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To the Wild Country Lyrics

Artist: John Denver
Album: Country Roads-Very Best Of John (1999)

This song appears on five albums, and was first released on the I Want To Live Album, and has also been recorded on the Earth Songs, Country Classics, The Very Best of John Denver (Single CD) and The John Denver Collection - Rocky Mountain High Albums.


There are times I fear I lose myself
I dont know who I am
I get caught up in the struggle and the strain
With my back against a stonewall
My finger in the dam
Losin strength and goin down again

And I take a look around me
My eyes cant find the sun
Theres nothing wild as far as I can see
Then my heart turns to Alaska
And freedom on the run
I can hear her spirit callin me

To the mountains, I can rest there
To the rivers, I will be strong
To the forest, Ill find peace there
To the wild country, where I belong

Oh, I know some times I worry
On worldly ways and means
And I can see the future killing me
On a misbegotten highway
Of prophecies and dreams
A road to nowhere and eternity

And I know its just changes
Yes, and mankind marchin on
I know we cant live in yesterday
But compared to what were losin
And what it means to me
Id give my life and throw the rest away

To the mountains, I can rest there
To the rivers, I will be strong
To the forest, Ill find peace there
To the wild country, where I belong
To the wild country, where I belong

Words and music by John Denver

Comments/Interpretations

by julie on 2/13/2009 8:18pm
I live in the mountains on top of a ridge, I watch red tail hawks fly every day. This song is the story of my life..
by brad on 2/24/2009 11:34am
I cannot hardly listen to this without crying. It saddens me to see the greed and sprawl without a care of what is being destroyed.
by David on 11/15/2019 4:20am
John Denver sang the stories of our lives, just as Julie said in her above comment. He captured the essence of our desire for nature, wilderness, freedom and love. To the Wild Country is a very profound song that says to find our way in life, in difficult times, we can re-center ourselves with times in the wilderness, such as in Alaska.








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