"Wild Montana Skies" as written by and John Denver....
He was born in the Bitterroot Valley in the early morning rain
Wild geese over the water heading north and home again
Bringing a warm wind from the south
Bringing the first taste of the spring
His mother took him to her breast and softly she did sing

Oh Montana, give this child a home
Give him the love of a good family and a woman of his own
Give him a fire in his heart, give him a light in his eyes
Give him the wild wind for a brother and the wild Montana skies

His mother died that summer and he never learned to cry
He never knew his father and he never did ask why
And he never knew the answers that would make an easy way
But he learned to know the wilderness and to be a man that way

His mother's brother took him in to family and his home
Gave him a hand that he could lean on and a strength to call his own
And he learned to be a farmer and he learned to love the land
And he learned to read the seasons and he learned to make a stand

Oh Montana, give this child a home
Give him the love of a good family and a woman of his own
Give him a fire in his heart, give him a light in his eyes
Give him the wild wind for a brother and the wild Montana skies

On the eve of his twentyfirst birthday he set out on his own
He was thirty years and running when he found his way back home
Riding a storm across the mountains and an aching in his heart
Said he came to turn the pages and to make a brand new start

Now he never told a story of the time that he was gone
Some say he was a lawyer, some say he was a John
There was something in the city that he said he couldn't breathe
And there was something in the country that he said he couldn't leave

Oh Montana, give this child a home
Give him the love of a good family and a woman of his own
Give him a fire in his heart, give him a light in his eyes
Give him the wild wind for a brother and the wild Montana skies

Now some say he was crazy, some are glad he's gone
Some of us will miss him, we'll try to carry on
Giving a voice to the forest, giving a voice to the dawn
Giving a voice to the wilderness and the land that he lived on

Oh Montana, give this child a home
Give him the love of a good family and a woman of his own
Give him a fire in his heart, give him a light in his eyes
Give him the wild wind for a brother and the wild Montana skies

Oh Montana, give this child a home
Give him the love of a good family and a woman of his own
Give him a fire in his heart, give him a light in his eyes
Give him the wild wind for a brother and the wild Montana skies


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"Wild Montana Skies" as written by John Denver

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    General CommentThis song is missing the last few lines of lyrics about after the man dies. I would write them if I knew them word for word. Anyhow, what a great song. Makes me want to visit this beautiful place Montana. This place that is always there for him to come back to. I'm not sure if he ever got the woman of his own though, or was that just a metaphor for life?
    pinbackon August 06, 2005   Link
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    General CommentJohn Denver was an environmental activist; this song is likely a memorial for a friend and fellow activist who passed away. I also get the impression the man was Native American, from the metaphors used and how he lived his life. Verses that convey environmentalism:

    ...
    But he learned to know the wilderness and to be a man that way

    ...
    And he learned to be a farmer and he learned to love the land
    And he learned to read the seasons and he learned to make a stand

    ...

    ...
    There was somethin' [smog] in the city that he said he couldn't breathe
    And there was somethin' in the country that he said he couldn't leave

    Now some say he was crazy and some are glad he's gone
    But some of us will miss him and we'll try to carry on
    Giving a voice to the forest, giving a voice to the dawn
    Giving a voice to the wilderness and the land that he lived on
    Jesdiscipleon March 14, 2011   Link

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