About the song

Welcome to my blog, where I share my passion for music and its history. Today, I want to talk about one of my favorite songs: **Rocky Mountain High** by John Denver. This song is not only a beautiful tribute to the natural beauty of Colorado, but also a reflection of Denver’s personal and artistic journey.

John Denver was born Henry John Deutschendorf Jr. in 1943 in Roswell, New Mexico. He grew up in a military family and moved around a lot as a child. He learned to play guitar at the age of 11 and started performing in local clubs as a teenager. He adopted the stage name John Denver in 1965, after his favorite city.

In 1969, Denver moved to Aspen, Colorado, where he fell in love with the mountains and the lifestyle. He bought a house there and spent a lot of time hiking, skiing and flying. He also became more involved in environmental and social causes, such as the anti-war movement and the conservation of wildlife.

Denver wrote **Rocky Mountain High** in 1972 with his friend and collaborator Mike Taylor. The song was inspired by a camping trip they took to Williams Lake, near Aspen. Denver later said that he had experienced “a sense of exhilaration, a sense of joy, an awareness of the beauty of life” during that trip.

The song is composed of six verses that describe different aspects of Denver’s connection to Colorado and nature. The first verse sets the scene of arriving in Colorado and feeling “the shadow from the starlight”. The second verse talks about how he left behind his old life and found a new one in the mountains. The third verse expresses his gratitude for the simple things in life, such as fire, bread and children. The fourth verse recounts a near-death experience he had when he saw a shooting star and thought it was an airplane crashing. The fifth verse celebrates the joy of being alive and free in nature. The sixth verse reflects on how he has grown as a person and how he hopes to share his message with others.

The chorus repeats the phrase “Rocky Mountain High” four times, followed by “Colorado”. The term “Rocky Mountain High” has multiple meanings: it can refer to the altitude, the state of mind, the euphoria or the marijuana. Denver said that he meant it as “a natural high”, but he also acknowledged that he smoked pot occasionally.

The song was released as the title track of Denver’s sixth studio album in September 1972. It became his first top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, reaching number 9 in 1973. It also reached number 3 on the Adult Contemporary chart and number 1 on the Canadian RPM chart.

The song received critical acclaim and became one of Denver’s signature songs. It was also adopted by many Coloradans as an unofficial anthem for their state. In 2007, it was officially recognized as one of the two state songs of Colorado, along with “Where the Columbines Grow”.

The song has been covered by many artists over the years, such as Olivia Newton-John, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Jason Mraz and Me First and the Gimme Gimmes. It has also been featured in several movies and TV shows, such as Dumb and Dumber, Final Destination and The Office.

**Rocky Mountain High** is a song that celebrates life, nature and freedom. It is a song that resonates with me and many others who love Colorado and its beauty. It is a song that reminds me of why I love music and its history.

If you want to listen to **Rocky Mountain High**, you can find it on Spotify , YouTube or other streaming platforms. If you want to learn more about John Denver and his music, you can visit his official website or read his biography .

Thank you for reading my blog post. I hope you enjoyed it and learned something new. Please leave your comments below and let me know what you think of **Rocky Mountain High** or any other song by John Denver. Stay tuned for more posts about music and its history.

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Lyrics

He was born in the summer of his 27th year
Coming home to a place he’d never been before
He left yesterday behind him, you might say he was born again
You might say he found a key for every door
When he first came to the mountains his life was far away
On the road and hanging by a song
But the string’s already broken and he doesn’t really care
It keeps changing fast and it don’t last for long
But the Colorado Rocky Mountain high
I’ve seen it rainin’ fire in the sky
The shadow from the starlight is softer than a lullaby
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Rocky Mountain high (high in Colorado)
He climbed cathedral mountains, he saw silver clouds below
He saw everything as far as you can see
And they say that he got crazy once and he tried to touch the sun
And he lost a friend but kept the memory
Now he walks in quiet solitude the forests and the streams
Seeking grace in every step he takes
His sight has turned inside himself to try and understand
The serenity of a clear blue mountain lake
And the Colorado Rocky Mountain high
I’ve seen it rainin’ fire in the sky
Talk to God and listen to the casual reply
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Rocky Mountain high (high in Colorado)
Now his life is full of wonder but his heart still knows some fear
Of a simple thing he cannot comprehend
While they try to tear the mountains down to bring in a couple more
More people, more scars upon the land
And the Colorado Rocky Mountain high
I’ve seen it rainin’ fire in the sky
I know he’d be a poorer man if he never saw an eagle fly
Rocky Mountain high
Colorado Rocky Mountain high
I’ve seen it rainin’ fire in the sky
Friends around the campfire and everybody’s high
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Rocky Mountain high (high in Colorado)
Rocky Mountain high (high in Colorado)
Rocky Mountain high (high in Colorado)
Rocky Mountain high (high in Colorado)
Rocky Mountain high (high in Colorado)