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Darcy Farrow Lyrics

Artist: John Denver
Album: Best Of John Denver Live

This song appears on four albums, and was first released on the Rocky Mountain High album, and it has also been released on the Changes album. A live version also appears on The Wildlife Concert and The Best of John Denver Live albums.


Where the walker runs down to the Carson Valley Plain
There lived a maiden, Darcy Farrow was her name
The daughter of old Dundee and a fair one was she
The sweetest flower that bloomed oer the range

Her voice was as sweet as the sugar candy
Her touch was as soft as a bed of goose down
Her eyes shone bright like the pretty lights
That shone in the night out of Yerrington town

She was courted by Young Vandamere
A fine lad was he as I am to hear
He gave her silver rings and lacy things
And she promised to wed before the snows came that year

But her pony did stumble and she did fall
Her dyin touched the hearts of us one and all
Young Vandy in his pain put a bullet through his brain
And we buried them together as the snows began to fall

They sing of Darcy Farrow where the Truckee runs through
They sing of her beauty in Virginia City too
At dusky sundown to her name they drink a round
And to young Vandy whose love was true

Words and music by Steve Gillette and Tom Campbell
Comments/Interpretations
by DISCOchick on 5/22/2008 11:40am
I love this song. Its really a beautiful peace of music by one of the 1st greatest singers in the world. I've got this song on cassette tape!
by EAQ on 5/24/2008 4:57pm
I love this song--it has a strong story behind it; a nice rendition of it by the bluegrass cardinals too
by topsy krett on 11/25/2008 10:51pm
nicee!!!
by gangsta chika on 1/19/2009 2:02pm
thu songg rox dude!!!
by Tom Helfrick on 3/16/2009 1:04am
The song touches everyone's heart and emotions. You get teary eyed sad but lovingly happy that young Vandamere was true to Darcy Farrow! It also makes me think of the song Barbra Allen as sung by Joan Baez on her second album when she was singing traditional ballads, in particular because the man's love for Barbra Allen was unrequited but in death, the rose grew round the briar!
by nvzephyr on 4/8/2009 12:35pm
The Walker doesn't run down to the Carson Valley plain.
by Tom Helfrick on 4/16/2009 2:59am
"Where the Walker runs down to the Carson Valley plain" The Walker River begins its run in the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains and crosses into western Nevada near Topaz, south of Carson City, through the Walker River Canyon and past the old mineing town of Yerington.
by Hemanth Anil on 6/3/2009 12:08am
This song freezes your tears. the best to hear in a cold windy night when ur all alone.
Thanks to John Denver...
by joan P Hatcher on 7/11/2010 5:27pm
Went to John Adams concert on Fri june 9th 2010 in Woodland Park,CO our little auditorium was packed.
I had not heard this song before. It was so sad.
I am so sorry that he is gone, but we have his music, and that's good.
A lot of us old folks, sang until, they threw us out If John Adams band comes your way, do yourself a favor, you will be glad that you did.
by D on 8/30/2010 1:53pm
Yerington is spelled with only one "R".
by The Jolly Robin Bluebird on 3/6/2011 11:17am
So sweet and sad...the boys in my class only sing it for the "bullet through his brain" part. So insensitive of them! Anyhow this song is so gentle and melodious it makes me melancholy. So so sweet and lovely. R.I.P. John Denver...
by wendy piepers on 5/14/2011 2:45am
for my dad !!
by Norm Cox on 6/5/2011 11:34pm
My favorite part of the country, lived in Reno as a child, born in Lassen County, CA NW of there. Walker is also a local river and deserves capitalization.
by nathanalfaras on 7/27/2011 8:47pm
super!!!!
by John Richards,long island ny on 8/7/2011 10:40am
heard the song for the first time on john denvers rocky mountain high in the 70's...melody still carries you away even now
by Eugene b Patinglag on 8/14/2011 10:23am
Ever since i play guitar and sing folksong. This is one of the great song i love to sing way back in the late 80's. Its really full of memories until now can't forget when I recall back my high school life in the province.
by sharon finlay on 12/1/2011 5:59pm
love it,just wrote it out for my husband to sing.
by Mike Collins on 12/21/2011 12:15pm
We need to give credit where credit is due: Darcy Farrow was written by Steve Gillete.
by Joe Carlson on 1/31/2012 3:50pm
What Mike said....Steve Gillette wrote that song.
by Peggy Whipple on 2/17/2012 10:08pm
Does any one know if Darcy Farrow was a real person? Is this a true story? Where did Steve Gillete come up with this/
by Scott Brown on 3/18/2012 8:16pm
John said that this song was written by two classmates of his in a music class he took in LA. He said the project was to compose a song, but that the song should sound like one from long ago. John was so taken by the song, that he recorded it and performed it regularly in concerts.
by kenster13 on 4/10/2012 9:01pm
I believe that Darcey Farrow was the basis for Steve Gillette's Doctoral thesis in college....it may have been part of a masters program also....I'm old and too proud to wicki it..................
by Kevin S Stohl on 6/14/2012 3:37pm
I am the Author of the up and coming Novels of Darcy Farrow. I have been given permission by Steve Gillette and Tom Campbell to turn this amazing song into a four wonderful novels. The first Book in the series will be out in 2013 called " Darcy Farrow Remembrance" www.darcyfarrow.com/darcysite2.html
best regards... and good reading.

kevin stohl
by Patrick Alther on 8/29/2012 6:14pm
First recorded by Ian and Sylvia on album Early Morning Rain 1965, where I first heard it. A great song,if sad(like so many great folksongs are).
And John Denver and the Bluegrass Cardinals do fine versions too.
by Maureen Isakson on 6/25/2013 6:57am
I love the old folk songs of the 70's John Denver, Gordon Lightfoot, Jim Croce, Harry Chapin...I just love when a song tells a story and Darcy Farrow is so beautifully sad...I instantly fell in love with it.
by Larry MacCaskill on 7/10/2013 12:26am
This song is NOT WRITTEN BY JOHN DENVER. It's by Steve Gillette and Tom Campbell. It was originally recorded by Ian and Sylvia Tyson in 1965 on their "Early Morning Rain" album.
by Michael M on 7/16/2013 8:33am
As several people have already noted here, the music and lyrics for Darcy Farrow are most definitely NOT by John Denver. They are by Steve Gillette, Tom Campbell and, possibly, Linda Albertano. Please make the appropriate corrections. Thank you.
by Robin B on 10/18/2013 12:29pm
I was pretty sure that Mimi and Richard Farina wrote this song. They were taking a musicology course and had an assignment to find an original, unknown folk song. They procrastinated and then wrote this one. It fooled the professor but they confessed. He was so impressed by its authenticity that he gave them a passing grade.
by Robin B on 10/18/2013 2:34pm
Ooops. I meant Ian and Sylvia, not Mimi and Richard Farina. Same story about writing it for a musicology class.
by Jeff H on 12/31/2013 7:34am
Seems to me; right underneath the lyrics it says Words and music by Steve Gillette and Tom Campbell. Maybe I'm just seeing things.


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