About the song

John Denver’s For You. Now that’s a song that brings back a wave of warm nostalgia, wouldn’t you agree? Denver, a folk icon whose career spanned decades, was known for his earnest vocals, optimistic spirit, and odes to nature. But For You, released in 1989 on his album Higher Ground, takes a sweet detour into the realm of pure, unwavering devotion.

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This wasn’t entirely new territory for Denver. Throughout his career, he had penned love songs that resonated with audiences. Think of the tender sincerity in “Annie’s Song” or the wistful longing of “Leaving on a Jet Plane.” But For You feels a touch more mature, a love song sung by a man who has not only found love, but a love that feels like a permanent fixture in his life.

The beauty of the song lies in its simplicity. The instrumentation is gentle, with acoustic guitar strumming a familiar chord progression and light piano flourishes adding a touch of elegance. Denver’s voice, as always, is the star of the show. There’s a quiet confidence in his delivery, a man utterly secure in his affection.

The lyrics themselves are a tapestry of yearning and commitment. Lines like “Just to look in your eyes again, just to lay in your arms” paint a picture of domestic bliss, the simple joys of togetherness. But Denver doesn’t stop there. He delves deeper, expressing a desire to be not just a lover, but an active participant in his partner’s life: “Just to live in your laughter, just to sing in your heart.” This is a love that seeks not just to receive, but to enrich and be enriched in return.

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The chorus, with its repeated refrain of “For you,” is a powerful declaration. It’s not a desperate plea, but a statement of unwavering devotion. Denver is pledging his entire being, “all the rest of my life,” “all the best of my life.” This is a love that transcends fleeting moments, a love built to endure.

For You wasn’t one of Denver’s biggest hits, but it holds a special place in the hearts of many fans. It’s a testament to the enduring power of love songs, a reminder that sometimes, the simplest expressions of devotion can be the most moving. It’s a song that evokes a sense of contentment, a quiet joy in the presence of someone you love completely. And in a world that often feels chaotic and uncertain, that’s a message worth celebrating.

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Lyrics

Just to look in your eyes again
Just to lay in your arms
Just to be the first one always there for you
Just to live in your laughter
Just to sing in your heart
Just to be every one of your dreams come true

Just to sit by your window
Just to touch in the night
Just to offer a prayer each day for you
Just to long for your kisses
Just to dream of your sighs
Just to know that I’d give my life for you

For you all the rest of my life
For you all the best of my life
For you alone, only for you

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Just to wake up each morning
Just to you by my side
Just to know that you’re never really far away
Just a reason for living
Just to say I adore
Just to know that you’re here in my heart to stay

For you all the rest of my life
For you all the best of my life
For you alone, only for you