||||3
G/F: 4||||3
G/E: 22|||3
G/D: |2|||3

                     Bm               A          D
Prolog: It's by far the hardest thing I've ever done
               G G/F        G/E         A A7
          to be so in love with you and so a-lone

              D       G/E      D           G
Chorus: Follow me where I go what I do and who I know
                  D           G/E        A
         make it part of you to be a part of me
         A7      D        G/E     D            G
         follow me up and down all the way and all around
         D            G       A7       D
         take my hand and say you'll follow me

D                     A          G          D
It's long been on my mind you know it's been a long,long time,
     Bm             A          G      A
I'll try to find the way that I can make you understand
    G              D    G            D
the way I feel about you and just how much I need you
      G         G/F G/E      G/D     G
to be there where I can talk to you when there's no one else around.

Chorus

D                          A          G            D
You see, I'd like to share my life with you and show you things I've seen,
Bm            A       G             A
places that I'm going to places where I've been
  G                 D    G        D
to have you there beside me and never be alone
   G      G/F      G/E       G/D      G
and all the time that you're with me then we will be at home.
Copyright by Cherry Lane Music
                                   For Baby (For Bobbie)
                              Words & music by John Denver
                            from Rocky Mountain High (1972)


     G          C        G
I'll walk in the rain by your side,
     C          D7         G
I'll cling to the warmth of your hand,
     C      D7           G    C
I'll do anything to keep you satisfied
  G               D7     G
I love you more than anybody can.


            C        D7        G
And the wind will whisper your name to me
C               D7          G
little birds will sing along in time,
C             D7        G      C
leaves will bow down when you walk by
    G      D7         G
and morning bells will chime


G               C           G
I'll be there when you're feelin' down
     C         D7        G
to kiss away the tears if you cry,
     C       D7         G          C
I'll share with you all the happiness I've found
      G          D7         G
a reflection of the love in your eyes.


           C      D7         G
And I'll sing you the songs of the rainbow,
           C      D7         G
the whisper of the joy that is mine
           C      D7            G
leaves will bow down when you walk by
   G       D7       G
and morning bells will chime


     G          C        G
I'll walk in the rain by your side,
     C          D7         G
I'll cling to the warmth of your tiny hand,
     C      D7           G    C
I'll do anything to help you understand
  G            D7     G
I love you more than anybody can.


            C        D7        G
And the wind will whisper your name to me
C               D7          G
little birds will sing along in time,
C             D7        G      C
leaves will bow down when you walk by
    G      D7         G
and morning bells will chime
                                           For You
                              Words and Music by John Denver
                                from Higher Ground (1988)

A

                        D               Bm
Just to look in your eyes again
                       G         Em
Just to lay in your arms
                        A                        D   A
Just to be the first one always there for you
                         D        Bm
Just to live in your laughter
                        G        Em
Just to sing in your heart
                     A                           D   A
Just to be everyone of your dreams come true
                        D               Bm
Just to sit by your windows
                         G    Em
Just to touch in the night
                        A                  D A
Just to offer a prayer each day for you
                          D   Bm
Just to long for your kisses
                          G   Em
Just to dream of your sighs
                          A             D
Just to know that I'd give my life for you.

 A    D                Bm         G
For   you all the rest of my life
 A    D         Bm        G
For   you all the best of my life
 A    D       A7       D A
For   you alone, only for you.

                      D               Bm
Just to wake up each morning
                     G           Em
Just to you by my side
                          A               D A
Just to know that you're never really far away
                       D       Bm
Just a reason for living
          G     Em
Just to say I adore
                          A                 D
Just to know that you're here in my heart to stay.

 A    D                Bm         G
For   you all the rest of my life
 A    D         Bm        G
For   you all the best of my life
 A    D       A7       D A
For   you alone, only for you.

                       D                Bm
Just the words of a love song
               G    Em
Just the beat of my heart
                         A             D
Just the pledge of my life, my love for you.

                                        Forest Lawn
                                       by Tom Paxton
                                    sung by John Denver
                             from Take Me To Tomorrow (1970)

G                              D
Oh, lay me down in forest lawn in a silver casket
          D7                     G
With golden flowers over my head in a silver basket
       C               G               Em
Let the drum and bugle corp play taps while cannons roar
 A           A7         D              D7
Sixteen libereed employees sell souvenirs from the funeralstore

  G       D         G
I wanna go simply when I go
       B7                       Em
They'll give me a simple funeral there I know
        C
With the casket lined in fleece
       G                Em
And the fireworks spelling out "Rest in Peace"
   Am            D7           G D
So take me when I'm gone to forest lawn

        G                     D
Oh, lay me down in forest lawn they understand there
                D7                 G
They have a heavenly choir in the military band there
    C                   G             Em
Just put me in their care I'll find my comfort there
    A                A7               D            D7
With sixteen planes in the last salut they'll drop a cross in a parachute

  G       D         G
I wanna go simply when I go
       B7                       Em
They'll give me a simple funeral there I know
     C
With a hundred strolling strings
   G              Em
And topless dancers with golden wings
   Am            D7           G
Oh, take me when I'm gone to forest lawn

D7    D
Oooh, come, come, come, come
                       A
Come to the church in the wild wood
     A7                    D D7
Kindly leave a contribution in the pail
     G           Em          D
Be as simple and as trusting as a child would
        A          A7        D
And we'll sell you the church in the dale

         G                     D
To find a simple resting place is my desire
                       D7              G
To lay me down with a smiling face comes a little bit higher
    C                    G            Em
my likeness cast in brass will stand in plastic gras
      A               A7
While hidden weights and springs tips
     D             D7
it's hat to the mourners filing past

   G        D         G
I wanna go simply when I go
         B7                     Em
They'll give me a simple funeral there I know
       C
I'll lie beneath the sand
       G            Em
With piped-in tapes of Billy Graham
      Am           D7         G
Oh, take me when I'm gone to forest lawn

     G     C       G             D     G
Rock of ages cleft for me for a slightly higher fee
   A7          D7         G
Oh, take me when I'm gone to forest lawn
                                     Four strong winds
                         Author unknown. Sung by John Denver
                               from Forever John (1998)


CAPO ON 2nd Fret
6th string tuned down to D

Unusual Chords
A* : ||2|||
C/G : |32|13
D* : ||||32


Intro: C A* D*

            G             C/G       D        G
Four strong winds that blow lonely, seven seas that run high
                         C          D D*
All these things that don't change come what may
        G               C/G         D        G
Now our good times are all gone, and I'm bound for moving on
          C            Em         D D*
I'll look for you if I'm ever back this way.

         G        C/G            D            G
Guess I'll go out to Alberta, weather's good there in the fall
                   C             D D*
Got some friends that I could go to working for
         G              C/G       D             G
Still I wish you'd change your mind, if I asked you one more time
         C              Em           D D*
But we've been through that a hundred times or more

            G             C/G       D        G
Four strong winds that blow lonely, seven seas that run high
                         C          D D*
All these things that don't change come what may
        G               C/G         D        G
Now our good times are all gone, and I'm bound for moving on
          C            Em         D D*
I'll look for you if I'm ever back this way.

         G            C/G           D             G
If I get there before the snowflies, and if things are going good
                   C          D D*
You could meet me if I sent you down the fare
      G              C/G         D           G
But by then it would be winter, nothing much for you to do
        C          Em         D D*
And the wind sure grows cold way out there

            G             C/G       D         G
Four strong winds that blow lonely, seven seas that run high
                         C          D D*
All these things that don't change come what may
        G               C/G         D         G
Now our good times are all gone, and I'm bound for moving on
          C            Em         D D*
I'll look for you if I'm ever back this way.
        G               C/G         D         G
Yes our good times are all gone, and I'm bound for moving on
             C            Em         D D*
But I'll look for you if I'm ever back this way.
                                   The Foxfire Suite
                            Words and Music by John Denver
                            from Different Directions (1991)


    Spring is Alive

G   CG CD G           CG   CDG

 G                            D
 Spring is alive in Carolina
 G                                    C       D
 Deep in the forest where the foxfire glows
 G                           D
 High on a mountain down in a holler
 G                   CD G
 Thunder and lightning so it goes

 C
  Over a hundred years ago we came to Carolina
                                    G D G
  Far across the water it's a long hard road
 C
  With little more than courage we came seeking independance
                                          G D G
  A little less than nothin is a heavy load
 C
  From the heather to the highlands we have found the Smokey Mountains
                                          G D G
  Hard work and simple ways and life is good
  D
  life is good

 G                            D
 Spring is alive in Carolina
 G                                    C       D
 Deep in the forest where the foxfire glows
 G                           D
High on a mountain down in a holler
G                CD G
Thunder and lightning so it goes

C    G   C

    You Are

C
 You are every morning sunrise you are every rain
                                   Dm                      G7
 You are every peal of laughter you are every cry of pain
 C
 You are all the summer flowers you are all the falling leaves
                                Dm     G7
 You are everyone rejoicind you are everyone who grieves
 C
 You are all my unknown secrets you are all my hidden fears
                                       Dm         G7
 You are known in lover's kisses you are seen in childhood tears
 C
 You are where the stars are shining you are where the rainbow ends
                     Dm           G7
 You are why the war is over you are how the peace begins


    Whisper the Wind


G                 C             G
Whisper the wind over the water
                  C              G
Whisper the wind all through the night
          C         G
Whisper the wind along the canyon
                D           G
Whisper the wind into the light
          C           G
Whisper the wind brothers and sisters
          C       G
Whisper the wind all the same
          C         G
Whisper the wind love one another
        D              G
Whisper the wind your precious name


    Spring is Alive (reprise)

G   CG CD G        CG     CDG

G                               D
Spring is alive in Carolina
 G                                    C           D
 Deep in the forest where the foxfire glows
 G                          D
 High on a mountain down in a holler
 G                 CD G
 Thunder and lightning so it goes

 G                            D
 Spring is alive in Carolina
 G                                    C      D
 Deep in the forest where the foxfire glows
 G                           D
 High on a mountain down in a holler
 G                   CD G      CD G CD G
 Thunder and lightning so it goes so it goes
                                        Friends With You
                     Words & Music by Bill Danoff and Taffy Nivert
                               Sung by John Denver
                                 from Aerie (1971)

(Tune down 1 full tone)

Am7            B     Em
What a friend we have in time
Am7               B    Em
Gives us children, makes us wine
Am7             B     Em C
Tells us what to take or leave behind

Am7              B   Em
And the gifts of growing old
Am7            B    Em
Are the stories to be told
Am7            B    Em       C
Of the feelings more precious than gold
F G A

            A              Bm7        E
         Friends I will remember you, think of you
           D        A
         Pray for you
               A           Bm7
         And when another day is through
                E                Am
         I'll still be friends with you

Am7           B     Em
Babies days are never long
Am7               B   Em
Mother's laugh is baby's song
Am7             B    Em C
Gives us all the hope to carry on
F G A
           A              Bm7        E
        Friends I will remember you, think of you
          D        A
        Pray for you
              A           Bm7
        And when another day is through
               E                A
        I'll still be friends with you

        B               C#m7(4fr)
        Friends I will remember you,
        F#              E    B
        Think of you, pray for you
                   C#m7(4fr)
        And when another day is through
         F#                 B
        I'll still be Friends with You

        B               C#m7(4fr)
        Friends I will remember you,
        F#              E    B
        Think of you, pray for you
                   C#m7(4fr)
        And when another day is through
         F#                 B
        I'll still be Friends with You
                                  The Game Is Over
               Words & Music by John Denver, Bourtayre & Bouchety
                      from Whose Garden Was This (1970)

G             D
Time, there was a time
         C             G
You could talk to me without speaking.
         C
You would look at me
        G               D
And I'd know all there was to know.
 GD           Em       Bm
Days I think of you and remember
    D              GD
The lies we told in the night.
           Em       Bm
The love we knew, the things we shared
        G G7       C       D
When our hearts were beating together.
 GD            Em
Days that were so few.
       Bm D     G
Full of love and you.
 Am D               G
Go--ne , the days are gone now.
A Bm             A7 D
 Days that seem so wrong now.

 GD             Em    Bm
Life won't be the same without you.
   D            G D         Em
To hold again in my arms to ease the pain.
    Bm             G G7
And remember when our love
      C       D D7
Was a reason for living.
 GD             Em
Days that were so few.
        Bm D Em
Full of love and you.
          GD
The game is over.
                                        Garden Song
                           Words and Music by David Mallett
                                   Sung by John Denver
                                on JD John Denver (1979)
Tune 6th String to D, Capo 2 frets

Unusual Chords

G/B       x20003
G/D       x66533

D     /        D          G/B       D

D            G/B D G/B        A      D
Inch by inch, row by row, gonna make this garden grow.
G/B A             D              G/B           A
All it takes is a rake and a hoe and a piece of fertile ground
D            G/B D G/B A               D
Inch by inch, row by row, Someone bless the seeds I sow.
G/B       A        D            G/B       A       D
Someone warm them from below, 'til the rain comes tumbling down.

G/D           D /          A

 D      D/F#     G       D/F# G        A     D
Pulling weeds and pickin' stones, man is made of dreams and bones,
G       A      D                 G           A
Feel the need to grow my own. 'cause the time is close at hand
D        D/F# G        D/F# G       A    D
Grain for grain, sun and rain, find my way in nature's chain,
G     A D                G      A     D
To my body and my brain to the music from the land

(Inst.) A D   A     D A   D     /
 D        D/F# G         D/F# G         A      D
Plant your rows straight and long, thicker than with pray'r and song
G      A      D                 G            A
Mother Earth will make you strong if you give her love and care
D       D/F#    G D/F# G            A     D
Old crow watchin' hungrily, from his perch in yonder tree
G     A    D              G       A    D
In my garden I'm as free as that feathered beak up there.

A          D         A

D            G/B D G/B        A      D
Inch by inch, row by row, gonna make this garden grow.
G/B      A        D              G/B           A
All it takes is a rake and a hoe and a piece of fertile ground
D            G/B D G/B          A      D
Inch by inch, row by row, Someone bless the seeds I sow.
G/B       A        D             G/B      A       D
Someone warm them from below, 'til the rain comes tumbling down.

D /    /   A   D     /      A     D      A    D


Copyright 1975 Cherry Lane Music Pub.
                                        The Gift You Are
                                 Words and Music by John Denver
                         from The Flower That Shattered The Stone (1990)


(Intro)

G     Am/G     D/G               G Am/G D/G
G     Am/G     D/G       Am/G   G Am/G D/G

 G     Am/G      D/G Am/G G            Am/G D/G Am/G
Imagine a month of Sundays,      each one a cloudy day
  G      Am/G       D/G            Cadd9
Imagine the moment the sun came shining through
                       G   Am/G
Imagine that ray of sunshine as you

  G       Am/G D/G Am/G G                    Am/G D/G Am/G
Remember your darkest hour,         with dawn still far away
  G      Am/G          D/G              Cadd9
Remember the way that you longed for morning's light
                              G    Am/G
And think of yourself as a candle in the night

 G        Am/G         D/G Am/G G             Am/G       D/G Am/G
Make believe this is the first day;   everything all brand new
G        Am/G       D/G             Cadd9
Make believe that the sun is your own lucky star
                             G
And then understand the kind of gift you are

Chorus
          C             Am         D        G
The gift you   are, like the very first breath of spring
          C            Am       D       G
The gift you   are, all the joy that love can bring
          C    Am            D      Bm7        Em
The gift you   are, all of our dreams come true
          C     G/B Am               D        G   Am/G     G
The gift you   are,               the gift of you

 Am        D       G
You are the promise of all the ages;
 Am        D      G
You are the Prodigal Son
  Bm7              C         Am
You are the vision of prophets and sages
        D G
You are the only one

(Instrumental)

 G     Am/G         D/G Am/G G              Am/G        D/G Am/G
Dream of a bright tomorrow,       Know that your dream will come true
 G       Am/G       D/G            Cadd9
Carry your dream in a sparkling crystal jar
                           G
Then you will know the kind of gift you are

(Repeat Chorus twice)
                                        Gimme Your Love
                       Words & Music by Jack Conrad & Frank Musker
                                  Sung by John Denver
                              on Dreamland Express (1985)

    A                        D
Oh, spring is here and love is in the air
                         E     A
Overflowing with life and I don't have a care.
                                  D
I'm gonna see you shining like a diamond ring.
                    E
Every cell in my body is singing:
  A            E    D E
Gimme your love forever,
  A           E D A
Gimme your love,
              E     D E
Gimme your love forever,
 E      A           E D C#m Bm
Oh, oh, gimme your love,
  E          A G A G
Gimme your love.
 A                     D
All around I see signs of rebirth,
                     E        A
Resurrection, renewal, celebration of life on earth.
                                      D
Baby won't you stay with me and watch your garden grow.
                            E
I love you, I want you, please say you'll
  A           E     D E
Gimme your love forever,
  A          E D A
Gimme your love,
                     E     D E
You gotta gimme your love forever,
    E A             E D
Oh, oh, gimme your love,
  A          A G A
Gimme your love.
  C            G         D           A
People think I'm crazy as I walk along the street.
C        G           B7 E
I don't understand them anyway.
 C           G             D            A
All I know is since you came my life has been so sweet.
 C            G            Bm7 E
That's the way I know it's gonna stay.
          A                        D
Won't you stay with me and watch your garden grow.
                            E
I love you, I want you, please say you'll
  A            E     D Em
Gimme your love forever,
 A        E D A
Gimme your love,
                      E    D Em
You gotta gimme your love forever,
        A        E D
Oh, oh, gimme your love,
      C#m(4fr) Bm
love, love, love
  E        A    G
Gimme your love.
 A             E     D E
Gimme your love forever,
 A           E D E
Gimme your love,
 A            E     D E
Gimme your love forever,
        A        E D E
Oh, oh, gimme your love,
 A           E D E
Gimme your love.
  A           E    D E
Gimme your love forever,
  A         E D E
Gimme your love,
  A            E   D E
Gimme your love forever,
      A         E  D E
Oh, oh, gimme your love,
  A            E D E
Gimme your love forever
      A          E D E
Oh, oh, gimme your love,
       A            E   D E
You gotta gimme your love forever
 A        E D A
Gimme your love

                                      Going Camping
                            Words & music by Ray Charles
                                sung by John Denver
                          on Rocky Mountain Holiday (1983)

This song is actually written in three parts:
1st chorus: Voice No. 1
2nd chorus: Voice No. 2
3rd chorus: Voice No. 3
4th chorus: 1st, 2nd and 3rd voices sing simultaneously


           G
Voice No. 1       I got my gear in my pack

                  I got my pack on my back
                             D
                  Today's the day I'm going camping

                  Just got the goahead sign

                  the weather's gonna be fine
                             G    D
                  Today's the day I'm going camping
                  G
                  I'm gonna pitch me a tent

                  Won't have to pay any rent
                                 C
                  It looks like ev'rything is "A O.K."
                 Am      D
                  As far as I can see
                          G    E         A7 D G
                       I think it's gonna be a perfect camping day

                  G
Voice No. 2            The trees and animals

                       and clear blue skies
                                   D
                       A waterfall comes tumbling right before my eyes

                       Birds that fly

                       above a mountain stream
                                 G          D
                       It's absolutely perfect better than a dream
              G
                       Peace and quiet

                       where the Good Lord smiled
                               C
                       Fields and fields of flowers growing wild
              Am D
                       This is
              G             E      A7    D       G
                       just where I belong I'm a mother Nature's child

                            G
Voice No. 3            It's time to hit the trail

                       To hit the hill and dale
                                  D
                       Oh, I love hiking in the mountains

                       It's great to reach the snow

                       And see the world below
                                  G    D
                       Oh, I love hiking in the mountains
                  G
                       Each time we stop to eat

                        We get to rest our feet
                                      C
                        And we'll make it if we take slow
                         Am        D
                        'Cause the best way to climb
                      G      E      A7          D         G
                        Is one step at a time and hicking is the only way to go

            G
         I got my gear in my pack
             The trees and        animals
            It's time to hit the trail
I got my pack on       my back
    and clear blue      skies
    To hit the hill and dale

                    D
Today's the     day I'm going camping
A waterfall comes tumb----ling right before my eyes
Oh, I love     hiking in the mountains__________


Just got the go---a---head      sign
          Birds that       fly
      It's great to reach the snow


the weather's gonna be     fine
 above a moun----tain stream
      And see the world below

                     G         D
To---day's the day I'm go-in' camp---ing
It's abs-o-lutely per-----fect better than a dream
Oh, I     love hik-ing in the moun---tains______

    G
I'm gonna pitch me     a tent Won't
      Peace      and qui------et
    Each time we stop to eat


have to pay a--------ny rent
where the Good Lord     smiled
   We get to rest our feet

                          C
It    looks like ev'rything is "A---O. K."
      Fields    and fields of flowers growing wild
And we'll make      it if we take it slow

      Am          D
As far as I      can see
         This        is
 'Cause the best way    to climb

      G             E
I think it's gon--------na be
           just where I be-long
      Is one step at a time

    A7        D          G
a perfect camp-----------ing       day
             I'm a moth----er   Nat--ure's child
             and hicking is the only way to go
                                   The Gold And Beyond
                                 Words by John Denver
                         Music by John Denver & Lee Holdridge
                              from Greatest Hits 3 (1984)


D
On a snow crystal morning some place close to heaven
                               G
On the side of a mountain in a race for the sun
                   A               D
In a matter of moments the dream of a lifetime is won


There's a fire in the heart and it feels like the hunger
                             G
The spirit is burning consumed by the flame
                       A                   D
To be one of the best of the best in the world Is its name

     G         D
To go faster and farther
    G      A       D
Than anyone's ever before
      G         D
To be braver and stronger
    G        A       D F
And truer and then even more
    Bb           F
To be all that you can be
   Bb            C        F F# D     G A D
And all that you've ever longed fo---------r


In the eyes of the mountain all people are equal
                                G
In the eyes of all people our souls can be seen
                                       A          D
In the course of our struggle we'll know what humanity means


G D G A D G D G A D F

    Bb         F

To be all that you can be
   Bb           C         F F# D
And all that you've ever longed fo--------r
We gather together to face one another
                           G
We gather in silence and sing for the sun
                 A                D
We gather in peace - to Go for the Gold and Beyo---nd


Copyright 1984 Cherry Mountain Music
                                    Goodbye Again
                   Words & Music by John Denver and Mike Taylor
                         from Rocky Mountain High (1972)
Unusual chord:
G/F# : 22|||3


     G      G/F#       Em         C          G
It's five o-clock this morning and the sun is on the rise
         G     G/F# Em              Am           D7
There's frosting on the windows pane, and sorrow in your eyes
     G       G/F# Em           C           G
The stars are fading quietly, the night is nearly gone
    G      G/F# Em            Am           D7
And so you turn away from me and tears begin to come

           Am D7       G    G/F# Em
And it's goodbye again, I'm sorry to be leaving you,
 Am       D7 G        G/F#      Em        Am     D7
Goodbye again, cause if you didn't know, it's goodbye again
  G       G/F#    Em       Am                         D7
And I wish you could tell me, why do we always fight when I have to go?

    G      G/F# Em               C              G
It seems a shame to leave you now, the days are soft and warm
   G     G/F# Em             Am         D7
I long to lay me down again and hold you in my arms
   G     G/F#      Em          C               G
I long to kiss the tears away and bring you back your smile
    G    G/F# Em          Am         D7
But other voices beckon me for a little while.


           Am D7       G    G/F# Em
And it's goodbye again, I'm sorry to be leaving you,
 Am       D7 G        G/F#      Em        Am     D7
Goodbye again, cause if you didn't know, it's goodbye again
  G       G/F#    Em       Am                         D7
And I wish you could tell me, why do we always fight when I have to go?

        Bm           C          G      G/F#    Em
I have to go and see some friends of mine, some that I don't know
    Am            D7         G
and some who aren't familiar with my name
      Bm          C              G    G/F# Em
It's something that's inside of me, not hard to understand
     Am                    D7
it's anyone who'll listen to me sing.

   G       G/F#    Em         C        G
And if your hours are empty now who am I to blame
     G     G/F# Em               Am            D7
You think if I were always here, our love would be the same
  G G/F# Em                 C           G
As it is the time we have, is worth the time alone
     G G/F#       Em            Am            D7
And lying by your side the greatest peace I've ever known.

           Am D7       G    G/F# Em
And it's goodbye again, I'm sorry to be leaving you,
 Am       D7 G        G/F#      Em        Am     D7
Goodbye again, cause if you didn't know, it's goodbye again
  G       G/F#    Em       Am                         D7
And I wish you could tell me, why do we always fight when I have to go?
                                      Gospel Changes
                            Words & Music by Jack Williams
                                Sung by John Denver
                       from Poems, Prayers And Promises (1971)

    D            A          Bm
The Prodigal Son, he'd been away a while
     G               A
he was working his way back home now
    D
over many a ragged mile
      G               Em
When he finally crossed the river
      D     F#m     Bm
and his father saw him near
         D        A                   D
there was a joyful sound, for all the world to hear

   D               A
I listened to what the Good Book said
       G             Bm
and it made good sense to me
            D              F#m
talkin' about reapin' what you're sowin'
        G        A
people trying to be free.
         Bm            G F#          Bm
Now we've got new names and faces, this time around
 G       D       A           D
Gospel changes, Lord, Still goin' down.

D       A                Bm
Jesus, He did not doubt His gifts
         G         A         D
though He knew that He had not long to live
   G            Em
He took care of the bus'ness
   D       F#m       Bm
of teaching us how to fly
       D         A              D
then He bowed His head and laid down to die

   D               A
I listened to what the Good Book said
       G             Bm
and it made good sense to me
            D              F#m
talkin' about reapin' what you're sowin'
        G        A
people trying to be free.
         Bm            G F#          Bm
Now we've got new names and faces, this time around
 G       D       A           D
Gospel changes, Lord, Still goin' down.

  D        A             Bm
Jerusalem I see you standing high
          G         A
but if you lose your salvation
          D
there'll be no tears left to cry
   G               Em
Now some men worship a Golden Calf
    D         F#m         Bm
while others are bought and sold
         D         A               D
and if we live like that brother we pay the toll

   D               A
I listened to what the Good Book said
       G             Bm
and it made good sense to me
            D              F#m
talkin' about reapin' what you're sowin'
        G        A
people trying to be free.
         Bm            G F#          Bm
Now we've got new names and faces, this time around
 G       D       A           Bm
Gospel changes, Lord, Still goin' down.
 G       D       A           D
Gospel changes, Lord, Still goin' down,
           G D G
Still Goin' Down
        D       A           D
Gospel changes, Lord, Still goin' down.

                                Got My Heart Set On You
                     Words & Music by Dobie Grey & Bud Reneau
                               Sung by John Denver
                           on Dreamland Express (1985)

(capo 1st fret)
D     A      G F#m/A Em/A F#m/A Em/A
 D
Ever since the day I met you,
F#7
I feel like I'm walking on air.
     G
And lately I'm convinced, it's no coincidence.
  F#m/A          Em/A F#m/A Em/A F#m/A Em/A
I run into you everywhere.
 D
And though I've heard your love is taken,
F#7
I got to believe what's in your eyes.
     G
Would I be out of line if I suggested a time
       A                 F#m/A Em/A
And we get together one of these nights.

F#m/A Em/A D               F#7
Got my heart set on you.
        G               D
You're everything that I ever wanted.
      Bm        F#7
Got my heart set on you.
           G
It can't be anything but love, baby.
F#m/A Em/A F#m/A Em/A
I'm betting on it.

D
I don't want to give you the wrong impression.
 F#7
I'm not the kind who rushes in.
        G
But baby every time I see you,

Just before I even leave you,
      A                 F#m/A Em/A
I can hardly wait to see you again.

F#m/A Em/A D            F#7
Got my heart set on you.
       G              D
You're everything that I ever wanted.
      Bm        F#7
Got my heart set on you.
           G
It can't be anything but love, baby.
F#m/A Em/A F#m/A Em/A
I'm betting on it.

A   G   F#m/A Fm/A F#m/A Em/A

D   F#7   G A F#m/A Em/A F#m/A Em/A

Bm                A
I don't mean to be coming on strong,
    G               D
Or taking anything for granted.
    Bm                    A
But love is a thing that just comes along.
    E7
You don't understand how it got out of hand,
        G                 F#m/A
But you're in it right from the start.

       D        F#7
Got my heart set on you.
        G              D
You're everything that I ever wanted.
      Bm        F#7
Got my heart set on you.
           G
It can't be anything but love, baby.
F#m/A Em/A F#m/A Em/A
I'm betting on it.

       D        F#7
Got my heart set on you.
        G              D
You're everything that I ever wanted.
      Bm        F#7
Got my heart set on you.
           G
It can't be anything but love, baby.
F#m/A Em/A F#m/A Em/A
I'm betting on it.

       D        F#7
Got my heart set on you.
        G              D
You're everything that I ever wanted.
      Bm        F#7
Got my heart set on you.
           G
It can't be anything but love, baby.
F#m/A Em/A F#m/A Em/A D A
I'm betting on it.
G F#m/A Em/A F#m/A Em/A
                                 Grandma's Feather Bed
                            Words and Music by Jim Connor

D           G
When I was a little bitty boy
 D            A7
just up off the floor
 D                  G
We used to go down to Grandma's house
D         A7      D
ev'ry month end or so,
                              G
We'd heva chicken pie and country ham
    D                  A7
'n' home made butter on the bread
           D                        G
But the best darn thing about Grandma's house
            A7                D
was her great big feather bed

CHORUS
          D
It was nine feet tall and six feet wide
 G                    D
soft as a downy chick
          D
It was made from the feathers of forty 'leven geese
           E7                              A7
took a whole bolt of cloth for the tick
     D
It'd hold eight kids 'n' four hound dogs
      G                         D
and a piggy we stole frome the shed
                                         G
We didn't get much sleep but we had a lot of fun
    A7                    D
on Grandma's feather bed


After 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'd know I'd wake up in the mornin'
in the middle of the old feather bed

CHORUS
Well I love my Ma, I love my Pa
I love Granny and Grandpa too
I been fishin' with my uncle
I rasled with my cousin
I even kissed Aunt Lou ooo!
But if I ever had to make a choice
I guess it oughta be said
That I'd trade 'em all plus the gal down the road
for Grandma's feather bed
I'd trade 'em all plus the gal down the road...

                                     Gravel On The Ground
                           Words & Music by Hupp & Morrison
                                 sung by John Denver
                         from Some Days Are Diamonds (1981)

(tune 6th string to D, capo up 2 frets)

D     A/D    G/D     D

      G              D/F#            Em7            D
If our lives could lie before us like a straight and narrow highway
       G           D/F#         E7             A
So that we could see forever, long before we took the ride
        G          D/F#          Em7            D
We would never look to heaven, make a wish or climb a mountain
          G            D/F#         Em7 A        D
'Cause we'd always know the answer what's on the other side

               G      D           G A        D
But life ain't no easy freeway, just some gravel on the ground
          G       D          E7          A
You pay for every mile you go to spread some dust around
       D        G D              G           A
Tho' we all have destinations , and the dust will settle down
        G                         D A        D
This life ain't no easy freeway, just some gravel on the ground

A/D    G/D   D     A/D   G/D   D

D              G     D/F#
So let's walk the road together
               Em7     D
Who knows what we'll find tomorrow
         G         D/F#         E7             A
Maybe good times, maybe sorrow will be waitin' round the bend
            G       D/F#             Em7            D
Given time, two hearts discover what they're feelin' for each other
          G         D/F#         Em7        A       D
At the best we'll end up lovers, at the least we'll make a friend

             G       D           G     A    D
But life ain't no easy freeway, just some gravel on the ground
          G       D          E7          A
You pay for every mile you go to spread some dust around
       D        G D              G           A
Tho' we all have destinations , and the dust will settle down
               G      D           G A        D
But life ain't no easy freeway, just some gravel on the ground
          G       D          E7          A
You pay for every mile you go to spread some dust around
       D        G D              G           A
Tho' we all have destinations , and the dust will settle down
        G                         D A        D
This life ain't no easy freeway, just some gravel on the ground
                                   The Harder They Fall
                              Words & Music by John Denver
                             from Dreamland Express (1985)



(Capo up 3 frets)

C G
 A
Aspen, Colorado on a Saturday night
                     C
Jesse wishes she was at home
G A
Upset because her baby just ain't treatin' her right
                   C G
So afraid of being alone
 A
Said she's heard some stories

He's been runnin' around
                          C G
Said somehow she knows it's all true
   A
She said a breaking heart can make a terrible sound
                           C G
She said she just don't know what to do
    D
  Think about a bad time

  Can't get much worse
   G
  Think about a hard line

  Take it to the wall
   C
  This won't be the last time,
               B
  Sure ain't the first
     Bb A
    The bigger they are,
                D       C   G   A
    The harder they fall

C   G
 A
You might say she's caught

Between a rock and a hard place
                        C G
You might think she just can't win
 A
Some just can't recover from a slap in the face
                                                  C
Some just get right up and start all over again
G   D
  Think about a bad time

    Can't get much worse
     G
    Think about a hard line

    Take it to the wall
     C
    This won't be the last time,
                 B
    Sure ain't the first
    Bb A
    The bigger they are,
                   D     C G
    The harder they fall

     D
    Think about a bad time

    Can't get much worse
     G
    Think about a hard line

    Take it to the wall
      C
    This won't be the last time,
                 B
    Sure ain't the first
     Bb A
    The bigger they are,
                   D     C G A
    The harder they fall

A
Aspen, Colorado on a Saturday night
                   C
Jesse wishes she was at home
G     A
She's mad because baby

Ain't treatin' her right
                        C
She's so afraid of being alone
G      A                   C
She's so afraid of being alone
G A                      C
Nobody wants to be all alone
G A                      C
Nobody wants to be all alone
G      A                   C
She's so afraid of being alone
G      A                   C G A
We're so afraid of bein' alone


Copyright 1985 Cherry Mountain Music
                          Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
                              Words & Music by Martin-Blane
                                    sung by John Denver
                              on A Christmas Together (1979)

(capo up 1 fret)
Intro:
Amaj7 F#m7 Bm7 E7
Amaj7 F#m7          Bm7       D/E E7 A
Have yourself a merry little Christmas,
       F#m7       Bm7 E7
Let your heart be light
 A     F#m7        Bm7         E7     C7 F#7 B7 E7
From now on, our troubles will be out of sight
Amaj7 F#m7 Bm7                D/E E7
Have yourself a merry little Christmas,
A       F#m7       Bm7 E7
Make the Yule-tide gay,
A      F#m7        Bm7         C#7 F#m7 E7sus4 A7
From now on, your troubles will be miles away.
Dmaj7 Dmmaj7         C#m7 Co
              (4fr)
Here we are as in olden days,
     Bm7      E7 E7+ Amaj7
happy golden days of yore.
F#m7        G#7+         C#m
Faithful friends who are dear to us
C7     E/B B9sus4 B7 E9 E9sus4 E9
gather near to us     once more.
 A        F#m7 Bm7            D/E E7 A
Through the years we all will be together
     F#m7 Bm7 E7
If the Fates allow
 A           Bm7        C#7 F#m A7/E
Hang a shining star upon the highest bough.
    Dmaj7         Bm7            E7 A
And have yourself a merry little Christmas now.
 A D E7 A
                                      Healing Time
                            Words & Music by John Denver


 C             G              C
Let the mountains talk, let the river run
              G                C
There's a wisdom here, there is much to learn
              Am F       G     C
There's much to know, much to understand
             G              C
In this healing time all across the land

              G           C
You have heard my songs, oh so many years
               G              C
You have left with me, washed away my tears
               Am F        G     C
You have shared my joy, you have felt my pain
             G              C
In this healing time, walk with me again

                Am F        G   C
Through these darker days on this narrow line
            Am F        G     C
Help me find my way, help me see the signs
   G    Am F       G C
I'm not afraid, I'm not alone
               G                 C
You have thought me well, you have brought me home

              G              C
Let the mountain speak, let the rivers run
           G              C
As the world awakes to the rising sun
              Am F      G    C
In each brand new day, in our own rebirth
             G            C
In this healing time on our mother earth

             Am F         G     C
Let the mountains talk, let the rivers run
            Am F           G       C
There's a wisdom here, there's so much to learn
             Am F      G      C
In each brand new day, in our own rebirth
             G             C
In this healing time for our mother earth
              Am F       G     C
In each brand new day, in our own rebirth
             G               C
In this healing time, here our mother earth



                                      Heart To Heart
                            Words and Music by John Denver
                           from Seasons Of The Heart (1982)

(capo up two frets)

   D                 A
I haven't seen all there is to see
     G      Bm         Em
But I've seen quite a bit
          Em               D
I've seen things I'll always remember
     Em      G       A
Some things I wish that I could forget
    D             A
I haven't quite been around the world
        G    Bm        Em
But I've been around the block
           Em7            D
I know that distances are meaningless
        Em             G      A
Like the hands that move around the clock

     G               D
And I know that love is everywhere
      G      A    D
Always safe, always true
  G            D
And exactly where it comes from
    G        Bm A
Is where it's going to

              G A          D Bm
Your heart to mine, my heart to yours
  G         A     D
Talk about opening windows
  G        A      D
Talk about opening doors
             G A           D A Bm F#m
My heart to yours, your heart to mine
 Em7        F#m7         G
Love is the light that shines
           D
From heart to heart
G   A    D     G   A   D

  D                  A
Here I am sitting in old Hong Kong
          G    Bm      Em
With the harbor and the lights
            Em           D
There like diamonds in the heavens
  Em                 A
Enough to brighten the darkest of nights
          D          A
There's another side to sorrow
         G     Bm    Em
As there is to everything
         Em          D
Like the other side of lonely
     Em            G
Is falling in love again

     A          G            D
And then you know that there's an answer
         Em A         D
To the suffering you see
     Em             D
And though it isn't easy
      Em              G     A
It's still as simple as you and me
        G              D
And you know that love is everywhere
       Em      A    D
Always safe, always true
     G              D
And exactly where it comes from
    G        Bm     A
Is where its going to

 A            G A          D Bm
Your heart to mine, my heart to yours
 G        A      D
Talk about opening windows
 G        A      D
Talk about opening doors
           G    A          D A Bm F#m
My heart to yours, your heart to mine
Em7         F#m7        G
Love is the light that shines
           D G D
From heart to heart

                               High, Wide And Handsome
                           Words and Music by by Chuck Pyle
                                 Sung by John Denver
                     on The Flower That Shattered The Stone (1990)
Unusual Chords
F#m7 242222

F#m7    B   E    /

E      A      B
  High, wide and handsome
 F#m7           B       E
  Down from the Great White North
       A        B
More than enough and then some
F#m7          B       E
  Swept her up on his horse

E     A       B
  Tumbleweeds were meant to
F#m7        B      E
  Get stuck up on a fence
   A      B
Heaven must have sent you
F#m7          B              E
  You've got no wire to roll against

B        A      E
  Keep her steady, cowgirl
B         A          E
  Don't let go of the reins
B       A     E
  You are ready now, girl
A         F#m7          B
  Never mind the growin' pains

E          A     B
  Worlds out there are waiting
F#m7       B       E
  Big and wild as the sky
         A    B
  No more he-si-tating
F#m7           B          E
  It's now or never, do or die

B        A    E
  Keep her steady, cowgirl
B         A           E
  Don't let go of the reins
B        A E
  You are ready now, girl
A         F#m7          B
  Never mind the growin' pains

    A
As hard as you imagined it being without me
E
  We'll both be wishing it were that easy
   F#
Don't give me a pull, give me some room
       F#m7                           B
When this round is through, I'll be comin' back home

E     A B
  Wide open spaces
F#m7          B         E
  Between these two prairie hearts
        A         B
Wonderin' where their place is
F#m7      B         E
  In a world so far apart

B          A E
  Keep her steady, cowgirl
B       A          E
  Don't let go of the reins
B        A E
  You are ready now, girl
A         F#m7          B
  Never mind the growin' pains

Copyright 1989 Bee N'Flower Music
Administered by Variena Music



                                       Higher Ground
                          Words by John Denver & Joe Henry
                         Music by John Denver & Lee Holdridge
                              from Higher Ground (1988)
Unusual chords
Dsus4    : |||233
Dmaj7/F# : 2||21|
Asus4    : ||223|
D/F#     : 2||23|
G/D     : |||433

D Dsus4 D Dsus4 D Dsus4 G/D D Dsus4 A5/D

         Em7        Dmaj7/F#
There are those who can live with
    G               Asus4 A
The things they don't believe in
       Em           D/F#
They are giving up their lives
   G             G/A(3fr.) A     Cmaj9
For something that is less than it can be
        Em7        Dmaj7/F#
Some have longed for a home
     G           Asus4 A
In a place of inspiration
        Em            D/F#
Some will fill the emptiness inside
   G                 G/A(3fr) A       Cmaj9
By giving it all to the things that they believe
      Asus4 A
They believe

(chorus)
 A               D
Maybe it's just a dream in me
Bm                 F#m7
Maybe it's just my style
 G                 A          D Dsus4 D
Maybe it's just the freedom that I've found
    A               D
But given the possibility
   Bm                G
Of livin' up to the dream in me
     Em7             Asus4     A      D Dsus4 D
You know that I'll be reachin' for higher ground

        Em7       Dmaj7/F#
I will stand on my own
       G            Asus4     A
I will live up to this vision
        Em             D/F#
I will trust in what I feel
    G              G/A(3fr) A    Cmaj9
And follow my heart until it brings me home
         Asus4 A
Bring me home

(chorus)

Bb             F
Keep me through the night
Bb          F
Lead me to the light
 G               D
Teach me the magic of wonder
 G        Bm        Esus4 E        Asus4    A
Give me the spirit to fly


(chorus) (repeat twice)

(ending)
Dsus4 D Dsus4 G/D
D Dsus4 A5/D
D Dsus4 D    Dsus4 D
Dsus4 G/D A/D A D

                                       Hitchhiker
                      Words by John Denver & Steve Weisberg
                             Music by Steve Weisberg
                                from Spirit (1976)

           G                      Am
If you're driving down the road and you come across an old man,
  D7                     G
Holding out his thumb in the wind.
     Am                  Em
His clothes are old and dirty, that doesn't matter.
         A7                      D
It's his eyes that tell you where he's been.
 G                             Am
If you're not afraid to take your chances on a stranger.
 D7                       G
He might have some company to lend.
 Am                         Em
Pull off to the side, let that old man have a ride.
       A7                          D
He can tell you all the crazy things he's seen.
         Bb F
I'm an old hitchhiker.
      G                    D
The highway is the only home I know.
            Bb
Where you're headed I don't mind.
        F
I ain't been there in some time
         A7                     D
And it's just exactly where I want to go.
         G                     Am
I can tell you how I started in the circus as a barker.
  D7                       G
Drawing people in from far and wide.
     Am                 Em
They never did regret the dollar that it cost them.
    A7                        D
We always left them feeling good inside.
         G                    Am
We were headed for Montana when we hired us a dancer.
     D7                       G
Her beauty it was more than I can say.
 Am                          Em
Then one summer night she set my soul on fire.
          A7                     D
Lord, I wish that she was here with me today
        Bb     F
I'm an old hitchhiker.
 G                          D
Wonder what's awaiting round the bend
   Bb                             F
I don't know what I might see, I don't need no guarantee
       A7                        D
Just a ride from here to there and back again.
      G                Am
I was only seventeen when I took the open highway.
 D7                      G
Took it for my teacher and a friend.
          Am                 Em
I've been thirty years a thumbing, some might call it bumming,
      A7                     D
It's better than just crying in the wind.
           G                    Am
If you're driving down the road and you come across an old man,
 D7                     G
Holding out his thumb in the rain.
       Am                       Em
You can pull off to the side, let the poor boy have a ride.
       A7                     D
He can tell you all the crazy things he's seen.
        Bb    F
I'm an old hitchhiker.
  G                      D
Looking to the far side of the hill
          Bb
Some people say I'll settle down
        F
Build a home in some small town
   A7                   D
Within my heart I know I never will
        Bb F
I'm an old hitchhiker.
                                     Hold On Tightly
                            Words & Music by John Denver
                             from It's About Time (1983)

 Em
 G                Em G                    Em
Lost in a boat on the ocean, lost in a ship out of sea,
 C                G       C                     D
Lost in the dark of misfortune, where is the light I can see.
 G                  Em      G                  Em
Where is the highway to heaven, where is the love we all need,
 C                       G     C                D
Where is the peace that we long for, where is the man who is free.
 C                     G     C                    G
Here in the heart there is freedom, here in the heart there is peace.
 C                  G          C                     D
Here in the heart is the answer, to questions much deeper than these.
           G             Em
You've got to hold on tightly, let go lightly.
      C     G         C           D
It's only surrender, it's all in the game.
           G            Em
If you just hold on tightly, let go lightly
         C     G           D        G
There's always forgiveness and no one to blame.
Em
 G                    Em       G                 Em
Some will take fame over fortune, some will take love over gold,
 C                  G      C                   D
Some will pray only for power, some never want to grow old.
 G                   Em        G               Em
Some see the day that is coming, some only see what has passed.
 C                      G         C              D
Someone will always be first in line, someone will always be last.
     C                    G          C                G
But here in the heart there is freedom, and here in the heart there is peace.
 C                   G          C                 D
Here in the heart is the answer, to questions much deeper than these.
            G             Em
You've got to hold on tightly, let go lightly.
     C     G          C          D
It's only surrender, it's all in the game.
          G            Em
If you can hold on tightly, let go lightly
        C      G           D        G
There's always forgiveness and no one to blame.
           G             Em
You'd better hold on tightly, let go lightly.
      C     G         C          D
It's only surrender, it's all in the game.
           G            Em
If you just hold on tightly, let go lightly
        C      G           D        G
There's always forgiveness and no one to blame.
 G             Em
Hold on tightly, let go lightly.
     C     G          C          D
It's only surrender, it's all in the game.
           G            Em
If you just hold on tightly, let go lightly
        C      G           D        G
There's always forgiveness and no one to blame.
                                      Hold On To Me
                     Words by Nick Smith & Music by Joe Camilleri
                                 sung by John Denver
                            on Different Directions (1991)

D G A D G A
D G A D G A
D      G        A     D
We were live on arrival.
 G         A D
Safe home at last.
    G        A       D
Not cannon fire dockside.
    G       A D
No flags half-mast.
      G          A      D
We were sold out for silver
      G           A      D
And a string of black pearls.
      G      A       D
On the loneliest island
     G         A
At the edge of the world.

Am G           C      Am
Like destiny's children.
 G          C
Souls lost at sea.
D
No room on the life boat.
D
You can hold on to me.
 G       D G A D G A
Hold on to me.
        D G A D G A
Hold on to me.

D      G      A     D
Now the voyage is over.
     G        A      D
We're back on dry land.
     G          A      D
In our eyes are the stories.
    G         A      D
The rope and the brand.

Am G           C      Am
Like destiny's children.
 G          C
Souls lost at sea.
D
No room on the life boat.
D
You can hold on to me.
D
No room on the life boat.
D
You can hold on to me.
 G       D G A
Hold on to me.
        D    G A
Hold on to   me.
        D    G A
Hold on to   me.
        D    G A
Hold on to   me.


D      G        A     D
We were live on arrival.
 G         A D
Safe home at last.
    G        A       D
Not cannon fire dockside.
    G       A D
No flags half-mast.
      G          A      D
We were sold out for silver
      G           A      D
And a string of black pearls.
      G      A       D
On the loneliest island
     G         A
At the edge of the world.
        D G A
Hold on to me.
        D G A
Hold on to me.
        D G A
Hold on to me.
        D G A
Hold on to me.

                                         Holy Night
                           Traditional Arranged by John Denver
                         from Rocky Mountain Christmas (1975)

G               C             G
O holy night the stars are brightly shining
                   D         G
It is the night of our dear Savior's birth
                  C         G
Long lay the world in sin and error pining
         Bm           F#m         Bm
Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth

    D              G
A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices
    D            G
For yonder breaks a new glorious morn
 Em           Bm
Fall on your knees
  Am             Em
O hear the angels' voices
  G D       C
O ni--ight divine
  G D               G
O night when Christ was born
  D      G C G D
O night divine, O night
        G
O night divine

Em   Bm    Am Em

  G D       C
O ni--ight divine
  G D              G
O night when Christ was born
  D      G C G D
O night, O ho---ly night
       G
O night divine

                                   Home Grown Tomatoes
                                Words & Music by Guy Clarke
                                   Sung by John Denver
                                 on Higher Ground (1988)

C
There ain't nothin' in the world that I like better
    F
Than bacon 'n lettuce 'n home grown tomatoes
G
Up in the morning, out in the garden
  C
Get you a ripe one, don't get a hard 'un

Plant 'em in the spring, eat 'em in the summer
    F
All winter without 'em is a culinary bummer
   G
I forget all about the sweatin' and the diggin'
      C
Every time I go out and pick me a big 'un

 C
Home grown tomatoes, home grown tomatoes
  F
What'd life be without home grown tomatoes
 G
Only two things that money can't buy
  C
That's true love and home grown tomatoes
  C      F7     G7      C

 C
You can go out and eat an that's for sure
         F
But there's nothin' a home grown tomato won't cure
 G
Put 'em in a salad put 'em in a stew
      C
You can make your own very own tomato juice

You can eat 'em with eggs, eat 'em with gravy
  F
You can eat 'em with beans, pinto or navy
 G
Put 'em on the side, put 'em in the middle
 C
Home grown tomato on a hot cake griddle

 C
Home grown tomatoes, home grown tomatoes
  F
What'd life be without home grown tomatoes
 G
Only two things that money can't buy
  C
That's true love and home grown tomatoes

 C
If I's to change this life I lead
          F
You could call me Johnny Tomato seed
   G
'Cause I know what this country needs
 C
Home grown tomatoes in every yard you see

When I die don't bury me
  F
In a box in a cold dark cemetary
  G
Out in the garden would be much better
       C
'Cause I could be pushin' up a home grown tomatoes

C
Home grown tomatoes, home grown tomatoes
 F
What'd life be without home grown tomatoes
G
Only two things that money can't buy
 C
That's true love and home grown tomatoes
                                 Home On The Range
                         Traditional arranged by John Denver
                         from Rocky Mountain Holiday (1983)


   G       G7           C
Oh, give me a home where the buffalo roam
       G                  D D7
Where the deer and the antelope play
     G      G7        C
Where seldom is heard a discouraging word
       G         D         G
And the skies are not cloudy all day

 D   D7        G
Home, home on the range
       Em         Am       D D7
Where the deer and the antelope play
    G       G7        C
Where seldom is heard a discouraging word
      G          D       G
And the skies are not cloudy all day

    G           G7             C
The red man was pressed from this part of the west
        G                D D7
It's not likely he'll ever return
       G         G7          C
To the banks of Red River where seldom if ever
     G        D             G
His flickering campfires still burn

 D   D7        G
Home, home on the range
       Em         Am       D D7
Where the deer and the antelope play
    G       G7        C
Where seldom is heard a discouraging word
      G          D       G
And the skies are not cloudy all day

    G         G7        C
How often at night when the heavens are bright
        G                     D D7
I see the light of those flickering stars
      G          G7     C
Have I laid there amazed and asked as I gazed
         G     D          G
If their glory exceeds that of love

D    D7       G
Home, home on the range
       Em         Am        D D7
Where the deer and the antelope play
    G       G7        C
Where seldom is heard a discouraging word
      G          D        G
And the skies are not cloudy all day
                               How Can I Leave You Again
                             Words & Music by John Denver
                              from I Want To Live (1977)

Unusual chord

Asus4 : ||223|
Em+5 : |22|1|

D Em G D Bm G Em D Bm Em A Asus A

       D
 In a space ship over the mountain
            Em7               G          D
 Chasing rainbows in the setting sun
            G          Em7   D     Bm
 Leaving heart and home for the city of angels
    Em7             A
 I feel my life is undone

             D
 There are pathways winding below me
     Em7               G                 D
 In pleasure I've gone where they go
           G      Em7      D     Bm
 In the quiet stillness I can hear symphonies
     Em7                    A
 The loveliest music I know.

  Em7         A       D Bm
 How can I leave you again
   Em7     A                  F#m Bm
 I must be clear out of my mind
  Em7        F#m                 G
 Lost in a storm I've gone blind
    Em7       A        D
 Oh how can I leave you again.

          Em7                           D
 Oh, it's been a long time since I've listened
        Em7               G        D
 Still longer since I've walked with you
            Em7                             D
 For the first time I know what I'm missing
          Em7          Em+5       A Asus4 A
  Some answers are no longer true

           D
  So I question the course that I follow
     Em7                G                 D
  I'm doubtful and deep in despair
     G    Em7            D         Bm
  My heart is filled with impossible notions
        Em7                     A
  Can it be you no longer care?

                D
  Still, I ride on the wings of a high wind
           Em7          G      D
  Blowing steady and strong behind me
                  G    Em7     D           Bm
  As the clouds surrender my fate is for certain
              Em7                    A
  I'm a sailor who runs to the sea

   Em7         A       D Bm
  How can I leave you again
    Em7     A                  F#m Bm
  I must be clear out of my mind
   Em7        F#m                 G
  Lost in a storm I've gone blind
     Em7       A        D
  Oh how can I leave you again.



                               How Mountain Girls Can Love
                              Words & Music by Ruby Rakes
                                 sung by John Denver
                                 on Autograph (1980)

A E A
 D                A         E          A
Get at them boys, go back home, back to the girl you love.
  D           A          E             A
Treat her right, never wrong, how mountain girls can love.
 A
Riding at night in a high cold wind
      E                   A
On the trail of the old lonesome pine,
  A
Thinking of you baby, feeling so blue,
       E             A
Wondering why I left you behind.
 D                A        E           A
Get at them boys, go back home, back to the girl you love.
  D            A         E              A
Treat her right, never wrong, how mountain girls can love.
        A
There's a lake in the hills where my true love goes.
  E                   A
That's when she's thinking of me.
 A
Why I'm not there, only heaven knows,
 E                           A
Heaven knows that's where I'd rather be.
 D            A            E            A
Get at them boys, go back home, back to the girl you love.
  D            A        E               A
Treat her right, never wrong, how mountain girls can love.
A E A E A E7/B Co A7/C#(5fr)
 D            A            E            A E7/B
Get at them boys, go back home, back to the girl you love.
Co A7/C#(5fr)
  D            A        E               A
Treat her right, never wrong, how mountain girls can love.



                            I'd Rather Be A Cowboy (Lady's Chains)
                                  Words & Music by John Denver
                                from Farewell Andromeda (1973)
Unusual chord:
A4 : ||223|

A     A4   D   A   A4   D   A

                                  A4     D                 A
    Jessie went away last summer a couple of months ago
                                 A4         D           A
    after all our time together it was hard to see her go
                                       A4            D               A
    She called me right up when she arrived asked me one more time to come
                          A4           D               A
    living on a L.A. freeway ain't my kind of having fun

      D                    A
           I think I'd rather be a cowboy
      D                       A
           I think I'd rather ride the range
      D                    A
           I think I'd rather be a cowboy
                  E           E7           A  A4 D A A4 D A
           Than to lay me down in love and lady's chains.

                                A4          D        A
    When we were just beginning it was such an easy way
                                  A4           D              A
    layin' back up in the mountains singin' songs for sunny days
                                       A4       D                 A
    But she got tired of pickin' daisies and cooking my meals for me
                                A4             D                      A
she can live the life she wants to, yes, and it's all right with me

     D                   A
         I think I'd rather be a cowboy
     D                      A
         I think I'd rather ride the range
     D                   A
         I think I'd rather be a cowboy
                E           E7           A
         Than to lay me down in love and lady's chains.

E                                D       A
  I'd rather live on the side of the mountains
       E                   D           A
  than wander trhough canyons of concrete and steel
E                      D             A
  I'd rather laugh with the rain and the sunshine
          G         D               B      E
  and lay down my sundown in some starry field

            A          A4        D      A
Oh, but I miss her in the mornin' when I awake alone
                               A4        D            A
and the absence of her laughter is a cold and empty sound
                              A4           D            A
But her memory always makes me smile and I want you to know
                        A4         D                A
I love her, yes, I love her just enough to let her go

     D                   A
         I think I'd rather be a cowboy
     D                      A
         I think I'd rather ride the range
     D                   A
         I think I'd rather be a cowboy
                E           E7           A
         Than to lay me down in love and lady's chains.

     D                   A
         I think I'd rather be a cowboy
     D                      A
         I think I'd rather ride the range
     D                   A
         I think I'd rather be a cowboy
                E           E7           A
         Than to lay me down in love and lady's chains.

    A A4 D A A4 D A
                            I Guess He'd Rather Be In Colorado
                                by Bill Danoff & Taffy Nivert
                                   sung by John Denver
                         from Poems, Prayers And Promises (1971)


    D            C       G
1. I guess he'd rather be in Colorado
2. I guess he'd rather be in Colorado
3. I guess he'd rather be in Colorado

       D            C
1. he'd rather spend his time out where the
2. he'd rather play his banjo in the
3. I guess he'd rather work out where the
  G             D             C
1. sky looks like a pearl after a rain
2. morning when the moon is scarcely gone
3. only thing you earn is what you spend
        G                        D
1. once a-gain I see him walking once a-gain I hear him talking
2. in the dawn the subway's coming in the dawn I hear him humming
3. in the end up in his office in the    end a quiet cough is
         Em              C              G
1. to the stars he makes and asking them for busfare
2. some old song he wrote of love in Boulder Canyon
3. all he has to show he       lives in New York City



                                  I Remember Romance
                              Words & Music by John Denver
                               from It's About Time (1983)

(capo 1st fret)
(tune 6th string to D)

D D4 D D4 D D4 D D4

 D         D4 D                 D4
I remember romance, bubblebaths at night.
D              D4          D    G
Breakfast in the afternoon and love by candlelight,
 Em7      A7      D D4 D D4
Love by candlelight.
D         D4        D           D4
I remember romance and lying in her arms.
    D           D4           D       G
Her hair across my shoulder, her breast upon my arms,
   Dm7 A7        D D4 D D4 Em7 A7 Dmaj7
So soft upon my arms.
Em7 A7 Dmaj7 Em7 A7 F#m7 Bm7 Em7 A7 D D4 D D4
 D        D4         D            D4
I remember romance and laughing at the moon.
   D         D4          D           G
Dancing at the rainbows end and losing her too soon,
 Em7 A7        D D4 D D4
Losing her too soon.
     D          D4     D               D4
I know we both are sorry, I know we both still care.
    D              D4       D        G
Oh, how could we have lost it, a love beyond compare,
   Em7 A7
A love beyond compare.
D D4 D D4 D D4 D D4

                                      I Want To Live
                             Words & Music by John Denver
                              from I Want To Live (1977)

         G
There are children raised in sorrow
     Em7
on a scorched and barren plain
         C            Am              G D7
there are children raised beneath the golden sun
         G
There are children of the water,
 Em
children of the sand
        C             Am
and they cry out through the universe
     F            D    D4
their voices raised as one

D        G            G7
I want to live, I want to grow
        C           C9
I want to see, I want to know
C         Bm            C
I want to share what I can give
        D          G4 G D7
I want to be, I want to live


Have you gazed out on the ocean
seen the breaching of a whale?
Have you watched the dolphins frolic in the foam?
Have you heard the song the humpback hears
five hundred miles away
Telling tales of ancient history
of passages and home

For the worker and warrior, the lover and the liar
For the native and the wanderer in kind
For the maker and the user and the mother and her son
I am looking for my family and all of you are mine

We are standing all together
face to face and arm in arm
We are standing on the treshold of a dream
No more hunger, no more killing
no more wasting like a way
It is simply an idea
and I know its time has come



                                 I Watch You Sleeping
                            Words and Music by Mike Batt
                               Sung by John Denver
                  from The Flower That Shattered The Stone (1990)

Unusual Chords

Bm7b5    x2x231
E7b9     xx2131
Bb/F     xx3331
C/E      xx2010
Bb/D     xx0331
Ebadd9   x6536x
C7sus4   x3x311
C/G       xxx010
D/F#       xx4232
Cadd9     x32030


Am F Dm     Bm7flat5   E7flat9   Am          /

Am         Bflat            F
I watch you sleeping little angel face
    Gm             Bb/F C/E
And on behalf of the human race
Bb/D             F
Welcome to this crazy place
Am         Bflat           F
I watch you sleeping innocent and free
Gm                  Bb/F      C/E
I don't know what your dreams may be
Bb/D                      F Ebadd9 Bb
You don't know what you mean to me
        Gm           C
You have never heard thunder
        Bb        F
You have never seen the rain
          Gm            Dm
But you can still feel the wonder
        Gm           C
You can still feel the pain
     Bb          F
And sometimes you look at me
   C        Bb
So wise and so sure
        Am                C7sus4    C    F
I could easily believe you have been here before
Am         Bflat            F
I watch you sleeping little angel face
    Gm             Bb/F C/E
And on behalf of the human race
Bb/D               F     /
Welcome to this crazy place

Instrumental

Bm C   G
Am C/G D/F#
C/E G

Am             D
I won't be here forever
       C       G
But as long as I'm a-round
         Am        Em Am          D
I promise you- I will never let you down
      C         G        D       C
To help make a world you can feel worthy of
       Bm                  D7          G
I will teach you to fly on the wings of my love
Bm           C            G
I watch you sleeping brave and unaware
Am                C/G        D/F#
You don't know yet so you don't care
  C/E                       G
I want you to know it's hard out there
Bm           C              G
I watch you sleeping little angel face
   Am             C/G D/F#
And on behalf of the human race
C/E              G
Welcome to this crazy place
  Cadd9       Bm7
I watch you sleeping
  Cadd9       Em
I watch you sleeping
  Cadd9       Bm7
I watch you sleeping
  Cadd9       Em
I watch you sleeping
  Cadd9       Bm7
I watch you sleeping
  Cadd9     Em
I watch you sleeping


Copyright Belfry productions 1988

                       I Wish I Could Have Been There (Woodstock)
                              Words & Music by John Denver
                           from Whose Garden Was This (1970)

Tune Guitar down 1 tone
A / D A

  A                          Asus4 A
I wish I could have been there on the high - way
                  D           A Asus4
When the people came from miles around to see
    D                     A
The children of the flowers come together

                   D            A      Asus4

  A                       Asus4 A
I wish I could have been there in the sunshine
                  D          A Asus4
With the sound of lovely laughter in the air
      D                   A
And the music makers first began to play

       D          A Asus4 A         Asus4
        To hear them play

     D                       A
And I wish I could have been there in the rain
       D                     A
When the clouds were silver castles in the sky
     D                      A
And I wish I could have heard the people sing
     D                       A    D
As the rhythm and the words came floating by

  D                         Asus4 A
I wish I could have been there in the star - light
                 D        A Asus4
When the countryside was quiet once again
      D         A
And the music and the makers
   D         A
The poets and the singers
       D           A
And the children of the flowers
      E       /
Had all gone


Copyright 1970,1971 Cherry Lane Music

                          I'm In The Mood To Be Desired
                 Words & Music by Audre Martel & Katrina Walker
                             sung by John Denver
                         on Dreamland Express (1985)


 Gmaj7                  Cmaj7
Another day is over and I'm on my way home.
 Am7                    C/D           D7
Knowing you'll be waiting is all I need to know.
              Gmaj7 Em Am7            D7     Gmaj7
'Cause I'm in the mood           to be desired.
          Em       Am7 D7
Wrap your arms around me.
          Gmaj7 Em
I'm in the mood.
 Am7          Bm7
Lets build a fire.
        Cmaj7 Bm7             Cmaj7
Till the embers retire, we'll be
 Am7        C/D      Gmaj7 Cmaj7 Gmaj7 Cmaj7 Gmaj7
Lost in a world of ecstacy.
                    Cmaj7
Forget about your troubles.
Forget about my woes.
 Am
You're the one who comforts me
  C/D          D
Whenever I feel low.
              Gmaj7 Em Am7           D7 Gmaj7
'Cause I'm in the mood        to be desired.
         Em        Am7 D7
Wrap your arms around me.
          Gmaj7 Em
I'm in the mood.
      Am7     Bm7
Lets build a fire.
         Cmaj7 Bm7            Cmaj7
Till the embers retire, we'll be
Am7         C/D     Gmaj7 Cmaj7 Gmaj7 Cmaj7 Gmaj7
Lost in a world of ecstacy.
Gmaj7 G7 C
 C                   Gmaj7
You're everything I could imagine.
  C                 Gmaj7 Fmaj7
You fill me up with such passion, baby
             Cmaj7
Eternity is not long enough.
    Am7      C/D D7
For you, and me.
              Gmaj7 Em Am7          D7 Gmaj7
'Cause I'm in the mood        to be desired.
         Em        Am7 D7
Wrap your arms around me.
      Gmaj7      Em
I'm in the mood.
Am7           Bm7
Lets build a fire.
        Cmaj7 Bm7              Cmaj7
Till the embers retire, we'll be
Am7        C/D      Gmaj7 Cmaj7
Lost in a world of ecstacy.
Gmaj7 Cmaj7 Gmaj7

                                 I'm kissing you Goodbye
                             Words & Music by John Denver

 A                                                                        E
Oh, at first it was just like heaven in your heart and in your arms
                                         E7                   A
And paradise discovered in the sweetness of your charms
                                                    E
Yes, and every day a miracle to awake and be with you
                                          E7          A
And every night in your embrace another dream come true

                                                             E
But castles sometimes crumble some rivers still run dry
                                                    E7                A
And fairy tales are witches tales when the truth becomes a lie"
                                                          E
And a pocket full of promises won't buy a diamond ring
                                   E7             A
And every word you said to me just didn't mean a thing

    D                    E        A
It's over now, you've gone too far I can't take anymore
    D             E             A
Be careful now - don't hurt yourself when you walk through that door
      D          E          A             D
I can hardly stand to look at you it makes me want to cry
        A                        E           A
Get your tongue out of my mouth because I'm kissing you goodbye!


  A                                                          E
Now I suppose I'll never know why things turned out this way
                                          E7            A
And why the one you love the most is the one you drove away?
                                                      E
Yes, and I suppose I'll never, ever really understand
                                             E7     A
How I could think that you'd make me a happy married man

A                                                       E
So now I sit and contemplate the reason for it all
                                           E7              A
The climb to heights of ecstasy the failure and the fall
                                                       E
If a broken heart is purposeful it's in the lesson learned
                                          E7                 A
No matter what the reason is it hurts when you get burned

  D           E             A
Now I don't care, I don't think I'll ever love again
  D     E        A
"Kemosabe" used to me good and trusted friend
   D             E        A              D
But now it stands for therapy and all the tears I cry
       A                         E                   A
Get your tongue out of my mouth 'Cause I'm kissing you goodbye!
D A E A
Bye, Bye. Bye, Bye.

                                         I'm Sorry
                            Words and Music by John Denver

              G
1.       It's cold here in the city
2.           Thinking about the good times

             Am
1.       It's always seems that way
2.           Thinking about the rain

              D7
1.       And I've been thinking about you
2.           Thinking about how bad it feels
             G
1.       Almost every day
2.          Alone again

   C           D7            G
I'm sorry for the way things are in China
   C              D7            G
I'm sorry things ain't what they used to be
   C              D       G D/F#        Em Em/d C C/B Am
But more than anything else, I'm sorry for myself
     D7         G
Cause you're not here with me.
              G
3.       Our friends all ask about you
4.       But they all know I'm crying

            Am
3.       I say you're doing fine
4.   That I can't sleep at night

         D7
3.       I expect to hear from you
4.       They all know I'm dying

           G
3.         Almost anytime
4.   Down deep inside

    C       D7            G
I'm sorry for all the lies I told you
    C           D7            G
I'm sorry for the things I didn't say
    C              D7        G D/F#     Em Em/D C C/B Am
But more than anything else, I'm sorry for myself
   D7             G
I can't believe you went away

G Am     D7   G
Hum

    C        D7              G
I'm sorry if I took something for granted
    C           D7          G
I'm sorry for the chains I put on you
    C                     D7        G D/F#    Em Em/D C C/B Am
But more than anything else, I'm sorry for myself
    D7          G
for living without you.....hum.....
                          I've Been Working On The Railroad
                                          Traditional
                                    Sung By John Denver
                                    on All Aboard! (1997)

G
I've been working on the railroad
C               G
All the live long day

I've been working on the railroad
       A      A7 D
Just to pass the time away
                     G
Can't you hear the whistle blowing
 C                 G
Rise up so early in the morn
 C                    G
Can't you hear the whistle blowing
      D      G
Dinah, blow your horn

G
Dinah,   won't you blow
C
Dinah,   won't you blow
D                     G
Dinah,   won't you blow your horn
G
Dinah,   won't you blow
C
Dinah,   won't you blow
D                     G
Dinah,   won't you blow your horn

 G
Someone's in the kitchen with Dinah
                    D*
Someone's in the kitchen I know
 G                    C
Someone's in the kitchen with Dinah
  G        D      G
Strumming on the old banjo

 G
Fee fie fiddle iiee o
       D*
Fee fie fiddle iiee o
 G      C
Fee fie fiddle iiee o
  G           D       G
Strumming on the old banjo

D* could be played as an usual D but
it's better to play the following scale:

-----------------------------------
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---2-------------------------------
----------4-------2-------0--------
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                                           If Ever
                Words & Music by Stevie Wonder & Stephanie Andrews
                               Sung by John Denver
                           on Dreamland Express (1985)
 F           Am7
I'd sing you a song, without a word.
  Bb              Gm7/C C
Still you would hear my tune.
    F        Am7
I'd give you a day, without a time.
Bb           C     A7/C#
So it won't end too soon.
    Dm          F/Eb
Oh, anything, I would do.
      Bb            Bb7 E7
And that really is my point of view.
   Am         Cm7      F7
If ever, my darling in my life.
  Bb       Gm7     Gm7/C F Am7 Bb Gm7/C
I ever had a chance to love you.
 F            Am7
I'd build you a world made of the dream
 Bb            Gm7/C C
That dances in your head.
 F        Am7
Take a rainbow, with colors bright
 Bb         C A7/C#
To hang over your bed.
 Dm           F/Eb
Anything, I would do.
       Bb            Bb7   E7
And that really is my point of view.
   Am         Cm7       F7
If ever, my darling in my life.
   Bb      Bm7      Gm/C
I ever had a chance to love you.
 Gm                D7/4 D7
Fate's been waiting for the right time
    Gm             D7/4 D7
To put us in each other's arms.
  C           G/B
But why should we sit and waste time
   Dm7         Dm7/G       Gm7/C C
To start right now, would do no harm.
 F        Am7
Give me a sign and I will show you.
    Bb        Gm7/C C
The magic of when I speak.
  F       Am7
Open your heart, let me come in.
 Bb          C A7/C#
My love is yours to keep.
 Dm           F/Eb
Anything, I would do.
      Bb            Bb7    E7
And that really is my point of view.
   Am         Cm7      F7
If ever, my darling in my life.
  Bb      Gm7     Gm7/C Am Dm
I ever had a chance to love you.
     Am     C         F Am7 Bb
If I ever had a chance to love you.
     C            F Am7 Bb
If I ever had a chance to love you.
F Am7 Bb
     C
If I ever had a chance to love you.

                                       In My Heart
                               Words & Music by John Denver
                                  from Autograph (1980)
Unusual chord:
Fmaj7 : |3321|


C           Fmaj7
I don't know why
     C          Fmaj7
We still live to-geth-er;
       C      Fmaj7
We're so far a-part
    C         Fmaj7
so much of the time.
C            Fmaj7
I don't know why
      C         Fmaj7
This beau-ti-ful wea-ther
     C          Fmaj7
is break-ing my spi-rit
     C         Fmaj7
And tear-ing my mind
       C Fmaj7 C Fmaj7
all a-part.

C           Fmaj7
Are you so lone-ly?
C           Fmaj7
Are you so sad?
      C          Fmaj7
Have you lost your pur-pose,
     C           Fmaj7
The faith that you had?
    C        Fmaj7
If life is a ques-tion
    C         Fmaj7
I don't under-stand,
     C        Fmaj7
If time is the rea-son
      C      Fmaj7
Then no-body can,

       Am
In my heart
      Em         F
It is just an il-lu-sion,
     G           Am
It's not e-ven real
         Em               F
It's much more than you think
         G            C    Fmaj7 C Fmaj7
It's much more than you feel.

   C            Fmaj7
My ears are still ringing
       C         Fmaj7
There's nothing to say.
     C        Fmaj7
Why look to the o-cean
    C       Fmaj7
To wash me a-way?
  C               Fmaj7
There goes my best friend,
  C              Fmaj7
There goes my last dime;
    C        Fmaj7
If love is the an-swer
     C         Fmaj7
I'm wast-ing my time.

       Am
In my heart
      Em         F
It is just an il-lu-sion,
     G           Am
It's not e-ven real
         Em               F
It's much more than you think
         G            C    Fmaj7 C Fmaj7
It's much more than you feel.


      C Fmaj7 C Fmaj7        C Fmaj7 C Fmaj7
 Do you feel?      Is this real?
     C Fmaj7 C Fmaj7       C Fmaj7 C Fmaj7
How I feel,      In my heart,
     C Fmaj7 C Fmaj7        C Fmaj7
In my heart,        In my heart ...



                                    In The Grand Way
                        Words & Music by John Martin Sommers
                                  Sung by John Denver
                                   from Spirit (1976)

  C
In the grand way she loves me,
 Am                        Em
The way she holds me close to rest with me.
        C          G
And to know she is my life to me,
    Am                   F
My empty days are done, my running days are run.
             C    Am7            G
For the first time I love the morning.
          C            G
Burning sundowns, colored autumn trees,
             Am                    Em
Mountain rivers, country livers put my mind at ease.
         C                G
And to realize such perfect harmonies
      Am                   F
I'm standing in the dawn of a new day coming on.
               C Am    G       F C G
And I'm looking for no tomorrow.
       C           G
I can still hear the lonely sound,
     Am                               Em
The engines of the midnight freight train, northward bound.
        C                      G
And to feel my life, my life slowly losing ground.
   Am                          F
I never quite understood, though I see it for the good.
        C Am                 G       C G
And it seems like I've just been dreaming.
 Am                         Em       C G
The way she holds me close to comfort me
    Am                  F
My empty days are done, my running days are run.
            C     Am             G
And for the first time I love the morning,
          F     C          G
For the first time I love the morning,
          F     C
For the first time,
            G F C G7 C
The first time.

                                        Is It Love?
                             Words & Music by John Denver
                            from The Wildlife Concert (1995)

   C      Am          F      G
I know how it feels to be head over heels
      Dm          F         G7         C
 to be lost in true love and the light of the moon
              Am        F       G
When everything seems to be coming up roses,
 Dm          F         G7        C
 every word seems to be rhyming with June
    Dm                 G7            C
And suddenly all of your dreams have come true,
  Dm        G7          C
 happiness lives in your heart
  Dm              G7          C
Then out of nowhere, one becomes two,
    Dm          F        Bb     G7
 and everything seems to be falling apart

                                                     C
                         Is it Love?
      Am    F             G7       C
When your heart feels like it's broken
                                          Is it Love?
        Am      Dm       G7     C
and you just can't take anymore
                     Is it Love?
           Am          F        G7      C
When there's nothing that's left to be spoken
                                                    Is it Love?
          Am         Dm        G7
and there's nothing worth listening for
      C    Am F G7 C Am F G7
Is it Love? Oooooo.....

   C        Am          F        G
I know what it means to get caught up in dreams
       Dm           F         G7         C
 and in prayers that are answered with each passing day
            Am          F      G
When loving and laughter are birds of a feather,
     Dm        F    G7        C
 and sharing and caring just simple way
 Dm               G7      C
You know you'll never be all alone,
  Dm        G7        C
 someone will always be near
     Dm                  G7         C
Then you turn around and your best friend is gone,
    Dm          F         Bb     G7
 oh where do they go when they just disappear?

                                                     C
                         Is it Love?
      Am    F             G7       C
When your heart feels like it's broken
                                          Is it Love?
      Am       Dm       G7      C
and you just can't take anymore
                     Is it Love?
         Am           F         G7      C
When there's nothing that's left to be spoken
                                                    Is it Love?
          Am         Dm       G7
and there's nothing worth listening for
      C    Am F G7 C
Is it Love? Oooooo.....

Dm                   F       G7       C
 There's no answer, there seems to be nothing to say
Dm                 F    G7    C
 In your anger, would you even hear anyway
Dm              F          G7       C
 It was magic, but somehow you've broken the spell
Dm               F                G7
 It was heaven, but somehow it's turned into hell

                                                    C
                         Is it Love?
      Am    F             G7       C
When your heart feels like it's broken
                                            Is it Love?
        Am      Dm        G7       C
and you just can't take anymore
                       Is it Love?
        Am          F          G7       C
When you feel more than you could imagine
                                Is it Love?
          Am            Dm           G7
now there's nothing that's worth living for
      C    Am F G7            C Am Dm G7
Is it Love? Oooooo..... Is it Love?
      C Am F G7 C Am F                     G7       C
Is it Love,                  Another expression of love
Am F            G7           C Am F
     you could be falling in love
        G7 C Am F G7
I wanna be in love.... Oooooo...

                                             Isabel
                              Words & Music by John Denver
                            from Take Me To Tomorrow (1970)

Unusual chord:
Am7/G : 3|2|13
Gsus4 : 3||21|
Bb6   : |13|31
D/A   : |||232
D/C   : |3|23|
Em7/B   : |2||3|


G        Am7/G
Isabel is waiting
    Gsus4         G
In a room of many shadows
   Em               Am
Her eyes like flashing diamonds
       C             G
Shining brightly from the sea
                Am7/G
Her hair in silken tresses
      Gsus4           G
Like a road around her shoulders
      Em          Am
Hiding tantalizing treasures
       C           G
That the sun has never seen

G        Am7/G
Isabel is watching
       Gsus4           G
Like a princess from the mountains
       Em               Am
For the first soft snows of winter
      C             G
And the icy winds they bring
                  Am7/G
With a whisper of her sadness
      Gsus4          G
In the passing of the summer
    Em              Am
Her crown is wide red roses
      C             G
With a lace of forest green

       Bb6        D/A           G
And she wraps her arms around me and she sighs
      Bb6         D/A          G
And she seems to be in silence with her eyes
      Em        A           D D/C Em7/B Bb6 D/A D7
And her hair upon my pillow comforts me

G        Am7/G
Isabel is weeping
     Gsus4           G
And her eyes are full of wonder
    Em             Am
She knows that it's the time for her
      C         G
And she cannot understand
                  Am7/G
She's a mistress of the moonlight
       Gsus4       G
To the stars she is a sister
       Em             Am
And the morning now awaits her
     C         G
To betray her once again

       Bb6        D/A           G
And she whispers as she sadly slips away
       Bb6        D/A           G
Then she smiles because there's nothing left to say
      Em        A           D D/C Em7/B Bb6 D/A D7
And she takes with her the sadness and the sun



                                           Islands
                            Words and Music by John Denver
                           from Seasons Of The Heart (1982)


G D      C        D7
Islands call out to me
        G D         C      G
Like the highlands that I always see
      C
In my dreams of home
                     G
I am never alone when I'm there

G D         C      D7
Islands like so many dreams
        G D      C           G
Are like canyons but off the main stream
          C
And there's no one there
                 G
The dreamer is always alone

       Am
And the mighty blue ocean
     D        D7      G
Keeps rolling on every shore
        Am                 D7
Like the spirit that binds us together
            Am D7          G
We are so much mo---re - than islands

G D     C        D7
Islands belong to the sea
       G D         C      G
Like the dark sands of my memory
     C
When the morning comes
                   G
They are stepping stones to the sun

       Am
And the mighty blue ocean
     D        D7      G
Keeps rolling on every shore
        Am                 D7
Like the spirit that binds us together
            Am D7          G
We are so much mo---re - than islands


Copyright 1980 by Cherry Lane Music Publishing Co., Inc.

                                       It's A Possibility
                              Words & Music by John Denver
                                 from One World (1986)


G
For all of the times that you've wondered why
   C
the world turned out this way
   D
and all of the times that you've asked yourself
         C             G
about the games that people play.

About the politics of hunger
      C
and the politics of need,
      D
how the politics of power
           C          G
seem to be the politics of greed.

   G
For all of the times that you've struggled in an effort
   C
to work your way back up stream,
   D
and all of the times you've held on to it,
     C                  G
when most of us had lost the dream.

And for all of the ones who have walked with you,
      C
by your side or way back home,
 D               G
maybe much more than any of us
         C       D     G
you know that no-one is really alone.

            Em            G
Because the heart is still in hunger,
            D         G
it's like a beacon in the night.
           Em           G
Though the heart is just a lover,
      A7          D
it's never afraid to fight.

      G
We are fighting for more than survival,
      C
we are working for more than peace,
      D
we are giving ourselves with each other,
      C                 D
making sure all injustice will someday cease.
 G
Take a look around you
          C
and you can see how far we've come,
       D                G
all the separate parts all the hundreds of hearts
        C      D       G
that are beating together as one.

          C     D           G
It's a possibility, for many tomorrows.
          C     D               C     D G
It's a possibility, of a world to be made for everyone.
          C     D                  G
It's a possibility, no more suffering and sorrow.
          C     DC        D G
It's a possibility, it's in everyone.



                                        It's About Time
                                  Words by John Denver
                           Music by John Denver & Glen Hardin
                              from It's About Time (1983)


Am    Em     F       C/G         G

            C
There's a full moon over India
   F
And Gandhi lives again
 G      F/A      G/B
Who's to say you have to lose
    C             G(no 5th)
For someone else to win
      C
In the eyes of all the people
    F
The look is much the same
           G       F/A       G/B
For the first is just the last one
             C          C7
When you play a deadly game

               F       G
It's about time we realize it
     C
We're all in this together
               F      G
It's about time we find out
     C           C7
It's all of us or none
               F        G
It's about time we recognize it
            C     G/B      Am
These changes in the weather
C/G         F            Dm7
It's about time, it's about changes
    G7         C
And it's about time

             C
There's a light in the Vatican window
   F
For all the world to see
      G        F/A    G/B
And a voice cries in the wilderness
    C               G(no 5th)
Sometimes he speaks for me
     C
I suppose I love him most of all
            F
When he kneels to kiss the land
            G          G/B
With his lips upon our Mother's breast
   C                C7
He makes his strongest stand

             F            G
It's about time we start to see it
    C
The earth is our only home
             F            G
It's about time we start to face it
            C             C7
We can't make it here all alone
              F           G
It's about time we start to listen
          C     G/B    Am
To the voices in the wind
C/G        F               Dm7
It's about time and it's about changes
    G7        C
And it's about time

Am      Em     F          C/G            G

             C
There's a man who is my brother
   F
I just don't know his name
           G      F/A   G/B
But I know his home and family
              C         G(no 5th)
Because I know we feel the same
           C
And it hurts me when he's hungry
     F
And when his children cry
G
I too, am a father
     C          C7
That little one is mine

             F        G
It's about time we begin it
    C
To turn the world around
             F            G
It's about time we start to make it
      C             C7
The dream we've always known
             F            G
It's about time we start to live it
     C C/B Am
The family of man
C/G        F             Dm7
It's about time, it's about changes
    G7        C
And it's about time
             F                G
It's about peace and it's about plenty
    G7        C
And it's about time
             F          G
It's about you and me together
    G7        C
And it's about time

                                It's In Every One Of Us
                          Words & Music by David Pomeranz
                                 sung by John Denver
                           on A Christmas Together (1979)


  G       Am G     Em Am G Am D7
It's In Every one of us to be Wise
 Am G Am D7 Bm C G D7 G G7
Find your heart, Open up both your eyes.
      C    D Em    G         C    Am     F D7
We can all know everything Without ever knowing why
       G Am G       C   G D7 C
It's in every one of us, by and by

       G Am G      Em Am G Am D7
It's In Every one of us to be Wise
 Am G Am D7 Bm C G D7 G G7
Find your heart, Open up both your eyes.
      C    D Em    G         C    Am     F D7
We can all know everything Without ever knowing why
       G Am G       C   G D7 Am C G
It's in every one of us, by and by
       G Am G       C   G D7 G
It's in every one of us, by and by

                                     It's Up To You
                          Words & Music by Steve Weisberg
                           from Back Home Again (1974)

(capo up 2 frets)
D     Dsus4 D A7sus4
You can do whatever you want to do
      D          Dsus4 D
Wherever you want to go
A7sus4        D Dsus4 D
It's up to you
     A7sus4
And wouldn't it be fine
 D          Dsus4 D A7sus4
Following your heart     playing your own part
 D
You and me out on the farm
A7sus4
Let the sun be our alarm
 D           Dsus4 D
Kicking off our shoes
A7sus4             D
Doing what we choose
  A7sus4
And Wouldn't it be fine
 D             Dsus4 D A7sus4             C/D G/D
Knowing that you're mine     anytime you want to be
  D7                 G
But I don't want to own you

I just want to hold you
D7                   G
I don't want to need you
                   D7    G
I just like to see you smile and stay for a while
 D       A7sus4     D        A7sus4
Eee       ooo      Eee        ooo

  D      Dsus4    D
And if the times get rough
A7sus4                   D            Dsus4 D
Being free might be enough to keep our feelings warm
A7sus4               D Dsus4 D
See us through the storm
    A7sus4
And wouldn't it be fine
 D           Dsus4     D    A7sus4
Looking back and knowing that we helped each other find
D      Dsus4 D A7sus4
You can do whatever you want to do
      D          Dsus4 D
Wherever you want to go
A7sus4         D
It's up to you
    A7sus4
And wouldn't it be fine
 D           Dsus4 D
Following your heart
 A7sus4                      D A7sus4
Knowing from the start it's up to you
          D A7sus4
It's up to you
          D C/D G/D D
It's up to you

                                        It Amazes Me
                              Words & Music by John Denver
                               from I Want To Live (1977)
Unusual chords:
A/D : |||22|
D/A : |||232
Dsus4 : |||233

D A/D D A/D D A/D D A/D            D   A/D   D   A/D
A D/A A7 D/A A7 D/A A7
      D
He came looking for the answers to some questions on his mind
                                              A
seeking truth and understanding in the hope that he would find
D/A A7        D                       Dsus4        D
a way to better serve his brothers and his sisters in the sun
                                        A D/A A7
sharing all that he was given giving all to ev'ryone

         D
Come and listen to the story of a journey once begun
                                           A
of a people and their plenty and their season in the sun
D/A A7           D                         Dsus4       D
and how they gave themselves as symbols and things that they could hold
                                        A
living lives in desperation in the fear of letting go

D/A   A7   D/A   A7   D/A   A7

    D           G
It amazes me and I know the wind
                         D
will surely someday blow it all away
              G
It amazes me and I'm so very grateful
                    A D/A A7 D/A        A7       D/A    A7
that you made the world this way

       D
For our paths come together now where do we go from here?
                                       A
Will our differences divide us must we always live in fear?
D/A A7            D                         Dsus4       D
For there are things that we must move through some things to cast aside
                                      A
but our father watches over us our mother will provide

A   D/A    A7   D/A   A7   D/A   A7

    D           G
It amazes me and I know the wind
                         D
will surely someday blow it all away
              G
It amazes me and I'm so very grateful
                    A
that you made the world this way

A/D D A/D D A/D D A/D D               A/D    D    A/D
A D/A A7 D/A A7 D/A A7
    D
It amazes me. It amazes me. It amazes me.



                                 It Makes Me Giggle
                           Words & Music by John Denver
                                from Spirit (1976)

            E E7               A
It makes me giggle, it makes me giggle,
       E         E7
Just having my baby around me.
            A               A#o
It makes me giggle, sometimes I wiggle,
       Em     G#m7(4fr) Go(3fr) F#m7 B7 A
'Cause I'm so glad        she found me.
           A#o             E      E7 A
Sometimes I wake up feeling crabby, yeah.
            A#o             F#m7
She gives me love as sweet as candy.
 B7          E E7              A
It makes me giggle, it makes me giggle,
      E                E7
Everytime I see my little boychild.
            A               A#o
It makes me giggle, sometimes I wiggle.
  E            G#m7(4fr) Go(3fr) F#m7 B7 A
Sometimes I even jump             for   joy, child.
 A           A#o            E E7
He knows just how to make me happy.
A           A#o             F#m7
He gives me love and calls me daddy.
 B7          E E7            A                 E
He makes me giggle, makes me giggle. (Giggle for me).
E7 A A#o E G#m7(4fr) Go(3fr) F#m7 B7
      A       A#o            E          E7
If I ever felt better I can't seem to recall.
         A      A#o         F#m7          B7
It just blows me away to be part of it all.
            E E7             A
It makes me giggle, it makes me giggle,
       E                     E7
Just singing these love songs for you, yeah.
            A               A#o
It makes me giggle, sometimes I wiggle.
           Em         G#m7(4fr)Go(3fr) F#m7 B7
There ain't nothing I'd rather        do, yeah.
A            A#o         E              E7
I like to see you with a smile on your face.
A          A#o             F#m7            B7
I'd like to give one to the whole human race.
             E E7               A
And than I'd giggle, we could all giggle. (Now wiggle for me).
 B7 A           A#o          E      E7
If I ever felt better I can't seem to recall.
       A       A#o         F#m7       B7
It just blows me away to be part of it all.

A A#o F#m7 B7 E7 A A#o B7 E7

                                Jenny Dreamed Of Trains
                        Words & Music by Vince Gill & Guy Clark
                                Sung By John Denver
                                on All Aboard! (1997)

D            G       A                 D     A Bm
When Jenny was a little girl, she only dreamed of trains
              G A
She never play with dolls or lacy kinds of things
 D         G    A                 D    A Bm
Jenny counted boxcars instead of counting sheep
        G      A               D
She could go anywhere when she went to sleep

          G        A              D    A Bm
All she ever talked about was getting on the ride
               G       A                    D
She was living in another time you could see it in her eyes
          G         A                 D    A Bm
And every day after school she'd head down to the track
             G      A            D
Waiting for the train that was never coming back

     G    A D
Jenny dreamed of trains
       G A D G
When the nighttime came
      A       Bm A      E/G# G
Nobody knew how she made it come true
     A      D
Jenny dreamed of trains

            G        A                      D     A Bm
The depot's been boarded up, the trains have turned to rust
               G             A                     D
There hasn't been a train through here since the mill went bust
       G        A                      D    A Bm
No one believe her when she said she heard the train
              G         A               D
Said she was just a little girl acting kind of strange

     G    A D
Jenny dreamed of trains
      G A D G
When the nighttime came
      A       Bm A      E/G# G
Nobody knew how she made it come true
     A      D
Jenny Dreamed of trains

G A   D   A   Bm G   A   D
G A   D   A   Bm G   A   D

           G A              D    A Bm
Jenny laid a penny on the track one day
         G A              D
in God we trust she walked away
           G     A          D    A
The very next morning all she could find
     Bm            G           A          D
Was a little piece of copper squashed flatter than a dime

     G    A D
Jenny dreamed of trains
       G A D G
When the nighttime came
      A       Bm A      E/G# G
Nobody knew how she made it come true
     A      D G
Jenny Dreamed of trains
      A       Bm A      E/G# G
Nobody knew how she made it come true
     A      D
Jenny Dreamed of trains




                                     Jimmy Newman
                                       by Tom Paxton
                                    sung by John Denver
                             from Take Me To Tomorrow (1970)

C               F      C
Get up Jimmy Newman, the morning is come.

The engines are rumbling.
     Bb        C
The coffee's all brewed.
 C                    F        C
Get up Jimmy Newman, there's work to be done.
      Bb                 G
And why do you lie there still sleeping.
         C
There's a waiting line forming
   F
To use the latrine.
      C                  G
And the sun is just opening the skies.
    C                  F         C
The breakfast they're serving just has to be seen.
        Bb            C
And you've only to open your eyes.

 C                 F    C
Get up Jimmy Newman my radio's on.
                       Bb        C
The news is all bad, but it's good for a laugh.
    C                    F       C
The tent flap is loose and the peg must be gone.
     Bb                    G
And why do you lie there still sleeping.
    C
The night nurse is gone
       F
And the sexy one's here.
       C                  G
And she tells us such beautiful lies.
   C
Her uniform's tight.
      F      C
Oh her marvelous rear.
         Bb            C
And you've only to open your eyes.

C                F       C
Get up Jimmy Newman you're missing the fun.

They're talking us next, Jim.
      Bb       C
It's time to go home.
     C                 F       C
It's over for us there's no more to be done.
      Bb                   G
And why do you lie there still sleeping.
       C
It's state side for us, Jim.
     F
The folks may not know.
           C              G
And we'll let it be such a surprise.
         C                   F    C
They're loading us next, Jim we're ready to go.
           Bb           C
And you've only to open your eyes.
           Bb           C
And you've only to open your eyes.
    Bb             C
Get up Jimmy open your eyes.
                                      Johnny B. Goode
                             Words and Music by Chuck Berry
                                 Sung by John Denver
                               on JD John Denver (1979)

A
Way down in Lou'siana close to New Orleans,

Way back in the woods among the evergreens
         D7
there stood a log cabin made or earth and wood.
     A
Where lived a country boy name of Johnny B. Goode.
   E7
He never ever learned to read or write so well,
         A
but he could play a guitar just like a ringin' bell.

A
Go go go Johnny go, go go Johnny go,
  D7             A
Go go go Johnny go, Go go go Johnny go,
E7          A   E7
Go go Johnny B. Goode.

A
He used to carry his guitar in a gunny sack,

go sit beneath a tree by the railroad track.
   D7
The engineers would see him sittin' in the shade
  A
strummin' to the rhythm that the drivers made.
    E7
The people passing by they would stop and say
   A
oh my but that little country boy can play.

   A
Go go go Johnny go, go go Johnny go,
   D7            A
Go go go Johnny go, Go go go Johnny go,
E7          A   E7
Go go Johnny B. Goode.

A
Well, his momma told him, "Some day you will be a man.

You will be the leader of a big old band,
D7
many people comin' from miles around
           A
just to hear you play your music till the sun goes down.
 E7
Maybe someday your name 'll be in lights,
 A
sayin', 'Johnny B. Goode tonight!!'"

A
Go go go go go Johnny go, Go go Johnny go,
  D7             A
Go go go Johnny go, Go go go Johnny go,
  E7        A
Go go Johnny B. Goode.

A D7 A D7 A E7 A E7

A
Go go go Johnny go, Go go go Johnny go,
D7 A
Go go go Johnny go, Go go go Johnny go,
E7 A
Go go go Johnny B. Goode.



                                      Joseph And Joe
                            Words and Music by John Denver
                             from JD John Denver (1979)
Capo 2 Frets

E     /        /      /

E (throughout verse)
Joseph and Joe, the priest and the cowboy,
the places they've been to, the spaces they're in.
For a time between storms at the side of a mountain,
with another man's fam'ly, fam'ly and friends

E         /

E (throughout verse)
Joseph can give you the keys to the kingdom,
he'll put you in touch with the spirit of man.
Joe loves the desert but lives in the mountains,
his closest companion a left handed man

E         /
Ooo               Where do you go
        D     A    E
If you've got no way to get there?
  C        E
Where do you go?
E
How do you know?
        D    A   E
If you've never never been there?
 C        B7
How do you know?
               E      /        /       /
Tell me how do you know?

E (throughout verse)
Joseph I lost you in some other city,
out paths are not crossing, we're way out of touch.
Joe, how the seasons have drifted between us,
or is it your vision, much greater than mine.

E         /
Ooo

E (throughout verse)
Take head of the darkness which gathers around us
a fire that consumes us forever to burn
than look to the sun for our father is with us,
our mother will teach us what we need to learn.

E         /
Ooo               Where do you go
        D     A     E
If you've got no way to get there?
  C        E
Where do you go?
E
How do you know?
        D    A    E
If you've never never been there?
 C        B7
How do you know?
               E
Tell me how do you know? Tell me where do you go
        D    A    E
If you've never never been there?
  C        E
Where do you go?
E
Tell me how do you know?
         D      A     E
that you've got no way to get there
 C        B7
How do you know?
               E        /       /      /
Tell me how do you know?

Copyright 1978 Cherry Lane Music Pub.
                                            Junk
                          Words & Music by Paul McCartney
                               Sung by John Denver
                      from Poems, Prayers And Promises (1971)


 Em      D        A        A7
Motorcars, handlebars, bicycles for two
  C          G
Brokenhearted jubilee
 Em      D          A          A7
Parachutes, army boots, sleeping bags for two
 C           G
Sentimental jamboree

 C G          D          G
Buy, Buy says the sign in the shop window
  C G         D         G
Why, why says the junk in the yard
Em G Em C G
Ya da da da da La da da da

 C G          D          G
Buy, Buy says the sign in the shop window
  C G         D          G
Why, why says the junk in the yard
Em G Em C G
Ya da da da da da da la la la la la

 Em         D             A           A7
Candlesticks, building bricks, something old and new
 C              G
Memories for you and me



                                        Last Hobo
                            Words & Music by George Allan
                                Sung By John Denver
                                on All Aboard! (1997)

       C                     F
He was born in International Falls a long, long time ago.
 G                    F           C
Moved to Tucumcari when the ironwork got slow.
                             F
He was cornbread and hard scrabble and scratching for every dime.
         G                        F            C
'Til he threw it in and he hit the road to walk that endless line.
            G
Now he's the Last Hobo.
          C
Riding the last boxcar.
     G
On the last freight train.
      C
Leaving here.
           G
Now he's the Last Hobo.
         C
Riding the last boxcar.
     G
On the last freight train.
        C
Away from here.
                                F
He tried his hands at lots of jobs and he did 'em all with pride.
      G                          F          C
From shoeing mules to driving trucks, he mastered what he tried.
                         F
It must have been Ramona, she was all he cared about.
        G                         F       C
When she ran away and left him you could see the fire go out.
            G
Now he's the Last Hobo.
          C
Riding the last boxcar.
       G
On the last freight train.
         C
Away from here.
   F
We hardly ever see him,
                                C
Once or twice and he would stay a day or two.
    F
He'd ask about Ramona.
                                G G7
Then he'd say that he was only passing through.
 C                          F
Now he knows every railroad bull along the right of way.
   G                     F          C
And every hobo jungle from New York to Santa Fe.
                           F
He's looked for his Ramona on the far side of the hill.
       G                      F          C
Now his sun is sinking lower and he's looking for her still.
             G
Still he's the Last Hobo.
          C
Riding the last boxcar.
       G
On the last freight train.
       C
Leaving here.
           G
Now he's the Last Hobo.
         C
Riding the last boxcar.
     G
On the last freight train.
        C
Away from here.




                             Last Night I Had The Strangest Dream

                                      A                   -A7
                             Last night I had the strangest dream
                                            D         A
                                   I'd ever dreamed before.
                                         E              A
                              I dreamed the world had all agreed
                                          E        A-A7
                                     To put an end to war.

                                           D         A
                               I dreamed I saw a mighty room,
                                         E         A-A7
                                   The room was full of men.
                                             D         A
                             And the paper they were signing said,
                                             E       A
                                   They'd never fight again.

                                    A                 -A7
                          And when the paper was all signed,
                                         D         A
                                And a million copies made,
                                       E             A
                      They all joined hands and bowed their heads,
                                     E            A -A7
                           And a grateful prayer was prayed.

                                           D          A
                             And the people in the streets below,
                                       E             A-A7
                              Were dancing 'round and 'round,

                                          D           A
                             While swords and guns and uniforms,
                                          E         A
                                Were scattered on the ground.
                                         (repeat 1)
                                        Late Nite Radio
                         Words & Music by Bill and Taffy Danoff
                                 Sung by John Denver
                                from Windsong (1975)

D                    D7
There's lonely hearts in Arkansas
        G          Em
There's truckers in Des Moines
     A           A7         D
All there to keep me company in the early morn
               D7
A world unknown to daytime
   G          Em
Is forever going on
   D            A
The airways of the nation
       G      A7     D
Between midnight and the dawn

  D G A7 D
 Late nite radio
 Bm
 Take it everywhere I go
  G               D
 Best friend when I'm lonely
      A       A7 D
 Is my late nite radio

D               D7
Well I turn the dial
         G                 Em
A little bit past one-o-one point two
   A               A7
In time to catch the news
              D
And see who's shooting who
                   D7
Then I hunt around for old songs
          G           Em
They're so good to hear again
    D             A
To think of how it was
        G      A7      D
Imagine how it might have been

  D G A7 D
 Late nite radio
 Bm
 Take it everywhere I go
  G              D
 Best friend when I'm lonely
      A       A7 D
 Is my late nite radio

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

D                  D7
The Lord is still my shepherd
          G            Em
But these preachers got to go
     A            A7
This time of night my interest
       D
Lies in U.F.O.'s
                 D7
So I turn the dial a little
     G              Em
Past fifty-six point three
   D           A
To find myself a lullaby
   G      A7      D
To rock me off to sleep

  D G A7 D
 Late nite radio
 Bm
 Take it everywhere I go
  G               D
 Best friend when I'm lonely
      A       A7 D
 Is my late nite radio

  D G A7 D
 Late nite radio
 Bm
 Take it everywhere I go
  G               D
 Best friend when I'm lonely
      A       A7 D
 Is my late nite radio
            Late Winter, Early Spring (When everybody goes to mexico)
                  Music by John Denver, Mike Taylor and Dick Kniss
                          from Rocky Mountain High (1972)

C(add D) F6(add G)

Dmsus4 D Dm7 G9sus4

C(add D) F6(add G)

C(add D) F6(add G)

Dmsus4 D Dm7

G9sus4 C(add D) F6(add G)

C(add D) F6(add G)

Dmsus4 D Dm7

G9sus4 Cmaj7 Am7 Dm7

G9sus4 Cmaj7 Am7 Dm7

G9sus4 Dm7 G9sus4 G Cmaj7

                                 Leaving On A Jet Plane
                             Words & music by John Denver

      G              C
All my bags are packed I'm ready to go.
     G           C
I'm standing here outside your door.
  G            C           D
I hate to wake you up to say goodbye.
       G              C
But the dawn is breaking it early morn.
    G              C
The taxi's waitin he's blownin his horn.
G           C             D
Already I'm so lonesome I could die.

   G         C         G             C
So kiss me and smile for me. Tell me that you'll wait for me.
 G              C         D D7
Hold me like you'll never let me go.
        G    C          G
Cause I'm leavin on a jet plane.
           C              G
Don't know when I'll be back again.
   C           D D7
Oh, babe I hate to go.


There's so many times I've let you down
So many time I've played around.
I tell you now they don't mean a thing.
Every place I go I'll think of you.
Ev'ry song I sing I'll sing for you.
When I come back I'll bring your wedding ring.


CHORUS

 Now the time come to leave you.
 One more time let me kiss you.
Then close your eyes I'll be on my way.
Dream about the days to come.
When I won't have to leave alone.
About the times I won't have to say

CHORUS and end

                                              Let It Be
                    Words & Music by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
                                  Sung by John Denver
                       from Poems, Prayers And Promises (1971)

F   C   G   FC

       C            G
When I find myself in times of trouble
 Am          F
Mother Mary comes to me
  C              G             F C
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be.
                G
And in my hour of darkness
        Am              F
She is standing right in front of me
  C              G             F C
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be.
       Am         G          F        C
Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be.
               G             F C
Whisper words of wisdom, let it be.

               G
And when the broken hearted people
 Am          F
Living in the world agree,
  C           G          F C
There will be an answer, let it be.
                    G
For though they may be parted there is
 Am                 F
Still a chance that they will see
  C             G             F C
There will be an answer, let it be.
       Am         G          F        C
Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be.
  C             G             F C
There will be an answer, let it be.
       Am         G          F        C
Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be.
               G             F C
Whisper words of wisdom, let it be.

F   C   G   FC
F   C   G   FC

                    G
And when the night is cloudy,
         Am                F
There is still a light that shines on me,
  C             G             F C
Shine on until tomorrow, let it be.
                G
I wake up to the sound of music
 Am          F
Mother Mary comes to me
  C              G             F C
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be.
       Am         G          F        C
Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be.
  C             G             F C
There will be an answer, let it be.
       Am         G          F        C
Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be.
   C              G       F       C
And there will be no sadness, let it be.



                                              Let Us Begin
                                Words & Music by John Denver
                                   from One World (1986)


G
I am a son of a grassland farmer
                         C
Western Oklahoma ninteen forty three
                                        G
I always felt grateful to live in the land of the free
I gave up my father to South Korea
                   C
The mind of my brother to Vietnam
                                 G
Now there's a banker who says I must give up my land

There are four generations of blood in this topsoil
                       C
Four generations of love on this farm
                                   G
Before I give up I would gladly give up my right arm

  Am       D           G
What are we making weapons for
  Em       C         D     G
Why keep on feeding the war machine
   Am         D         D7        G
We take it right out of the mouths of our babies
 Am      D         D7         G
Take it away from the hands of the poor
        C        G     D     G
Tell me, what are we making weapons for


I had a son and my son was a soldier
                              C
He was so like my father, he was so much like me
                                        G
To be a good comrade was the best that he dreamed he could be

He gave up his future to revolution
                               C
His life to a battle that just can't be won
                                        G
For this is not living, to live at the point of a gun

I remember the nine hundred days of Leningrad
                           C
The sound of the dying, the cut of the cold
                                    G
I remember the moments I prayed I would never grow old

  Am       D           G
What are we making weapons for
  Em       C         D     G
Why keep on feeding the war machine
   Am         D         D7        G
We take it right out of the mouths of our babies
 Am      D         D7         G
Take it away from the hands of the poor
        C        G     D     G
Tell me, what are we making weapons for
For the first time in my life I feel like a prisoner
                             C
A slave to the ways of the powers that be
                                            G
And I fear for my children, as I fear for the future I see

Tell me how can it be we're still fighting each other
                        C
What does it take for a people to learn
                                       G
If our song is not sung as a chorus, we surely will burn

  Am       D           G
What are we making weapons for
  Em       C         D     G
Why keep on feeding the war machine
   Am         D         D7        G
We take it right out of the mouths of our babies
 Am      D         D7         G
Take it away from the hands of the poor
        C        G     D     G
Tell me, what are we making weapons for

          D G
Have we forgotten
                   DG
All the lives that were given
                   DG
All the vows that were taken
      C      D
Saying never again
 C         Am G
Now for the first time
               D G
This could be the last time
   C           G D
If peace is our vision
      G
Let us begin

          D G
Have we forgotten
                   DG
All the lives that were given
                   DG
All the vows that were taken
      C      D
Saying never again
 C         Am G
Now for the first time
               D G
This could be the last time
   C          G D
If peace is our vision
      G D         G    C D G
Let us begin, Let us begin.



                                        Life Is So Good
                               Words & music by John Denver
                                from JD John Denver (1979)

A D A E A D E
A D A E C#m Bm A

          D E            A       D
Life is so good, life is so good these days.
          A        E            A
Life is so good these days, life is so good.
          D E            A       D
Life is so good, life is so good these days.
          A        E            A
Life is so good these days, life is so good.

D E A    D Bm7 E C#m         Bm A

          D E            A       D
Life is so good, life is so good these days.
          A        E            A
Life is so good these days, life is so good.
            D E              A       D
My life is so good, my life is so good these days.
            A        E            A
My life is so good these days, life is so good.

A D A E A D E
A D A E C#m Bm A
C#m Bm A C#m Bm A

                                       Like A Sad Song
                             Words and Music by John Denver
                                    from Spirit (1976)

Unusual Chords:

D/F# : 2||232
Cm6/Eb : ||1213
Cm7/Eb : ||1313



C   Cm6/Eb    G   C   Cm6/Eb    D
 G             D/F#    Em7           G7
Usually in the morning I'm filled with sweet belonging
   C           Cm6/Eb       G
And ev'rything is beautiful to see
             D/F#      Em7              G
Even when it's raining, the sound of heaven singing
   C          Cm6/Eb G
Is simply joyful music to me.


 C          Cm6/Eb      G
  Sometimes I feel like a sad song
         C        Cm6/Eb        D
  Like I'm all alone     without you.


   G              D/F# Em7            G7
So many diff'rent places, a million smiling faces
 C           Cm/Eb      G
Life is so incredible to me
               D/F#       Em7            G7
Especially to be near you and how it is to touch you
   C          Cm6/Eb         G
Oh paradise was made for you and me.


 C           Cm6/Eb       G        Em
  I know that life goes on just perfectly
     Am7                 D7             G
  And ev'rything is just the way that it should be
 C              Cm6/Eb       G             Em
  Still there are times when my heart feels like breaking
     Am                      D
  And anywhere is where I'd rather be.

  G              D/F#    Em7                   G7
  Oh and in the night time I know that it's the right time
       C           Cm6/Eb         G
  To hold you close and say I love you so
                    D/F#
  To have someone to share with
     Em7             G7
  And someone I can care with
      C         Cm6/Eb        G
  And that is why I wanted you to know

      C          Cm6/Eb     G
          Sometimes I feel like a sad song
                 C       Cm6/Eb     D Cm6/Eb    D
          Like I'm all alone without you, without you.

G D/F# Em G7 C Cm7/Eb
                                  Little Drummer Boy
                        Words & Music by Davis/Onorati-Simeone
                                 sung by John Denver
                          on Christmas Like A Lullaby (1990)

  G
 Come they told me

 pa rum pum pum pum

 Our new born King to see,

 pa rum pum pum pum
D
 Our finest gifts we bring

 pa rum pum pum pum

 To lay before our King
            C
 pa rum pum pum pum
          G
 rum pum pum pum
          D
 rum pum pum pum
  G
 So to honor Him

 pa rum pum pum pum,
  D    G
 when we come.

  G
 Little Baby

 pa rum pum pum pum

 I am a poor boy too,

pa rum pum pum pum
D
I have no gift to bring

 pa rum pum pum pum

 That's fit to give our King
              C
 pa rum pum pum pum
           G
 rum pum pum pum
          D
rum pum pum pum
 G
Shall I play for you!

pa rum pum pum
D     G
on my drum.

G
Mary nodded

pa rum pum pum pum

The ox and lamb kept time

pa rum pum pum pum
D
I played my drum for Him

pa rum pum pum

I played my best for Him
           C
pa rum pum pum pum
         G
rum pum pum pum
         D
rum pum pum pum
  G
Then He smiled at me

pa rum pum pum pum
 D      G
me and my drum.




                              The Little Engine That Could
                        Written by William May and Warren Foster

                There was a little railroad train with loads and loads of toys
                  All starting out to find a home with little girls and boys
                    And as that little railroad train began to chug along
                  The little engine up in front was heard to sing this song
                     Choo, choo, choo, choo - Choo, choo, choo, choo
                                     I feel so good today
                              Oh hear the track, O clickety clack
                                     I’ll go my merry way

                  The little train went rousing on so fast it seemed to fly
                  Until it reached a mountain that went almost to the sky
            The little engine moaned and groaned and huffed and puffed away
                 But halfway to the top it just gave up and seemed to say
                                I can’t go on, I can’t go on
                                    I’m weary as can be
                                I can’t go on, I can’t go on
                                   This job is not for me

                    The toys got out to push but all in vain alas alack
               And then a great big engine came a whistling down the track
               They asked if it would kindly pull them up the mountain side
                  But with a high and mighty sneer it scornfully replied
                            Don’t bother me, Don’t bother me
                                  To pull the likes of you
                            Don’t bother me, Don’t bother me
                                  I’ve better things to do

               The toys all started crying cause that engine was so mean
               And then there came another one, the smallest ever seen
              And though it seemed that she could hardly pull herself along
              She hitched on to the train and she pulled she sang this song
                                I think I can, I think I can
                                   I think I have a plan
                               And I can do most anything
                                    If I only think I can

               Then up that great big mountain with the cars all full of toys
              And soon they reached the waiting arms of little girls and boys
                And though that ends the story, it will do you lots of good
                    To take a lesson from the little engine that could
                         Just think you can, Just think you can
                                Just have that understood
                            And very soon you’ll start to say
                                  I always knew I could




                                   Looking For Space
                            Words & Music by John Denver
                               from Windsong (1975)
Unusual chords:
D/C#    : |4|232
G/B    : |2|||3
A(sus4) : ||223|
F#m/A : ||4222
A7(sus4) : ||2|3|
Gmaj7/B : |2||32


D     D/C#           G/B A       D       D/C#      G/B A D
On the road of experience, I'm trying to find my own way.
      D/C#       G/B      A     D D/C# G/B D
Sometimes I wish that I could fly away
      D/C#                 G/B A D        D/C#    G/B A D
When I think that I'm moving, suddently things stand still
     D/C#            G/B A       D D/C# G/B
I'm afraid 'cause I think they always will

        A       G Em
And I'm looking for space
       A    A(sus4) D D/C# G/B
And to find out who I am
        A       G F#m Em7 A(sus4) A
And I'm looking to know and understand
        G    F#m/A D
It's a sweet, sweet dream
 G         A      D
Sometimes I'm almost there
 G         A       D Bm
Sometimes I fly like an eagle
    G          Em       A7(sus4) A7 D
And sometimes I'm deep in despair

     D/C#             G/B     A D         D/C# G/B A D
All alone in the universe, sometimes that's how it seems
      D/C#        G/B     A      D D/C# G/B D
I get lost in the sadness and the screams
       D/C#             G/B A D       D/C#       G/B A D
Then I look in the center, suddently everything's clear
        D/C#        G/B     A     D D/C# G/B
I find myself in the sunshine and my dreams

        A       G Em
And I'm looking for space
       A    A(sus4) D D/C# G/B
And to find out who I am
        A       G F#m Em7 A(sus4) A
And I'm looking to know and understand
        G    F#m/A D
It's a sweet, sweet dream
 G         A      D
Sometimes I'm almost there
 G         A       D Bm
Sometimes I fly like an eagle
    G          Em       A7(sus4) A7 D
And sometimes I'm deep in despair

      D/C#            G/B A D               D/C# G/B A D
On the road of experience, join in the living day
           D/C#         G/B           A        D D/C# G/B
if there's an answer, it's just that it's just that way

         A        G Em
When you're looking for space
     A      A(sus4) D D/C# G/B
And to find out who you are
          A        G F#m Em7       A(sus4) A
When you're looking to try and reach the stars
       G      A    D
It's a sweet, sweet sweet dream
 G          A      D
Sometimes I'm almost there
 G          A      D Bm
Sometimes I fly like an eagle
    G           Em       A7(sus4) A7
But sometimes I'm deep in despair
 G          A      D D/C# Gmaj7/B A
Sometimes I fly like an eagle,
       D D/C# G/B
like an eagle
     A(sus4) D D/C# G/B A D
I go flying fly----------------ing

                                         Love Again
                              Words & Music by John Denver
                                 from One World (1986)


G         D           Am
I didn't think it could happen again
          D        D7     G
I'm just too old and set in my ways
          D         Am
I was convinced I would always be lonely
D         D7         G
All of the rest of my days
 C               G
Maybe I gave up on romance
      Am                 D7
In my longing to give up the pain
       G      D          Am D7 G
I just didn't believe I would ever love again

G         D          Am
I was like one who had shut myself in
          D      D7          G
Closed the windows, locked all the doors
            D         Am
Afraid of the dark and the beat of my heart
     D         D7       G
Yet knowing there had to be more
         C                  G
Though it sounds like a great contradiction
       Am                D7
It's the easiest thing to explain
       G      D          Am D7 G
You see, I was afraid I might never love again
  G        D         Am
What does it take for a blind man to see
          D         D7              G
That there's more there than just meets the eye
          D           Am
What are the ways that the magic comes in
       D        D7       G
That can turn a song into a sigh
 C                    G
Sometimes I think that I'm dreaming
   Am             D7
Or maybe I'm going insane
 G       D           Am         D7 G
Maybe it's just that I'm falling in love again

 C               G
Here I am standing beside you
   Am                 D7
Oh, life's such a wonderful game
 G         D     Am      D7
Look at me now I'm falling in love
 G         D     Am      D7
Look at me now I'm falling in love
 G         D     Am      D7 G
Look at me now I'm falling in love again.



                                    Love Is Everywhere
    Words by John Denver, Joe Henry, John Martin Sommers & Steve Weisberg
                       Music by John Martin Sommers
                            from Windsong (1975)

 A             D A
Love is ev'rywhere, I see it,
 E                             A
you are all that you can be, go on and be it.
 D      D/C# D/B D/A
Life is perfect, I believe it,
 E                      A
come and play the game with me.

                  D        A
Open yourself to the first celebration,
E7        A         E      A
open your eyes to the joy and pain.
                     D     A
Life is the fruit of your own creation,
D         A/C#        E/B E A
ev'ry new birth is a soul regained.

 A           D A
Love is ev'rywhere, I see it,
 E                             A
you are all that you can be, go on and be it.
 D      D/C# D/B D/A
Life is perfect, I believe it,
 E                      A
come and play the game with me.

                   D    A
Drinkin' my life from a silver fountain,
 E7       A           E        A
sweet water running to the cold salt sea.
               D      A
Old man moon on a white top mountain,
 D        A/C#         E/B E A
sound of the wind singin' dreams for me.

 A             D A
Love is ev'rywhere, I see it,
 E                             A
you are all that you can be, go on and be it.
 D      D/C# D/B D/A
Life is perfect, I believe it,
 E                      A
come and play the game with me.

D A D A E7 A D A D A/C# E/B E A

                    D     A
Follow your heart like a flying stallion,
 D          A       E       A
race with the sun to the edge of night.
                 D      A
Form your truth like a gold medallion,
 D         A/C#         E/B#         A
dance in the circle of the love and the light.

 A             D A
Love is ev'rywhere, I see it,
 E                             A
you are all that you can be, go on and be it.
 D      D/C# D/B D/A
Life is perfect, I believe it,
 E                      A
come and play the game with me.

(Musical Intermezzo.)

 A             D A
Love is ev'rywhere, I see it,
 E                             A
you are all that you can be, go on and be it.
 D      D/C# D/B D/A
Life is perfect, I believe it,
 E                 A
come and play the game with me.

(Another 5 times the chorus above and 1 time fading)



                                    Love Is The Master
                             Words & Music by John Denver
                                from One World (1986)


G
Almost exactly a year ago
       C                G
I came here for the very first time
       C            G
Looking up at the Spanish window
        Am                D7
From a trail on the edge of the timberline
         G
I've been off on a journey to find myself
      C           G
Maybe find my way back home
     C           G
Been many an hour all by myself
       Am
In the darkest of nights
      D D7      G    C D
I was never ever alone

 G
Back into the San Juan Mountains again
     C                  G
On a ride with some good old boys
         C          G
Telling stories around a campfire
    Am                   D7
The sound of laughter is the loudest noise
  G
There's something in a night in the wilderness
       C           G
It's a magical thing to me
          C                  G
Like the sky is just a little bit brighter
         Am         D              D7      G C D G
And your life is everything that you'd like it to be

          C                G
There'll be snow on the passes tomorrow
      C             D         G
You can feel it in the chill of the wind
      Em                 G
Let the rain wash away all my sorrow
  C                D           D7     G C D
Today is the day that my life starts all over again

  G
I guess that it's just about over now
C                  G
Everything's about to change
C                    G
Everything's a brand new number, darlin'
Am                    D7
Everything's a brand new game
        G
And it's funny I could even call you that
    C                    G
After all the pain we've been through
       C                G
Ah, but time is the master of healing
 Am                D     D7        G C D
Love is the master of everything that we do

          C                G
There'll be snow on the passes tomorrow
      C             D         G
You can feel it in the chill of the wind
      Em                 G
Let the rain wash away all my sorrow
  C                 D             D7   G C D G        CDG
Today is the day that my life starts all over again



                                     Love Is The Master
                              Words & Music by John Denver
                                 from One World (1986)


G
Almost exactly a year ago
       C                G
I came here for the very first time
       C            G
Looking up at the Spanish window
        Am                D7
From a trail on the edge of the timberline
         G
I've been off on a journey to find myself
      C           G
Maybe find my way back home
     C           G
Been many an hour all by myself
       Am
In the darkest of nights
     D D7      G    C D
I was never ever alone

 G
Back into the San Juan Mountains again
     C                  G
On a ride with some good old boys
         C          G
Telling stories around a campfire
    Am                   D7
The sound of laughter is the loudest noise
  G
There's something in a night in the wilderness
       C           G
It's a magical thing to me
          C                  G
Like the sky is just a little bit brighter
         Am         D              D7      G C D G
And your life is everything that you'd like it to be

          C                G
There'll be snow on the passes tomorrow
      C             D         G
You can feel it in the chill of the wind
      Em                 G
Let the rain wash away all my sorrow
  C                  D            D7   G C D
Today is the day that my life starts all over again

  G
I guess that it's just about over now
C                  G
Everything's about to change
C                    G
Everything's a brand new number, darlin'
Am                    D7
Everything's a brand new game
        G
And it's funny I could even call you that
    C                    G
After all the pain we've been through
       C                G
Ah, but time is the master of healing
 Am                D     D7        G C D
Love is the master of everything that we do

          C                G
There'll be snow on the passes tomorrow
      C             D         G
You can feel it in the chill of the wind
      Em                 G
Let the rain wash away all my sorrow
  C                 D             D7   G C    D   G   CDG
Today is the day that my life starts all over again



                                  Love Of The Common People
                               Words & Music by Hurley & Wilkins
                                     sung by John Denver
                                 on Rhymes & Reasons(1969)


 A
Living on free food tickets.

Water in the milk from the hole in the roof
        G
Where the rain came through,
         D E
What can we do? Mmm.
 A
Tears from your baby sister,

Cryin' 'cause she doesn't have a dress
                 G
Without a patch for the party to go,
          D         E
Ah but you know she'll get by,

          A                   D      E
Because she's living in the love of the common people,
 A                  D      E
Smiles from the heart of a family man,
 A                D       E
Daddy's gonna buy you a dream to cling to,
 A                      D        E
Mummy's gonna love you just as much as she can,
      A G D A G D
And she can.

A
It's a good thing you don't have busfare,

it would fall through the hole in your pocket
                   G
And you'd lose it in the snow on the ground,
            D           E
Walking to the town to find a job.
  A
Trying to keep your hands warm,

But the hole in your shoe lets the snow come through
       G
And it chills to the bone,
               D           E
Boy you better go home where it's warm.

         A                  D    E
And you can live in the love of the common people,
 A                   D     E
Smiles from the heart of a family man,
 A                D       E
Daddy's gonna buy you a dream to cling to,
 A                     D         E
Mummy's gonna love you just as much as she can,
       A G D A G D F A E B A E B
And she can.               ^
               (The key changes here)
B
Living on dreams ain't easy,

but the closer the knit the tighter the fit
      A
And the chills stay away,
              E          F
You take them in stride, family pride.
        B
You know, faith is your foundation

With a whole lot of love
                     A
And a warm conversation and many a prayer,
        E             F
making you strong where you belong.

 B                   E     F
Living in the love of the common people,
 B                    E     F
Smiles from the heart of a family man,
 B                 E       F
Daddy's gonna buy you a dream to cling to,
 B                      E       F
Mummy's gonna love you just as much as she can,
 F
Yeah

 B                   E     F
Living in the love of the common people,
 B                    E     F
Smiles from the heart of a family man,
 B                 E       F
Daddy's gonna buy you a dream to cling to,
 B                      E       F
Mummy's gonna love you just as much as she can,

(Here you either fade out, repeating the chorus as on the recording Rhymes & Reasons)
 F
Yeah ... (repeat chorus and fade)
(or end with the following)
      B     A E B      A E B          A     E    B
And she can.



                                          The Marvelous Toy
                              Words & Music by Tom Paxton
                                   sung by John Denver
                            on Christmas Like A Lullaby (1990)

C F C G7 C

 C             G
When I was just a wee little boy.
 C              G
Full of health and joy.
      F          C
One Christmas morning I received
   D7            G7
A marvelous little toy.
   C         G
A wonder to be hold it was
 C          F
Many colours bright.
                 C
And the moment I layed eyes on it
     D7            G7
It became my heart's delight.
         C
It went "zzzip" when it moved,
  G
"Bopp" when it stopped,
  C               F
"Brrr" when it stood still.
               C
I never knew just what it was
      G7         C
And I guess I never will.

F C G7 C

                  G
The first time that I picked it up.
  C          G
I had a big surprise.
    F
For right on it's bottom
      C
Were two green buttons
     D7               G7
That looked like big green eyes.
   C
I first pushed one.
      G
And then the other.
      C              F
And then I pushed on its lid.
              C
And when I set it down again
  D7          G7
This is what it did.
          C
It went "zzzip" when it moved,
  G
"Bopp" when it stopped,
  C               F
"Brrr" when it stood still.
               C
I never knew just what it was
       G7        C
And I guess I never will.

F C G7 C

    C
It first marched left.
  G
Then marched right
      C               G
And then marched under a chair.
      F             C
And when I looked where it had gone
    D7        G7
It wasn't even there.
    C
I started to cry.
    G
My daddy laughed.
     C            F
He knew that I would find.
                    C
When I turned around my marvelous toy
  D7          G7
Chugging from behind.
          C
It went "zzzip" when it moved,
  G
"Bopp" when it stopped,
  C                F
"Brrr" when it stood still.
               C
I never knew just what it was
       G7         C
And I guess I never will.
F C G C

C G C G F C D7 G7
C G C F C G7 C

          C
Well, the years have passed
     G
Too quickly it seems.
   C               G
I have my own little boy.
     F         C
And yesterday I gave to him
    D7             G7
My marvelous little toy.
    C
His eyes nearly popped
      G
right out of his head.
    C               F
He gave the squeal of glee
                        C
Neither one of us knows just what it is,
        D7             G7
But he loves it just like me.
               C
It still goes "zzzip" when it moves,
  G
"Bopp" when it stoppes,
  C                 F
"Brrr" when it stands still.
                 C
I never knew just what it was
       G7          C
And I guess I never will.
   F              C
I never knew just what it was
       G7          C
And I guess I never will.

                                           Matthew
                            Words and Music by John Denver
                             from Back Home Again (1974)


G                Am      D7                  G
I had an uncle name of Matthew...he was his father's only boy
                  Am      D7                    G
Born just south of Colby, Kansas...he was his mother's pride and joy

         G     G/B     C      G/B    Am
  Yes, and joy was just a thing that he was raised on
   D7                      GCG
  Love was just a way to live and die
         G/B C      G/B     Am
  Gold was just a windy Kansas wheat field
   D7                      G
  Blue was just the Kansas summer sky

                      Am D7                  G
And all the stories that he told me back when I was just a lad
                   Am      D7                  G
All the memories that he gave me...all the good times that he had
               Am      D7                G
Growin' up a Kansas farmboy...life was mostly havin' fun
                  Am     D7                  G
Ridin' on his daddy's shoulders behind a mule, beneath the sun

         G     G/B    C       G/B    Am
  Yes, and joy was just a thing that he was raised on
   D7                      GCG
  Love was just a way to live and die
         G/B C      G/B     Am
  Gold was just a windy Kansas wheat field
   D7                      G
  Blue was just the Kansas summer sky

                      Am       D7                      G
Well, I guess there were some hard times and I'm told some years were lean
               Am D7                          G
They had a storm in '47...twister came and stripped 'em clean
                      Am     D7                        G
He lost the farm and lost his family...he lost the wheat, he lost his home
                  Am D7                     G
But he found the family bible and faith as solid as a stone

         G     G/B    C       G/B    Am
  Yes, and joy was just a thing that he was raised on
   D7                      GCG
  Love was just a way to live and die
         G/B C      G/B     Am
  Gold was just a windy Kansas wheat field
   D7                      G
  Blue was just the Kansas summer sky

                 Am      D7                   G
So he came to live at our house...and he came to work the land
                    Am D7                    G
He came to ease my daddy's burdens and he came to be my friend
                   Am     D7                    G
So I wrote this down for Matthew...it's for him this song is sung
                  Am    D7                    G
Ridin' on his daddy's shoulders behind a mule, beneath the sun
         G     G/B    C       G/B    Am
  Yes, and joy was just a thing that he was raised on
   D7                      GCG
  Love was just a way to live and die
         G/B C      G/B     Am
  Gold was just a windy Kansas wheat field
   D7                      G
  Blue was just the Kansas summer sky
         G     G/B    C       G/B    Am
  Yes, and joy was just a thing that he was raised on
   D7                      GCG
  Love was just a way to live and die
         G/B C      G/B     Am
  Gold was just a windy Kansas wheat field
   D7                      G
  Blue was just the Kansas summer sky



                                     Me And My Uncle
                             Words & Music by John Phillips
                                  Sung by John Denver
                            from The Wildlife Concert (1995)



Em
Me and my uncle went a ridin' down
        G            B7
From Colorado, west Texas bound
         Em
We stopped over in Santa Fe,
        G           B7
Part it being about half way
  Em            B              Em
Besides it was the hottest part of the day

Em
We led our ponies into the stall,
         G                 B7
Went to a bar boys, bought drinks for all
            Em
Two days in the saddle, my body hurt.
       G               B7
It being Summer, took off my shirt
     Em          B               Em
And tried to wash off some of that dusty dirt.

Em
West Texas cowboys, all over town,
          G                 B7
With gold and silver, they're loaded down.
         Em
Just in from roundup, you know it seemed a shame
        G                 B7
And so my uncle, starts a friendly game.
 Em           B         Em
Hollow Jack the winner takes a gain.

Em
From the beginning my uncle started to win
       G                   B7
Them Texas cowboys, they was as mad as sin
           Em
Some said he's cheating. Aw, but that can't be!
       G                 B7
Because my uncle, he's as honest as me.
   Em                 B         Em
And I'm about as honest as a Denver man can be.

Em
One of them cowboys, you know he started to draw.
           G                  B7
I grabbed the bottle, slapped him on the jaw
           Em
I had to shoot another, now he won't grow old
        G                    B7
In the confusion, my uncle grabbed the gold,
 Em            B       Em                B Em
We hightailed it down to Mexico, Mexico, way down to Mexico

Em
God bless cowboys, God bless gold.
         G               B7
God bless my uncle, God rest his soul.
          Em
He taught me well, boys, taught me all I know.
          G                 B7
Taught me so well that I grabbed the gold
  Em            B                Em
Left him lying there by the side of the road

                                        Moreton Bay
                         Traditional Arranged by John Denver
                       from Live At Sydney Opera House (1978)
D G A7 D

    D                 G
One Sunday morning as I was walking
    D                     Em A7
By Brisbane waters I chanced to stray
  D                    G
I heard a convict his fate bewailing
  D              A7     D
As on the sunny river bank he lay
  D               G
I am a native from Erin's island
    D                    Em A7
But banished now from my native shore
     D             G
They stole me from my independence
    D               A7 D
And from the maiden whom I do adore

     D                    G
I've been a prisoner at Port Macquarie
   D                  Em A7
At Norfolk Island and Emu Plains
   D                      G
At Castle Hill and at cursed Toongabbie
   D                    A7     D
At all these settlements I've been in chains
   D                  G
But of all places of condemnation
    D                    Em A7
And penal stations in New South Wales
   D                    G
To Moreton Bay I have found no equal
   D               A7    D
Excessive tyranny each day prevails

      D                      G
For three long years I was beastly treated
    D                   Em A7
And heavy irons on my legs I wore
   D                     G
My back from flogging was lacerated
   D                     A7    D
And oft times covered with my crimson gore
    D                       G
And many a man from downright starvation
     D                     Em A7
Lies mouldering now beneath the clay
    D                  G
And Captain Logan he had us mangled
   D                A7     D
All at the triangles of Moreton Bay

      D                  G
Like the Egyptians and ancient Hebrews
    D                     Em A7
We were oppressed under Logan's yoke
       D                    G
Till a native black lying there in ambush
     D                  A7      D
Did deal all tyrant with his mortal stroke
    D                   G
My fellow prisoners be exhilarated
   D                          Em A7
That all such monsters like death shall find
    D                    G
And when from bondage we are liberated
   D                A7       D
Our former sufferings will fade from mind

    D                 G
One Sunday morning as I was walking
    D                      Em A7
By Brisbane waters I chanced to stray
  D                    G
I heard a convict his fate bewailing
  D              A7      D
As on the sunny river bank he lay



                                   Mother Nature's Son
                                 by Lennon & McCartney
                                  sung by John Denver
                            from Rocky Mountain High (1972)


 D    Dsus4             D Bm              E
Born a poor young country boy Mother Nature's son
 A                                 D Dm G D
All day long I'm sitting singing songs for everyone
 D Dsus4              D     Bm          E
Sit beside a mountain stream See her waters rise
   A                              D Dm G D
Listen to the pretty sound of music as she flies

    D        G       D
Do do do do do do do do do do do
D        G        D Dmaj7 D7
do do do do do do do do do
            G    Gm
Do do do do do do do do
        D
Yeah yeah yeah

 D    Dsus4          D     Bm         E
Find me in my field of grass Mother Nature's son
  A                             D Dm G D
Swaying daisies sing a lazy song beneath the sun

    D        G       D
Do do do do do do do do do do do
D        G        D Dmaj7 D7
do do do do do do do do do
            G    Gm
Do do do do do do do do
       D
Yeah yeah yeah

D Dsus4 D Bm E A D Dm G D

D Dm G          D
Oh Mother Nature's Son




                                     The Mountain Song
                         Words & Music by by Tracey Wickland
                                sung by John Denver
                                on Autograph (1980)

   A                 Amaj7
I came here from the city
    A7           D
A thousand miles away
   Dm              A/E
I came just for a little while
           Bm7            E
You know I never meant to stay
   A               Amaj7
I meant to take my pleasure
        A7            D
Have a good time and be gone
       Dm                A/E
But I fell in love with a lady
       Bm7 E           A
Now I sing a mountain song
   A             Amaj7
I listened to the music
        A7             D
Of the night wind in the pines
      Dm               A/E
I've seen the quiet splendor
      Bm7           E
Of a field of columbine
    A             Amaj7
I skied on crystal pathways
      A7             D
To a mountain peak so tall
       Dm               A/E
And I walked the mighty summits
         Bm7            E
With the one who made it all
          D                E
    And I fell in love with a lady
              C#m7(4th fr) F#m
   'Cause I've seen her at her best
           Bm7               E
  And I've walked her wild and rugged paths
             A        A7
   Through her open wilderness
            D          E
  And now I never can betray her
            C#m7(4th fr) F#m
  Steal her riches and be gone
                Bm7             E
   'Cause when you fall in love with a lady
            Bm7 E          A
  You gotta sing a mountain song
    A            Amaj7
Now people come from everywhere
  A7              D
To see what they can find
    Dm              A/E
And some take lots of pictures
    Bm7                E
And some just take their time
          A              Amaj7
But they're some who take her beauty
     A7             D
That can't be bought or sold
        Dm           A/E
And they think of only money
        Bm7             E
While destroying wealth untold
          D               E
  But you fall in love with a lady
               C#m7(4th fr) F#m
   When you've slept upon her breast
                Bm7             E
  And when you've walked her wild and rugged paths
        A         A7
   To her open wilderness
          D          E
  And you never can betray her
            C#m7(4th fr) F#m
  Steal her riches and be gone
                Bm7             E
   'Cause when you fall in love with a lady
            Bm7 E          A
  You gotta sing a mountain song


Copyright 1977 by Cherry Lane Music
                                     Mr. Bojangles
                          Words & Music by Jerry Jeff Walker
                                sung by John Denver
                          on Whose Garden Was This (1970)

D F#m Bm A D F#m Bm A D F#m Bm D G A

 D         F#m           Bm         F#m G
Knew a man Bojangles and he danced for you
          A
In worn out shoes.
 D          F#m            Bm      F#m G
Silver hair, ragged shirt and baggy pants.
           A G
The old soft shoe.
          A F# Bm             F#m G
He jumped so high, he jumps so high.
        E          A F# Bm
Then he'd lightly touch down.
     A    F# Bm       A     F# Bm     A    D F#m Bm A
Mr. Bojangles, Mr. Bojangles, Mr. Bojangles dance.

 D        F#m           Bm         F#m G
Met him in a cell, in New Orleans it was.
      A
Down and out.
 D        F#m          Bm       F#m G
He looked to me to be the eyes of age as he,
           A G
he spoke right out.
         A    F# Bm              F#m
He talked about life, he talked of life.
   G       E            A
He laughed, slapped his leg instead.

 D             F#m           Bm        F#m G
He said the name Bojangles and he danced a lick
         A
Across the cell.
 D                 F#m            Bm         F#m G
He grabbed his pants and took a stance and he jumped so high.
            A G
He clicked his heels.
          A F# Bm            F#m G
He let go a laugh, he let go a laugh.
         E       A F# Bm
Shook his clothes all around.
     A     F# Bm      A    F# Bm      A   D F#m Bm A
Mr. Bojangles, Mr. Bojangles, Mr. Bojangles dance.

  D              F#m             Bm       F#m G
He danced for those at minstrel shows and county fairs
            A
Throughout the South.
       D           F#m             Bm       F#m G
And he spoken in tears of 15 years how it's dogging him.
          A    G
They traveled about.
          A F# Bm              F#m G
The dog up and died he up and died
     E             A
after 20 years he still grieves.

   D         F#m        Bm          F#m G
He said I dance now at every chance and honky tonks
           A
For drinks and tips.
   D            F#m           Bm       F#m G
But most the time I spend behind these county bars.
           A      G
'Cause I drink a bit.
             A    F# Bm            F#m G
And he shook his head now, he shook his head.
     E              A F# Bm
And I heard someone ask please
     A    F# Bm       A  F# Bm      A     D F#m Bm A
Mr. Bojangles, Mr. Bojangles, Mr. Bojangles dance.

                                    The Music Is You
                            Words & Music by John Denver
                            from Back Home Again (1974)

Unusual Chords:
Dm7 : |||211
C/E : ||2|13


 C         Dm7        C/E         Dm7
Music makes pictures and often tell stories
C         Dm7      C/E        Dm7
All of the magic and all of it true
   C         Dm7        C/E         Dm7
And all of the pictures and all of the stories
   C         Dm7       C/E       Dm7 C Dm7 C/E Dm7
And all of the magic, the music is you.

 C         Dm7        C/E         Dm7
Music makes pictures and often tell stories
C         Dm7      C/E        Dm7
All of the magic and all of it true
   C         Dm7        C/E         Dm7
And all of the pictures and all of the stories
   C         Dm7       C/E       Dm7 C Dm7 C/E Dm7
And all of the magic, the music is you.
                                            My Old Man
                            Words & Music by Jery Jeff Walker
                                  sung by John Denver
                              on Rhymes & Reasons(1969)

Intro: D   Bm   A   D

       F#m Bm             A
My old man had a rounder's soul.

He'd hear an old freight train.
 D
Then he'd have to go.
               F#m Bm            A
Said he'd been blessed with a gipsy bone.

That's the reason they guessed
 D
He'd been cursed to roam.
           F#m Bm            A
Came into town back before the war.

Didn't even know what it was
D
He was looking for.
                 F#m     Bm             A
He carried a tattered bag for his violin.

It was full of lots of songs
    D
Of places that he'd been.
                F#m Bm            A
He talked real ea----sy had a smiling way

To pass along to you
 D
When his fiddle played.
         F#m        Bm          A
Making people drop their cares and woes.

To hum out loud those tunes
 D
That his fiddle howed.
             F#m Bm                    A
Till the people there began to join that sound.

And everyone in town was laughing.
 D
Singing, dancing round.
             F#m     Bm                       A
Like the fiddler's tune was all they heard that night.

As if some dream said
 D
"All the world is right"
             F#m         Bm         A
His fiddler's eye caught one beauty there.

She had that rollin' flowin'
 D
golden kind of hair.
           F#m Bm                A
He played for her as if she danced alone.

He played his favorite songs.
D
Ones he called his own.
            F#m        Bm           A
He played until she was the last to go.

He stopped and packed his case
   D
And said he'd take her home.

       F#m    Bm            A    D

                F#m     Bm           A
All the nights that passed a child was born.

All the years that passed.
     D
That love would keep them warm.
                  F#m       Bm         A
All their lives they'd share a dream come true.

All because she danced
 D
while his fiddle tuned.
        F#m Bm            A
My old man had a rounder's soul.

He'd hear an old freight train.
 D
Then he'd have to go.
            F#m        Bm            A
All that I recall said when I was so young.

No one else could really
 D
Sing those songs he sung.
                                    My Sweet Lady
                           Words & music by John Denver
                     from Poems, Prayers and Promises (1971)


Unusual chords:
Dmaj7(IX) : |||(11)(10)(9)
Em/D(VII) : |||987
D(V)    : |||775
Dmaj7(VII): |||675
G/D     : |||433
Gm/D       : |||333
Dmaj7     : |||222
D(add 9) : |||23|
Em*      : 222|||
Bm7      : |24232

               (Tune lowest string to D)

Dmaj7(IX)   Em/D(VII)   Dmaj7(IX)   Em/D(VII)

 Dmaj7(IX)      Em/D(VII)     D(V) Dmaj7(VII) G/D Gm/D
Lady, are you crying, do the tears belong to me
       D      Dmaj7 D(add 9) Dmaj7              Em Em* A
Did you think our time together          was all gone?
Dmaj7(IX)         Em/D(VII)
Lady, you've been dreaming
      D(V) Dmaj7          G/D Gm/D
I'm as close as I      can be
     Dmaj7          Em      A     D    D7
And I swear to you our time has just begun


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

 Dmaj7(IX)       Em/D(VII)     D(V) Dmaj7(VII) G/D Gm/D
Lady, are you happy, do you feel the way    I do
         D       Dmaj7 D(add 9) Dmaj7         Em Em* A
Are there meanings that you've never      seen before?
Dmaj7(IX)        Em/D(VII)
Lady, my sweet lady,
       D(V) Dmaj7           G/D Gm/D
I just can't believe it's true
      Dmaj7           Em A        D     D7
And it's like I've never ever loved before

(Repeat Chorus)

 Dmaj7(IX)      Em/D(VII)     D(V) Dmaj7(VII) G/D Gm/D
Lady, are you crying, do the tears belong to me
       D      Dmaj7 D(add 9) Dmaj7        Em        Em* A
Did you think our time together         was all gone?
Dmaj7(IX)       Em/D(VII)
Lady, my sweet lady,
      D(V) Dmaj7 G/D Gm/D
I'm as close as I can be
     Dmaj7          Em      A     D    D7
And I swear to you our time has just begun

(Repeat Chorus)

                                       Never A Doubt
                             Words & Music by John Denver
                              from Higher Ground (1988)


 C D G          Em    C     D          G Em
There was never a doubt, never a doubt in my mind
         C        D
We weren't meant to be lonely
 G      Em      C        D           G Em C
Never a doubt, I knew that I'd find you some da------y
 C D G          Em       C           D        G Em
There was never a doubt, after all of those nights all alone
        C      D
All those desperate mornings
 G      Em          C     D          G Em C
Never a doubt, there was never a doubt in my mind

D          G           Em        C
I suppose there have been times when you felt like a
 D              G     Em      C     D
room filled with darkness    not a window around
       G          Em       C
There must have been moments you felt
          D    G Em C
You were truly alone
  D        G         Em
Then again each of us knows
      C        D       G Em
In a night of unbearable sadness
        C         D
Still a light can be found
        G         Em       C
In each morning the promise that someday
     D         G Em C
Your true love will come

D         G            Em      C    D
I suppose there are some people who never believe
      G Em            C     D
in the magic on the magic of love
         G          Em
They think nothing is precious
    C           D        G Em C
And life is just pleasure and pain
  D       G          Em
Then again each of us knows
      C             D        G Em
When a heart has been broken it's tragic
      C       D
Oh the magic of love
      G           Em       C
Even that which is broken with love
      D       G Em C C Em Am
Can be mended again

                   F
All the things that you fear at the most
         C      C Em Am
They mean nothing
               F               G
All the sorrow and sadness can just disappear

  F G C        Am     F     G         C Am
There was never a doubt, never a doubt in my mind
          F       G
We weren't meant to be lonely
 C      Am      F        G          C Am F
Never a doubt, I knew that I'd find you some da------y
  F G C        Am        F          G        C Am
There was never a doubt, after all of those nights all alone
         F     G
All those desperate mornings
 C      Am          F      G        C Am
Never a doubt, there was never a doubt in my mind
         F    G        C Am
there was never a doubt in my mind
 F     G        C Am F G C
never a doubt in my mind

                           The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
                               Words & Music by Robertson
                                  sung by John Denver
                            on Whose Garden Was This (1970)
G Em

 Em     G                 C                    A G
Virgil Caine is the name and served on the Danville train.
            Em               Am                D G
The storeman's cavalery came and tore up the tracks again.
              Em          G            Em
In the summer of '65, we were hungry, just barely alive.
G             Em
By May the 10th Richmond had fell.
    G      Em           A7
The time I remember oh so well.
    G         C            G
The night they drove old Dixie down.
       Em         A7
And the bells were ringing.
    G         C            G
The night they drove old Dixie down.
       Em         A7
And the people were singing.
       G       Em C Am G                    C G C G
They went la ..... la, la, la, la, la .....

 Em          G          C                 A G
Back home in Tennessee my wife called out to me.
              Em                 Am           D G
Said Virgil come quick and see, there goes Robert E. Lee.
              Em
I don't mind chopping wood.
         G          Em
And I don't care if the money ain't good.
    G                 Em
You take what you need and save the rest.
    G                 Em              A7
But they should never have taken the very best.
    G         C            G
The night they drove old Dixie down.
       Em        A7
And the bells were ringing.
    G         C            G
The night they drove old Dixie down.
       Em        A7
And the people were singing.
       G       Em C Am G                  C G C G
They went la ..... la, la, la, la, la .....

 Em          G       C          A G
Like my father before me, he was a workin' man.
            Em      Am           D G
Like my brother above me, he took a rebel stand.
          Em
Was just 18, proud and brave.
     G         Em
When a Yankee laid him in his grave.
   G                Em
I swept out the blood beneath my feet.
    G                Em                   A7
You can't raise a Caine back up when it's in defeat.
    G        C             G
The night they drove old Dixie down.
      Em        A7
And the bells were ringing.
    G        C             G
The night they drove old Dixie down.
      Em        A7
And the people were singing.
      G       Em C Am G                     C G C G
They went la ..... la, la, la, la, la .....
    G        C             G
The night they drove old Dixie down.
      Em        A7
And the bells were ringing.
    G        C             G
The night they drove old Dixie down.
      Em        A7
And the people were singing.
      G       Em C Am D G Em C Am D7
They went la ..... la, la, la, la, la .....

                                           No One
                                     Author unknown
                                  sung by John Denver
                                 on Forever, John (1998)
     G   D   C   G   D   C

    G        D           C
     I came into this lovely city
    G           D         C
     About three weeks ago today
                 G            D         C
     And I've been trying to find someone that I can talk to
    G          D          C
     A friendly face to turn my way

    G             D           C
     I walk these streets in silent sorrow
    G         D           C
     I walk my feet into the ground
             G            D            C
     And all I see are cloudy, cold, suspicious faces
    G          D            C
     I swear to God He brings me down

            G          D
     Is there no one with a smile for me
  C                     GDC
 No one with the hallo in their eyes
        G          D
 Is there no one who will love me
     C                       GDC
 And help me thru the dark and lonely night

G            D             C
 The park's so green and full of flowers
G          D         C
 and lovers lying on the lawn
        G        D             C
 I wish I had a lady here that I could laugh with
            G            D        C
 Sweet Jesus Christ, it hurts me so to be alone

        G          D
 Is there no one with a smile for me
  C                     GDC
 No one with the hallo in their eyes
        G           D
 Is there no one who will love me
     C                       GDC
 And help me thru the cold and lonely night

       G       D         C
 Singing la   la la la la la
       G       D         C
 Singing la   la la la la la

G             D              C
 This life is hard and full of trouble
      G             D             C
 It's painful just to live from day to day
              G         D            C
 But if you're weary and afraid don't turn away now
           G           D             C
 There's no reason why we have to feel this way

        G           D
 Is there no one who will smile for me
  C                     GDC
 No one with the hallo in their eyes
        G          D
 Is there no one who will love me
     C                       GDC
 And help me thru the cold and lonely night

       G       D         C
 Singing la   la la la la la
       G       D         C
 Singing la   la la la la la
                       G    D C
     I just need someone to talk to
                  G D C
     It hurts to be alone
                       G      D C
     I just need someone to laugh with
                  G D C
     It hurts to be alone
                       G    D C
     I just want someone to love me
                   G     D C
     I need someone to talk to
                     G D C
     And it hurts to be alone

           G       D           C
     Singing la   la la   la la la
           G       D           C
     Singing la   la la   la la la
           G       D           C
     Singing la   la la   la la la
           G       D           C
     Singing la   la la   la la la



                                       No One Like You
                            Words & music by Andra Willis Muhoberac
                                     sung by John Denver
                               on Rocky Mountain Holiday (1983)


D
I like your eyes.
              G
I like your nose.
              A
I like your mouth.
                               D
Your ears, your hands, your toes.

I like you face.
               G
It's really you.
   Em                      A
I like the things you say and do.
                 G   A
There's not a single soul
     D       Bm
Who sees the skies
     A
The way you see them.
               D   G
Through your eyes.
               A     F#
And aren't you glad.
                    Bm
You should be glad.
           D      A
There's no one, no one
              D
Exactly like you.



                                Noel: Christmas Eve, 1913
                          Music & Lyrics by Bridges and Holdridge
                                  Sung by John Denver
                           on A Christmas Together (1979)

G
A frosty Christmas Eve, when the stars where shining
    Em                  C             D
I traveled for the home, where westward falls the hill
       C         D          C           D
And for many, many a village, in the darkness of the valley
       G                  C       G
distant music reached me, peels of bells were ringing.

G
Then spread my thoughts to olden times, to that first of Christmases
     Em                       C          D
when shepherds who were watching, heard music in the fields
       C            D               C              D
and they sat there and they marveled, and they knew they could not tell
      G                C           G
whether it were angels, or the bright stars a-singing

G
But to me heard a far, it was starry music
   Em                     C          D
the singing of the angels, the comfort of our Lord
       C             D            C         D
words of old that come a traveling, by the riches of the times
     G                  C         G
and I softly listened, as I stood upon the hill
                       C         G
and I softly listened, as I stood upon the hill



                                  Nothing But A Breeze
                          Words & Music by Jesse Winchester
                                Sung by John Denver
                           on Seasons Of The Heart (1982)
 G
Life is just too short for some folks;
      C                 G
For other folks it just drags on.
G
Some folks like the taste of smokey whiskey;
  C
Others figure tea's too strong.
 G
I'm the kind of guy who likes to stand in the middle.
    C                           G
I don't like all this bouncing back and forth.
 Em                   C
Me, I want to live with my feet in Dixie
        D                G
and my head in the cool blue north.

 G                    C                       G
In a small suburban garden not a single neighbour knows our name.
G
I know that the woman wishes we could move
         C              D
where the houses aren't all the same.
           G
"Say, Johnny, I would like to go where the grass is greener.
    C                     G
I couldn't really say where it might be.
     Em             C          D               G
But some place high on a mountaintop down by the deep blue sea."
  C    Cmaj7            Em         Am                   D
There we'll do just as we please, 'cause it ain't nothing but a breeze.

   G
Someday I'll be your great grandpa.
 C                            G
All the pretty girls will call me "Sir".
G
Now when they're asking me how things are.
 C                        D
Soon they'll ask me how things were.
   G
I don't mind being an old grey grandpa
    C                       G
as long as you'll be my great grandma.
   Em                           C
And I think we should move with our tea and cookies
       D               G
to the shade of the old Pau Pau.

 C Cmaj7                Em         Am                  D4    D
There we'll do just as we please, 'cause it ain't nothing but a cool breeze.

G
Life is just too short for some folks;
     C                   G
For other folks it just drags on.
 G
Some folks like the taste of smokey whiskey;
 C                     D
Others figure tea's too strong.
   G
I'm the kind of guy who likes to stand in the middle.
   C                            G
I don't like all this bouncing back and forth.
Em                       C
Me, I want to live with my feet in Dixie
       D                 G
and my head in the cool blue north.
       Em                    C
I said: Me, I want to live with my feet in Dixie
       D                 G
and my head in the cool blue north.
                                       On The Road
                             Words & Music by John Denver
                             from Back Home Again (1974)

(capo up 2 frets)
      D Em
Back in 1958 we drove an old V-8
A7
And when it gone a hundred 'thou
           D
We got out out pushed it a mile

CHORUS
       D
We didn't know who we were
       Em           A7
We didn't know what we did
              D
We were just on the road

      D
Headin' down from Canada
     Em
On a gravel road a mile from Montana
      A7
Then my Daddy read a sign
                   D
and took us in the wrong direction

I asked my Daddy where are we goin'
      Em
He said we'll just follow our nose
    A7
So I looked out the window
              D
And dreamed I was a cowboy

CHORUS
       D
We didn't know who we were
       G G/F#        Em Em7 A7
We didn't know what we did
                D
We were just on the road

      D
Met a girl in a truck café
        Em
Fell in love almost right away
         A7
Then the Mercury was ready to go
             D
And I had to leave her

 A11
Shooby Dooby Doo Shoo Doo
Shooby Dooby Doo Shoo Doo
    D
Shoo Doo

  D                        Em
Go home said the man in   the moon go home
  A7                       D
Go home said the man in   the moon go home

Because it's gettin' sort of late
         G G/F#            Em Em7
And I'll soon turn out my light
  A7                          D
Go home said the man in the moon go home

CHORUS
       D
We didn't know who we were
       G G/F#        Em Em7
We didn't know what we did
A7             D
We were just on the road
       D
We didn't know who we were
       G G/F#        Em Em7
We didn't know what we did
A7             D
We were just on the road
A11
We were just a riding on...
                     D
We were just a riding on the road.

(note - chord A11 is just strings 1 thru 5 open)



                                   On the Wings of A Dream
                              Words and Music by John Denver
                                from It's About Time (1983)


       G       D/F#       G
Yesterday I had a dream about dying
     Bm       D          G
About laying to rest and then flying
       C       G       D
How the moment at hand is the only thing
        G      D
We really own

     G        D/F#      G
And I lay in my bed and I wonder
    Bm           D        G
After all has been said and is done for
 C        G        D
Why is it thus we are here
               G
And so soon we are gone

        C
Is this life just a path to the place
                   G
That we all have come from
           C
Does the heart know the way
                       G
And if not, can it ever be found
     C
In a smile or a tear or a prayer
              G     D C G D7
Or a sigh or a song


      G        D/F#        G
And if so, then I sing for my father
      Bm            D        G
And in truth you must know I would rather
       C       G
He were here by my side
         D               G      D
We could fly on the wings of a dream
     G            D/F#       G
To a place where the spirit would find us
       Bm      D          G
And the joy and surrender would bind us
     C     G
We are one anyway
   D                G
Anyway we are more than we seem

         C
There are those who will lead us
                    G
Protect us each step of the way
      C
From beginning to end
                     G
For each moment forever each day
      C
Such a gift has been given
                 G    D C G D7
It can never be taken away

(Instrumental)


          G     D/F#         G
Though the body in passing must leave us
       Bm        D        G
There is one who remains to receive us
          C         G
There are those in this life
        D                  G      D
Who are friends from our heavenly home
    G           D/F#     G
So I listen to the voices inside me
      Bm           D          G
For I know they are there just to guide me
      C         G          D
And my faith will proclaim it is so
            G
We are never alone

      C
From the life to the light
                           G
From the dark of the night to the dawn
     C
He is so in my heart
                       G
He is here he could never be gone
         C
Though the singer is silent
                          G     D C
There still is the truth of the song
      G D7
In the song


       G       D/F#       G
Yesterday I had a dream about dying
     Bm       D          G
About laying to rest and then flying
       C       G       D
How the moment at hand is the only thing
        G      D
We really own

      G       D/F#      G
And I lay in my bed and I wonder
     Bm          D        G
After all has been said and is done for
 C        G        D
Why is it thus we are here
               G
And so soon we are gone
    C        G        D
Oh, why is it thus we are here
               G
And so soon we are gone




                                 On The Wings Of An Eagle
                                     Author unknown
                                  sung by John Denver
                                 on Forever, John (1998)

A   G   A   G   A   G   Bm E A


Oh, my home is in the mountains.
       G
I am free, I am free.
     A
I am one with wind and eagles.
       G
I am free.
       A
Given wings to sail in gracefullness.
      G
The sky, the sky.
         A
Given a voice to sing in brethlessness.
   G            Bm E A            F
I find that I can fly, fly away.
I’ve been a long time on the highway.
         C
I’ve been a long time on the run.

And it gets to be like chaos
         F
When I’m so long away from home.

And sometimes it’s just to much to bare.
    C
And I hide behind my eyes.

I can picture friendly faces.
         F
And I can dream of friendly skies.
     G
And I guess that I’m a lucky one.
       D
For the truth of what I know.

For my heart had not denied me.
     G
And I have somewhere to go.

I shall never be a prisoner.
      D
Touch steel and glass and stone.

If I leave I will return again
                  G
To my Rocky Mountain Home.

D   G   D   G
D   G   D   G   E   A


Oh, my home is in the mountains.
       G
I am free, I am free.
     A
I am one with wind and eagles.
       G
I am free.
       A
Given wings to sail in gracefullness.
      G
The sky, the sky.
         A
Given a voice to sing in brethlessness.
   G             Bm E A
I find that I can fly, fly away.
                D A
In the hands of my father.
                D A
In the light of the sunshine.
              D A E
On the wings of an eagle.
    D      A
I’m flying again.
    D      E
I’m flying again.
    D      A
I’m flying again.
    D      E
I’m flying again.
    D      A
I’m flying again.
    D      E
I’m flying again.
    D      A
I’m flying again.



                                           One World
                                Words & Music by John Denver
                                   from One World (1986)

G           Em            G      Em
Don't want to live in New York City, man.
G           Em            G       C D
Don't want to live in Tokyo.
G           Em            G      Em
I want to stay in my own village, man.
G           Em            G      C D
Is nowhere else I need to go.
G           Em            G       Em
Is nothing that I want for myself.
G           Em            G      C D
That I don't want for everyone.
G           Em            G      Em
To work in peace to live in freedom.
G           Em            G      C D
To look and never see a gun.

Em                      C D G
Why are we calling this the third world?
Em                 C D      G
I only know that it is my world.
Em                 C D       G
Maybe someday it can be our world.
Em           C         D      G
Can you imagine one world, one world.

G         Em             G        Em
My heart it hurts more than my belly.
G          Em        G        C D
So hard to live in poverty.
G         Em           G        Em
I want to work for my own living, man.
G            Em            G        C D
Don't want someone to care for me.
G             Em        G        Em
Don't want to speak of revolution.
G           Em           G        C D
It starts to sounding like a fight.
G            Em            G        Em
I give myself to evolution.
G            Em            G        C D
One world will make it be all right.

Em                      C D G
Why are we calling this the third world?
Em                 C D      G
I only know that it is my world.
Em                 C D       G
Maybe someday it can be our world.
Em           C         D      G
Can you imagine one world, one world.

C              D            G
This   world is made for everybody.
C              D          G
This   life is gift for everyone.
C              D              G
This   earth is bound to keep on turning.
C              D           Em     D     G
This   day is flowers in the sunshine, sunshine.

Em                      C D G
Why are we calling this the third world?
Em                 C D      G
I only know that it is my world.
Em                 C D       G
Maybe someday it can be our world.
Em           C         D      G
Can you imagine one world, one world.
Em                      C D G
Why are we calling this the third world?
Em                 C D      G
I only know that it is my world.
Em                 C D       G
Maybe someday it can be our world.
Em           C         D      G
Can you imagine one world, one world.
                                        Opposite Tables
                               Words & Music by John Denver
                             from Seasons Of The Heart (1982)

(Capo up 2 frets)

Intro:   A     D    A

 A
Father, oh, father please hear me

My song is a cry of desperation
D
All of the words I hear
            A
Have lost their meaning


My life is a well of confusion

Drowned out by the sound of the lost and lonely
D
Only the voice inside
         A
Speaks your name to me
E7                       A
If they only knew the things that I know
E7                             A
If they only could see the things that I see
E7                       A
If they only knew the things that I know
E7                             A
If they only could see the things that I see
E7                       A
If they only knew the things that I know
E7                             A
If they only could see the things that I see

A    D    A    D     A

E7                       A
If they only knew the things that I know
E7                             A
If they only could see the things that I see

   A
My brothers at opposite tables

Like fire and water against each other
D
Only a fool can't see
          A
The obvious ending

Are we as ashes to wildwood
Is life just a fire that can only consume us
D
Is there no vision of love
            A
To bind us together
E7                          A
If they only knew the things that I know
E7                                A
If they only could see the things that I see
E7                          A
If they only knew the things that I know
E7                                A
If they only could see the things that I see
E7                          A
If they only knew the things that I know
E7                                A
If they only could see the things that I see
                                          Paradise
                               Words & Music by John Prine
                                  Sung by John Denver
                            from Rocky Mountain High (1972)

   D             G         D
When I was a child, my family would travel
                       A7         D
Down to western Kentucky where my parents were born
                        G      D
There's a backwards old town that's often remembered
                A7        D
So many times that the memories are worn

     D                        G        D
  And daddy, won't you take me back to Muhlenberg County
                        A7      D
  Down by the Green River where Paradise lay
                            G       D
  Well, I'm sorry, my son, but you're too late in asking
                         A7       D
  Mister Peabody's coal train has hauled it away

 D                 G           D
Sometimes we'd travel right down the Green River
                      A7      D
To the abandoned old prison down by Adrie Hill

Where the air smelled like snakes
       G         D
And we'd shoot with our pistols
                 A7          D
But empty pop bottles was all we would kill
     D                        G        D
  And daddy, won't you take me back to Muhlenberg County
                        A7      D
  Down by the Green River where Paradise lay
                            G       D
  Well, I'm sorry, my son, but you're too late in asking
                         A7       D
  Mister Peabody's coal train has hauled it away

   D                   G               D
The coal company came with the world's largest shovel
                         A7             D
And they tortured the timber and stripped all the land
                           G           D
And they dug for their coal 'til the land was forsaken
                      A7          D
They wrote it all down as the progress of man

     D                        G        D
  And daddy, won't you take me back to Muhlenberg County
                        A7      D
  Down by the Green River where Paradise lay
                            G       D
  Well, I'm sorry, my son, but you're too late in asking
                         A7       D
  Mister Peabody's coal train has hauled it away

     D                        G        D
  And daddy, won't you take me back to Muhlenberg County
                        A7      D
  Down by the Green River where Paradise lay
                            G       D
  Well, I'm sorry, my son, but you're too late in asking
                         A7       D
  Mister Peabody's coal train has hauled it away


Copyright 1971 by Cotillion Music, Inc.



                                           Peace Carol
                                  Music & Lyrics by Bob Beers
                                     Sung by John Denver
                               on A Christmas Together (1979)

G / / 2 / / Am / / 2 / / D7 / / 2 / / G / / 2 / /
                    Am
The garment of life, be it tattered and torn
   D7                 G
The cloak of the soldier is withered and worn
   Em                     Am
But what child is this that was poverty-born
  D7             G
The peace of Christmas Day

CHORUS (same pattern as verses):
The branch that bears the bright holly
The dove that rests in yonder tree
The light that shines for all to see
The peace of Christmas Day

Verse 2:
The hope that has slumbered for 2000 years
The promise that silenced 1000 fears
A faith that can hobble an ocean of tears
The peace of Christmas Day

(chorus)

Verse 3:
Add all the grief that people may bear
Total the strife, the troubles and care
Put them in columns and leave them right there
The peace of Christmas Day

(chorus twice; 2nd time, decelerate on last line)



                                        The Peace Poem
                                   Words by John Denver
                                from It's About Time (1983)

There's a name for war and killing
there's a name for giving in
when you know another answer
for me the name is sin
but there's still time to turn around
and make all hatred cease
and give another name to living
and we could call it peace

And peace would be the road we walk
each step along the way
and peace would be the way we work
and peace the way we play

And in all we see that's different
and in all the things we know
peace would be the way we look
and peace the way we grow

There's a name for separation
there's a name for first and last
when it's all for us or nothing
for me the name is past
but there's still time to turn around
and make all hatred cease
and give a name to all the future
and we could call it peace

And if peace is what we pray for
and peace is what we give
then peace will be the way we are
and peace the way we live

Yes there still is the time to turn around
and make all hatred cease
and give another name to living
and we can call it peace

                                             Pegasus
                                     Words by Joe Henry
                                    Music by John Denver
                                      from Spirit (1976)

Unusual chords:
Bm/A : ||3321
Amaj7 : ||212|
D/F# : 1||232


   A                    Bm/A              Amaj7          Bm/A
  Peaceful valleys, animals and children asking me
   A                    G                   D/F#        E
  Tell the story that you told, of sailors drinking tea
   A              Bm/A                                       A
  Tell the one about the man who saddled up the wind
                 G       D/F#                   A
  Pegasus and flying fish and woodmen made of tin.

   A                       G
 A kid knows what he wants to be
   D/F#        A
 Before he's nine or ten
                           G
 Cowboys, clowns and men of war
        D/F#                E
 And someone else's friend
     A            Bm/A
 But nine grows into big boy's pants
                             A
 And then to scars and pain
                       G
 Twenty's fast and hard as nails
D/F#                    A
 But doesn't come again.
                                G
There's days to fall and days to rise
    D/F#                    A
And days for making haste
                     G
Days for seeking out yourself
   D/F#                     E
But no days you can waste
 A                         Bm/A
Night times filled with love song good
                        A
It aches to rest it down
                      G
Endless hallways dark with sleep
    D/F#                      A
And rivers dark with sound

 A                    Bm/A              Amaj7          Bm/A
Peaceful valleys, animals and children asking me
 A                    G                   D/F#        E
Tell the story that you told, of sailors drinking tea
 A              Bm/A                                       A
Tell the one about the man who saddled up the wind
               G       D/F#                   A
Pegasus and flying fish and woodmen made of tin.

  A                   G
Children climbing on my arms
        D/F#          A
And pigeons on my head
                   G
Get thee up my little man
     D/F#               E
And dream a dream instead
  A                  Bm/A
Dream a dream of rocking chairs
                             A
And flying through the night
                           G
Then dream until the morning's gone
D/F#                         A
And turned the dark to light
                             G
Then come and get your daddy
     D/F#              A
If he hasn't blown away
                      G
Rock him in your children's hands
    D/F#                    E
And help him find his way
 A                  Bm/A
Take him to your hiding place
                        A
  And let him come inside
                          G
  He's never tell your secret
             D/F#        A
  Cross my heart and hope to die.

   A                    Bm/A              Amaj7          Bm/A
  Peaceful valleys, animals and children asking me
   A                    G                   D/F#        E
  Tell the story that you told, of sailors drinking tea
   A              Bm/A                                       A
  Tell the one about the man who saddled up the wind
                 G       D/F#                   A
  Pegasus and flying fish and woodmen made of tin.

                                     People Get Ready
                            Words & Music by Curtis Mayfield
                                 Sung By John Denver
                                 on All Aboard! (1997)

 G        Em             C      DG
People get ready, there's a train a' coming.
              Em             C    G
You don't need no baggage, you just get on board.
             Em              C     D G
All you need is faith to hear those diesels humming.
              Em             C      G
You don't need no ticket, you just thank the Lord.
         Em           C      D G
People get ready for the train to Jordan.
         Em            C      G
Picking up passengers from coast-to-coast.
        Em             C      D    G
Faith is key, open up the doors and board them.
             Em           C      G
There's hope for all among the loved the most.
              Em           C     D G
But there ain't no room for the hopeless sinner.
              Em         C     G
Who would hurt all mankind to save his own.
           Em         C         D G
Have pity on those whose choices grow thinner.
              Em             C      G
There's no hiding place from the kingdom's throne.
 G        Em             C      DG
People get ready, there's a train a' coming.
              Em             C    G
You don't need no baggage, you just get on board.
             Em              C     D G
All you need is faith to hear those diesels humming.
              Em             C      G
You don't need no ticket, you just thank the Lord.
 C      G
Thank the Lord.

                                       Perhaps Love
                            Words and Music by John Denver
                            from Season Of The Heart (1982)

A F#m D E A F#m D E7

            A          F#m
Perhaps love is like a resting place
    Bm             E7
A shelter from the storm
     A             F#m
It exists to give you comfort
           Bm            E7
It is there to keep you warm
    C#m               F#m
And in those times of trouble
      D          E
When you are most alone
     Bm7       E7            A E7
The memory of love will bring you home

            A         F#m
Perhaps love is like a window
    Bm         E7
Perhaps an open door
      A             F#m
It invites you to come closer
    Bm             E7
It wants to show you more
    C#m         F#m
And even if you lose yourself
     D             E
and don't know what to do
     Bm7      E7            A
The memory of love will see you thru

  C#m           F#m
O love to some is like a cloud
   D       E      A
To some as strong as steel
    C#m         F#m
For some a way of living
    D    E    A
For some a way to feel
    C#m            F#m
And some say love is holding on
    D      E     A
And some say letting go
   C#m          F#m
And some say love is everything
 Bm             E7
Some say they don't know

            A             F#m
Perhaps love is like the ocean
            Bm              E7
Full of conflict full of pain
           A             F#m
Like a fire when it's cold outside
    Bm            E7
A thunder when it rains
   C#m             F#m
If I should live forever
    D                 E
And all my dreams come true
    Bm7         E7            A E7
My memories of love will be of you

 C#m F#m D E A
 C#m F#m D E A
   C#m           F#m
And some say love is holding on
   D     E     A
And some say letting go
   C#m          F#m
And some say love is everything
 Bm             E7
Some say they don't know

            A             F#m
Perhaps love is like the ocean
            Bm              E7
Full of conflict full of pain
           A             F#m
Like a fire when it's cold outside
    Bm            E7
A thunder when it rains
   C#m             F#m
If I should live forever
    D                 E
And all my dreams come true
    Bm7         E7            A E7
My memories of love will be of you



                                     Please Daddy
                     Words & Music by Bill Danoff & Taffy Danoff
                               Sung by John Denver
                         from Farewell Andromeda (1973)
A      A7           D
Please daddy, don't get drunk this Christmas.
A                    E E7
I don't wanna see my mamma cry.
A      A7          D
Please daddy don't get drunk this Christmas.
A          E7         A
I don't wanna see my mamma cry.

 E                     A
Just last year when I was only seven.
 E                      A
Now I'm almost eight as you can see.
            A7         D Bm
You came home a quarter past eleven.
 A          E7             A
Fell down underneath our Christmas tree.

A      A7           D
Please daddy, don't get drunk this Christmas.
A                    E E7
I don't wanna see my mamma cry.
A      A7          D
Please daddy don't get drunk this Christmas.
A          E7         A
I don't wanna see my mamma cry.

 E                       A
Mamma smiled and looked outside the window.
   E                      A
She told me: "Son, you better get upstairs."
                  A7           D       Bm
But then you laughed and hollered: "Merry Christmas."
    A          E7        A
I turned around and saw my mamma's tears.

A      A7           D
Please daddy, don't get drunk this Christmas.
A                    E E7
I don't wanna see my mamma cry.
A      A7          D
Please daddy don't get drunk this Christmas.
A          E7         A
I don't wanna see my mamma cry.

A      A7           D
Please daddy, don't get drunk this Christmas.
A                    E E7
I don't wanna see my mamma cry.
A      A7          D
Please daddy don't get drunk this Christmas.
A          E7         A
I don't wanna see my mamma cry.
   E          E7       D A
No, I don't wanna see my mamma cry.

                              Poems, Prayers And Promises
                             Words & music by John Denver
                       from Poems, Prayers and Promises (1971)


  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,

G(add A): 55xx35
G    : 55xx22
A7    : xx2223
Em     : 222xxx

                              Polka, Dots and Moonbeams
                        by Johnny Burke & Jimmy Van Heusen
                                sung by John Denver
                                 from Spirit (1976)



F         Dm         Gm7      C9
A country dance was being held in a garden
F        Dm          Bbmaj7       A7
I felt a bump and heard an "Oh, beg your pardon"
 Dm        Bbm6 Fmaj7        Am7(5fr) Abm7(4fr)
Suddenly I saw polka dots and moonbeams
Gm7          C7       F   Gm7 C7
All around a pug-nosed dream

F        Dm        Gm7        C9
The music started and was I the perplexed one
F        Dm         Bbmaj7         A7
I held my breath and said "May I have the next one?"
 Dm           Bbm6 Fmaj7        Am7(5fr) Abm7(4fr)
In my frightened arms polka dots and moonbeams
 Gm7         C7      F
Sparkled on a pug-nosed dream.


Chorus
Bm7(7fr) E7(5fr)    A(5fr) A#dim(5fr) Bm7(7fr)
      There were questions in the eyes
        E7(5fr) A/C#(9fr)     Cdim(7fr) Bm7(7fr) E7(5fr)
 Of other dancers as we floated over the floor
                 A(5fr) A#dim(5fr) Bm7(7fr)
E7(5fr)
There were questions, but my heart knew all the answers
Am7(5fr)      F#dim       Gm7       C7      F
       And perhaps a few things more

F      Dm           Gm7         C7
Now in a cottage made of lilacs and laughter
F         Dm         Bbmaj7      A7
I know the meaning of the words "ever after"
Dm            Bbm6 Fmaj7        Am7(5fr) Abm7(4fr)
And I'll always see polka dots and moonbeams
 Gm7          C7       F
When I kiss my pug-nosed dream

(Instrumental)
Bm7(7fr) E7(5fr)    A(5fr) A#dim(5fr) Bm7(7fr)
      There were questions in the eyes
       E7(5fr) A/C#(9fr)    Cdim(7fr) Bm7(7fr)
Of other dancers as we floated over the floor
E7(5fr)          A(5fr)
      There were questions,
 A#dim(5fr) Bm7(7fr)        E7(5fr)    Am7(5fr)
But my heart knew all the answers
   F#dim     Gm7        C7
And perhaps a few things more

G(3fr) Em(7fr)         Am7(5fr) D7(7fr)
Now in a cottage made of lilacs and laughter
G(3fr)      Em(7fr)    Cmaj7 B7
I know the meaning of the words "ever after"
Em(7fr)        Cm6 Gmaj7(3fr) Bm7(7fr) Bbm7(6fr)
And I'll always see polka dots and moonbeams
Am7(5fr)        D7(3fr) Gmaj7(3fr) E7-9(6fr)
When I kiss my pug-nosed dream
Am7(5fr)       D7(3fr) G(3fr) Gmaj9(5fr)
When I kiss my pug-nosed dream.

                                         Ponies
                         Words and Music by Jeffrey Bullock
                                sung by John Denver
                           on Different Directions (1991)

Unusual chords:
    _           _         _       _
C : 332|1|     C1 : 322|1| C2 : 3|2|1|    C3 : 3|2|1|


 G                   C
Somewhere out on the prairie
                         D
Is the greatest cowboy that's ever been
     G           G7          C   C1 C2 C3
And when he lays his hands upon the ponies
     D                    G D G
They shudder with an understanding skin


And he says ponies
   G7          C C1 C2 C3
Now ponies don't you worry
  D                         G
I have not come to steal your fire away
              G7           C    C1 C2 C3
I want to fly with you across the sunrise
   D                      G
Discover what begins each shining day

                       G7
When the storm clouds in the west
          C       C1 C2 C3
Are quickly gathering
   D
The ponies they run wild there
         G
Before it rains
                      G7           C     C1 C2 C3
You'll see their sleek dark bodies brightly gleaming
    D                            G D G
You know the fire is flying through their brains


And he says ponies
    G7            C C1 C2 C3
Now ponies don't you worry
  D                         G
I have not come to steal your fire away
              G7           C    C1 C2 C3
I want to fly with you across the sunrise
   D                      G
Discover what begins each shining day

                     Postcard From Paris (I Wish You Were Here)
                           Words and Music by John Denver
                   from The Flower That Shattered The Stone (1990)

(Intro)

F   Fmaj7    Bbadd2/F    Bb/C    F   Fmaj7    Bbadd2/F      Bb/C

Verse 1
 F            Dm           C
Dear friend of mine, the weather's fine
  Bb         F C/E      Dm7           C
Today I saw some ruins of the Roman world's decline
    Am              Bb
And I climbed all those Spanish Steps;
     F      C/E Dm C/D
You've heard of them no doubt.
   Gm7sus4(3 fr)     Gm7(3 fr)      Bb/C
But Rome has lost its glory, I don't know what it's about
            F
I wish you were here
                 C/E       Dm7 C Bb
(When the shadows fall and all the rushing traffic stills)
 Gm7(3 fr) Bb/C F
I wish you were here
       Bb/F     F      Dm7
(And the bells are ringing on the Seven Hills)
  Gm7(3fr)
I make my way to a small cafe'
  Bb/C
I wonder what you did today
          F Fmaj7 Bbadd2/F Bb/C
Wish you were here


Verse 2

Dear one at home, I just flew in from Rome
Paris is a postcard all decked out in color chrome
And so I climbed the Eiffel Tower
And prayed at Notre Dame
But I just can't find the romance
And I wonder why I came


I wish you were here
(on the Champs-Elysees lovers walking hand in hand)
I wish you were here
(they take one look at me and seem to understand)
This city of light is a lovely sight
The first bright star I see tonight
Wish you were here

     G
Now I write this from the plane,
 C/G         F
Drinking cheap champagne
   Bb/F
And wondering why two people
     F/Eb Eb(6fr)     C/D
Got so far apart


            G
I wish you were here
            D/F#     Em     D     C
(Here in London where the rain is pouring down)
  C/D         G
I wish you were here
                  Em
(On this airplane headed back to New York town)
     Am7
I'll never leave you alone again
      C/D
I'm coming home but until then
            G     Bm/F#      D/C
Wish you were here
   C          Em7 D/E Em7 C
I wish you were here
 C/D          G
Wish you were here

D/F#    Em    D    Cadd9



                                        Potter's Wheel
                               Words and Music by Bill Danoff
                                    sung by John Denver
                              from Different Directions (1991)



Em D E

              Em                            D              E
The World is fast becoming younger, the news is all they've ever known
            Em                                           D              Em
they've seen the wars, the hurt, the hunger How will they choose when they are grown.
                                                             D          E
What do you tell forevers children when its their turn to hurt and heal
           Em                                     D              Em
whatever spins the grim tornedo can also turn a potters wheel

 C#m                  E C#m                  E C#m           E      B     E
take a little clay put it on the wheel give a little hint how god must feel,
 C#m             E C#m             E C#m             E     B    E
give a little turn listen to it spin make it in the shape you want it in.

            Em                                D                 E
Tell with you life the bloody story teach to they're dreams not burning steel
              Em                                        D           Em
it's not in bombs where lies the glory but in what's shattered on the field
                Em                              D             E
The potter's wheel takes love and caring skill and patience fast and slow,
               Em                                 D             Em
the works it makes are easily broken once they've survived the potter's throw

 C#m                  E C#m                  E C#m           E      B     E
take a little clay put it on the wheel give a little hint how god must feel,
 C#m             E C#m             E C#m             E     B    E
give a little turn listen to it spin make it in the shape you want it in.

             Em                               D         E
Some day some children will be digging in some long forgotten ground and
           Em                                      D            Em
they'll find our civilization or what's left of it to be found
              Em                                     D         E
they'll find the weapons of destruction but buried deeper in the hole
             Em                                D              Em
they'll find a message and a promise in the sand, the potter's bowl

 C#m                  E C#m                  E C#m           E      B     E
take a little clay put it on the wheel give a little hint how god must feel,
 C#m             E C#m             E C#m             E     B    E
give a little turn listen to it spin make it in the shape you want it in.

 C#m                  E C#m                  E C#m           E      B     E
take a little clay put it on the wheel give a little hint how god must feel,
 C#m             E C#m             E C#m             E     B    E
give a little turn listen to it spin make it in the shape you want it in.

 C#m      E      C#m      E       C#m E       B       E
Earth and fire and wind conspire with human hand, and love, and fire.

 C#m                  E C#m                  E C#m           E      B     E
take a little clay put it on the wheel give a little hint how god must feel,
 C#m             E C#m             E C#m             E     A A7 E
give a little turn listen to it spin make it in the shape you want it in.



                             Prisoners (Hard Life, Hard Times)
                               Words & Music by John Denver
                             from Rocky Mountain High (1972)


D G D


 D
Josie works a counter at the downtown five and dime
    G                       D
Anything at all to help her pass the time

Her mama keeps the baby and grandpa rambles on
       G                  D
About the good times playing in his mind

         G                      D
  It's a hard life livin' when you're lonely
         G                 D
  It's a long night sleepin' alone
         G                   D
  It's a hard time waitin' for tomorrow
         G            D G D
  It's a long, long way home
 D
Josie spends the evening with the people on the pages
      G                     D
Of the paperback she picked up at the store

Or sometimes it's the TV or she'll try to write a letter
    G                   D
Wo! they don't come too often anymore


           G                      D
  It's   a hard life livin' when you're lonely
           G                 D
  It's   a long night sleepin' alone
           G                   D
  It's   a hard time waitin' for tomorrow
           G            D G D
  It's   a long, long way home


         D                   G
     I stare at the gray walls before me
     D                   G
     I see her face in the dawn
         D              G
     I try to imagine our baby
        D                    G
     I wish they would let me go home
        D                    G
     I wish they would let me go home
        D
     I wish they would let
         G                       D
   me go home
  It's a hard life livin' when you're lonely
                              I wish they would let
         G                 D
   me go home
  It's a long night sleepin' alone
                        I wish they would let
         G                   D
   me go home
  It's a hard time waitin' for tomorrow
                          I wish they would let
         G            D
   me go home
  It's a long, long way home
                  I wish they would let
         G            D
   me go home
  It's a long, long way home
                 I wish they would let
         G               D
    me go home
    Bring me and the other boys home
                     I wish they would let
         G               D
    me go home
    Bring me and the other boys home
                     I wish they would let
         G               D D G D
    me go home
    Bring me and the other boys home


Copyright 1972 by Cherry Lane Music
From the John Denver album "Rocky Mountain High"




                                       Raven's Child
                       Words and Music by John Denver & Joe Henry
                     from The Flower That Shattered The Stone (1990)
Unusual Chords
Asus4   x02230


A    Asus4   A   Asus4

A             Asus4
Raven's child is chas-ing salvation
  A                     Asus4          A Asus4
Black beak turned white from the crack and the snow
       A               Asus4
On the streets of despair the answer is simple
    A      G        D         A Asus4 A
A spoonful of mercy can set free the soul

    D
The drug king sits on his arrogant throne
          A
Away and above and a-part
D
Even children are twisted to serve him
Em                          A
Greed has corrupted what once was a heart

A            Asus4          A         Asus4

Raven's child keeps vigil for freedom
Trades for the arms that once made her strong
With nuclear warheads and lasers in heaven
Fear does the choosing between right and wrong
The arms king sits on his arrogant throne
Away and above and apart
Bankers assure him that he needn t care
And greed makes a stone of what once was a heart

A           Asus4           A         Asus4

Raven's child is washing the water
All of her wing-feathers blackened with tar
Prince William shoreline s an unwanted highway
Of asphalt and anger an elegant scar

The oil king sits on his arrogant throne
Away and above and apart
Lawyers have warned him he mustn t speak
And greed has made silent what once was a heart

A           Asus4           A

Bm                      E
Still there are walls that come tumbling down
    A                  F#m
For people who yearn to be free
Bm                       A
Still there are hearts that long to be opened
   D                    E
And eyes that are longing to see


 A                Asus4
Raven's child is our constant companion
  A             Asus4            A Asus4
Sticks like a shadow to all that is done
  A            Asus4
Try as we may we just can't escape him
    A         G            D         A   Asus4       A
The source of our sorrow and shame, We are one

     D
The true King sits on a heavenly throne
                    A
Never away nor above nor apart
    D
With wisdom and mercy and constant compassion
Em                              A    Asus4 A Asus4
He lives in the love that lives in our hearts

A            Asus4           A    Asus4
Raven's child is wash-ing the water.
A              Asus4           A Asus4
Raven's child keeps vigil for freedom
A             Asus4          A     Asus4
Raven's child is chas-ing salvation
A              Asus4           A Asus4 A
Raven's child is our constant companion


Copyright 1989 Cherry Mountain Music

                                   Readjustment Blues
                              Words & Music by Bill Danoff
                                 Sung by John Denver
                                  from Aerie (1971)

 Am               G        Fmaj7
Just out of the infantry this morning,
  Am            G            F
I had to pay my dues across the sea,
     G           Fmaj7          Am
But no one back in boot camp ever warned me,
           G       Fmaj7           Am
What the readjustment blues would do to me.
            G              Fmaj7
"Welcome to Havannah", said the pilot,
    Am              G             F
"We must have made a wrong turn on the way."
  G            Fmaj7            Am
"Let's buy some cigars and keep it quiet,
         G             F         Am
If they don't know we're here we'll get away."
              G           Fmaj7
Just as I had realized he was joking,
   Am              G       F
I saw we were in Washington D.C.,
         G               F     Am
'Cause there was all the patriotic buildings.
 G             Fmaj7        Am
Just like I had seen them on T.V.
 G
It must have been a holiday,
  F                 C
'cause there was this parade.
  G                        F            C
People carried signs I couldn't read that they had made.
Em            Am          Fmaj7         C
'Till I got closer and my heart fell to my socks;
  C                G
There was a battle raging and
            F                C    Am G Fmaj7
The air was filled with teargas and rocks.
      Am              G             Fmaj7
There was the flag I'd fought against so often,
     Am              G          F
The one I fought for hanging upside down,
    G            Fmaj7             Am
The wind was blowing hard, the dirt was flying,
    G          Fmaj7             Am
It made the city sky look dark and brown.
                  G            Fmaj7
I saw a girl, she could have been my sister,
  Am              G            F
Except her hair was long and in her face,
  G             Fmaj7     Am
She explained this was a demonstration,
  G              F           Am
Against the war and for the human race.
                   G              Fmaj7
Now I've seen a lot of strange things in my travels,
   Am          G      F
Cannibals, yes, and aliens galore,
     G              F         Am
But I never thought I'd see so many people
  G           Fmaj7         Am
Saying we don't want your + + + war!
     G
The troops all had on uniforms
 F                C
Just like the one I'd worn,
 G                         F          C
But they were all domestic and my duty chose war.
 Em          Am              F          C
They carried guns just like the ones across the sea,
 G      C               G
Except this time I was the citizen
             F              Am
And they were pointing their guns at me,
  C              G
Yes, I was just a citizen and
       F            Am G
I was walking down the street,
          C             G         Fmaj7
And it was just then that the Readjustment Blues
            Am G F C
Got through to me.



                                   Relatively Speaking
                 Words by Arthur Hancock and Music by John Denver
                         from Seasons Of The Heart (1982)


C
Relatively speaking, you make me who I am.
                    F
I need you exactly like the ocean needs the land.
Am            Em              F G         C
I need you like sunshine needs the shadows and the night.
Am             F          D7        Dm F/G
I need you the way love needs the savage hurtful fight.

 C
Relatively sepaking, I'm nothing without you.
                             F
You are where I've been before, you are where I'm going to.
Am              Em         F     G    C
You are living out my dreams and you are all my fears.
Am            F       D7           Dm/G
You evoke my laughter, you unleash ev'ry tear.

   Am                Em      F        G7           C
The rich ones need the poor ones; the blind need those with sight,
Am              F          D7              G    G7
Sinners need the pure of heart; the black ones need the white.

C
Relatively speaking the contrast makes it go.
                  F
Ev'ry action taken is related in the flow.
Am               Em               F G      C
Stars and losers, kings and fools go dancing hand in hand,
Am            F       D7         Dm F/G
Relatively speaking, you make me who I am.


Instrumental (finished off the verse)

C F Am Em F G C Am F D7 Dm/G

Am                Em          F    G7       C
The sick ones need the well ones, the living need the dead.
Am              F          D7             G    G7
Heaven needs its hell you know, and love needs lonely beds.

 C
Relatively speaking, the contrast makes it go.
                   F
Ev'ry action taken is related in the flow.
Am              Em             F      G7   C
Stars and losers, kings and fools go dancing hand in hand.
Am            F      D7            Dm/G
Relatively speaking, you make me who I am,
F/G     C
Who I am.

C (Repeat and fade)

                                   Rhymes And Reasons
                             Words & music by John Denver
                          from Rhymes And Reasons (1969)



/*Tune down one full tone*/

      G            D/F#         C/E         G
So you speak to me in sadness and the coming of the winter,
Em                  Bm        C          D
fear that is within you now that seems to never end,
            G             D/F#           C/E            G
and the dreams that have escaped you and the hope that you've forgotten
            Em            G             D
and you tell me that you need me now and you want to be my friend
            C                          G              D/F#
and you wonder where we're going, where's the rhyme, where's the reason
             Em          G       D/F#
and it's you cannot accept it is here we must begin
               Am
to seek the wisdom of the children
             G            C        D
and the graceful way of flowers in the wind.
            G            D/F#        C/E         G
For the children and the flowers are my sisters and my brothers,
Em                    Bm           C          D
their laughter and their loveliness would clear a cloudy day.
             G         D/F#          C/E        G
Like the music of the mountains and the colors of the rainbow
              Em            G         D7/F#       G     C/G D7/G
they're a promise of the future and the blessing for today.
               G          D/F#         C/E       G
Though the cities start to crumble and the towers fall around us
Em                 Bm         C           D
the sun is slowly fading and it's colder than the sea
      G                D/F#      C/E            G
it is written: From the de-sert to the mountains they shall lead us
      Em             G             D
by the hand and by the heart they will comfort you and me.
             C                       G               D/F#
In their innocence and trusting, they will teach us to be free.
            G            D/F#        C/E         G
For the children and the flowers are my sisters and my brothers,
Em                    Bm           C          D
their laughter and their loveliness would clear a cloudy day.
             G          C/E       D/F#        G
And the song that I am singing is a prayer to unbelievers
Em               G          D7/F#       C/G G C/G D7/G G
come and stand beside us we can find a better way.




Copyright by Cherry Lane Music
                                    Ripplin' Waters
                          Words & Music by Jimmy Ibbotson
                                sung by John Denver
                             from I Want To Live (1977)

(capo up 2 frets)

Intro: DaddE   D/F#addE   G6addA    A7sus4

     D                  D7           G
I've got rippling waters to wake me to the morning my woman in love,
            D                A7
Tall pine trees are pointing this easily to heaven above.
 D                      C              G
Blue spruce flaming on the grate in the evening, takes the chill away fine,
Em           B7            E
Cut the telephone line, the story's the same.
         D                 D7            G
There's a worn red chair by the window that she found at a sale down the way,
              D               A7
When some old woman said that they needed more room for the winter.
   D                              C
The people like pulling out the stuffing when they sit down, so it passes
   G Em            B7             E
The time, cut the telephone line, the story's the same.
 A              E                     A
Ooh, like a bubble on a windy day start to flutter when I hear you say,
               B7       E      A
That you feel too good to go away and you make me feel fine.
              E                    A
And you made the world a warmer place, by the sparkle of you diamond face.
               B7          E     B7
On a grey spot put a little lace and you make me feel fine,
     E       B7 E             B7
Warm as a mountain sunshine, on the edge of a snowline,
     E    A
In a meadow of columbine.
G A7
D                          D7            G
Oh, little Jennifer, I'd give a penny for what you've got on your mind,
           D              A7
Seems like most of the time you're lying there dreaming.
 D                   C              G
Maybe in your vision you see how our mission is, slightly less than divine,
Em           B7            E
Cut the telephone line, the story's the same.
   D                           D7
Now rippling waters flow through the ceiling and the walls and they're
      G                D             A7
keeping me warm and the closest I've been to my family for days is my music.
     D                    C           G
But to silently stare in the morning sky is like hearing her calling my name,
 Em         B7            Em
Cut the telephone line, the story's the same.
 A             E                  A
Ooh, like a bubble on a windy day start to flutter when I hear you say,
              B7       E      B7
that you feel to good to go away and you make me feel fine.
    E       B7          E    B7
Warm as a mountain sunshine, on the edge of a snowline,
    E     A
in a meadow of columbine.
G A7




                                           Rita Ballou
                              Words and Music by Guy Clarke
                                  sung by John Denver
                                on Forever, John (1998)


 C
She could dance and slow you 'bout
  F
Shuffle to some cowboy hustle
C
How she made those trophy buckles
  G
shine, shine, shine.
C
Wild-eyed in Mexican silver
  F
Trickin' dumb old cousin Willard
C                G
into thinking that he got her this time.

 F                              C
  Hill country, honky-tonkin' Rita Ballou
                                       G
  Every beer joint in town has played a fool for you.
 F                             C
  Back slidin', barrel ridin' Rita Ballou
                             G            C
  Ain't a cowboy in Texas would not ride a bull for you.


She's a rawhide ropin' velvet mixture
 F
Walkin', talkin' Texas texture
C                      G
High-timing, barroom fixture kind of a girl.
C
She's a queen of the cowboys
 F
Look at old Willard grinning now, boys
C                    G             C
You'd have thought there's less fools in this world

 F                             C
  Hill country, honky-tonkin' Rita Ballou
                                       G
  Every beer joint in town has played a fool for you.
 F                             C
  Back slidin', barrel ridin' Rita Ballou
                             G            C
  Ain't a cowboy in Texas would not ride a bull for you.

 C   F   G   C    F   G    C

 F
Good luck Willard, and here's to ya
   Am                           G
And here's to Rita, I hope she'll do ya right all night
                        C
But I wish I was a fool in our shoes

 F                              C
  Hill country, honky-tonkin' Rita Ballou
                                       G
  Every beer joint in town has played a fool for you.
 F                             C
  Back slidin', barrel ridin' Rita Ballou
                             G            C
  Ain't a cowboy in Texas would not ride a bull for you.
         F          C             G         C
  Lord, I wish I was in Texas, I would ride a bull for you.

                                         River Of Love
                               Words and music by John Sommers
                                     Sung by John Denver
                                on Farewell Andromeda (1973)

D    C       Bm       Am

G                             C
All of my life I've been so happy
  D                             G   D
while I have had you by my side.
G       G7             C       Am7
Now you say you're gonna leave me
       D                  G
for to become someone else's bride.
      D                               G
Oh, the river of love it has gone muddy
       A7                                          D
and the flowers , they are dying on the shore.
       C                     G
And the blue skies have all turned to darkness
      D                         G
and the nightingale will sing no more.
G            G7                   C
What can I do to hide my sorrow,
D                                  G   D
what can I do to ease the pain?
G             G7              C      Am7
How can I keep these tears from fallin'
   D                                        G
oh, darlin', won't you come back home again?
           D                             G
Oh, the river of love it has gone muddy
            A7                                 D
and the flowers , they are dying on the shore.
            C                     G
And the blue skies have all turned to darkness
           D                             G
and the nightingale will sing no more.

   G                                      C    Am
Tomorrow I will take you to the station
            D                            G   D
I will see that you're safely on that train.
  G        G7          C      Am7
When the Two Nineteen has parted
      D7                                 G
I'll never ever see your smile again.
            D                          G
Oh, the river of love it has gone muddy
             A7                                   D    F
and the flowers , they are dying on the shore.
             C                    G
And the blue skies have all turned to darkness
            D                             G     F
and the nightingale will sing no more.
         C                   G
And the blue skies have all turned to darkness
            D                         G      C G
and the nightingale will sing no more.



                                  Rocky Mountain High
                   Words & Music by John Denver and Mike Taylor
Unusual chords:
Em7 : 22||||
Dmaj7 : |||222
(Capo up 2 frets)

  D Em7 G

  A       D                Em7         C A
  He was born in the summer of his twenty seventh year
        D                            Em7       G A
  coming home to a place he'd never been before.
             D                     Em7           C A
  He left yesterday behind him, you might say he was born again
          D                     Em7 G A
  you might say he found a key for ev'ry door.

         D                       Em7             C
  When he first came to the mountains his life was far away
  A        D             Em7 G A
  on the road and hangin' by a song.
              D                    Em7               C A
  But the strings already broken and he doesn't really care
          D                            Em7 G A
  it keeps changin' fast and it don't last for long.

CHORUS
            G       A              D
         But the Colorado Rocky Mountain high
         G               A         D
         I've seen it rainin' fire in the sky
         G             A
         the shadow from the starlight
        D           Em7 Dmaj7 G
         is softer than a lull--a----by

                            D Em7 G     A        D Em7 G A
   Rocky Mountain high,      Rocky Mountain high

  He climbed Cathedral Mountains he saw silver clouds below
  he saw ev'rything 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 he kept his memory.

  Now he walks in quiet solitude the forest and the streams
  seeking grace in ev'ry step he takes.
  His sight has turned in side himself to try and understand
  the serenity of a clear blue mountain lake.

  CHORUS

 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 up on the land.
 CHORUS & END
                    Rocky Mountain Suite (Cold Nights in Canada)
                             Words & Music by John Denver
                           from Farewell Andromeda (1973)
Unusual chords
Asus4 : ||223|
A7sus4 : ||2|3|
A(addB) : ||22||

D              G       A
Up in a meadow in Jasper, Alberta
    D                 C          A Asus4
Two men and four ponies on a long lonesome ride
   D                  G        A
To see the high country and learn of her people
    D                       C          A Asus4 A
The ways that they lived there, the ways that they died
A(addB) D                G      A
And    one is a teacher and one a beginner
    D                 C        A Asus4
Just wanting to be there and wanting to know
     D                  G       A
And together they're trying to tell us a story
     D                    C         A Asus4 A7sus4 A7
That should have been listened to long, long ago
      G                  D
How the life in the mountains is living in danger
    C      G         Em      A Asus4
From too many people, too many machines
      G              D
And the time is upon us, today is forever
  C       G         Em        A Asus4 A7sus4 A7 A(addB)
Tomorrow is just one of yesterday's dreams

 D                        A
Cold nights in Canada and icy blue winds
                       A7     D
The man and the mountains are brothers again
                                A A7
Clear waters are laughing they sing to the sky
   A                         D A Asus4
The Rockies are living they never will die

A Asus4 A A(addB)

D            G      A
Up in a meadow in Jasper, Alberta
   D                C          A
Two men and four ponies on a long lonesome ride

Asus4 A7 D
   Mmm....
                              Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer
                           Words & Music by Johnny Marks
                                sung by John Denver
                         on Rocky Mountain Christmas (1975)

        C       Am
 You know Dasher and Dancer
     F        G
 And Prancer and Vixen,
  C       Am
 Comet and Cupid
    F        G7
 And Donner and Blitzen.
    Am
 But do you recall
       D7          G7
The most famous reindeer of all?

 C
Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer
(reindeer)
              G7
Had a very shiny nose
(like a light bulb)

And if you ever saw it
(saw it)
                   C
You would even say it glows
(like a flash light)

All of the other reindeer
(reindeer)
                     G7
Used to laugh and call him names
(like Pinochio)

They never let poor Rudolph
(Rudolph)
                 C
Join in any reindeer games
(like Monopoly)
  F           C
Then one foggy Christmas Eve
 G7          C
Santa came to say
(Ho Ho Ho)
 G7             B
Rudolph with your nose so bright
 D7               G7
Won't you guide my sleigh tonight?
  C
Then all the reindeer loved him
(loved him)
                    G7
And they shouted out with glee
(yippee)

"Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer
(reindeer)
                 C
You'll go down in history!"
(like Columbus)

C G7 C G7 C F C G7                C
G7 B D7 G7 C G7 C

 C
Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer
            G7
Had a very shiny nose

And if you ever saw it
                 C
You would even say it glows

All of the other reindeer
                     G7
Used to laugh and call him names

They never let poor Rudolph
                 C
Join in any reindeer games
 F            C
Then one foggy Christmas Eve
 G7          C
Santa came to say
 G7             B
Rudolph with your nose so bright
 D7               G7
Won't you guide my sleigh tonight?
 C
Then all the reindeer loved him
                     G7
And they shouted out with glee

"Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer
                 C
You'll go down in history!"

                                         Rusty Green
                                        Author unknown
                                      sung by John Denver
                                    on Forever, John (1983)

A       D     G       A G D A
Rusty green summer's almost dawn
        D     G       A G D A
I see winds clouding up the sun
     G        A D
And I can't find my way
G     A      D G D A
Everything's gray

          D    G   A G D A
Rusty green eyes on my mind
          D   G      A G D A
Memories someplace out of time
          G      A D
All the things we would do
G         A D
I still love you

       G     A D
It's a sad song to sing
G A         D
Painted rusty green
    G        D          A
Of green fading picture of spring

                                       Sail Away Home
                             Words & Music by John Denver
                          from Whose Garden Was This (1970)
Capo 3
Unusual Chords
A : x|2225

E7      /     /  /  /
     E7
Sail away
          A
Sail away home
 E7
Sail away
            A     E   A
Till you are gone
            D A E       A
You have so far to go
               D A    E A /
There's so much that you don't know
  E7
Dream away
              A
See what you find, yeah
  E7
Dream away
               A E A
It's all in your mind
                D A E A
Things that you'd like to see
                D A E A /
Things that you'd like to be
 E7
Dont you know
         A
It seems so wrong, yeah
 E7
Dont you know
               A E A
It's gone on too long
              D A E         A
I cant take the guns an-y-more
                D A E         A
I can't take the screams an-y-more
               D
I can't take the pain
            G           A        G     D A
It's got to stop, It's got to change, It can't go on
   G      D E
It can't go on

          E7
Don't you know
             A
It's gone on to long, yeah
 E7
Dont you know
           A E A
It seems so wrong
             D A E A
I cant take the guns an-y-more
               D A        E A
I can't take the screams an-y-more
              D
I can't take the pain
           G            A         G    D A
It's got to stop, It's got to change, It can't go on
   G     D E
It can't go on

        E7
Find a way
           A
I know you can
 E7
Find a way
              A E A /
I'll give you my hand
        D A E A
Were on our way back home
       D A E         A
We've been a long time gone

 A     E7
Sail a-way
        A
Sail away home
 A     E7
Sail a-way
        A
Sail away home

Copyright 1970,1971 Cherry Lane Music

                                     San Antonio Rose
                               Words & Music by Bob Wills
                                 sung by John Denver
                                   from Spirit (1976)




 A                   D Bm
Deep within my heart lies a melody
   E           A
A song of old San Antone
                      D Bm
Where in dreams I live with a memory
   E             A
Beneath the stars all alone

                       D Bm
It was there I found beside the Alamo
   E                 A
Enchantment strange as the blue up above
              D            Bm
A moonlit pass that only she would know
      E                A
Still hears my broken song of love


 E                    B
Moon in all your splendor hear only my heart
                    E
Call back my Rose, Rose of San Antone
                      B
Lips so sweet and tender like petals falling apart
                 E     E7
Speak once again of my love, my own
 A               D      Bm
Broken song, empty words I know
       E               A
Still live in my heart all alone
                     D Bm
For the moonlit pass by the Alamo
    E                 A
And Rose, my Rose of San Antone



Copyright 1940 by Bourne Co.



                                San Francisco Mabel Joy
                     Words & Music by M. Newbury & Costerman
                               sung by John Denver
                        on Some Days Are Diamonds (1981)

    D                      G/D             D
His daddy was an honest man, just a red dirt Georgia farmer
                                         A
His mother lived her short life havin' kids and balin' hay
 D                   G/D           D
He had fifteen years and he ached inside to wander
                             A         D
So he jumped a freight in Waycross and wound up in L.A.

                           G/D            D
The cold nights had no pity on that Waycross, Georgia farmboy
                                A
Most days he went hungry, then the summer came
  D                      G/D                D
He met a girl known on the Strip as San Francisco's Mabel Joy
                      A               D
Destitutions child born of an L.A. street called shame

 G                         D
Growing up came easy in the arms of Mabel Joy
                                        A
Laughter found their mornings, brought a meaning to his life
        G
Yes, the night before she left sleep came
                       D
And gave that Waycross country boy
                  A              D
A dream of Georgia cotton and a California wife

    G
Sunday mornin' found him standing
                   D
'Neath the red light at her door

When a right cross sent him reelin'
      A
Put him face down on the floor
    G                               D
In place of Mabel Joy he found a merchant mad marine

Who growled "Your Georgia neck is red.
      A                     D
Aw, but sonny, you're still green"

 D                    G/D            D
He turned twenty one in a gray rock fed'ral prison
                                      A
The old judge had no mercy for a Waycross country boy
 D                           G/D
Staring at those four gray walls in silence
             D
Lord, he'd just listen for the midnight freight he knew
            A
Could take him back to Mabel Joy

     G                                      D
Sunday morning found him lying 'neath the red light at her door
                                A
With a bullet in his side he cried, "Have you seen Mabel Joy?"
 G                                           D
Stunned and shaken someone said "Why she don't live here no more

She left this house four years today
    A                         D
They say she's lookin' for some Georgia farmboy



                             Saturday Night In Toledo, Ohio
                           Words and Music by Randy Sparks
                       from An Evening With John Denver (1975)


  Bb                              Bdim     F7
Saturday night in Toledo, Ohio is like being nowhere at all
                                Bb       Gm(3fr)
All through the day how the hours rush by
    C7                F7
You sit in the park and you watch the grass die!
            Bb
Ah, but after the sunset, the dusk and the twilight
                     Bdim        F7
When shadows of night start to fall
                                       Bb      Gm(3fr)
They roll back the sidewalk precisely at ten
     C7                F7
And people who live there are not seen again!
     Bb        Bb7        Eb(3fr)
Just two lonely truckers from Great Falls, Montana
          F7               Bb       Bb7
And a salesman from places unknown (-ces unknown)
     Eb(3fr) Edim       Bb      G7
All huddled together in downtown Toledo
    C7          F7      Bb     C7
To spend their big night all alone!


   Bb                                   Bdim        F7
You ask how I know of Toledo, Ohio? Well I spent a week there one day
                                   Bb       Gm(3fr)
They've got entertainment to dazzle your eyes
   C7               F7
Go visit the bakery and watch the buns rise!
            Bb
Ah, but let's not forget that the folks of Toledo
               Bdim       F7
Unselfishly gave us the scale
                                                  Bb    Gm(3fr)
No springs, honest weight, that's the promise they made
    C7                  F7
So smile and be thankful next time you get weighed!
     Bb         Bb7      Eb(3fr)
And "wiv and wet wiv", let this be our motto
      F7               Bb       Bb7
Let's let the sleeping dogs lie (-ping dogs lie)
    Eb          Edim    Bb     G7
And here's to the dogs of Toledo, Ohio
 C7        F7        Bb C7 Bb
Ladies, we bid you goodbye!



                                  Seasons Of The Heart
                            Words and Music by John Denver
                           from Seasons Of The Heart (1982)

C F C G

C                                   F
Of course, we have our diff'rences, you shouldn't be surprised;
       G                        C
It's as natural as changes in the seasons and the skies.
              (C/E)      F
Sometimes we grow together, sometimes we drift apart;
   G                                    C
A wiser man than I might know the seasons of the heart.

                           F
And I'm walking here beside you, in the early evening chill,
   G                      C
A thing we've always loved to do, I know we always will.
         (C/E)          F
We have so much in common, so many things we share,
          G                                      C                 C7
That I can't believe my heart when it implies that you're not there.


CHORUS:

   F             G            C
  Love   is why I came here in the first place
   F               G          C       C/E
  Love   is now the reason I must go,
   F           G            C
  Love   is all I ever hoped to find here,
   F               G            C F C F G
  Love   is still the only dream I know

      C                      F
So I don't know how to tell you, it's difficult to say,
   G                     C
I never in my wildest dreams imagined it this way,
    C         (C/E)                  F
Sometimes I just don't know you, there's a stranger in our home;
          G                 C
When I'm lying right beside you is when I'm most alone
        C                       F
And I think my heart is broken, there's an emptiness inside,
    G                         C
So many things I've longed for have so often been denied.
      C             (C/E)           F
Still I wouldn't try to change you, there's no one that's to blame,
      G                           C                  C7
It's just some things that mean so much, we just don't feel the same.


CHORUS
    F              G          C F C
True love is still the only dream I know.

                                      Shanghai Breezes
                              Words and Music by John Denver
                              from Season Of The Heart (1982)

Am   D7    G   D

                       G              D                     Bm          C
1)         It's   funny how you sound as if you're right next door
3)         There are lovers who walk hand in hand in the park
                     G                           Em                               Am        D7
1)                   when you're really   half a world away
3)   and          lovers who            walk all    alone


                 G                     D                        Bm                               C
1)   I          just can't seem to find the words I'm looking    for
3)   There are lovers who             lie       unafraid in the dark


      G                          Em Am D7
1)   to             say the things that I want to say
3)   and            lovers who            long for home


              G                   D                   Bm                          C
1)   I        can't remember     when I felt so close to you
3)   Oh, I couldn't leave you even if I   wanted to


          G             Em       Am D7
1)   it's almost more than I can       bear
3)   you're in my dreams and always    near


                  G                   D                   Bm                           C
1)   And         though I seem a half a million miles from you
3)   And      especially when I sing the songs I wrote for you


          G              Em       Am D7
1)   you're in my heart and living there
3)   you're in my heart and living there


                    G                          C                      G                Em
2)   And    the    moon   and   the       stars are   the   same    ones   you   see
4)   And    the    moon   and   the       stars are   the   same    ones   you   see
6)   And    the    moon   and   the       stars are   the   same    ones   you   see
7)   And    the    moon   and   the       stars are   the   same    ones   you   see


                  Am                             D7         G   D
2)   it's   the   same   old   sun   up   in   the sky
4)   it's   the   same   old   sun   up   in   the sky
6)   it's   the   same   old   sun   up   in   the sky
7)   it's   the   same   old   sun   up   in   the sky


               G                                 C                 G        Em
2)   And your voice in my                        ear is like heaven to me
4)   And your face in my                        dreams is like heaven to me
6)        And your love in my             life is like heaven to me
7)        And your love in my             life is like heaven to me


                  Am          D7         G D Am D7 G D
2)        like the breezes here in old Shanghai
4)        like the breezes here in old Shanghai


                 Am          D7         G
6)        like the breezes here in old Shanghai
7)        like the breezes here in old Shanghai


           C                     Am                 D7                  G
5)        Shanghai              breezes                  cool and           clearing


          Am                  D7       G       D
5)        evening's          sweet caress


           C                  Am               D7                   G
5)        Shanghai           breezes    soft and     gentle


      C      Am         D7
5)        remind me of your tenderness



                                She Won't Let Me Fly Away
                                Words & Music by Bill Danoff
                                    from Aerie (1971)

Moderatly INTRO

           G D E              A        A4    A
Well, I wake up late in the afternoon,
  G D E            A          A4 A
I eat my eggs to the evening news,
       G     D E             A          A4 A
and the sun’s gone down ‘fore I find my shoes,
      G    D E               C#m         E7/Bbass
Music fills the air, but it’s all the blues.
    E             A     E
And she won’t let me fly away
A                                  E     D A
she won’t let me fly away
        G D E              A           A4 A
Well, we got no heat and the window’s broke,
      G D      E         A             A4 A
The storm rains came, ev’rything got soaked
          G D E              A               A4 A
And there’s no bread left, nothing here to smoke,
        G    D E
Then the Lord looks down sayin’,
 C#m        E7/Bbass       D A
“Can’t you take a joke?
    G#m              F#m         E
The palm tree’s just a picture on a postcard,
    G#m           F#m          E
The ocean’s just a mem’ry in my dream,
      G#m        F#m          E
Then a man comes a T.V. sellin’ soapsuds
    D        A           E
To dirty up my rivers and my streams.
       G D E          A      A4 A
Like a myst’ry movie without an end,
         G D     E       A       A4 A
When you think it’s over, it just begins,
       G D E              A        A4 A
It’s not always true that the good guy wins,
       G D E            C#m      E7/Bbass
I been down so long that I got the bends.
     E            A E
And she won’t let me fly away

A
she   won’t   let   me   fly   away
she   won’t   let   me   fly   away
she   won’t   let   me   fly   away
she   won’t   let   me   fly   away

          Repeat with variations and fade.

                                  She'll Be Comin' 'Round The Mountain
                                      Traditional arranged by John Denver
                                      from Rocky Mountain Holiday (1983)


        F
She'll be comin' 'round the mountain

When she comes, Yoohoo!

She'll be comin' 'round the            mountain
        C7
When she comes, Yoohoo!
         F
She'll be comin' 'round the            mountain,
         Bb
She'll be comin' 'round the            mountain,
         C7
She'll be comin' 'round the            mountain
      F       F C+ F
When she comes, Yoohoo!

         F
She'll be scolding her hair stylist

When she comes, will you please!

She'll be scolding her hair stylist
        C7
When she comes, will you please!
          F
She'll be scolding her hair stylist
         Bb
With some language that's the vilist
          C7
She'll be scolding her hair stylist
        F
When she comes, will you please! Yoohoo!

        F
She'll be followed by her fan club

When she comes, Yeah!, Miss Piggy!

She'll be followed by her fan club
        C7
When she comes, Yeah!, Miss Piggy!
         F
She'll be followed by her fan club
       Bb
And the local Superman club
         C7
She'll be followed by her fan club
        F
When she comes

Yeah! Miss Piggy! Will you please! Yoo hoo!

        F
She'll be towing her string section

When she comes, more violins!

She'll be towing her string section
        C7
When she comes, more violins!
         F
She'll be towing her string section
           Bb
While they play her pet selection
         C7
She'll be towing her string section
      F
When she comes

More violins! Yeah! Miss Piggy!

Will you please! Yoo hoo!

        F
She'll be hounded by photographers

When she comes, say cheese!

She'll be hounded by photographers
        C7
When she comes, say cheese!
         F
She'll be hounded by photographers
    Bb
Secretaries and stenographers
         C7
She'll be hounded by photographers
        F
When she comes, say cheese! More violins!

Yeah! Mis Piggy! Will you please! Yoo Hoo!

        F
She'll be comin' 'round the mountain

When she comes, when she comes

She'll be comin' 'round the mountain
        C7
When she comes, when she comes
         F
She'll be comin' 'round the mountain
         Bb
She'll be comin' 'round the mountain
         C7
She'll be comin' 'round the mountain
        F
When she comes

                                  Shipmates And Cheyenne
                       Words by Joe Henry & Music by John Denver
                                 from Windsong (1975)
Tune 6th String to D
Capo 2 frets

Unusual Chords

D6        000202
Dmaj7         000222
Gmaj7/D        020002

D       G/D        D6          G/D

 D          G/D        D6           G/D
Shipmates and Cheyenne, and rain drops and crying
        D        G/D      Dmaj7     G/D
Haunt the dreams of an old old man
 D        G/D        D6          G/D
Candles and church bells, laughter and farewells
  D          G/D           D      G/D
Revolve in his thoughts like the wind


 D          G/D      D6         G/D
Stalions and blizzards, steelies and lizards
  D         G/D      Dmaj7        G/D
Adrift in the meadows of time
   D          G/D      D6       G/D
No sense of progression, of age or direction
   D        G/D     D       D7
No meter, no form, no rhyme

G                 F#m
I'll hold me one, Just one rising sun
      Em        A7        D     D7
Till long after daylight is gone
G                 F#m
I'll hold me one, One more rising sun
        Em         A7         D
Till my daylight and darkness is done
G/D Dmaj7 G/D D                  Gmaj7/D
Hmm________________Ooo____________________

D           G/D       D6      G/D
Kingdoms and cupboards, losers and lovers
   D           G/D      Dmaj7        G/D
And ev'nings of blackberry wine
 D          G/D      D6     G/D
Falling like sand, the mem'ry of hands
    D          G/D       D        D7
And kisses, and whispers and sighs.

G                  F#m
I'll hold me one, Just one rising sun
      Em        A7        D      D7
Till long after daylight is gone
G                  F#m
I'll hold me one, One more rising sun
        Em         A7         D      D7
Till my daylight and darkness is done
G                 F#m
I'll hold me one, One more rising sun
        Em        A7       D
Till my daylight and darkness is done
G/D Dmaj7         G/D            D
Hmm________________ Ooo________________
G/D Dmaj7         G/D           Dmaj7
Ooo________________________________
G/D Dmaj7         G/D     Dmaj7       G/D(add A) Dmaj7
Ooo_____Oh______________________Ooo____________________________
G/D Dmaj7         G/D(add A) Dmaj7       Gmaj/D
Ooo________Ay___________________________________
D      G/D     Dmaj7       G/D         D
Oh_______________


Copyright 1975 Cherry Lane Music Pub.

                                   Silent Night, Holy Night
                              Traditional Arranged by John Denver
                            from Rocky Mountain Christmas (1975)

G D   G

 G
Silent night, holy night.
D          G        G7
All is calm, all is bright.
  C              G
Proud young virgin mother and child.
 C           G
Holy enfant so tender and mild.
  D      D7       G
Sleep in heavenly peace.
        D7       G
Sleep in heavenly peace.

 G
Silent night, holy night.
 D          G       G7
Shepherds wake at the sight.
 C               G
Glorieus dreams from heaven above.
 C               G
Heavenly hosts sing "Halleluja".
   D       D7       G
"Christ the savior is born".
          D7       G
"Christ the savior is born".

 G
Silent night, holy night.
 D        G        G7
Son of God, love's pure light.
 C              G
Radiant means from thy holy face.
 C            G
With the dawn of breathing in grace.
 D    D7        G
Jesus Lord of thy herd.
    D7         G
Jesus Lord of thy herd.

 G
Hmmmm, hmmmm.
 D    G G7
Hmmmm, hmmmm.
 C      G
Hmmmm, hmmmm.
 C      G
Hmmmm, Hmmmm.
 D      D7     G
Sleep in heavenly peace.
       D7     G
Sleep in heavenly peace.

                                          Silver Bells
                           Words & Music by Livingston/Evans
                                 Sung by John Denver
                         from Rocky Mountain Christmas (1975)

    D           D7
City sidewalk, busy sidewalks
             G      Em
dressed in holiday style.
     A
In the air there's
  A7         D      A
a feeling of Christmas.

       D            D7
Children laughing, people passing,
       G       Em
meeting smile after smile,
     A         A7          D A
And on every street corner you'll hear:

 D           G
Silver bells, silver bells,
A            A7         D A
It's Christmas time in the city.
 D          G
Ring-a-ling, hear them ring,
 A          A7         D
soon it will be Christmas day.

      D              D7
City street lights, even stop lights,
        G           Em
blink a bright red and green,
           A          A7
As the shoppers rush home
          D                   A
with their treasures.

        D              D7
Hear the snow crunch, see the kids bunch,
       G         Em
This is Santa's big scene,
    A          A7          D A
And above all this bustle you'll hear:

 D           G
Silver bells, silver bells,
A            A7         D A
It's Christmas time in the city.
 D          G
Ring-a-ling, hear them ring,
 A          A7         D
soon it will be Christmas day.

                                        Sing Australia
                               Words & Music by John Denver
                                from Higher Ground (1988)

 D
I come to Australia as many people do
                                 A
To see the old koala, hitch a ride on a kangaroo
   D
To hear somebody call me mate
                Gsus2
And call somebody blue
   D                   A     D
To hear an aborigine play a digereedoo

 D
Some of you came as prisoners two centuries ago
                                         A
Some of you come as kings and queens, your blessing to bestow
 D
Some of you stand all swelled with pride,
                  Gsus2
Some with shattered wings
 D                                 A    D
But all of us come with open hearts to hear Australia sing.
      G            D            G              D
In the deserts, in the cities, in the mountains, and in the sea
      G               D
In the stories, and in the people
            A    D
I can hear Australia sing


Verses 3 & 4:

Waltzing Matilda, the men of Galipoli
Clancy of the over flow, Crocodile Dundee
The myth of all creation, the teaching of Baiame
The legends of the dream time for all eternity

In this celebration of a brief two hundred years
The cost to build a nation in blood and sweat and tears
And if we stand divided, divided we will fall
But if we stand together, we shall conquer all

Repeat Chorus

       G            D           G            D
Sing Australia, Sing Australia, Sing Australia, Sing Australia
      G            D
In the sails of Sydney Harbor
            A    D
I can hear Australia sing

                            Singing Skies And Dancing Waters
                              Words & Music by John Denver
                               from I Want To Live (1977)


Unusual chords:
Asus4 : ||223|
Dsus4 : |||233
A7sus4 : ||2|3|


G D Bm F#m G D A Asus4

D      Dsus4    D         Dsus4
So many years ago, I can't remember now
Em                    Asus4
Someone was waiting for me.
D       Dsus4    D         Dsus4
I had the answers to all of my questions.
Em
Love was so easy to see.
A7sus4       D Dsus4 D Dsus4
I didn't know.

D         Dsus4      D           Dsus4
When I was younger I should have known better.
Em                       Asus4
I thought that nothing was new.
D            Dsus4     D        Dsus4
Through all the spaces in all of the changes
   Em
The one I lost sight of was you.
A7sus4        D            A7
I didn't know.    I didn't know.

I could see you in
 G      D      Bm     F#m
Singing skies and dancing waters
 G       D       F#m G
Laughing children growing old
Em         D      Bm      F#m
And in the heart and in the spirit
G         D       A    G
And in the Truth when it is told.

D           Dsus4     D      Dsus4
My life became shady and I grew afraid
      Em                  Asus4
And I needed to find my way home.
   D         Dsus4        D           Dsus4
I just couldn't see you. The thought that I'd lost you.
   Em
I never felt so much alone.
A7sus4           D
Are you still with me?

 D        Dsus4 D               Dsus4
Somehow in reason I lost sight of season
Em                        Asus4
Tides rollin' out rollin' in.
 D         Dsus4          D        Dsus4
Sometimes in evenin' when daylight was leavin'
   Em
I though I'd never see you again.
A7sus4           D               A7
Are you still with me? Are you still with me?

I'm with you in
 G      D      Bm     F#m
Singing skies and dancing waters
 G       D      F#m G
Laughing children growing old
Em         D     Bm       F#m
And in the heart and in the spirit
G         D      A   G
And in the Truth when it is told.

D Dsus4 D Dsus4 Em A7sus4
Hmmmm......
   D            Dsus4     D           Dsus4
If my faith should falter and I should forsake you
    Em
And find myself turning away.
    A7sus4       D                 A7
Will you still be there? Will you still be there?

I'll be there in
 G        D      Bm   F#m
Singing skies and dancing waters
 G        D       F#m G
Laughing children growing old
Em          D      Bm     F#m
And in the heart and in the spirit
G           D      A   G
And in the Truth when it is told.

D Dsus4 D Dsus4 D Dsus4 D Dsus4 D

                              Sixty Second Song For A Bank

                       With The Phrase "May We Help You Today"
                              Words & Music by John Denver
                                   from Aerie (1971)


  G            D
  Oh I love the changing seasons
C               D
  Green and growing all around
    G         Em
  Smiling faces laughing children
   C         D
  Making such a joyful sound
  G            D
  In my dreams I see tomorrow
C               D
  Time and children of my own
   G             D
  Someone who will stand beside me
   C         D            G
  Helping me to make ourselves a home
               D
  If your eyes can see tomorrow
 C                 D
  Though it might seem far away
  G              Em
    If you have some dreams to build on
     C         D G
    May we help you today

                                       Sleepin' Alone
                              Words & Music by John Denver
                          from Some Days Are Diamonds (1989)

D         C          D/B E7 A /
    A                                 E7
For someone who's got everything life can still be rough
                                           A
If things are what you're looking for there's never quite enough
                      A7          D
And all the tea in China wont make a house a home
               A             E7            A     E7
'Cause you can be a mil-lionaire and still be sleeping alone

    A                                     E7
Oh there might be some one night stands to ease the pain inside
                                       A
Or someone you can call around if you've lost all your pride
                                    D
Please don't be mistaken, I don't mean to put that down.
                A            E7              A G D A
I know there's times when any thing is better than sleeping alone

N.C      E7                                A
Sleeping alone can make a bottle just about your dearest friend
       E7            Bm            D          E7
Sleeping alone can make you swear to God this night will never end

     A                              E7
You know that it's not company you are looking for
                                           A
You know it's not just pleasure, you know it's something more
                                       D
You know it's not the answer if it's not like coming home
                  A             E7                A GDA
If the one who's there doesn't really care, it's worse sleeping alone.

N.C      E7                                A
Sleeping alone can make a bottle just about your dearest friend
       E7            Bm            D          E7
Sleeping alone can make you swear to God this night will never end

    A                                 E7
For someone who's got everything life can still be rough
                                           A
If things are what you're looking for there's never quite enough
                                 D
And all the tea in China won't make a house a home
         A             E7             A
You can be a mil-lionaire and still be sleeping alone
 D           A          E7              D
You can be a mil-lionaire and still be sleeping alone
A/C#           Bm7       E7           A

Copyright 1981 Cherry Lane Music Pub. Co.



                                 Some Days Are Diamonds
                             Words & Music by John Denver
                         from Some Days Are Diamonds (1989)

Unusual chord:
G9 : 355533

G G9 G G9

              G           D          Em
  When You asked how I've been here without you
           D     C                   G
  I'd like to say I've been fine and I do.
              C                     G
  But we both know the truth is hard to come by
            Em          A7                 D
  And if I told the truth, that's not quite true

                   G    C             G
  Some days are diamonds some days are stones
                   Em      A7             D
  Sometimes the hard times won't leave me alone
                 G      C                G Em
  Sometimes a cold wind blows a chill in my bones
                   G    D             G     G9 G G9
  Some days are diamonds some days are stones.

            G        D       Em
  Now the face that I see in my mirror
   D     C                G
  More and more is a stranger to me
            C                 G
  More and more I can see there's a danger
           Em         A7           D
  In becoming what I never thought I'd be

                   G    C             G
  Some days are diamonds some days are stones
                   Em      A7             D
  Sometimes the hard times won't leave me alone
                 G      C                G Em
  Sometimes a cold wind blows a chill in my bones
                   G    D             G    D
  Some days are diamonds some days are stones.

                   A    D             A
  Some days are diamonds some days are stones
                   F#m     B7             E
  Sometimes the hard times won't leave me alone
                 A     D                 A F#m
  Sometimes a cold wind blows a chill in my bones
                   A    E            A
  Some days are diamonds some days are stones.



                                    Somethin' about
                            Words & Music by John Denver
                             from It's About Time (1983)

E A D A E A D E
         E                    D               A
There's somethin' about the ocean rising up to meet the shoreline.
   E                      D                A
Somethin' about a river the way it runs to meet the sea.
 A        E                     D               A
There's somethin' about a rainfall and it's like the gift of living.
         E                         A E A D A
There's somethin' about the water that makes me sing.
E A D E
     E                        D                 A
Oh, somethin' about the mountains rising right straight up to heaven.
     E                     D                 A
And somethin' about a canyon in the shade of a cottonwood tree.
 E                        D         A
Somethin' about the desert in the afterglow of evening.
        E                          A
There's somethin' about the west that makes me sing.
E A D A E A D E
        D                       A
There's somethin' about the way you love me baby.
        D                          A
There's somethin' about the way your lips meet mine.
        D                        A
There's somethin' about the way you like to touch me.
         D                           E    D
It really turns me on and makes my little light shine.
        D                       A
There's somethin' about the way you love me baby.
        D                          A
There's somethin' about the way your lips meet mine.
        D                        A
There's somethin' about the way you like to touch me.
         D                           E D
It really turns me on and makes this little light shine.
         E                      D            A
There's somethin'   about the forest in the latter days of August.
        E                        D              A
There's somethin'   about the country on the very first day of springtime.
       E                          D             A
There's somethin'   about a wheatfield, oh you know I love the prairie.
       E                            A
There's somethin'   about the land that makes me sing.

E   A   D   A   E   A   D   E



                                        Song For The Life
                                Words and Music by Rodney Crowell
                                      Sung by John Denver
                                       on Autograph (1980)


   G           Bm       Em       G7
I don't drink as much as I used to.
 C        D            G D
Lately it just ain't my style.
    G             Bm            Em    G7
And hard times don't hurt like they ought to.
         C           D       G G7
They pass quicker like when I's a child.
 C          D           G      G7
Somehow I've learned how to listen.
     C            D       Em G7
For a sound like the sun goin' down.
      C        D         G C
In the magic the morning is bringing.
         G          Bm         Em C
There's a song for the life I have found.
           D          G   D
It keeps my feet on the ground.

   G            Bm         Em    G7
Don't the midsummer days sit so heavy.
            C         D             G D
But don't they flow like a breeze through your mind.
    G       Bm       Em     G7
And nothin' occurs in a hurry.
      C     D           G    G7
To make up for someone's lost time.
 C         D           G     G7
Somehow I've learned how to listen.
     C           D       Em G7
For a sound like the sun goin' down.
      C       D         G C
In the magic the morning is bringing.
        G          Bm        Em C
There's a song for a friend I have found.
        D         G    D
She keeps my feet on the ground.



 C         D          G
Somehow I've learned how to listen.
     C           D         Em G7
For a sound like the breeze dyin' down.
      C      D         G C
In the magic the morning is bringing.
        G         Bm          Em C
There's a song for the life I have found.
        D        G    D
Keeps my feet on the ground.
           D         G     D
Oh yeah, that keeps my feet on the ground.



                                    Song Of Wyoming
                              Words & Music by Kent Lewis
                                 Sung by John Denver
                                from Windsong (1975)
Unusual chord:
C9 : 002333

capo up 2 frets

C G C

 C             C7         F            Fm
Well,I'm weary and tired, I've done my day's ridin'
 C        Am        Dm7 G
Nightime is rollin my way
     C        C7         F             Fm
The sky's all on fire and the light's slowly fadin'
 C          F          C
Peaceful and still ends the day
 Em        Am Em              C9
Out on the trail nightbirds are callin'
 F         Fm        C
Singin' their wild melody
 Em           Am Em          C9
Down in the canyon cottonwood whispers
   F     Fm         C     F    Fm       C
A song of Wyoming for me

 C             C7       F         Fm
Well I've wandered around the town and the city
        C        Am       Dm7 G
Tried to figure the how and the why
    C         C7                F       Fm
Well, I stopped all my schemin', I'm just driftin' and dreamin'
C          F         C
Watching the river roll by
 Em           Am       Em        C9
Here comes that big old prarie moon risin'
  F         Fm         C
Shinin' down bright as can be
Em        Am          Em      C9
Up on the hill there's a coyote singin'
   F      Fm       C     F   Fm      C
A song of Wyoming for me

         C        C7        F         Fm
Now it's whiskey and tobacco and bitter black coffee
 C            Am     Dm7 G
A lonesome old dogie am I
         C        C7          F        Fm
But wakin' up on the range, Lord I feel like an angel
  C          F        C
Free like I almost could fly
Em            Am      Em          C9
Drift like a cloud out over the badlands
 F         Fm         C
Sing like a bird in the tree
    Em          Am Em                C9
The wind in the sage sounds like heaven singin'
   F      Fm       C
A song of Wyoming for me
   F      Fm       C     F      Fm     C
A song of Wyoming for me

                                         Songs Of...
                              Words & music by John Denver
                               from JD John Denver (1979)

(tune 6th string to D)
 D
Songs of the future, songs of the past,
 Em                          Asus4
Songs of the first day, songs of the last,
 D      Dmaj7 D
Songs of tomorrow, songs of the play,
 Em                        Asus4 A
Songs of the struggle, songs of the way.
 D
Songs of the future, songs of the past,
 Em                          Asus4
Songs of the first day, songs of the last,
 D      Dmaj7 D
Songs of tomorrow, songs of the play,
 Em                         Asus4 A
Songs of the struggle, songs of the way.
(Instrumental)
D Dmaj7 D Em Asus4 A
(interlude)
D Em D Em Asus4 D Em                 Asus4 A



                                           Southwind
                            Words and Music by Herb Pedersen
                                  Sung by John Denver
                               on JD John Denver (1979)

     G      Bm        Em        G7/D
The wheels go down, I’m back in town,
   C                                        C/D
three mounths full of summer and nothin’ to do.
               G       Bm          b/    Em
It’s been a strain at the reins but the picture remains,
Am         G/B        C       Bm
Southwind's blowin’ my love to you
A          G/B      C     G/B C D
southwind's blowin’ my love.
     G      Bm         Em        G7/D
For sixty one days I got caught in the maze,
  C                                           C/D
twenty throusand watchin’ the songs go by.
     G       Bm         B7       Em
The lights come down in an East Texas town,
 Am         G/B       C       Bm
Southwind's blowin’ my love to you,
 Am         G/B       C       D
southwind's blowin’ my love.

Em              Dm         C
       I couldn’t wait until,
     Bm C         D7     G
‘til I got back home to you
Em             Dm     C          Am G/B        C  D7
        Or to get my fill of these California summer nights.
       G       Bm
It’s good to be home.
                 Em             G7/D
My, how the children have grown.
C                                                      C/D
Screen door’s barking out that old familiar tune.
G                Bm         B7       Em
Games at the park, but honey wait until dark,
Am                 G/B                         C   Bm
Southwind will blow all my love to you,
Am                     G/B            C      D
southwind will blow all my love.
Em              Dm       C
     I couldn’t wait until,
     Bm C       D7       G
‘til I got back home to you
Em          Dm      C           Am G/B C         D7
      Or to get my fill of these California summer nights.
      G          Bm        Em        G7/D
The wheels go down, I’m back in town,
   C                                          C/D
three mounths full of summer and nothin’ to do.
                 G      Bm          b/     Em
It’s been a strain at the reins but the picture remains,
Am            G/B      C       Bm
Southwind's blowin’ my love to you
A           G/B      C        Bm
southwind's blowin’ my love.
Am           G/B       C       Bm
Southwind's blowin’ my love to you
A           G/B      C        D
southwind's blowin’ my love.
             G F             C/D
All my love                     yeah
G        F          C C/D         G
     All of my love to you
F       C      C/D        C G/B Am7 D7 G
All my love to you        Yeah



                                             Spirit
                     Words & Music by John Denver and Joe Henry
                               from Windsong (1975)

A                        Amaj7         D/A            A
His spirit joined and so was formed ten thousand years ago
   Amaj7            D/A        D              A
between the Swan and Hercules where even dark clouds glow
                  Amaj7          D/A           A
To live with grace to ride the swell to yet be strong of will
   Amaj7           D/A           D            A
to love the wind to learn its song and empty space to fill

 E             A
Apollo taught me to rhyme
D               A
Orpheus taught me to play
   E              A
Andromeda casts down her sign
    D/A        A A/G# D/F#          A/E   Amaj7    D/A   A
And Vega lights my way

             Amaj7 D/A                    A
Smoke rings in the galaxy an endless flight through time
 Amaj7       D/A         D              A
Lyra gave her harp to him and left him free to climb
                Amaj7         D/A           A
A winter's journey from the moon to reach the summer sun
   Amaj7         D/A         D             A
to rise again to sing for you a song that's yet unsung

 E             A
Apollo taught me to rhyme
D               A
Orpheus taught me to play
   E              A
Andromeda casts down her sign
    D/A     E/B A A/G# D/F#        A/E   Amaj7     D/A   A
And Vega lights my way

                         Amaj7         D/A            A
His spirit joined and so was formed ten thousand years ago
   Amaj7            D/A        D              A
between the Swan and Hercules where even dark clouds glow
                  Amaj7          D/A           A
To live with grace to ride the swell to yet be strong of will
   Amaj7           D/A           D            D(add E)
to love the wind to learn its song and empty space to fill

A Amaj7 D/A Amaj7 D/A D
A Amaj7 D/A A Amaj7 D/A D
A Amaj7 D/A A Amaj7 D/A D A



                                          Spring
              Words & Music by John Denver, Mike Taylor and Dick Kniss
                         from Rocky Mountain High (1972)

C Bb/F    F    C   Bb/F   F   C   Bb/F   F

C           Em7           F       C
Open up your eyes and see the brand new day,
   F             Am            C G
a clear blue sky and brighty shining sun,
C          Em7             F     C
open up your ears and hear the breezes say
F              Am            G
ev’rything that’s cold and gray is gone.
C           Em            F          C
Open up your hands and feel the rain come on down,
        F              Am            C G
taste the wind and smell the flowers’ sweet perfume.
C          Em7           F        C
Open up your mind and let the light shine in,
F             Am             G
earth has been reborn and life goes on.

   F                          C
And do you care what’s happening around you?
         F                                C    G
Do your senses know the changes when they come?
      F                                C
Can you see yourself reflected in the seasons?
     F                           C
Can you understand the need to carry on?

Bb/F   F       C
Bb/F   F       C
Bb/F   F       C
Bb/F   F       C

C                    Em7        F                   C
Riding on the tapestry of all there is to see
   F       Am            C G
so many ways and oh, so many things.
  C          Em7             F               C
Rejoicing the diff’rences, there’s no one just like me,
      F         Am               G
Yet as diff’rent as we are we’re still the same.
   F                              C
And oh, I love the life within me,

   F                                 C G
I feel a part of ev’rything I see.
    F                              C
And oh, I love the life around me,
   F                                   C
a part of ev’rything is here in me,
   F                                     C
a part of ev’rything is here in me,
   F                                  C
a part of ev’rything is here in me.

Bb/F       F       C
Bb/F       F       C
Bb/F       F       C



                                      Starwood In Aspen
                               Words & Music by John Denver
                                    from Aerie (1971)




      Gm7          C7     F
It's a long way from L.A. to Denver,
           Bb        F       Bb
It's a long time to hang in the sky;
                     Gm      F       Dm
It's a long way home to Starwood in Aspen,
    F          Bb         F
The sweet Rocky Mountain paradise,
           Bb         F      C7 F
Oh, my sweet Rocky Mountain paradise.
      Gm          C7            F
The springtime is rolling 'round slowly,
Bb              F        Bb
Gray skies are bringing me down.
                                   Gm7      F Dm
Can't remember when I've ever been so lonely,
            F           Bb         F
I've forgot what it's like to be home,
             Bb             F C7 F
Can't remember what it's like to be home.
    Gm7         C7          F
I think of my lady's sweet mem'ry,
   Bb         F              Bb
I think of my children's sweet smiles;
                 Gm7       F         Dm
I think of my home at Starwood in Aspen,
            F            Bb          F
All my friends and the snow covered hills,
            Bb             F C7        F
Oh, my friends are the snow covered hills.
Gm7                C7       F
Can I tell you I'm happy to be here.
    Bb          F        Bb
To share and consider this time?
                          Gm7         F Dm
For I see here the shadows of changes,
           F       Bb             F
And a feeling of new friends to find,
     Bb            F        C7 F
And I see here some new friends to find.
           Gm7            C7           F
It's a long way from this place to Denver,
      Bb           F         Bb
It's a long time to hang in the sky;
                      Gm7        F       Dm
It's a long way home to Starwood in Aspen,
     F          Bb         F
The sweet Rocky Mountain paradise,
           Bb          F      C7 F
Oh, my sweet Rocky Mountain paradise.



                                 Sticky Summer Weather
                             Words & Music by John Denver
                           from Take Me To Tomorrow (1970)

Tune Down 1 tone
Am       /        D         /

          Am          D               G
1        Sticky sum-mer wea-ther al-ways pains me
2    Then a-gain I can't stand the thought of win-ter
3 Seems like twenty years a-go     it was spring-time

            Am            D           G
1 It's like living beneath a blanket I can't breathe
2 Aint got a fire, there's no-body to keep me warm
3 The rain was sweet, the      wind was cool and clean

            C            D             G
1        The days are like an ov-en, the nights forev-er
2 The night is grey, and my    coff-ee tastes so bit-ter
3 I had a girl, she was a la-dy I could        talk to

     C        D              G
1   Nothing to do, not much else to see
2 My memories go ragin, like a storm
3   Now its almost like she'd never been

Bridge

         A               D
Ive been a long time lookin' for rainbows
 G             A      D        C      / G /
Trying' to find a way to believe in tomorrow

          Am            D         G
There was a time I think when I remember dreaming
          Am D               G
There was a reason I can't find it now
      C            D           G
As I recall, It almost made my life worth livin'
         Am            D           G
It must be hiding like the sun behind the clouds

          A               D
I've been a long time lookin' for rainbows
  G            A      D        C    / G /
Trying' to find a way to believe in tomorrow

  Am            D           G
Sticky sum-mer weath-er al-ways pains me
         Am             D            G
It's like living beneath a blanket I can't breathe
    C             D              G
The days are like an ov-en, the nights for-ev-er
 Am             D           G
Nothing to do, not much else to see
           A               D       Dsus4 D Dsus4
I'm spending a long time looking for rain - bows

D Dsus4 D Dsus4


Copyright 1970, 1971 Cherry Lane Music



                                 Stonehaven Sunset
                         Words and Music by John Denver
                 from The Flower That Shattered The Stone (1990)


G G9
         G       D         G        D
        Stonehaven Sunset the water's on fire
           G          C        G          D
        My true love is singing, we kiss and conspire
                  G         D      G           D
        Sing a song for the ocean a song for the sky
          G        C          G         D
        A song for tomorrow love sweet by and by
                    C        D            G             C
        For the child who is coming and for dreams that come true
                  G          C        G        D
        Sing a song for each other for me and for you
                  C           D           G          C
        Sing a song for all lovers all the stars in the skies
                   G       C            D        G
        Sing a Stonehaven water home, Stonehaven Sunrise.

          G        D        G        D
        Stonehaven sunset the desert's on fire
           G           C       G         D
        Christ on the cross again burns with desire
                      G        D           G        D
        They are shooting at random though they aim at us all
                      G         C        G        D
        It's the children who rise up and children who fall
                    C        D         G       C
        All the angels are weeping the sweetest of tears
                      G       C     G          D
        Fall like rivers of mercy to wash all our fears
                    C         D        G        C
        Sing a song for Old Glory and a future that dies
                     G      C              D       G
        Sing a Stonehaven desert's home, Stonehaven Sunrise.

         G      D      G        D
        Stonehaven Sunset the city's on fire
           G         C         G            D
     The soldiers just smile and say this gun's for hire
          G        D        G          D
     Give in to the beast boy give in to the thrill
          G        C      G         D
     It's just human nature to hunt and to kill
        C        D         G       C
     We all die together and yet somehow alone
                G         C          G      D
     Just together we have memories and many are gone
                C         D         G      C
     Singing songs for old soldiers a chorus of sights
                 G      C             D       G
     Sing of Stonehaven city's home, Stonehaven Sunrise.

       G       D          G          D
     Stonehaven Sunset the mountain's on fire
         G       C             G       D
     My spirit is lifted, rising higher and higher
                 G           D             G       D
     All the prophets are laughing they say we told you so
                  G            C           G       D
     It's one thing to play guessing games, another to know
                C        D          G       C
     For the needs of many are the sins of a few
                G           C          G       D
     And the day is forthcoming when accounting is due
               C              D          G       C
     Sing a song for sweet justice with a fire in her eyes
                 G         C              D      G
     Sing of Stonehaven mountain home, Stonehaven Sunrise.

      G       D         G        D
     Stonehaven Sunset the water's on fire
        G          C        G          D
     My true love is singing, we kiss and conspire
               G         D      G           D
     Sing a song for the ocean a song for the sky
               G        C          G         D
     Sing a song for tomorrow love sweet by and by
                 C        D            G             C
     For the child who is coming and for dreams that come true
               G          C        G         D
     Sing a song for each other for me and for you
               C          D            G          C
     Sing a song for all lovers all the stars in the skies
                G       C             D       G
     Sing a Stonehaven water home, Stonehaven Sunrise.

                               Storms Of November
                        Words & Music by John Denver

Em       G       C         G
Just wait till November, the old sailors say
       C       G         D
It's a terrible time of the year
    C          G     C         G
If you wish to travel across Georgia Bay
 C           G       C
You will have reason to fear

                       G
There's a danger when water and sky become one
      C          G         D
And the fog makes you blind as can be
      C                    G
When the earth starts to tremble, a man wants to run
       C       G       C        D        G C G D G C G D
For the Storms of November are all that is fearful to me.

       Em     G        C         G
Once the voyagers came on a run from the woods
     C         G          D
The canoes that were loaded with fur
       C         G         C        G
Now the ships are like giants, and loaded with goods
         C          G          C
Cause just weeks when the sea starts to stir

                    G
For the waters are driven by one straight from hell
     C       G      D
And a fury takes over the sea
       C                    G
And the waves are like mountains, boy, mark my words well
    C        G      C         D        G C G D G C G D
The storms of November are all that is fearful to me.

      Em                  C      G
They say she's a woman, this ship that I serve
         C       G          D
She's a queen and a temptress to me.
        C        G        C     G
With my mind and my muscle and all of my earth
      C        G        C      D        G C G D G C G D
I'll not give her up to the demon who lives in the sea.

      Em         G        C       G
Just wait till November, the old sailors say
       C       G         D
It's a terrible time of the year
    C          G     C         G
If you wish to travel across Georgia Bay
 C           G       C
You will have reason to fear
                    G
For the waters are driven by one straight from hell
     C       G      D
And a fury takes over the sea
       C                    G
And the waves are like mountains, boy, mark my words well
    C        G      C         D        G C G D
The storms of November are all that is fearful to me.
    C        G      C         D        G
The storms of November are all that is fearful to me.

                                            Summer
              Words & Music by John Denver, Mike Taylor and Dick Kniss
                            from Rocky Mountain High (1972)
            version sung by J.Denver in An Evening With John Denver (1975)


Unusual chord:
Bb/F : 113331


 C          Em          F         C
Silently the morning mist is lying on the water
 F             Am            C G
captive moonlight waiting for the dawn
 C           Em           F           C
Softly like a baby's breath a breeze begins to whisper,
    F          Am            G
the sun is coming quick you must be gone.

  C          Em         F          C
Smiling like a superstar the morning comes in singing,
      F      Am          C   G
the promise of another sunny day.
    C           Em        F           C
And all the flowers open up to gather in the sunshine,
   F           Am             G
I do believe that summer's here to stay.

 F                    C
Do you care what's happening around you,
          F                        C G
Do your senses know the changes when they co---ome,
          F                      C
Can you see yourself reflecting in the season,
         F                      C Bb/F F C Bb/F F C Bb/F F
Can you understand the need to carry on.

 C         Em        F             C
Riding on the tapestry of all there is to see
   F        Am         C          G
so many ways and oh so many things
  C            Em              F            C
Rejoicing in the diff'rences there's no one just like me
          F            Am                G
yet as diff'rent as we are we're still the same.

    F                C
And oh, I love the life within me
   F                    C       G
I feel a part of everything I see
    F                C
And oh, I love the life around me,
   F                      C
a part of everything is here in me.
   F                      C
A part of everything is here in me.
            F                C Bb/F F C Bb/F F C Bb/F F
A part of everything is here in me.



                                  Sunshine On My Shoulders
              Words & music by John Denver, Mike Taylor and Dick Kniss
                     from Poems, Prayers and Promises (1971)


(Capo 1st 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   G
Sunshine    almost always.

                                        Sweet Melinda
                              Words and Music by John Denver
                               from JD John Denver (1979)

Em C Em C G

G
Pulled out of Denton, Texas
  A7
Two days and nights ago
       D               Em
I been livin' on pills and burgies
         C                 G
Till the whites of my eyes don't show

The south-bound headlights are makin' me blind
       A7
And I'm too damn tired to blink
  D                Em
My toes are numb and my brain's gone dumb
     C           G
And I can just barely think

              C      G
Doo doo doo, sweet Melinda, my wife

The lonesome moan of this eighteen wheeler
                  D
Cuts through me like a knife
         G         C     G
Except for you, sweet Melinda, my wife
             D              G
I been ridin' on empty most all of my life
Em     C     G
Whooo

G
Two more hours till daylight
        A7
And it's startin' to rain again
   D           Em
A sign up ahead says welcome to Paradise
 C       G
Population Ten

Well, me and this truck and that old white line
  A7
Stumblin' on and on
      D            Em
Like three old drinkin' buddies
 C          G
Comin' home at dawn

               C      G
Singin' Ooh, sweet Melinda, my wife

The lonesome moan of this eighteen wheeler
                  D
Cuts through me like a knife
         G         C     G
Except for you, sweet Melinda, my wife
             D              G
I been ridin' on empty most all of my life
 Em     C G
Whoo, whooo

                 C      G
'Cept for you, Sweet Melinda, my wife

The lonesome moan of this eighteen wheeler
                  D
Cuts through me like a knife
         G         C     G
Except for you, Sweet Melinda, my wife
             D              G
I been ridin' on empty most all of my life
Em C G              D               G
Whoo, I been ridin' on empty most all of my life



                                           Sweet Misery
                              Words and music by Hoyt Axton
                                   Sung by John Denver
                             from Farewell Andromeda (1973)

 G               C
Heard you had some trouble
 G              C
Thought I'd try to help you
G            C          F D G
In my time I've had a little trouble too
G              C
If you let it get you
 G               C
Down you know I'll bet you
G              C        F D G
It will get you down and walk around on you

 G       C G
Sweet misery
           C
She loves her company
 G        C           F D G
She's in a crowd when she is all alone
         C G          C
She doesn't care follow you everywhere
 G        C          F   D G
She is most happy when she makes you moan

G             C
My dog had some puppies
G               C
Would you like to have one
G              C           F D G
He will be your friend and he will lick your face
G            C
He will never cheat you
G             C
He won't try to beat you
G           C          FD G
Help you be a winner in the human race

 G       C G
Sweet misery
           C
She loves her company
 G        C           F D G
She's in a crowd when she is all alone
         C G          C
She doesn't care follow you everywhere
 G        C          F   D G
She is most happy when she makes you moan

 G                C
Heard you're feelin' better
  G               C
Glad you found some happy
G              C       F D G
In my time I've had a little happy too
G            C
If you let it get you
G               C
Up you know I'll bet you
G             C           FD     G
It will get you up and keep you smilin' through
 G       C G
Sweet misery
            C
Don't need your company
 G        C           F D G
She's in a crowd when she is all alone
         C G          C
She doesn't care follow you everywhere
 G        C          F   D G
She is most happy when she makes you moan

                                     Sweet Surrender
                           Words and Music by John Denver
                            from Back Home Again (1974)


    A
        Lost and alone on some forgotten highway
                                             E7
        Traveled by many, remembered by few

        Lookin' for something that I can believe in
                                                     A
        Lookin' for something that I'd like to do with my life


        There's nothin' behind me and nothin' that ties me to
                                                         E7
        Something that might have been true yesterday

        Tomorrow is open and right now it seems to be more than enough
                A
        To just be here today, and I don't know

        What the future is holdin' in store
                                                             E7
        I don't know where I'm goin' I'm not sure where I've been

        There's a spirit that guides me, a light that shines for me
                                                                      A
        My life is worth the livin', I don't need to see the end

         E7           A     E7           A
        Sweet, sweet surrender, live, live without care
                   E7       A           E7        A
        Like a fish in the water, like a bird in the air.
                                  Sweet, Sweet Life
                            Words & Music by John Denver
                         from Whose Garden Was This (1970)

Capo 3 Frets

E7

A          D
Sweet, sweet life
A           D
I'm living to-day
            A D
Dont bring me down
       A D
Don't go away
          A
Give me just one more chance
   D            E
To make you want to stay
E7 A              D
Yeah! Sweet, sweet, sweet life
   A                D
I'm living, I'm living today
            A D
Dont bring me down,
       A D
Don't go away
       A D
Don't go away
D            A     G D A
Please don't go away


Copyright 1970,1971 Cherry Lane Music



                            Take Me Home, Country Roads
                     by John Denver, Bill Danoff and Taffy Danoff
                      from Poems, Prayers And Promises (1971)



      G      Em
Almost heaven, West Virginia,
D                 C        G
Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah River.
                       Em
Life is old there, older than the trees,
D
younger than the mountains
C               G
growin' like a breeze.

    CHORUS
              G         D       Em       C
    Country roads, take me home to the place I belong.
             G           D        C         G
    West Virginia, Mountain momma, take me home Country roads


     G       Em
All my mem'ries, gather round her,
D          C            G
miner's lady, stranger to blue water.
                   Em
Dark and dusty, painted on the sky,
D
misty taste of moonshine
C             G
teardrop in my eye.


CHORUS


Bridge)   Em       D         G
          I hear her voice in the morning hour she calls me,
             C       G          D
          the radio reminds me of my home far away
             Em            F        C
          and driving down the road I get a feeling
               G                D           D7
          that I should have been home yesterday, yesterday.

CHORUS




                                    Take Me To Tomorrow
                              Words & Music by John Denver
                            from Take Me To Tomorrow (1970)

A7
Hey ev'rybody, tell me how do you feel?

Are you satisfied with your life, do you think it's real?
       D7
Tell me how is your head, what are your dreams?
      A7
Do you have any plans, do you have any scheme?
      E7              D7
Do you care about, about anybody?
           A7              E7
I'd like to know, is the answer "no"?

 D7
Take me to tomorrow, take me there today
     A7
I've had my fill of sorrow and livin' this way
 D7
Take me to tomorrow, that's where I'd like to be
    A7       D         G       A D G A7
the day after tomorrow is waitin' for me

A7
Hey ev'rybody, what's on your mind?

Do you think there's nowhere else to go, there's nothing left to find?
        D7
Are you happy where you are, do you have anything to share?
        A7
Do you think you're gonna waste your life spending it there?
         E7                     D7
Would you like to find a way out, do you think it's worth a try?
           A7              E7
I'd like to know, is the answer "no"?


 D7
Take me to tomorrow, take me there today
     A7
I've had my fill of sorrow and livin' this way
 D7
Take me to tomorrow, that's where I'd like to be
    A7       D         G
the day after tomorrow is waitin'
    A7       D         G
the day after tomorrow is waitin'
    A7       D         G       A D G A7
the day after tomorrow is waitin' for me

                                        Tenderly Calling
                              Words and Music by Jan Garret
                                  Sung by John Denver
                             from Different Directions (1991)

         G    D     G
Chorus: Home, come on home
        C               G
        Ye who are weary come home
         C                     G    Em
        Softly and tenderly calling
         G    D     G D
           Home, come on home

            G                              C
           Sometimes when I'm feeling lonesome
          G                   D
           And no one on earth seems to care
          G           Em
           I'm all by myself in the darkness
           A7           D
           With no one and nothing to share

     G                               F
           Just when it feels like it's hopeless
              B               Em
           And I'll never make it alone
           C                        G Em
           I hear the voices of angels
            G       D       G D
           Tenderly calling me home


Chorus

    G                C
        I try to keep it together
      G                  D
        I never let on that I'm scared
     G              Em
        Still sometimes I fall to pieces
     A7                   D
        Scattered and lost everywhere

     G                                F
           Just when it feels like there's no one
              B                  Em
           To mend all my broken down dreams
           C                         G    Em
           I hear a voice deep inside me
            G      D        G D
           Tenderly calling to me


Chorus

              G                           C
           So don't be afraid of the darkness
           G                  D
           And don't run away from the storm
         G                   Em
           Stand up and face your reflection
           A7          D
           The feelings you try to ignore
       G                 F
           After the tempest is over
           B                         Em
           You've let yourself come on trough
           C                                G Em
           You'll hear a voice in the silence
            G      D        G D
           Tenderly calling to you


Chorus



                                Thank God I'm A Country Boy
                         by John Martin Summers, Sung by Denver

  A      A                              D
1) Well    life's on a farm is kinda laid    back,
2) When the work's all done and the sun's settin' low
3) I     wouldn't trade my life for diamonds or jewels,
4) Well, my fiddle was my daddy's till the day he died,

             A                     G          E7
1)   ain't much an old country boy like me can        hack.
2)   I    pull out my fiddle and I    rosin' up the bow.
3)   I    never was one of them money      hungry      fools.
4)   and he took me by the hand and held me close to his side.

               A                             D
1)   It's   early to rise, early in the        sack:
2)   But the kids are asleep so I keep it kinda      low:
3)   I'd    rather have my fiddle and my farmin'      tools:
4)   He said: "Live a good life and play my fiddle with pride,

            A        E7        A
1)   Thank God I'm a country boy.
2)   Thank God I'm a country boy.
3)   Thank God I'm a country boy.
4) and thank God you're a country boy.

            A                                D
1)   A   simple kind of life never did me no      harm,
2)   I'd play "Sally Goodin'" all day if I     could,
3)   Yeah, city folk drivin in a black limou     sine,
4)   My daddy taught me young how to hunt and how to whittle,

             A                      G         E7
1)       raisin' me a family and      workin' on a farm.
2) but the lord and my wife wouldn't      take it very good.
3) a      lotta sad people thinkin'   that's mighty keen.
4) he      taught me how to work and play a tune on the fiddle.
             A                               D
1)   My days are all filled with an easy country    charm:
2)   So I fiddle when I can and I work when I        should:
3)   Well, folks let me tell you now exactly what I  mean:
4)   He taught me how to love and how to give just a little:

            A        E7       A
1)   Thank God I'm a country boy.
2)   Thank God I'm a country boy.
3) I thank God I'm a country boy.
4)   Thank God you're a country boy.

                  E7                A
Chorus: Well I got me a fine wife, I got me old fiddle.
                    E7                A
        When the sun's comin' up I got cakes on the griddle;
                        A                    D
        and life ain't nothin' but a funny, funny riddle:
             A       E7        A
        Thank God I'm a country boy.

                                       Thanks To You
 Words & Music by John L. Christopher, John Denver, Conrad Reeder & Sam Hogin
               from The Flower That Shattered The Stone (1990)

Unusual Chords
D7/G : 3x453x
G/B : x2x033
D/C : x3x232
C/D : xx0020
E/G# : 4x2400

G     D7/G   G/B           C   D/C   C/D
G     D7/G   G/B           C   D/C   C/D

G         G/B        C    D7
Not so long ago, I packed my bags a hundred times
G         G/B C           D7
Didn't seem to know, how to stop or to unwind
Em       Bm       C           A7
  Goin' nowhere, a man without a dream

  G         G/B C               D7
I guess my lucky star, fell the day you came along
G         G/B C             D7
To my lonely heart, you are like a special song
Em      Bm        C         A7
Singing sweetly your tender melody

G      G/B        C        D
Thanks to you, the child inside me lives again;
G      G/B C           D
Thanks to you, I have found a peace within.
C        G          Em         C
I know where I'm goin' and what I want to do
D          G D7/G G/B         C D/C C/D
  Thanks to you

G   D7/G     G/B     C   D/C    C/D

Em           E/G#     A
Lying in your arms, I've found my greatest pleasure
   F#              D           D7
I look into your eyes and dream about forever.

G             G/B C           D7
Wakin' up with you and lookin' forward to the day
G           G/B      C         D7
What we plan to do, knowin' anything at all's okay
Em        Bm      C             A7
Life has a meaning and love has got a name

G      G/B       C         D
Thanks to you, the child inside me lives again;
G      G/B C            D
Thanks to you, I have found a peace within.
C         G         Em           C
I know where I'm goin' and what I want to do
D           G D7/G G/B C D/C C/D
  Thanks to you
G D7/G G/B           C D/C C/D
G D7/G G/B           C D/C C/D

Copyright 1989 by Cherry Mountain Music (ASCAP),
Johnny Christopher Music (BMI), Corrie Kale Music (BMI)
and Poly Vinyl Music (BMI)



                                 That's The Way It's Gonna Be
                                 Words and Music by Phil Ochs
                                    Sung by John Denver
                                    on Beginnings (1988)

Em         C9          B7        Em
If you say all the good times are gone,
         C9           B7           Em
If you say this rain will keep rainin' on--
A          D         Em
I'll walk along with my head held high;
Am           D           G            Em
I'll find a song and I'll sing it to the sky--
Am          D         G           Em
I may be wrong but I'll live 'til I die.
 C                  Am
That's the way it's gonna be.
      B
Wait and see.

             Em      C9      B7      Em
Even though you say hard times knock at my door,
                 C9    B7      Em
Though you say I'll never smile any more--
A         D          Em
I just imagine that I'm ten feet tall,
Am          D           G          Em
Then if I try I can climb the highest wall,
Am         D          G         Em
It doesn't matter if I slip down and fall:
 C                   Am
That's the way it's gonna be.
Wait and see.
        B
   Just you wait and see.

Em         C9         B7       Em
Even though you say I've reached the end of the row,
         C9          B7         Em
Though you say my times are all running low--
A          D        Em
It's been so long since I tried to frown,
Am           D         G           Em
That Old Man Trouble will never get me down.
Am          D        G          Em
It's all that easy when you know where you're bound.
 C                  Am
That's the way it's gonna be.
        B
Wait and see.

Em         C9          B7        Em
Even though you say all the good times are gone,
         C9           B7           Em
Though you say this rain will keep rainin' on--
A          D         Em
I'll walk along with my head held high;
Am           D           G            Em
I'll find a song and I'll sing it to the sky--
Am          D         G           Em
Maybe I'm wrong but I'll live 'til I die.
 C                  Am
That's the way it's gonna be.
        B
Wait and see.
        B
    Just you wait and see.

this song ends on an Em chord
                                          Thirsty Boots
                                    by Eric Andersen
                                  sung by John Denver
                               from I Want To Live (1977)


          G                  Em
You've long been on the open road
              C                  D7
You've been sleeping in the rain
     G                  Em
From dirty words and muddy cells
      Am                D7
Your clothes are soiled and stained
           G                    Em
But the dirty words of the mother cells
     C            D7
Will soon be judged insane
  G                  Em
So only stop and rest yourself
    Am             D D7
And you'll be off again

   G            C
Oh, take off your thirsty boots
    G           C
And stay for awhile
    G             Em Am
Your feet are hot and weary
          D7
From a dusty mile
   G         C
And maybe I can make you laugh
   G          C
And maybe I can try
G           Em      Am
Looking for the evening
      D7           G    Em Am D D7
And the morning in your eyes

     G                Em
Then tell me of the ones you saw
   C                    D7
As far as you could see
  G                      Em
Across the plains from field to town
 Am                 D7
Marching to be free
   G                  Em
And of the rusted prison gates
     C                D7
That tumble by debris
    G                   Em
Like laughing children one by one
 Am                D D7
They look like you and me

   G            C
Oh, take off your thirsty boots
    G           C
And stay for awhile
    G             Em Am
Your feet are hot and weary
          D7
From a dusty mile
   G         C
And maybe I can make you laugh
   G          C
And maybe I can try
G           Em      Am
Looking for the evening
      D7           G    Em Am D D7
And the morning in your eyes

    G                   Em
I know you are no stranger down
  C                   D7
Crooked rainbow trails
     G                       Em
From dancing cliffheads to shattered sills
    Am                  D7
To slander shackled jails
        G              Em
Where the voices drift up from below
    C                    D7
His walls are being scaled
    G                    Em
Yes all of this, and more my friend
     Am              D        D7
Your song shall not be failed

   G            C
Oh, take off your thirsty boots
    G           C
And stay for awhile
    G             Em Am
Your feet are hot and weary
          D7
From a dusty mile
   G         C
And maybe I can make you laugh
   G          C
And maybe I can try
G           Em      Am
Looking for the evening
      D7          G    Em Am D D7
And the morning in your eyes

                       Repeat chorus



                                       This Old Guitar
                            Words & Music by John Denver
                            from Back Home Again (1974)
Unusual chords:
A7sus4 : ||2|3|
D/C# : |4|232
Bm/A : ||4432


D A Bm F#m G A D A Bm G A A7sus4

  D           A            Bm    F#m
1. This old guitar taught me to sing a love song
2. This old guitar gave me my love-ly     lady
3. This old guitar gave me my     life my living

 G                    A7sus4       D D/C# Bm Bm/A
1. it showed me how to laugh and how to cry.
2. it opened up her eyes     and ears to me
3. all the things you know I love to do

           G           A
1. It intro-duced me to some friends of mine
2. it     brought us close together
3. to      serenade the    stars that shine

     D      D/C#           Bm Bm/A
1. and brightened up some days
2. and I guess it broke her heart
3.   from a sunny mountain-side

      G               A7sus4         D D/C# Bm Bm/A
1. and helped me make it thru some lonely nights. Oh.
2. it opened up the space for us to be
3. and most of all to sing my songs for you

        G               A7            D D/C# Bm Bm/A G A7sus4 A7
1. What a friend to have on a cold and lonely night
2. What a lovely place and a lovely space to be.
3.         I love to sing my songs for you.

  D/C# Bm         Bm/A G            A7          D
3. Yes I do, you know  and I love to sing my songs for you

  D/C# Bm Bm/A G A7sus4 A7 D D/C# Bm Bm/A
    G       A7 D Bm Bm/A A7 A7sus4 D



                                      Thought Of You
                              Words & Music by John Denver
                                from It's About Time (1983)
A A It's been almost a year since that beautiful weekend. It was more than a lifetime ago.
How it happens to mind after all of this time. And brings tears to my eyes I don't know. D
It's the thought of you. A And the way that it hurts to be so much in love. D The thought of
you A Brings it all my way. A I know that it's late. I'm sorry I called. I'm surprised to have
found you at home. It's just once in a while I remember your number. I was hoping that
you'd be alone. D For I thought of you. A And the way you can turn it around with a smile.
D And the thought of you A Brings it all my way. Bm D I know that it's over, but I can't
discover A A way to erase how I feel. Bm G I remember the nights and the passionate
fights. Bm E7 And I know that I love you and I always will. A And I want you to know that
I'm always her for you. Any day, any night, any time. It happened before, it could happen
once more. There's a chance that you might change you're mind. D For the thought of you.
A And the way that it feels to be safe in your arms. D The thought of you A Brings it all my
way. Bm D I know that it's over, but I can't discover A A way to erase how I feel. Bm G I
remember the nights and the passionate fights. Bm E7 And I know that I love you and I
always will. A It's been almost a year since that beautiful weekend. A It was more than a
lifetime ago.
                                 Till You Opened My Eyes
          Words and Music buy Alan Rush, Randy Cullers and Dennis Linde
                              sung by John Denver
                     from Some Days Are Diamonds (1981)
Tune 6th sting to D

D       /      D4    /

D                       G
Down, down, down, deeper into love
D                     G
All around I can feel your love
A                  Bm Bm/A G
All my life I've been dream -     ing
         D      A             D / D4     /
Night into morning, till you opened my eyes

D                        G
Love, love, love, such a mystery
D                        G
Golden lights shinin' down on me
A                Bm Bm/A G
Soft and warm as the morn -         ing
         D     A               D     /
but I never saw it, till you opened my eyes

 G                    D/F# G D G D
Floating in circles I'm flying
G                      Bm A
It feels so good that I'm cry - ing

 D                       G
Down, down, down, deep inside of me
 D                       G
Love sweet love's all that I can see
 A                Bm Bm/A G
Golden light leeps on shin -       ing
       D A                  D       /
Shining forever since you opened my eyes

G   /   D /    D4    /
D   /   D4 /
D   /   G /
D   /   G /

                                      To The Wild Country
                         Words and Music by John Denver & Joe Henry
                                 from I Want to Live (1978)



Intro: D, G/D, D, G, Em, D, G/D, D, G, Em,



   D                  G/D D         G        Em      D
1.) There are times I fear I loose myself, I don't know who I am,

    D     G      Em        D    G
    I get caught up in the struggle and the strain.

    A7sus4 A7        D              G/D D     G          D
           With my back against a stone wall, my finger in the dam,

       G         Em     D    G      A7
    I'm losin' strength and goin' down again.

       D             G/D D    G             D
    When I take a look around me, my eyes can't find the sun,

         G      Em D G               A7sus4, A7
    theres nothin wild as far as I can see.

         D            G/D D        G               D G
    Then my heart turns to Alaska,          and freedom on the run,

        Em      D     G        A7sus4, A7
    I can hear her spirit calling me
   D                G/D D        G       Em     D
2.) Oh I know sometimes I worry on worldly ways and means,

    D    G      Em        D     G
    And I can see the future killing me


    A7sus4 A7        D            G/D D     G                 D
            On a misbegotten highway of prohesies              and dreams,

       G        Em    D    G      A7
    a road to nowhere and eternaty.


        D            G/D D    G              D
    And I know it's just changes, and mankind marchin' on

         G    Em D G               A7sus4, A7
    I know we can't live in yesterday

         D            G/D D        G         D G
    But compared to what we're losin' and what it means to me,

          Em      D    G      A7sus4, A7
    I'd give my life and throw the rest away.



Chorus:
G    Em   D G Em        D         G            Em D
To the mountains, I can rest there,          to the rivers,

Em             A7       G     Em D G
I will be strong,        To the forests,

Em          D         G    Em D     G Em
I'll find peace there, to the wild country

A7       D    G/D D             A7    DG       Em D G         Em
 where I belong.                 I belong to the wild country,

A7       D G/D D             G Em D        G/D D    G   Em    D
 where I belong




                                               Today
                                Words and Music by Randy Sparks
                            from An Evening With John Denver (1975)


E   C#m    F#m      B   A   B   E   B
                E         C#m            F#m        B
Rit.    Today while the blossoms still cling to the vine
       E               C#m             F#m           B
       I'll taste your strawberries I'll drink your sweet wine
                E     E7         A        F#m
       A million tomorrow shall all pass away
              E      C#m         F#m         B B7 E C#m F#m B
       'Ere I forget all the joy that is mine, today.

       E         C#m       F#m          B
       I'll be a dandy and I'll be a rover
              E         C#m          F#m         B
       you know who I am by the songs that I sing
                 E          C#m           F#m         B
       I'll feast at your table I'll sleep in your clover
              A          B             E B
       who cares what tomorrow shall bring


Rit.   Today...

                E       C#m          F#m       B
       I can't be contented with yesterday's glory
       E              C#m       F#m          B
       I can't live on promises winter to spring
              E        C#m F#m             B
       Today is my moment now is my story
       A             B       E     B
       I'll laugh and I'll cry and I'll sing


Rit.   Today...



                         Today Is The First Day Of The Rest Of My Life
                                Words & Music by P. & V. Garvey
                                     sung by John Denver
                                 on Rhymes & Reasons (1969)


 G
Today is the first day
      C
Of the rest of my life.
  Am
I wake as a child
         Em
To see the world begin.

On monarch queens
    Am          Em
And birthday wonderings.
       D
Want to put on faces.
 Am        A7     D
Walk in the wet and cold.
       G        Bm      Em
And look forward to my growing old.
    D
To grow is to change.
    Em
To change is to be new.
     Am
To be new is to be young again.
  C            D
I barely remember when
   Em          Am        Em
My memories are stolen by the morning.
      Em        Am        Em
Blotted out by the suns hypnotic eye.

Em D

 G
Today is the first day
      C
Of the rest of my life.
  Am
I wake as a child
         Em
To see the world begin.

On monarch queens
   Am         Em
And birthday wonderings.
      D
Want to put on faces.
 Am        A7    D
Walk in the wet and cold.
       G       Bm       Em
And look forward to my growing old.



                                          Tools
                               Words & Music by John Denver
                                    from Aerie (1971)
Unusual chords:
B7 : |212|2
F#7 : 24432|


E                 A       B7      E
Tools was a baby rabbit he was a friend of mine

His momma and poppa brothers and sisters
 A     F#7 B7
Left him all behind

 E                  A         B7     E
He came in to our house to brighten up a couple of days
        A      E
Tools, you made me smile a lot
     A     B7      E
And I wish you could've stayed



                                The Twelve Days of Christmas
                          Traditional Arranged by John Denver
                           from A Christmas Together (1979)

     G            Em
On the first day of Christmas
    Am      D7      G
my true love gave to me:
  C      G     D    G D G
A partridge in a pear tree.

     G           Em
On the second day of Christmas
   Am       D7     G
my true love gave to me:
 Am       D7
Two turtle doves
    GC       G    D    G D G
And a Partridge in a pear tree.

     G           Em
On the third day of Christmas
   Am       D7     G
my true love gave to me:
  Am        D7
Three French Hens,
 Am       D7
Two turtle doves
    GC       G    D    G D G
And a Partridge in a pear tree.

     G            Em
On the fourth day of Christmas
   Am       D7      G
my true love gave to me:
 Am         D7
Four calling birds,
  Am         D7
Three French Hens,
 Am       D7
Two turtle doves
    GC       G    D    G D G
And a Partridge in a pear tree.

      G           Em
On the fifth day of Christmas
   Am       D7      G
my true love gave to me:
 G A7       D7
Five golden rings,
 G         Em
Four calling birds,
 C         Am
Three French Hens,
 D7
Two turtle doves
     GC      G     D   G D G
And a Partridge in a pear tree.

      G           Em
On the sixth day of Christmas
    Am      D7      G
my true love gave to me:
 Am         D7
Six geese a laying,
 G A7       D7
Five golden rings,
 G         Em
Four calling birds,
  C        Am
Three French Hens,
  D7
Two turtle doves
     GC      G     D   G D G
And a Partridge in a pear tree.

      G           Em
On the seventh day of Christmas
    Am      D7      G
my true love gave to me:
 Am           D7
Seven swans a swimming,
 Am         D7
Six geese a laying,
 G A7       D7
Five golden rings,
 G         Em
Four calling birds,
  C        Am
Three French Hens,
  D7
Two turtle doves
    GC       G    D    G D G
And a Partridge in a pear tree.

      G           Em
On the eighth day of Christmas
    Am      D7      G
my true love gave to me:
Am           D7
Eight maids a milking,
 Am           D7
Seven swans a swimming,
 Am         D7
Six geese a laying,
 G A7       D7
Five golden rings,
 G         Em
Four calling birds,
  C        Am
Three French Hens,
  D7
Two turtle doves
     GC      G     D   G D G
And a Partridge in a pear tree.

      G           Em
On the ninth day of Christmas
    Am      D7      G
my true love gave to me:
 Am         D7
Nine ladies dancing,
Am           D7
Eight maids a milking,
 Am           D7
Seven swans a swimming,
 Am         D7
Six geese a laying,
 G A7       D7
Five golden rings,
 G         Em
Four calling birds,
  C        Am
Three French Hens,
  D7
Two turtle doves
     GC      G     D   G D G
And a Partridge in a pear tree.

     G          Em
On the tenth day of Christmas
   Am      D7     G
my true love gave to me:
Am         D7
Ten lords a leaping,
 Am         D7
Nine ladies dancing,
Am           D7
Eight maids a milking,
 Am           D7
Seven swans a swimming,
 Am         D7
Six geese a laying,
 G A7       D7
Five golden rings,
 G         Em
Four calling birds,
  C        Am
Three French Hens,
  D7
Two turtle doves
     GC      G     D   G D G
And a Partridge in a pear tree.

      G           Em
On the eleventh day of Christmas
     Am     D7      G
my true love gave to me:
  Am         D7
Eleven pipers piping,
 Am         D7
Ten lords a leaping,
 Am         D7
Nine ladies dancing,
Am           D7
Eight maids a milking,
 Am           D7
Seven swans a swimming,
 Am         D7
Six geese a laying,
 G A7       D7
Five golden rings,
 G         Em
Four calling birds,
   C       Am
Three French Hens,
  D7
Two turtle doves
      GC     G     D   G D G
And a Partridge in a pear tree.

     G           Em
On the twelfth day of Christmas
   Am      D7     G
my true love gave to me:
 Am           D7
Twelve drummers drumming,
  Am         D7
Eleven pipers piping,
 Am         D7
Ten lords a leaping,
 Am         D7
Nine ladies dancing,
Am           D7
Eight maids a milking,
 Am           D7
Seven swans a swimming,
 Am         D7
Six geese a laying,
 G A7       D7
Five golden rings,
 G         Em
Four calling birds,
   C       Am
Three French Hens,
  D7
Two turtle doves
     GC      G     D   G
And a Partridge in a pear tree.

                                         Tradewinds
                              Words & Music by John Denver
                               from I Want To Live (1977)


C
Riding on a tradewind,
                                 F
Filling my sails with a soft and southerly breeze.
                   C
Living on the ocean of blue.

Dreaming of the islands,
                               F
Wrapping myself in a glow of the tropical moon.
                         C
I never shiver when the sun goes down.
G
All the earth she sings to me.

Every shallow, every tree.
                       C
Surely My love shining like the sea.

C
I can make you happy.
                                F
If I can I'll take you away on a wave in my arms.
                         C
Never leave you on the edge all alone.

If you feel like dancing,
                               F
Rolling like the water across my sleepless night,
                 C
Making me a peaceful place.
G
All my life to be with you,

All I ever want to do,
                       C
Knowing you are felling that way too ooo.
C F C
Hmmmmm.
C F C
Hmmm.
G
Distant thunder, heavy seas,

Rocky Mountain memories.
                          C
Surely I was lost 'til I found these, Yeah, hmmm.

Doo doo doo doo doo doo.

Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo.



                                    Tremble If You Must
                                Words & Music by Potash
                                  sung by John Denver
                            on Whose Garden Was This (1970)

D

    A
So tremble if you must.
        G          D
For the dust is still breathing.
         A
And the trees are just the leaves
     G           D
On a big breathing globe.
           A
And there's life in the rocks.
        G          D
And the seashells are listening
       A
To the sounds of the sands
      G         D
As it rests on its way.
 A G D A      G   D
Mmmm....



                               Two Different Directions
                          Words and Music by John Denver
                          from Different Directions (1991)

G D C G Am D7 G


G   D       C       G   C      D       G
They say they love each other I've no doubt they do
   C       D        Em C       Am             D7
They say they'll always be together that may not be true
G   D        C        G   C       D       G
They come from different places different points of view
   C       D        Em       C Am                  D
They find themselves in different spaces everything is all brand new

G            D       C     D      G
Two different directions too many different ways
C       D       Em            C            D
One always on the road somewhere the other one always stays
G         D     C      D     G
Too often unhappy too often on your own
  C        D        Em       C
When you are moving in different directions
  Am       D7 G
True love is all alone

G    D      C       G     C         D    G
Old stories start to surface patterns from long ago
   C      D     Em      C        Am                  D
And loving quickly turns to anger for reasons they don't even know
G     D      C          G    C       D       G
The strongest heart can be broken with one insensitive word
   C       D        Em         C             Am           D
The deepest feelings remain unspoken no one is seen and nothing heard

G           D        C     D      G
Two different directions too many different ways
C        D       Em            C               D
One always wants to work things out the other one wants to play
G           D     C          D       G
Too ready for changes too much that just can't wait
  C       D        Em        C
When you are moving in different directions
  Am        D7      G
True love can turn to hate
 G     D       C       G     C      D     G
 If opposites attract each other what's the reason for
 C       D      Em        C            Am        D
 One being like an open window one just like a closing door

 G            D       C     D      G
 Two different directions too many different ways
 C          D     Em             C              D
 One likes to see the morning sunrise the other one sleeps in late
 G        D      C      D       G
 Too many tomorrows too many times too late
   C        D       Em        C
 When you are moving in different directions
   Am         D7     G
 True love may have to wait

     C        D      Em        C
  If you are committed to different directions
    Am         D7     G    D C G Am D7 G
  True love will have to wait



                                          Two Shots
                           Words and Music by John Denver
                               from Windsong (1975)


G       C D       C G        D7      G
I took two shots,got no ducks and cold, cold hands.
            D        C
Last night when I was out drinking,
  Am      D7        G G7
trying to have a good time.
    C               G     Em
The Lady with whom I was speaking
  A             A7         D7
thougt I was feeding her some old line.
       G      D          C
When I spoke of a cold winter's morning,
   Am           D       G G7
a duck blind and a river of gray.
    C         Am        G Em
The sound of the snow softly falling
       A          A7     D7
when I thought I heard somebody say:
        C D        C G        D7     G
"I took two shots, got no ducks and cold, cold hands."

                D       C
I could tell by the gaze of my comrades
    Am        D7         G G7
that I was the one who had spoke.
    C                   G    Em
Their eyes held a message of patience,
      A          A7       D7
the thrill of the hunt and of hope.
        G        D         C
But when I spoke again how they listened
        Am         D       G G7
for the wisdom of what I might say.
       C           Am        G Em
If the good Lord had meant us to shoot one,
     A          A7         D7
he'd surely send more ducks our way.
         C D         C G       D7    G
"I took two shots, got no ducks and cold, cold hands."

                  D       C
Well,the lady with whom I was speaking,
     Am               D       G G7
she laughed lightly and wandered away.
    C                    G Em
My heart like the snow in my story,
      A         A7           D7
fell silent, I'd hoped she would stay.
        G       D        C
It's so nice to talk to somebody,
    Am              D         G G7
to find someone who's willing to share.
    C           Am          G Em
I know that this life is worth living,
     A          A7       D7
but sometimes it just isn't fair.
         C D         C G       D7      G
"I took two shots, got no ducks and cold, cold hands."
         C D         C G       D7      G
"I took two shots, got no ducks and cold, cold hands."

                      The Wandering Soul (Love Is The Answer)
                             Words & Music by John Denver
                             from Different Direction (1991)


Words & Music by John Denver

Intro:   C   Am   C   Am   G

C       Am                G
In this magic hour of softening light
      C      Am                  G
The moments in between the day and the night
   F                     G
The instant when all shadows disappear
    F                         G
The distance in between the love and the fear
          C         Am              G
There's a longing deep within the wandering soul
           C           Am               G
It's like the half that understands it once was whole
         F                     G
Like the two who only dream of being one
         F                      G
Like the moon who's only light is in the sun
          C        Am            G
There's a danger in forever looking outside
             C              Am              G
You start to believe that all your prayers have been denied
    F                           G
And you'll forget the sound of your own name
  F                        G
Thus begins the suffering and the pain

         C             Am
I wanted an answer, I wanted a way
       F           G           C
I wanna know just what to do and what to say
         Am               C
I wanted a reason, I wanna know why
             F               G           C
Can there never be heaven right here on earth and peace inside
  C      Am            F
Inside my heart, deep in my soul
          Am            G
Within each part, and in the whole

           C         Am            G
There's a promise in the journeys of the mind
               C             Am             G
You begin to believe that there are miracles you will find
         F                       G
And that someday you'll remember who you are
    F                         G
The seed within a bright and shining star
             C            Am            G
It's like a flame that lives within a hungering heart
           C            Am            G
That only awaits the gift of love for it to spark
       F                       G
Into a fire that burns forever, endlessly
         F                         G
Like the river that can't help but meet the sea
       C                  Am         G
In this magic hour between the dark and the dawn
        C            Am            G
In the space between the silence and the song
 F                  G
Suddenly the mystery is clear
    F                    G
That love is only letting go of fear

         G              Am
Love is the answer, love is the way
          F             G           C
Love is in knowing just what to do and what to say
          Am                 C
Love is the reason, and love is the why
            F             G             C
And love is in heaven right here on Earth and peace inside
  C        Am             F
Inside your heart, deep in your soul
         Am             G
Within each part, and in the whole
         C               Am
Love is the answer, love is the way

          F             G           C
Love is in knowing just what to do and what to say
          Am               C
Love is the reason, love is the why
            F             G             C
And love is in heaven right here on Earth and peace inside.

Am    F    Am     G     C

                                We Don't Live Here No More
                              Words and music by Bill Danoff
                                   Sung by John Denver
                             from Farewell Andromeda (1973)


 G                  Am          D    G C G
Make believe you're on a boat without water around
                 Am        D7       G C G
Picture yourself at a circus without any clowns
 Am                  D              Bm Em
Pretend that you're on a highway without any e----nd
    Am               Bm
Then empty the ashtray, sweep up the floor
     Em        A7                 Am        D
Put a lock on your door and if somebody calls in the morning
     D7        G          CG
Just say we don't live here no mo--re.

  G             Am         D      G C G
Draw me a picture of an island without any seas
               Am           D7      G C G
Show me a map of the whole world without boundaries
 Am               D                Bm Em
Build me a home without windows or doors to go i----n
   Am                Bm
Then empty the ashtray, sweep up the floor
     Em        A7               Am       D
Put a lock on your door and if somebody calls in the morning
    D7         G         CG
Just say we don't live here no mo--re.

  G                  Am         D       G C G
Dream of the time when the tides ebbing now rise again
                    Am       D7       G C G
Then you will know that to die is not really to end
 Am               D                Bm Em
Living and dying are both your most intimate fri--ends
  Am               Bm
So empty the ashtray, sweep up the floor
     Em        A7               Am          D
Put a lock on your door and if somebody calls in the morning
     D7        G          CG
Just say we don't live here no mo--re.
      Am                D
And if somebody calls in the morning
     D7        G          CG
Just say we don't live here no mo--re.

                            We Wish You A Merry Christmas
                         Traditional Arranged by John Denver
                          from A Christmas Together (1979)


  C          F
We wish you a merry Christmas
  Dm            G7
We wish you a merry Christmas
  E            Am
We wish you a merry Christmas
    Dm G C
And a happy New Year.

   C        F
We want some figgy pudding
   Dm             G7
We want some figgy pudding
   E           Am
We want some figgy pudding
      Dm       G     C
Please bring it right here!

  C          F
We won't go until we get some
  Dm             G7
We won't go until we get some
  E            Am
We won't go until we get some
   Dm      G C
So bring it out here!

  C          F
We wish you a Merry Christmas
  Dm            G7
We wish you a Merry Christmas
  E            Am
We wish you a Merry Christmas
    Dm G C
And a happy New Year!



                                Whalebones And Crosses
                    Words and Music by Joe Henry & Lee Holdridge
                              from Autograph (1980)
Unusual chords:

Bm9:      |2|222
A/C#:     |3114| 5fr.
F#m/A:     ||422|
F#7sus4: ||2422
F#7:     ||2322
C#7sus4: |4442|
C#7:     |4342|
Ebsus4: |4412| 4fr.
Eb:     |4312| 4fr.
Bb:     |1333|
Dbsus4: |4432|
Dbsus4/C: |3412|
Bbamdd4: |1334|
Bbm7/Ab: 4|312|
F/A:    3|134|
Bbm:      |1332|
Fm/Ab:     2|134| 6fr.
Gb:     244322
Fsus4:   ||3311
F7:    131211
Bm/F#:     2|443|
Bmadd9: |2442|


 Em
Whalebones and Crosses
                   Bm9
Stand against the Arctic sky.
   Em
The wind blows through the graveyard,
       Bm9
Where our fallen fathers lie.
 Em            C
Eternal snow that covers them.
    G         A
The shadows of the sun.
   D      A/C# Bm       F#m/A
The mighty struggle on the seas.
  F#7sus4 F#7       Bm Em
A way of life is run.


I'll sing for you my father.
                   Bm9
For the ancient sacred ways.
        Em
How the hunter loved the hunted.
        Bm9
How the night becomes the day.
     Em          C
The circle of the mighty spirit
  G            A
Keeps us in its fold.
     D       A/C# Bm       F#m/A
The warmth of understanding like
   F#7sus4 F#7           Bm
A light shot through the cold.
       G          A
Then bring to me my people.
           Bm           C#7sus4 C#7
Touch them with your loving hands.
 F#              E
Lead them from confusion.
         Ebsus4 Eb     Bb
Lead them back unto the land.
     Dbsus4           Dbsus4/C
For sickness seems to block their path.
     Bbmadd4 Bbm7/Ab F/A
It clouds my people's eyes.
     Bbm       Fm/Ab Gb
The promise that an idle truth
      Fsus4 F7      Bbm Bm Em
Will reap a golden lie.

Whalebones and crosses
                   Bm9
Stand against the Arctic sky.
   Em
The wind blows through the graveyard,
       Bm9
Where our fallen fathers lie.
   Em           C
The timeless hunt a journey back
   G            A
To what we once came from.
   D    A/C# Bm F#m/A
Compassion and nobility
  F#7sus4 F#7         Bm
Beneath the Midnight Sun.
   D       A/C# Bm       F#m/A
The mighty struggle on the seas.
 Bm/F# F#7         Em Bm Bmadd9
A way of life is run.

                                   What's on your mind
                            Words and Music by John Denver
                             from JD John Denver (1979)

(tune 6th string to D)
          D                Em/D
You know sometimes I can't sleep at night.
        A/D     G/D         D
I can't quiet my heart or my mind.
                Em/D
I toss and I turn, I ache and I burn,
       A/D        G/D         D
I get caught in the passing of time.
                   Em/D
It's like too many miles, too many heartaches,
 A/D          G/D       D
Too much that needs to be done.
         D             Dm/D
Yes, and too many sidewalks, too many people,
 A/D       G/D      D
Too many hours alone.
 D                             Em/D
What's on your mind and what's on my mind

Is really quite the same.
         G                Em
I've been working so hard and I'm ready to play.
 Dmaj7 Em/D        Em7/A D
I know just the right game.
                             Em/D
What's on your mind is what's on my mind.

That's the way it's gonna be.
 G                 Em
I'm gonna find me a place I can hide.
Dmaj7      Em/D Em7/A D
I want you right next to me.

(during instrumental interlude, guitarists
 place capo across 2nd fret)

D Em/D A/D G/D G/A D Em/D A/D G/D G/A D B7
(capo 2nd fret)
   D            Em
Oh, I've never seen a more beautiful day.
        F#m      Em      Em7/A D
It's my favourite time of the year.
                   Em
The colors are changing, she's rearranging
    F#m     Em Em7/A D
And I'm so glad to be here.
                          Em
I've been up and around, I've been lost, I've been found.
        F#m         Em Em7/A D
I've seen love face to face in my dreams.
                           Em
And the things that I know and the things that I show
       F#m Em           Em7/A D
Are not always just what they seem.
  D          Dmaj7               Em
What's on your mind is what's on my mind.

It's just that way.
         G
It's like catching a ride on a beautiful river,
       F#m      Em Em7/A D
Let it carry us all away.
                   Dmaj7         Em
What's on your mind is what's on my mind

Is really nothing new.
         G
I want to get you alone.
                      F#m
I want to make you my own baby.
         Em Em7/A      D
I want to make love with you.
 D                          Em
What's on your mind is what's on my mind

Is really quite the same.
         G                           F#m
I've been working so hard and I'm ready to play baby.
      Em      Em7/A D Em7/A
I know just the right game
 D                            Em
What's on your mind and what's on my mind

Is really nothing new.
        G
I want to get you alone.
                       F#m
I want to make you my own baby.
         Em Em7/A       D Em7/A
I want to make love with you.
                                 What One Man Can Do
                            Words & Music by John Denver
                           from Seasons of the Heart(1982)

Intro: C G/B F/A G C G/B F/A G

C             G               F          G
I suppose that there are those who will say he had it easy
       Dm           G7             C  G7
Had it made in fact before he'd even begun
     C                G         F
But they don't know the things I know
           G
I was always with him
  Dm             Dm7-5
It may sound strange
               C
We were more than friends
     C              G       F         G
It's hard to tell the truth when no one wants to listen
     Dm            G7              C G7
When no one really cares what's going on
        C           G            F       G
And it's hard to stand alone when you need someone beside you
      Dm         Dm7-5             C
Your spirit, your faith must be strong

   F        G    C
What one man can do is dream
   F        G   C
What one man can do is love
   F        G7           C     G     Am     Em
What one man can do is change the world and make it young again
F           G7        C
Here you see what one man can do

G/C F/C G/C C G F G

    C        G
As shaded as his eyes might be
 F                 G
That's how bright his mind is
 Dm                  G7         C   G7
That's how strong his love for you and me
   C             G
A friend to all the universe
     F          G
Grandfather of the future
Dm           Dm7-5           C
Everything that I would like to be

   F        G7    C
What one man can do is dream
   F        G7 C
What one man can do is love
   F        G7           C     G     Am Em
What one man can do is change the world and make it new again
F           G7        C
Here you see what one man can do
   F        G7    C
What one man can do is dream
   F        G7 C
What one man can do is love
   F        G7           C     G     Am     Em
What one man can do is change the world and make it work again
F           G7        C
Here you see what one man can do

G/C F/C G7/C C

Yellowstone, Coming Home
(Words & Music by John Denver )
Copyright by Cherry Lane Music

Oh-ooo oh-ooo oh-ooo oh-ooo

Oh,   the Yellowstone, Oh the buffalo free
Oh,   my brother the wolf, my lover the moon
Oh,   the little one, oh, the joy that I feel
Oh,   the love in my heart, a wilderness song

Oh-ooo 0h-ooo oh-ooo oh-ooo

Oh,   the waterfall, Oh the river that runs
Oh,   my brother the wind, my sister the sea
Oh,   the ocean shore, oh the castles of stone
Oh,   the mountain top calling to me

Oh-ooo oh-ooo, coming home oh-ooo oh-ooo

Returning, forever returning, coming home
Belonging, forever belonging, never alone

Oh,   the mystery, Oh the dreaming of dreams
Oh,   my brother my own, my sister my own
Oh,   the tenderness, Oh, the longing for love
Oh,   the beautiful way, the sweet coming home

Oh-ooo oh-ooo, coming home oh-ooo oh-ooo

								
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