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About the song

John Denver’s Autograph. Released in 1980, this introspective ballad marks a fascinating chapter in Denver’s illustrious career. By this point, Denver was already a household name. Nicknamed “the Sunshine Boy” for his folksy optimism and songs celebrating nature, he’d dominated the charts throughout the 70s with hits like “Take Me Home, Country Roads” and “Rocky Mountain High.”

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Autograph, however, takes a more personal turn. Here, Denver isn’t just singing about wide-open landscapes; he’s reflecting on his place in the world, his connection to his audience, and the enduring power of music.

The title itself is a clever metaphor. An autograph is a physical mark, a tangible connection between an artist and their admirer. But Denver suggests a deeper meaning. His Autograph, he proclaims, isn’t a signature on a piece of paper; it’s the very essence of his being, woven into the fabric of his songs.

This introspective mood is evident from the opening lines: “Here I am closing my eyes again / Trying so hard not to see all the things that I see.” Denver grapples with the weight of fame, the constant scrutiny, and the yearning for a simpler life. Yet, amidst this vulnerability, there’s a flicker of defiance. He asserts, “This is my autograph / Here in the songs that I sing / Here in my cry, in my laugh / Here in the love that I bring.”

Autograph isn’t simply navel-gazing, though. It’s a heartfelt message to his fans. The lyrics speak of a yearning for connection, a desire to bridge the gap between performer and audience. Lines like “We are never alone / Even though we’d like to be” offer a sense of shared humanity, a reminder that despite the distance, a bond exists through the music.

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The song’s melody reinforces this emotional journey. It starts with a gentle acoustic guitar figure, mirroring Denver’s introspective mood. The chorus, however, swells with a sense of hope and affirmation. The soaring vocals and driving percussion create a sense of resolve, suggesting that Denver finds solace and purpose in his music.

Autograph wasn’t a chart-topping smash hit like some of Denver’s earlier work. But for many fans, it holds a special significance. It’s a song that delves deeper, revealing a more complex and thoughtful side of the “Sunshine Boy.” Autograph reminds us that even the most seemingly optimistic artists grapple with internal struggles, and that true connection often lies in vulnerability and shared humanity.

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Lyrics

“Autograph”

Here I am, closing my eyes again, trying so hard not to see all the things that I see.
Almost willing to lie again, I swear that it just isn’t so, it just isn’t me.
We are never alone even though we’d like to be.
Then I go and open my eyes again.

Love in your eyes is the thing that I’d most like to see.
I’d be willing to die again, to know of a place and a time where it always could be,
to be always with you, and you always with me.This is my autograph, here in the songs that I sing.

Here in my cry and my laugh, here in the love that I bring
to be always with you and you always with me.

Say a prayer and open your heart again.
You are the love and the light that we all need to see.
Always willing to shine and then.
Peace on this earth is the way that it always can be,
to be always with you and you always with me.

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This is my autograph, here in the songs that I sing.
Here in my cry and my laugh, here in the love that I bring
to be always with you and you always with me.