Country Roads

John Denver

 GEMD
 ALMOST HEAVEN WEST VIRGINIA BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAINS,
 CGGEM
 SHENADOAH RIVER.  LIFE IS OLD THERE OLDER THAN THE TREES,
 DCG
 YOUNGER THAN THE MOUNTAINS, GROWING LIKE A BREEZE.
 GDEMC
COUNTRY ROADS, TAKE ME HOME TO THE PLACE, I BELONG
 GDCG
WEST VIRGINIA, MOUNTAIN MOMMA, TAKE ME HOME, COUNTRY ROADS.
 GEMD
 ALL MY MEMORIES GATHER ROUND HER, MINER'S LADY,
 CGGEM
 STRANGER TO BLUE WATER.  DARK AND DUSTY PAINTED ON THE SKY
 DCG
 MISTY TASTE OF MOONSHINE TEAR DROP IN MY EYE.
 GDEMC
COUNTRY ROADS, TAKE ME HOME TO THE PLACE I BELONG
 GDCG
WEST VIRGINIA MOUNTAIN MOMMA TAKE ME HOME COUNTRY ROADS.
 EMDG
 I HEAR HER VOICE IN THE MORNIN' HOURS SHE CALLS ME
 CGDEM
THE RADIO REMINDS ME OF MY HOME FAR AWAY, AND DRIVIN' DOWN
 FCG
THE ROAD I GET THE FEELIN' THAT I SHOULD HAVE BEEN HOME
 DD7
 YESTERDAY, YESTERDAY.
 GDEMCG
COUNTRY ROADS TAKE ME HOME THE PLACE I BELONG, WEST VIRGINIA
 DCG
MOUNTAIN MOMMA TAKE ME HOME COUNTRY ROADS
 DGDG
TAKE ME HOME COUNTRY ROADS, TAKE ME HOME COUNTRY ROADS.








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sawguy (report comment to admin):
as with all these songs it does not tell you the strumming pattern

GO FIGURE!!
stella_1965@hotmail.co.uk (report comment to admin):
hey sawguy if you cant figure out a strumming pattern buy the artists work and support them
Uncle J (report comment to admin):
I play the song in the key of D. And when I get to the part of drivin down the road. I go from Bm to c
brentart (report comment to admin):
OK, it's in the wrong key. Needs to be transposed into key of C. Then you have C, Am, G, F, and it is fingerpicked. The words, "younger than the mountains," should be followed with blowin' like a breeze (breezes blow, not grow). 

Am G F
I hear her voice, in the mornin' hour
C F
she calls me, radio reminds me of my
G Am G
home far away. Drivin down the road I
F F
get the feelin' that I should have been
G G7
home yesterday, yesterday.
averst69 (report comment to admin):
//sawguy (delete):


//as with all these songs it does not //tell you the strumming pattern

//GO FIGURE!!

//stella_1965@hotmail.co.uk (delete):

//hey sawguy if you cant figure out a //strumming pattern buy the artists work //and support them

Yo stella_1965@hotmail.co.uk maybe there are some beginners at work here (like me) who don't have a clue about the strumming paatern an are lloking for some help here oke
fretfullablues (report comment to admin):
Beg to differ on the key, Brent.  I just played along with it on Youtube and the chords work as written.  And I could swear it sounds like JD sings "growing like a breeze."  Makes more sense your way, and I'll sing "blowing like", until Miss Annie herself tells me otherwise.


cpurdy0402 (report comment to admin):
well since I guess I'm older than all of you.  I remember in 1968 I think it was.  I was on a highway roadside park eating with a group called The Lane Gang...yeah you probably never heard of them.  We have a transistor radio on the table...they didn't have other things and cassettes I think had just been invented but eight track was still the rage.  We heard this song by this funny sounding guy singing and since we were going to Nashville to play a gig with some big named country folks it just struck us that we should learn that song especially since the lead singer was from Nashville and he felt like he was going home and we were going to be staying with his family in Possom Hollow Tennessee.  We grabbed a flat top out of the bus, it was in the key of G which is the same key I sing in which made it conventient and we learned the song in about five minutes and was doing it in five part harmony before we got back on teh bus.  We played it the next night in the Vanderbilt Field House with 20000 people in the audience and boots randolph and Chet atkins on the bill.  People thought it was our own work...wish it was.  JD didn't write the song.  he got a phone call from someone in Washington DC where he was playing in Geroge Town and after finishing his gig he went over to their place and worked out the arrangement.  They recorded it later that day and had him sing The lead part since he had worked it all out and it fit his voice so well.  Just some trivia for you. I've been singing it now for about forty years...I was about 15 on that trip and these are the words that I sing and in the key that I do it in.  Also, if you listen to the original I think you'll find it's all done accoustic and it's a banjo that does the finger picking.  The guitar is strumming.  If memory serves me correctly.   
fretfullablues (report comment to admin):
Well Mr. Purdy, you don't have me beat by much on age, but you are way ahead in audience size by that one gig alone.  Whatcha think of this here wide world web the kids put together?  Beats trying to learn chords off'n a Lloyds Cassette Recorder, dunnit?  Welcome to Chordie, friend.
Snoopi (report comment to admin):
I play this song in G also and the song is always a crowd pleaser (they usually sing along). As for who wrote this song, it was Bill and Taffy Danoff and John Denver. Bill and Taffy had started the song and John helped finish it. All three are listed on the credits.
jbfan14 (report comment to admin):
This song is in the right key. I'm from WV and it's sung at the end of every WVU football and basketball game. It's embeded in my mind and I know its right. The only thing that might need to be changed is the F#M because I don't think thats quite right
Bamook (report comment to admin):
It's "Blowing Like A Breeze
moe ebrahim (report comment to admin):
Good grief, we are all on Chordie to help each other out, especially the new and upcomming musicians, so let us not bicker and get petty with each other. SAWGUY try d-d-u-u-d-u,( we musicians have our own unique meathods ) I strongly recemond you listen to the song over and over again until you figure it out on your own. Trust me it's easer than you think.

COWBOY MOE
butchcc (report comment to admin):
The correct word is "growin" like a breeze......not "blowin" like a breeze
iamannie (report comment to admin):
Hey gang, Annie here, it is growin' not blowin' ... as per John himself ...


As well, please be kind to beginners with respect to strumming, there ARE strum patterns which can be learned, and this is more helpful than "oh it's just something you'll pick up."

P.S. If you are a lady who sings in the lower register (like me) the chords in C will suit you better ... no need for capo ... just C-Am-G-F-C and your vocal cords will thank you!

"Just love each other, Fool!" ~ Jesus