About the song

John Denver’s Two Different Directions. A poignant ballad from 1991, nestled within the album of the same name. Denver, a folk icon known for his anthems of nature and optimism, takes a more contemplative turn here. This song explores the complexities of love, particularly when two individuals find themselves on diverging paths.

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Two Different Directions isn’t a heart-wrenching breakup anthem, but rather a lament on the slow drift that can occur in a relationship. Denver paints a picture of a couple where desires and dreams begin to pull them in opposite directions.

One partner, perhaps, craves stability and routine, content with the familiar sunrise. The other, yearning for adventure and change, might find solace in the thrill of the unknown.

The beauty of the song lies in its universality. Denver doesn’t assign blame or fault. He simply acknowledges the human tendency to grow and evolve at different paces.

The lyrics, with their simple yet evocative imagery, capture the frustration and heartache that can arise when these individual journeys begin to create distance within the relationship. Lines like “One always wants to work things out, the other one wants to play” perfectly encapsulate this internal struggle.

Two Different Directions isn’t a song without hope, however. The repeated refrain, “When you are moving in different directions, true love may have to wait,” suggests the possibility of reconciliation. Perhaps with time, communication, and a willingness to compromise, these diverging paths might find a way to converge once more.

This song resonates deeply with those who have navigated the complexities of long-term relationships. It reminds us that love, while powerful, can’t always conquer the tide of individual growth. Yet, it leaves a sliver of optimism, suggesting that even when paths diverge, true love might endure, waiting for the chance to reconnect down the road.

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Lyrics

They say they love each other, I’ve no doubt they do.
They say they’ll always be together, that may not be true.
They come from different places, different points of view.
They find themselves in different spaces, everything is all brand new.

Two different directions, too many different ways.
One always on the road somewhere, the other one always stays too often unhappy.

When you are moving in different directions, true love is all alone.
Old stories start to surface, patterns from long ago.
And loving quickly turns to anger for reasons they don’t even know.
The strongest heart can be broken with one insensitive word.
The deepest feelings remain unspoken, no one is seen and nothing heard.

Two different directions, too many different ways.
One always wants to work things out, the other one wants to play.
Too ready for changes, too much that just can’t wait.
When you are moving in different directions, true love can turn to hate.

If opposites attract each other, what’s the reason for?
One being like an open window, one just like closing a door.

Two different directions, too many different ways.
One likes to see the morning sunrise, the other one sleeps in late.
Too many tomorrows, too many times too late.
When you are moving in different directions, true love may have to wait.
If you are committed to different directions, true love will have to wait.

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