Okay, the headline on this one is a total joke, but I’m going to stick to my gut this morning and go with it. I couldn’t believe it as I drove across town, listening to WAMU, but it turns out that John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads” was:
A) Written here in DC in 1971
B) Was once about Massachussetts
C) Was written for Johnny Cash
Oh God. Really? Yes, Really.
The song that I’d learned to drunkenly love as it was strummed out on the tiny stage at Four Courts by whichever guitar player had the stage that night, had no ties to West Virginia to whatsoever? Oh John Denver, you’re so full of it.
The song was written in a Georgetown apartment in 1971 by Bill Danoff and his girlfriend Taffy Nivert, just five years before they’d go on to commit the single greatest act of musical atrocity in the modern era by forming the Starland Vocal Band, and writing the song Afternoon Delight. This, of course, means only one thing:
So, while it’s hard to stay mad at John Denver, I definitely find it quite hilarious that the unofficial anthem of West Virginia is as much about Massachusetts as it is about the Mountaineer state.