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John Denver – Whispering Jesse lyrics

This song appears on six albums, and was first released on the Higher Ground Album, and has also been released on the A Portrait and The John Denver Collection - Take Me Home, Country Roads Albums. It was rerecorded on the Love Again and A Celebration of Life Albums. A live version also appears on The Wildlife Concert Album.

I often have wandered in deep contemplation
It seems that the mind runs wild when you're all alone
The way that it could be
The way that it should be
Thing's I'd do differently if I could do them again

I've always loved spring time, the passing of winter
The green of the new leaves and life goin' on
The promise of morning
The long days of summer
Warm nights of loving her beneath the bright stars

I'm just an old cowboy from high Colorado
Too old to ride anymore, too blind to see
I sleep in the city now
Away from the mountains
Away from the cabin we always called home

I dream I left there
On an old Palomino
Whispering Jesse rode right by my side
I long to hold her
To hear her soft breathing
The touch of her cool hands on my fevered brow

Whispering Jesse still rides in the mountains
Still sings in the canyons
Still lives in my heart

Words and music by John Denver

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    John Mcnatty
    Is Jesse his soul, spirit, that inner voice inside us all. Perhaps even the feminine side of the male in reference to she at the end. Warm nights of loving here beneath. Someone at peace with themselves lost in the splendour and solitude. Had to leave the mountains and cabin, but in spirit returns often riding looking, absorbing all around. Didn't want to go, but health reasons, blindness, forced him to.
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