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About the song:

John Denver’s My Sweet Lady. A folksy gem nestled amongst the sprawling catalogue of this iconic singer-songwriter. Released in 1971 on the album Poems, Prayers & Promises, it arrived at a time when Denver was truly blossoming into a household name. His gentle, optimistic brand of folk rock, often laced with themes of nature and love, resonated deeply with a generation yearning for simpler times.

My Sweet Lady doesn’t stray far from this signature formula. It’s a love song, pure and simple, yet delivered with a sincerity that disarms cynicism. Denver’s voice, a comforting baritone, weaves a tale of devotion to a woman who grounds him. The lyrics paint a picture of domestic bliss, a love that finds solace in the everyday – sharing a cup of coffee, watching the sunrise paint the sky. It’s a sentiment that resonates with anyone who’s ever found comfort and strength in a loving relationship.

But My Sweet Lady is more than just a love song for the fireside. It’s a testament to Denver’s masterful songwriting. The melody, built around a simple acoustic guitar figure, is instantly catchy. It burrows into your memory and lingers long after the last note fades. The arrangement, though sparse, is tasteful. Hints of strings and piano add warmth and texture without overwhelming the intimacy of the song. Listen closely, and you can almost hear the gentle creak of a rocking chair on a porch swing, the rhythmic chirping of birds in the morning light.

The song’s enduring appeal lies not just in its simplicity, but also in its universality. My Sweet Lady isn’t a grand declaration of passionate love; it’s a quiet celebration of the love that endures, the kind that finds beauty in the ordinary. It’s a love song for the long haul, a testament to the power of companionship and shared moments.

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Denver, throughout his career, championed the idea of living a life connected to nature and finding joy in the simple things. My Sweet Lady embodies this philosophy perfectly. It’s a song that evokes feelings of peace, contentment, and gratitude for the simple pleasures that life offers. In a world often consumed by chaos and complexity, My Sweet Lady serves as a gentle reminder of the beauty that can be found in the quiet moments shared with someone you love.

So, when you next find yourself seeking solace in the familiar, put on My Sweet Lady. Let John Denver’s voice wash over you, and allow yourself to be transported to a place of tranquility and unwavering love.

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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
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

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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