"Matthew" as written by John Denver and John Denver....
Had an uncle named Matthew
He was his father's only boy
Born just South of Cobly, Kansas
He was his mother's pride and joy

Yes, and joy was just the thing that he was raised on
Love is just the way to live and die
Gold is just a windy Kansas wheat-field
And blue is just a Kansas summer sky

And all the stories that he told me
Back when I was just a lad
All the memories that he gave me
All the good times that he had

Growin' up a Kansas farmboy
Life was mostly havin' fun
Ridin' on his Daddy's shoulders
Behind a view beneath the sun

Well, I guess there were some hard times
And I'm told some years were lean
They had a storm in forty-seven
A twister came and stripped them clean

He lost the farm and lost his family
He lost the wheat and lost his home
But he found a family Bible
Faith as solid as a stone

So he came to live at our house
And he came to work the land
He came to ease my Daddy's burden
And he came to be my friend

So, I wrote this down for Matthew
And it's for him the song is sung
Ridin' on his Daddy's shoulders
Behind a mule beneath the sun

Lyrics submitted by nothingless, edited by poglad

"Matthew" as written by John Denver

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    General CommentThis is a wonderful song...I think it shows how even after tough times, if you fall back on love from family and God, you can face anything.
    albinomooseon March 22, 2006   Link
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    General Commentdoes matthew exist? or is it just a song?
    Jubieon March 13, 2008   Link
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    General CommentA beautiful song, I believe it's fundamentally about faith. Life can take everything, but you still have God "Faith as solid as a stone". A powerful testament indeed.
    ChristoTraceyon February 10, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI love this song; it is bittersweet but the message of faith and perseverance does come through.

    Found this Youtube video where Denver himself explains the meaning.

    thewordguyon June 01, 2013   Link

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