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Forever John

1998

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Track List

  1. On The Wings Of An Eagle

    On The Wings Of An Eagle

    Oh, my home is in the mountains, I am free, I am free.
    I am one with wind and eagles, I am free. Given wings to sail in gracefulness, the sky, the sky.
    Given a voice to sing in breathlessness, I find that I can fly, fly away.

    I’ve been a long time on the highway, I’ve been a long time on the run.
    And it gets to be like chaos when I’m so long away from home.
    And sometimes it’s just to much to bare and I hide behind my eyes.
    I can picture friendly faces and I can dream of friendly skies.
    And I guess that I’m a lucky one for the truth of what I know.
    For my heart had not denied me and I have somewhere to go.
    I shall never be a prisoner of steel and glass and stone.
    If I leave, I will return again to my Rocky Mountain home.

    Oh, my home is in the mountains, I am free, I am free.
    I am one with wind and eagles, I am free. Given wings to sail in gracefulness, the sky, the sky.
    Given a voice to sing in breathlessness, I find that I can fly, fly away.

    In the hands of my father, in the light of the sunshine. On the wings of an eagle, I’m flying again.
    I’m flying again, I’m flying again, I’m flying again, I’m flying again.

    (written by John Denver)

  2. River

    River

    River, there are no stars in the city
    Here there is no telephone in the trees
    Beautiful days all on the water
    And all I can do is write you a letter
    River, it’s cold here in the morning
    Later, I can see it in your eyes
    Mild and white, we follow the canyons
    Quiet at night, we stare at the sky
    Leaving you now will never change things
    Running away will just change the view
    All I can see is the highway
    All I can see is you.
    River, you’ll carry me thru the fire
    Maybe you’ll drown me in your arms
    But if I die like that
    It won’t be like dying
    When I rise again, the ashes are gone.
    Leaving you now will never change me
    Running away will just change the view
    All I can see is the highway
    All I can see is you.

    (written by Renee Armand & Marty Gwinn)

  3. Rusty Green

    Rusty Green

    Rusty green, the summer’s almost gone. I see winds clouding up the sun
    And I can’t find my way, everything’s gray.

    Rusty green eyes on my mind, memory someplace out of time
    All the things we would do, I still love you.

    It’s a sad song to sing, painted rusty green. A green fading picture of spring.

    (written by John Denver)

  4. Rita Ballou

    Rita Ballou

    Now she could dance that slow Uvalde shuffle to some cowboy hustle
    How she makes them trophy buckles shine,shine,shine
    Wild-eyed and Mexican silvered, trickin’dumb ol’ cousin Willard
    Into thinkin’ that he’s got her this time

    Hill country honky-tonkin’ Rita Ballou
    Every beer joint in town has played the fool for you
    Backslidin’ barrel ridin’ Rita Ballou
    Ain’t a cowboy in Texas would not ride a bull for you

    She’s a rawhide rope and velvet mixture walkin’ talkin’ Texas texture
    High timin’ barroom fixture kind of a girl
    She’s the queen of cowboys look at ol’ Willard grinnin’ now, boys
    You’d a-thought there’s less fools in this world

    Hill country honky-tonkin’ Rita Ballou
    Every beer joint in town has played the fool for you
    Backslidin’ barrel ridin’ Rita Ballou
    Ain’t a cowboy in Texas would not ride a bull for you

    Good luck, Willard, and here’s to ya
    Here’s to Rita and I hope she’ll do ya
    right all night
    Lord, I wish I was the fool in your shoes

    Hill country honky-tonkin’ Rita Ballou
    Every beer joint in town has played the fool for you
    Backslidin’ barrel ridin’ Rita Ballou
    Ain’t a cowboy in Texas would not ride a bull for you

    (written by Vince Gill)

  5. Four Strong Winds

    Four Strong Winds

    Four strong winds that blow slowly
    Seven seas that run high
    All these things that don’t change come what may
    Now our good times are all gone
    And I’m bound for moving on
    I’ll look for you if I’m ever back this way

    Guess I’ll go out to Alberta
    Weather’s good there in the Fall
    Got some friends that I can go to workin’ for
    Still I wish you’d change your mind
    If I asked you one more time
    But we’ve been thru that a hundred times or more

    Four strong winds that blow lonely
    Seven seas that run high
    All these things that don’t change come what may
    Now our good times are all gone
    And I’m bound for movin’ on
    I’ll look for you if I’m ever back this way

    If I get there before the snow flies
    And if things are going good
    You could meet me if I send you down the fare
    But by then it would be winter
    Nothing much for you to do
    And the wind sure blows cold way out there

    Four strong winds that blow slowly
    Seven seas that run high
    All these things that don’t change come what may
    Now our good times are all gone
    And I’m bound for movin’ on

    I’ll look for you if I’m ever back this way
    Yes, I’ll look for you if I’m ever back this way

    (written by Ian Tyson)

  6. No One

    No One

    I came into this lovely city about three weeks ago today,
    and I’ve been trying to find someone that I can talk to, a friendly face to
    turn my way.
    I walk these streets in silent sorrow, I walk my feet into the ground,
    and all I see are cloudy, cold, suspicious faces, I swear to God it brings me
    down.
    Is there no one with a smile for me, no one with a hello in their eyes?
    Is there no one who will love me and help me through the dark and lonely night?

    The park’s so green and full of flowers and lovers lying on the lawn.
    I wish I had a lady here that I could laugh with, sweet Jesus Christ, it hurts
    me so to be alone.
    Is there no one with a smile for me, no one with a hello in their eyes?
    Is there no one who will love me and help me through the dark and lonely night?

    Singing la la la la la la, Singing la la la la la la.

    This life is hard and full of trouble, it’s painful just to live from day to
    day.
    But if you’re weary and afraid don’t turn away now,
    there’s no reason why we have to feel this way.
    Is there no one with a smile for me, no one with a hello in their eyes?
    Is there no one who will love me and help me through the dark and lonely night?

    Singing la la la la la la, Singing la la la la la la.

    I just need someone to talk to. It hurts to be alone.
    I just need someone to laugh with. It hurts to be alone.
    I just want someone to love me. I need someone to talk to. And it hurts to be
    alone.

    Singing la la la la la la, Singing la la la la la la.
    Singing la la la la la la, Singing la la la la la la.

    (written by John Denver)

  7. Dance Little Jean

    Dance Little Jean

    Played a wedding for the money and I wish I could have told the bride and groom
    Just what I think of marriage, what’s in store after the honeymoon.
    I was rumbling through the verses about how men and women ought to live apart,
    How a promise never made could not be broken and would never break a heart.

    Suddenly from out of nowhere this little girl came spinning across the floor
    Her crinolines were billowing beneath the skirt of calico she wore.
    As her joy fell on the honored guests each one of them was drawn into her dream
    And they laughed and stamped and clapped their hands and hollered at her, “Dance little Jean!”

    They said:
    Dance little Jean, this day is for you,
    Two people that you love stood up to say ‘I Do.’
    Dance little Jean, the prayer that you had was answered today-
    Your Momma’s marrying your Dad.

    Well this cynic’s heart just melted as I figured what this get together meant
    And how it ended years of tears and sad confusions that the little girl had spent.
    They told the band to pack it up about the time the couple cut the cake
    But we stayed and we played all night long for love and laughs and little Jeanie’s sake

    We played:
    Dance little Jean, this day is for you,
    Two people that you love stood up to say ‘I Do.’
    Dance little Jean, the prayer that you had was answered today-
    Your Momma’s marrying your Dad.

    We sang:
    Dance little Jean, this day is for you,
    Two people that you love stood up to say ‘I Do.’
    Dance little Jean, the prayer that you had was answered today-
    Your Momma’s marrying your Dad.

    (written by Jimmy Ibbotson)

  8. High Wind Blowin’

    High Wind Blowin’

    There’s such a high wind blowing
    It’s snowing in my bed
    Oh baby, you started flowers growing
    where nothing grew instead.
    I need some things to hide the failure
    Of my garden, and the way it grew
    Oh baby, I didn’t know I could depend on you
    There’s such a high wind blowing
    I won’t get to sleep tonight
    I think that warm wind feels alright
    There’s such a high wind blowing
    I won’t get to sleep at all,
    I feel like I’m gonna fall
    Into your fine high wind.

    You look like twilight falling
    On the ocean in the setting sun
    Oh baby, do you know what you have done
    I feel like you have changed my mind
    About living the way I do
    Oh baby, I didn’t know I could depend on you
    There’s such a high wind blowing
    I won’t get to sleep tonight
    I think that warm wind feels alright
    There’s such a high wind blowing
    I won’t get to sleep at all
    I feel like I’m gonna fall
    Into your fine high wind.

    (written by Renee Armand & Kerry Chater)

  9. It’s A Sin To Tell A Lie

    It’s A Sin To Tell A Lie

    Be sure it’s true when you say I love you
    It’s a sin to tell a lie
    Millions of hearts have been broken
    Just because these words were spoken

    I love you, yes I do, I love you
    If you break my heart I’ll die
    So be sure it’s true
    When you say I love you
    It’s a sin to tell a lie

    Be sure it’s true when you say I love you
    It’s a sin to tell a lie
    Millions of hearts have been broken
    Just because these words were spoken

    I love you, yes I do, I love you
    If you break my heart I’ll die
    So be sure it’s true
    When you say I love you
    It’s a sin to tell a lie

    (written by Mayhew)

  10. Mr. Bojangles (Original Version)

    Mr. Bojangles (Original Version)

    Knew a man, Bojangles, and he danced for you in worn out shoes.
    Silver hair, ragged shirt and baggy pants, the old soft shoe.
    He jumped so high, he jumped so high, then he’d lightly touch down.
    Mr. Bojangles, Mr. Bojangles, Mr. Bojangles, dance.

    Met him in a cell, in New Orleans it was, down and out.
    He looked to me to be the eyes of age as he spoke right out.
    He talked of life, he talked of life. He laughed, slapped his leg and stared.
    He said his name, Bojangles, and he danced a lick across the cell.
    He grabbed his pants and took a stance and he jumped so high, he clicked his heels.
    He let go a laugh, he let go a laugh, shook his clothes all around.
    Mr. Bojangles, Mr. Bojangles, Mr. Bojangles, dance.

    He danced for those at minstrel shows and county fairs throughout the South.
    He spoke in tears of 15 years how his dog and him, they traveled about.
    The dog up and died, he up and died. After 20 years he still grieves.
    He said, I dance now at every chance and honky-tonks for drinks and tips.
    But most the time I spend behind these county bars ’cause I drinks a bit.
    He shook his head now, he shook his head and I heard someone ask please,
    Mr. Bojangles, Mr. Bojangles, hey, Mr. Bojangles, dance.

    (written by Jerry Jeff Walker)

  11. Nobody Can Take My Dreams From Me

    Nobody Can Take My Dreams From Me

    They are minstrels and beggars
    Always in the sight of the king
    Sometimes they sleep in the daytime
    Come out in the night time and sing
    They come into the castle
    Through whatever window they can find
    They come into your mind
    Dreams of flying
    Dreams of being free
    Nobody can take my dreams from me.
    Nobody can take my dreams from me.

    You can bind me in chains
    Lock me up in a jailhouse to rot
    And if you come to see me
    You might think I’m there, but I am not
    They can sail into prison
    Find a way thru any basement door
    They can offer you more
    Dreams of flying
    Dreams of being free
    Nobody can take my dreams from me
    Nobody can take my dreams from me
    You can take my money
    Take my reputation
    Even take my colour TV
    Nobody can take my dreams from me
    Nobody can take my dreams from me

    (written by William Danoff)

  12. The Game Is Over (Original Version)

    The Game Is Over (Original Version)

    Time, there was a time, you could talk to me without speaking.
    You would look at me and I’d know all there was to know.
    Days I think of you and remember the lies we told in the night.
    The love we knew, the things we shared when our hearts were beating together.

    Days that were so few full of love and you.
    Gone, the days are gone now, days that seem so wrong now.
    Life won’t be the same without you to hold again in my arms to ease the pain.
    And remember when our love was a reason for living.

    Days that were so few full of love and you. The game is over.

    (written by John Denver, Jean Pierre Bourtayre & Jean Bouchety)