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Today Lyrics

Artist: John Denver
Album: Live At The Sydney Opera House

This song appears on two albums, and was first released on the An Evening With John Denver album, and has also been released on the Country Classics album. Some versions of the first album do not contain this song.

Today, while the blossoms still cling to the vine
Ill taste your strawberries, Ill drink your sweet wine
A million tomorrows shall all pass away
Ere I forget all the joy that is mine, Today

Ill be a dandy, and Ill be a rover
Youll know who I am by the songs that I sing
Ill feast at your table, Ill sleep in your clover
Who cares what the morrow shall bring

Today, while the blossoms still cling to the vine
Ill taste your strawberries, Ill drink your sweet wine
A million tomorrows shall all pass away
Ere I forget all the joy that is mine, Today

I cant be contented with yesterdays glory
I cant live on promises winter to spring
Today is my moment, now is my story
Ill laugh and Ill cry and Ill sing

Today, while the blossoms still cling to the vine
Ill taste your strawberries, Ill drink your sweet wine
A million tomorrows shall all pass away
Ere I forget all the joy that is mine, Today

Today, while the blossoms still cling to the vine
Ill taste your strawberries, Ill drink your sweet wine
A million tomorrows shall all pass away
Ere I forget all the joy that is mine, Today

Words and Music by Randy Sparks


by Colin Wall on 7/14/2008 9:26pm
This was the song that kept my mother going when she spent over a year in Hospital with a Broken Back.

I cant be contented with yesterdays glory
I cant live on promises winter to spring
Today is my moment, now is my story
I'll laugh and I'll cry and I'll sing

Words to live by.
by Ann on 10/12/2008 9:53pm
Time is short. Make the most of every day with loved ones.
by Dennetta-Rose on 12/5/2008 2:54am
My mother used to sing this to me when I was a baby and I in turn have sung it to my 3 children. It is so important to live for today and let tomorrow take care of itself.
by Randommantus on 10/10/2009 9:09pm
Me and my wife loved this one...she died of breast cancer only a short time after we were married but the words are good to take to heart in more ways than one.
by Niloofar Keshtiari on 10/20/2009 4:25am
"Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others, cannot keep it from themselves."

-- James Matthew Barrie
by Vanesa on 12/14/2009 3:05pm
I have sang the song Today to my children their whole lives. Now that they are grown I sing it to their kids and they do also.
by Laurente Montilla on 1/13/2010 2:02am
This song is very memorable to me and my wife Tisha. We sang this in our college days and until now with our twin daughters Amy and Ivy...
by Aribowo - Jakarta on 3/20/2010 6:20am
this is song that remain us a lovely memory in Fakultas Psikologi Universitas Indonesia. I will come again to sing this as successfull guy
by Flytierodbuilder on 4/17/2010 7:39am
This song is special to my wife and I. We sang it at 4H camp in West Virginia. We also selected it as one of the songs for our wedding. John may be gone but his music still has life. God rest his soul.
by Teresa Hunt on 5/11/2010 1:48pm
Today is all we know we have for sure so make the best of it.
by lora bierbrauer on 5/14/2010 2:26pm
this was sung at my high school graduation--now we're using it at our church for the graduates--beautiful songs never go out of style!!!
by Chanda Pasomba on 6/22/2010 1:54am
It's a kind of song that just gives you all the reasons to wake up each day with joy and thank God for that.
by Evy Hollinga on 7/13/2010 1:11am
This song bring back lots of memory since my graduation day in USA Beautiful music
by juliet padalla on 7/23/2010 11:02am
great song it will always remain us a lovely memory of my sister..she died of cancer,she love this song
by Linda Vieira on 7/28/2010 1:11pm
I sang this song to my children all their lives. After an 11-year courtship, my fiance and I (we're senior citizens) will have this song sung at our wedding next month. Thank you, John!
by Hoozemberg Sena de Oliviera on 9/10/2010 11:18am
Dear friend, I am from Brazil. I love JD's songs. But I've faced great dificulties at finding a song I heard just once. It speaks of a crystal. I can't remember exactly its lyrics, but it is aproximately this:
"... for a moment we were (are?) just like children (...) Crystal was the water, in crystal was the sand (sun?) (...) like water running on and running down.." (Something that).

Do u get it? If so, could send me it? I'd be so grateful! Have my embrace, dear friend. Thanks.


by Jann Glyn on 11/29/2010 12:22am
My Papa used to sing me this song when i was younger. This was my lullaby. I used to lay my head on his arm then he'll sing me this song while brushing my hair. I will forever be grateful to my papa who have shown me much love, support and care. Much have been said and done in the past and up to the present yet my love for you Papa will always remain the same. I love you and I miss you so much.
by Jenny L. Haug on 1/14/2011 1:26pm
When I first heard this song I loved it, this is my first favorite song, the second was toledo ohio, third was grandma's feathered bed.
by john rofrano on 3/21/2011 1:21pm
as much as i like john denver's version, the classical release was by the new cristy minstrels.
by suwan kovit on 6/11/2011 8:21am
Yesterday had been passed, it was no more use. Tomorrow is not yet come, we do not even know it will come.
Today is what we have, keep and use it as worth as we can.
by eugene on 9/3/2011 8:46am
I use to hear this song sung by the grade school pupils almost every morning near our place when i was a little boy. Now that im at the prime of my life,listening tho this song brings back good old memories from my childhood. really love the music and its lyrics.
by Butchie on 9/16/2011 4:46am
I grew up singing this song with my uncles, then I use to sing it tomy children. I forgot the lyrics over the past 20 years. Now I can sing it again to my grandchildren.
by Henry Wee from Singapore on 10/25/2011 12:59am
This song is simple and medlodies.
It reminds me that today is the day
that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Mr. Randy Sparks must have been
moved by this too.
by son thanh tung from Vietnam on 2/22/2012 7:37pm
I have loved this song since i first heard it when i was a little boy. It has been over 20 years. A sweet, tender, melodious but sad feeling...Love it!
by Diane Silva on 2/26/2012 9:46pm
This is such a beautiful song I love to sing it and i love Johns version as well as the New Christy Minstrels
by Elizabeth C. T. on 3/5/2012 12:05pm
I taught this song to my daughter when she was four years old. She passed away at the age of seventeen; and whenever I hear it, I remember the days when we used to sing it together. I love J. Denver's songs.
by Kissa P. on 4/3/2012 2:18pm
My grandmother (now deceased) would hum this song constantly. It reminds me of simpler, easier times. I sang it to my girls when they were babies. I just found out the name of it this very day!
by kate willom on 7/12/2012 4:48pm
how are you
by tala on 7/16/2012 3:22am
today is today
by garnet on 9/10/2012 12:26am
My cousin's father used to sing this sonh until she grown up.. now that her father died she's going to sinh dis to her gather' funeral...
by garnet on 9/10/2012 12:28am
My cousin's father used to sing this song until she grown up.. now that her father died she's going to sing dis to her father' funeral...
by Walter, to grandaughter Rhianna on 9/12/2012 3:36pm
This is only the chorus part (the part that is repeated after aach verse)
I learned it from a student, Miss Virginia Rideout who played guitar and sang in a student music group circa 1965, at Sacramento City College.
by Nanci B. on 9/20/2012 3:28pm
Used to sing this at girl scout camp. John Dever sang it the first time I saw him in concert. Wonderful and always comforting.
by hoffinator on 9/23/2012 2:13am
I think the song you are asking about is called CALYPSO. It is about a ship that sailed on the "Crystal Clear Ocean."
by Ken A on 10/1/2012 5:10pm
This song teaches the wisdom of the ages. Like the Eleanor Roosevelt quote:
"Yesterday is history
Tomorrow is a mystery
Today is a gift
That is why we call it the present"
by Aida Santos on 10/15/2012 7:40pm
I learned the song when I was in the 6th grade with the husband of my teacher who taught the song for the whole class that is way back 1966.
by John albert webb on 10/18/2012 1:39pm
justone of the lovely songs sung by the lovely John Denverwhen i get good enought I will play it to my friends and family Ilisten to john when ever i can
by minerva d. beluso on 1/12/2013 6:50am
today is A song that i just like to listen before ... but now it becomes very memorable & for sure it will play a part of my father just died last dec.25,2012 @ 1:30am...months ago he asked for a copy of this song, just for no reason he said..but he later told me that he going to sing it on our christmas get together on the 24th of december...coz its been a affair for our family since before...but on that night of christmas eve, he left us so peacefully..he left us leaving no pain on his face but peacefulness...just wanting us to continue the bond that we started a long time ago...the closeness of his work hand in hand for one dearest pang, your music will become a fovorite song to all of us....coz everytime i'll hear it, it will remind me of the most important people in my whole mama & my papa!thanks john d.
by Bob Pazik on 4/16/2013 12:29pm
I remember my family first sang this song on camping trips around the fire at night. Later on, my brother Cliff and I started singing this song with a nice harmony joined with our other 2 brothers and our sister Liz, and now over the years,it has become a song we sung at our weddings and the weddings of our nieces, nephews and soon for my daughter. Truly a beautiful piece.
by Emy Abenion on 4/25/2013 3:15am
It was our song we sung during our Elementary Graduation (Batch 92-Rizal Elementary School) in Sorsogon City-my hometown. It reminds me my grades school memories and now, I am always singing this to my little baby-Star as my babys lullaby. I forgot the complete lyrics but I never forget the rhymes that make me feel good and comfort when I sing it. I love this unforgettable song we had.
by Katie on 6/28/2013 9:27am
We sang this song at camp Ernst in Kentucky when I was a valley girl
by Lily on 8/8/2013 9:17am
Katie, I was going to say that
by Steve Johnston on 9/19/2013 10:40am
This song was running through his mind when he FLEW the experimental
plane/hang glider over Monterey Bay (and fell to his death)!! Which other one of his, fits
by kaitlyn on 5/24/2014 9:28pm
Sang song at outdoor school made me think of Abby and Anna, the two kiled in Forest Grove. They where my two vary good freinds.
by Maria on 11/17/2014 10:33am
My daughter and my son used to sing this song and I recorded, and my son died when he was 8 years old and every time that I heard this song still coming back sweet memories.
by breann on 12/2/2014 1:56pm
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by Marietta on 4/19/2015 8:00am
I was in High school in the 1970s when I learned to play this song on the guitar. It was like the beautiful anthem that we used to play and sing with my friends. Great, fond memories. Am still playing and singing it these days.
by Carol on 4/27/2015 2:54pm
This song came back into my mind after a night's considerations about what to read or sing in front of my leadership group, I sang this in Choir in the 70:s. A beautiful melody that speaks through the ages beautifully. I hadn't sung it or heard it in 40+ years. but my presence remembered it.
by Vicky Heller on 2/26/2016 3:19am
This is the song I sang to all my grandchildren. They would stop crying and look directly in my face, stop crying and eventually fall asleep before I did.
by by Hugh on April 15,17 22:26 pm on 4/15/2017 7:26am
One day, as I passed thru a bar with a German style, I happened to hear the song of John Denver. Under the background of snow, with the rain guard in purple, cream colored facade and accompanied by John's song, so beautiful! I can't go away but stopping for it! Tonight, as I recall that moment, I then enjoy it by my music player! Indeed, we got to cherish today, the gift given by God, that is present, i.e. today! Though John has left us behind for years, but he is still between us!
by Don on 9/25/2017 6:08pm
I first heard this song when I was in the 6th grade. That was about 57 years ago. At that time it was sung by the New Christie Minstrels and it was a beautiful rendition. But John Denvers is no less beautiful simply because the words and the content speak as a Universal message to the necessity to live in the present.

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