Wednesday, September 4, 2013

JOHN DENVER I'd Rather Be A Cowboy John Denver Live


Jessie went away last summer a couple of months ago 
After all our time together it was hard to see her go 
She called me right up when she arrived asked me one more time to come 
Livin' on the LA freeway ain't my kind of havin' fun 

I think I'd rather be a cowboy I think I'd rather ride a range
 I think I'd rather be a cowboy than to lay me down in love and lady's chains  

When we were just beginning it was such an easy way 
Myin' backup in the mountains makin' songs for sunny days 
She got tired of pickin' daisies and cookin' my meals for me
 She can live the life she wants to yes and it's all right with me

I think I'd rather be a cowboy... 

I'd rather live on the side of a mountain 
Than wander through the canyons of concrete and steel 
I'd rather laugh with the rain and sunshine
 And lay down my sundown in some starry field 

Oh but I miss her in the mornin' when I awake alone 
The absence of her laughter is a cold and empty sound
 But her memory always makes me smile and I want you to know 
I love her yes I love her just enough to let her go

 I think I'd rather be a cowboy...
 I think I'd rather be a cowboy...    

You know, I think, John Denver's songs were the biggest influence on me coming to love America. He conveyed so much nostalgic yearning, with words and voice so true that my heart was right there with him, longing for country, for love or for a loved ones. This song,  and a couple of others, like "I'd rather be a cowboy" really pull on my heart. You might think that I am old-fashioned, but my daughter is 20. When I was away from the kids for about half a month, she used to constantly listened to Denver's "Leaving on a jet plane" and cried for me. Together we listened and sang to his CDs when I was home. 


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