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About the song

John Denver’s Spirit. Released in 1976, this album marked a turning point in Denver’s career, one many consider a foray into deeper lyrical territory. While Denver was already a household name by this time, known for his folksy anthems about nature and exploration, Spirit offered a more introspective look at humanity’s connection to something larger than ourselves.

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It’s important to remember the context of 1976. The era of the Vietnam War was drawing to a close, casting a long shadow over American society. The Watergate scandal had shaken public trust in government. People were yearning for meaning and a sense of purpose. Denver, a keen observer of the human condition, tapped into this zeitgeist with Spirit.

The title itself is a potent one. Spirit can refer to the animating essence of a person or thing, the very life force that drives us. It can also signify a sense of connection to something greater, a higher power, or the collective human experience. Denver, throughout his career, was never shy about expressing his spiritual beliefs, and Spirit allowed him to explore these themes more openly.

The opening track, also titled “Spirit”, sets the tone for the album. It’s a soaring, orchestral piece with lyrics that speak of a universal force permeating the cosmos and residing within each of us. Lines like “And the spirit fills the darkness of the heavens/It fills the endless yearning of the soul” establish a sense of awe and wonder at the mysteries of existence.

Spirit wasn’t solely focused on grand pronouncements, however. Denver, ever the storyteller, weaved personal narratives into the album’s tapestry. Songs like “Like a Sad Song” explored themes of loss and melancholia, while “Baby, You Look Good to Me Tonight” offered a tender ode to love and companionship. This balance between the spiritual and the personal is a hallmark of the album’s enduring appeal.

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Spirit wasn’t a commercial juggernaut like some of Denver’s previous releases. It marked a shift in his sound, one that perhaps alienated some fans accustomed to his more upbeat folksy style. However, for those who embraced its introspective nature, Spirit remains a powerful testament to Denver’s artistic growth and his enduring ability to connect with listeners on a deeper level.

It’s an album that invites contemplation, offering solace and inspiration in its exploration of the human spirit’s enduring quest for meaning.

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Lyrics

“Spirit”

His spirit joined as so was formed ten thousand years ago.
Between the swan and Hercules where even dark clouds glow.
To live with grace, to ride the swell, to yet be strong of will.
To love the wind, to learn its song, an empty space to fill.

Apollo taught me to rhyme, Orpheus taught me to play.
Andromeda cast down her sign and Vega lights my way.Smoke rings in a galaxy, an endless flight through time.
Lyra gave her harp to him and left him free to climb.

A winter’s journey from the moon to reach the summer sun.
To rise again, to sing for you a song that’s yet unsung.
Apollo taught me to rhyme, Orpheus taught me to play.
Andromeda cast down her sign and Vega lights my way.

His spirit joined as so was formed ten thousand years ago.
Between the swan and Hercules where even dark clouds glow.
To live with grace, to ride the swell, to yet be strong of will.
To love the wind, to learn its song, an empty space to fill.

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