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John Denver: Rocky Mountain High Meaning

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Song Released: 1972

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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 door

When he first came to the mountains his life...


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    Dec 8th, 12:17pm report

    Given that the song was recorded in 1972, the reference to the "lost friend" is certainly not a reference to Christa McAuliffe (her real name). I was on the water in Santa Cruz the day that Denver's plane crashed into Monterey Bay off of Monterey. The plane did not break up in the upper atmosphere. It ran out of fuel. Denver stopped flying the plane to switch fuel tanks, and the plane crashed into the Bay.

    I have always wondered about the "lost friend" lyric, but this is not the explanation.


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    Jun 11th, 2019 6:29pm report

    “And they say that he got crazy once and tried to touch the sun. He lost a friend but kept a memory...”

    John Denver REALLY wanted to travel into space, was even in consideration by NASA before they picked Kristy McCullough (teacher in space) instead to fly on Challenger.

    He was prone to depression and erratic behavior. I believe he actually lived out the lyrics of his most famous song and “tried to tough the sun” in his experimental aircraft. The plane broke up in the upper atmosphere, killing Denver. We “lost a friend, but kept a memory”


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    Jul 28th, 2018 7:58pm report

    Born again moment(baptized)


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    Sep 3rd, 2014 9:38pm report

    I don't know the exact meaning but I truly wished that I did. This is a very good song. But as it relates To John's personal beliefs about God -- I hope that He understood that God the one and true God "Listens to the Whispers of our hearts".


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    Feb 28th, 2014 2:37pm report

    A powerful refreshing song of hope in a friends memory, after the shattering of the mind of the illussions of reality you thought were real by coming out of the dark nights of the soul from depression, schizophrenia or maybe even phycosis to see and experience the world in a different light in coming home to a place you never been before, not only in nature of the Rocky Mountain High, but also coming together in mind,body and soul, like being born again in GOD i can only guess to find your way back.


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    Jan 1st, 2014 1:10pm report

    This is Denver's hymn to God. It is his born again moment and the beauty one finds in nature with the change of heart. Denver was pantheistic. The casual replies is nature speaking but only to those who pay attention and reverence to nature. Denver's gift is the ability to put such mystical experiences into language.


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    Apr 22nd, 2011 4:03pm report

    He was talking about a shooting star he saw in Colorado.

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