“Country roads, take me home to the place I belong.
West Virginia, mountain momma, take me home, country roads.”
John Denver, lyrics by Bill Danoff, John Denver and Taffy Nivert.
Whether it is the rolling hills of Western New York, the wide farmlands of Ohio and Pennsylvania or the hilly scrabble of West Virginia, one cannot hear the phrase “country roads” without thinking of John Denver’s haunting and memorable hit – Take Me Home, Country Roads.” The catchy tune and and poignant lyrics was a huge hit in 1971 and was ultimately played at the funeral of West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd.
For me the song just takes me back to solitary drives along the country roads of my beloved western New York farmlands, sometimes stopping to walk up a creek to a small waterfall or step into a field full of wildflowers, hopefully camera in hand. But I’ve driven through West Virginia too, and I have to be honest and say that there are few places in the country as lovely and unspoiled as the mountains of West Virginia where Appalachian life still finds a home and people still sit on the front porch playing a fiddle when the family and friends get together.
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