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John Denver was born on December 31st 1943 and he died on October 12th 1997. John was undoubtedly one of the single most influential singer/songwriters of the 1970s and the purity of his music continues to resound still today. He had an amazing sense of melody that most producers acclaim as unmatched. His voice was captivating and his lyrics opened our hearts and minds to the beauty of our world while creating an awareness of our environmental responsibility. His vision was truly powerful and it continues to live on in the hundreds of songs John wrote and recorded during his career. This page is a tribute to John and his Music.

The following sound clips are a mere few of John's songs accompanied by Instrumental versions of those same arrangements performed by composer Bob Sirois (Click here to visit Bob’s Website). We will be adding more songs periodically so be sure to check back…. Peace.

To purchase a copy of Bob's Instrumental Tributes to "Rocky Mountain Christmas" titled (A Hometown Christmas & Dreams of Christmas), go to Buy Music.


Aspenglow * John Denver (Rocky Mountain Christmas) RCA Records
Aspenglow * Bob Sirois (Rocky Mountain Christmas Tribute) Cherry Lane Music
Aspenglow
* Bob Sirois (A Hometown Christmas) Cherry Lane Music

Aspenglow was written by John in 1970 when he first arrived in Aspen, Colorado with his wife Annie. The lyrics clearly describe John’s attachment to the natural beauty of this small western town in a way that truly makes you feel as though you’re right there with him. Aspenglow was originally released on the album “Take Me To Tomorrow” in 1970 but was later rerecorded and released again as the first track on John’s classic 1975 Christmas album “Rocky Mountain Christmas”.


Aspenglow
(Lyrics)

See the sunlight through the pine
Taste the warm of winter wine
Dream of softly falling snow
Winter skol, Aspenglow

As the winter days unfold
Hearts grow warmer with the cold
Peace of mind is all you know
Winter skol, Aspenglow

Aspen is a life to live, see how much there is to give
See how strongly you believe, see how much you may receive

Smiling faces all around
Laughter is the only sound
Memories that can't grow old
Winter skol, Aspenglow

Aspen is a life to live, see how much there is to give
See how strongly you believe, see how much you may receive

See the sunlight through the pine
Taste the warm of winter wine
Dream of softly falling snow
Winter skol, Aspenglow
Winter skol, Aspenglow

Copyright © 1970, 1971, 2002 Cherry Lane Music Publishing Company, Inc. (ASCAP) & (BMI)



Christmas For Cowboys * John Denver (Rocky Mountain Christmas) RCA Records
Christmas For Cowboys * Bob Sirois (A Hometown Christmas) Cherry Lane Music

When first listening to this song you feel as though you're sitting around a campfire in the brisk December air in the middle of the American West with a group of Cowboys looking at the stars and enjoying Christmas on the open range. John had an amazing way of gracefully telling a story you could always feel a part of as you listened to the lyrics. Christmas For Cowboys is no exception. This wonderful song was actually written in 1975 by Steve Weisberg who was an acoustic guitarist in John's band during the 1970s when John was at his peak. It was also rerecorded and released again on John's 1996 CD "John Denver Unplugged".


Christmas for Cowboys
(Lyrics)

Tall in the saddle we spend Christmas Day
Drivin' the cattle on the snow-covered plains
All of the good gifts given today
Ours is the sky and the wide open range

Back in the cities they have diff'rent ways
Football and eggnog and Christmas parades
I'll take my saddle, I'll take the reins
Christmas for cowboys and wide open plains

A campfire for warmth as we stop for the night
The stars overhead are the Christmas tree lights
The wind sings a hymn as we bow down to pray
It's Christmas for cowboys and wide open plains

It's tall in the saddle we spend Christmas Day
Drivin' the cattle on the snow-covered plains
All of the good gifts given today
Ours is the sky and the wide open range
It's Christmas for cowboys and wide open plains

Copyright © 1975, 2002 Cherry Lane Music Publishing Company, Inc. (ASCAP) & (BMI)




A Baby Just Like You * John Denver (Rocky Mountain Christmas) RCA Records
A Baby Just Like You * Bob Sirois (Rocky Mountain Christmas Tribute) Cherry Lane Music
A Baby Just Like You * Bob Sirois (Dreams of Christmas) Cherry Lane Music

A Baby Just Like You, written in 1975 by John Denver and Joe Henry, originally came at the request of Frank Sinatra. In the mid 1970s Frank was about to become a first time grandfather and asked John if he would write a song befitting for the occasion. As John began work on this new song his thoughts surrounded that of his newly adopted son Zachary. As he began to compile lyrical ideas John found himself describing his own hopes and aspirations of what Christmas might mean to his own son Zachary. As a result the completed product was really written more for his son Zachary although Frank Sinatra still used it on his own album.


A Baby Just Like You
(Lyrics)

The season is upon us now
A time for gifts and giving
And as the year draws to its close
I think about my living

Christmas time when I was young
The magic and the wonder
But colors dull and candles dim
And dark my standing under

Oh the little angel, shining light
You've set my soul to dreaming
You've given back my joy in life
And filled me with new meaning

A savior King was born that day
A baby just like you
And as the Magi came with gifts
I've come with my gift too

That peace on earth fills up your time
That brotherhood surrounds you
That you may know the warmth of love
And wrap it all around you

It's just a wish, a dream I'm told
From days when I was young
Merry Christmas little Zachary, Merry Christmas ev'ryone
Merry Christmas little Zachary, Merry Christmas ev'ryone

Copyright © 1975, 2005 Cherry Lane Music Publishing Company, Inc. (ASCAP) & (BMI)




Christmas Like A Lullaby * John Denver (Christmas Like A Lullaby) Windstar
Christmas Like A Lullaby * Bob Sirois (A Christmas Melody) Cherry Lane Music

Christmas Like A Lullaby was written by John shortly after he met his second wife Cassandra while performing in Sydney, Australia. The song had special meaning for John at a time when his life was in turmoil resulting from his divorce to his first wife Annie and the loss of his recording contract with RCA Records among other things. As the song reflects, John moved from Aspen to Australia after Marrying Cassandra which ultimately enabled him to put a difficult past behind him and start anew. Christmas Like A Lullaby is a song of hope about starting over in the face of adversity.


Christmas Like A Lullaby
(Lyrics)

Christmas like a lullaby
Steals across the land
A breeze upon the water
Rainfall upon the sand
We celebrate a Baby born from spirit into man
And Christmas like a lullaby
Steals across the land

It’s morning in Australia
In fact it’s Christmas day
And Colorado never seemed so very far away
And back where night has fallen
And it’s still Christmas Eve
And snow is on the mountains where I always hate to leave

Here I am down under
With a brand new family
And Christmas bells are ringing and there’s presents ‘neath the tree
I know that it’s been said before
And now I know it’s true
That home is where the heart is and Christmas lives there too

And on this morning Peace on Earth
Is still our fervent prayer
And I can here it being whispered softly everywhere
And guns are called to silence
And anger called to still
And brotherhood and sisterhood surrounded by goodwill

Christmas like a lullaby
Steals across the land
A breeze upon the water
Rainfall upon the sand
We celebrate a Baby born from spirit into man
And Christmas like a lullaby
Steals across the land

Copyright © 1990, 2008 Cherry Lane Music Publishing Company, Inc. (ASCAP) & (BMI)




A Coventry Carol * John Denver (Rocky Mountain Christmas) RCA Records
Coventry Carol * Bob Sirois (A Hometown Christmas) Cherry Lane Music

John originally recorded Coventry Carol in 1975 for inclusion on his Rocky Mountain Christmas album. The string arrangements orchestrated by Lee Holdridge (John’s orchestral arranger) evoke a feeling of an old English Carol during the time of the Renaissance. The combination String Quartet and Harpsichord create a fascinating melodic blend unmatched by any other version.


Coventry Carol
(Lyrics)

Lullay, Thou little tiny Child
Bye, bye lulloo lullay
Lullay Thou little tiny Child
Bye, bye lulloo lullay

O sisters too, how may we do
For to preserve this day
This poor Youngling for whom we sing
Bye, bye lulloo lullay

Herod, The King in his raging
Charged he hath this day
His men of might in his own sigh
All children young to slay

Then woe is me, poor Child for thee
And ever morn and day
For Thy parting, nor say nor sing
Bye, bye lulloo lullay

Copyright © 1975, 2002 Cherry Lane Music Publishing Company, Inc. (ASCAP) & (BMI)




Instrumental Renditions of John Denver’s Christmas songs by Bob Sirois

Oh Holy Night
What Child Is This
Away in a Manger
Silver Bells
Silent Night
The Little Drummer Boy
The Christmas Song
 
   
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