About the song

Welcome to my blog, where I share my love for music and the stories behind some of my favorite songs. Today, I want to talk about a classic country tune that always makes me smile: John Denver’s “Thank God I’m A Country Boy”.

This song was written by John Martin Sommers, who was a member of Denver’s backup band. He came up with the idea on December 31, 1973, when he was driving from Aspen, Colorado to Los Angeles. He felt happy and content with his simple life and started jotting down some lyrics along the way.

The song was first recorded for Denver’s 1974 album Back Home Again, but it became a huge hit when a live version was released as a single in 1975. The live version was recorded at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles on August 26, 1974, and featured some amazing musicians, such as Johnny Cash, Roger Miller and Glen Campbell.

The song reached No. 1 on both the Billboard Hot Country Singles and the Billboard Hot 100 charts, making it one of the six songs in 1975 that topped both charts. It also became the name of a TV special hosted by Denver in 1977.

The song is a celebration of rural life and its joys and challenges. It has a catchy chorus that goes: “Well, life on the farm is kinda laid back / Ain’t much an old country boy like me can’t hack / It’s early to rise, early in the sack / Thank God I’m a country boy”. It also mentions some of Denver’s hobbies, such as playing the fiddle and singing “Sally Goodin”, an old fiddle tune.

I love this song because it reminds me of the beauty and simplicity of nature and the importance of gratitude and happiness. It also makes me want to dance and sing along with Denver’s cheerful voice and upbeat tempo.

I hope you enjoyed this post and learned something new about this song. Let me know what you think in the comments section below. And don’t forget to thank God you’re a country boy (or girl)!