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About the song:

John Denver’s My Sweet Lady. A folksy gem that nestles itself comfortably amidst the singer-songwriter’s vast repertoire. Released in 1971 on the album Poems, Prayers & Promises, this tender ballad arrived at a time when Denver was solidifying his status as a folk-rock icon.

Now, Denver wasn’t known for his complex lyrics or brooding narratives. His strength resided in capturing simple emotions with a genuine warmth that resonated deeply with listeners. My Sweet Lady exemplifies this perfectly.

The song opens with a gentle acoustic guitar figure, a hallmark of Denver’s sound. His voice, imbued with a comforting sincerity, enters with a question – “Lady, are you crying, do the tears belong to me?”. This sets the stage for a conversation, a heartfelt inquiry into a lover’s emotional state.

My Sweet Lady isn’t a song about grand declarations or passionate encounters. It’s a quiet exploration of vulnerability and concern within a relationship. The lyrics paint a picture of a couple, perhaps facing a misunderstanding or a period of distance. The “tears” become a symbol of unspoken hurt, and Denver’s character seeks to understand and offer solace.

The beauty of the song lies in its simplicity. The melody is straightforward, relying on a cyclical chord progression that creates a sense of gentle persistence. The lyrics, while not flowery, are rich with emotional depth. Lines like “Did you think our time together was all gone?” hint at a potential fear of abandonment, a vulnerability that many can relate to.

It’s important to remember the context in which this song was written. The early 1970s were a period of social and political upheaval in the United States. The Vietnam War raged on, the Watergate scandal loomed, and the counterculture movement was in full swing. In this climate of uncertainty,

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Denver’s music offered a sense of comfort and reassurance. My Sweet Lady, with its focus on tenderness and understanding within a relationship, resonated with a generation yearning for stability and emotional connection.

My Sweet Lady wasn’t Denver’s biggest commercial hit, but it became a beloved staple of his live performances. The song’s enduring appeal lies in its ability to capture a universal human experience – the fear of losing someone we love, the desire for reassurance, and the importance of open communication within a relationship.

It’s a testament to Denver’s songwriting prowess that he could weave such profound emotions into a seemingly simple folk ballad. So, when you hear the opening notes of My Sweet Lady, settle in, and prepare to be enveloped by a wave of gentle nostalgia and heartfelt tenderness.

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Lyrics:

“My Sweet Lady”

Lady, are you crying, do the tears belong to me
Did you think our time together was all gone
Lady, you’ve been dreaming. I’m as close as I can be
And I swear to you our time has just begun

Close your eyes and rest your weary mind
I promise I will stay right here beside you
Today our lives were joined, became entwined
I wish that you could know how much I love youLady, are you happy, do you feel the way I do

Are there meanings that you’ve never seen before
Lady, my sweet lady, I just can’t believe it’s true
And it’s like I’ve never ever loved before
Close your eyes and rest your weary mind

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I promise I will stay right here beside you
Today our lives were joined, became entwined
I wish that you could know how much I love you

Lady, are you crying, do the tears belong to me
Did you think our time together was all gone
Lady, my sweet lady
I’m as close as I can be
And I swear to you our time has just begun