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Rocky Mountain High – Song Lyric Sunday – Mountain

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Rocky Mountain High – Song Lyric Sunday – Mountain

https://jimadamsauthordotcom.wordpress.com/2019/02/16/sitting-on-top-of-the-world/

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Today for SLS, Jim has asked for songs about mountains or hills. Thanks, Jim!

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This song has had an interesting history, it seems. For a short time it was banned by radio stations, because they thought it promoted drug use. Later however, Colorado officials formally accepted the song as one of two of the states’s official songs.

Here’s a short part of the article I found on this, and John Denver’s statement.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rocky_Mountain_High

The song briefly became controversial that year when the U.S. Federal Communications Commission was permitted by a legal ruling to censor music deemed to promote drug abuse. Numerous radio stations cautiously banned the song until Denver publicly explained that the “high” was his innocent description of the sense of peace he found in the Rockies. In 1985, Denver testified before Congress in the Parents Music Resource Center hearings about his experience:

This was obviously done by people who had never seen or been to the Rocky Mountains, and also had never experienced the elation, celebration of life or the joy in living that one feels when he observes something as wondrous as the Perseid meteor shower on a moonless, cloudless night, when there are so many stars that you have a shadow from the starlight, and you are out camping with your friends, your best friends, and introducing them to one of nature’s most spectacular light shows for the first time.[4]

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“Rocky Mountain High”, by John Denver, was released from his album, “Rocky Mountain High”, in 1972. It was written by John Denver and Mike Taylor, and is on the RCA Records label.

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He was born in the summer of his 27th year
Comin’ 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 doorWhen he first came to the mountains his life was far away
On the road and hangin’ by a song
But the string’s already broken and he doesn’t really care
It keeps changin’ fast and it don’t last for longBut the Colorado rocky mountain high
I’ve seen it rainin’ fire in the sky
The shadow from the starlight is softer than a lullabye
Rocky mountain high
(Colorado)
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 forest 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
Rocky mountain high
(high in Colorado)
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
Why 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

It’s a Colorado rocky mountain high
I’ve seen it rain fire in the sky
Friends around the campfire and everybody’s high
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)
Rocky mountain high
(high in Colorado)

Songwriters: John Denver, Mike Taylor
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Lyrics found on Lyricsfreak.com
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