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Songs about Colorado (or the mountains therein)

Postby Bubba Suess » Fri Mar 09, 2012 5:56 am

This one is a bit random and not a typical forum topic. I am looking for songs about Colorado or the mountains in it. I am already aware of "Colorado" by Manassas, "Colorado" by the Flying Burrito Brothers, "Good Feeling to Know" by Poco, "Going Back to Colorado" by Zephyr and anything tangentially referencing the mountains by Joe Walsh. I can't stand Bob Denver. Any other suggestions are most welcome! Thanks!
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Re: Songs about Colorado (or the mountains therein)

Postby mconnell » Fri Mar 09, 2012 12:51 pm

Bubba Suess wrote:I can't stand Bob Denver.


What do you have against Gilligan? I don't know of any songs that he sang about Colorado anyway.
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Re: Songs about Colorado (or the mountains therein)

Postby lcarreau » Fri Mar 09, 2012 2:07 pm

According to this graph, John Denver was a god ..

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Re: Songs about Colorado (or the mountains therein)

Postby ExcitableBoy » Fri Mar 09, 2012 3:53 pm

Bubba Suess wrote:I can't stand Bob Denver.

John Denver?
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Re: Songs about Colorado (or the mountains therein)

Postby jfrishmanIII » Fri Mar 09, 2012 5:29 pm

Snowin' on Raton by Townes van Zandt, covered by many.

Kate Wolf's Telluride is explicitly Colorado, others like Across the Great Divide and Like a River sure seem like Colorado.

There a bluegrass band called Head for the Hills that have a number of more and less explicitly Colorado songs.
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Re: Songs about Colorado (or the mountains therein)

Postby ExcitableBoy » Fri Mar 09, 2012 6:13 pm

Not specificially about Colorado, but a great song about the mountains is "Up The Canyon" by The String Cheese Incident.
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Re: Songs about Colorado (or the mountains therein)

Postby colinr » Fri Mar 09, 2012 6:39 pm



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katharine_Lee_BatesThe first draft of "America the Beautiful" was hastily jotted down in a notebook during the summer of 1893, which Bates spent teaching English at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Later she remembered:

One day some of the other teachers and I decided to go on a trip to 14,000-foot Pikes Peak. We hired a prairie wagon. Near the top we had to leave the wagon and go the rest of the way on mules. I was very tired. But when I saw the view, I felt great joy. All the wonder of America seemed displayed there, with the sea-like expanse.
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Re: Songs about Colorado (or the mountains therein)

Postby Bubba Suess » Sat Mar 10, 2012 5:07 am

Bubba Suess wrote:I can't stand Bob Denver.


I can't believe I did that. Talk about absent minded. I forgot to add The Great Divide's San Isabella to me list as well. I totally forgot about Snowing On Raton. I have heard a number of versions but Van Zant's is still the best. Thanks for all the suggestions. Of course, more are welcome!
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Re: Songs about Colorado (or the mountains therein)

Postby jesseskico » Sat Mar 10, 2012 2:19 pm

Check out "Colorado Blue" by Amy Mathesius. On that disc there are Colorado Blue, a song called Telluride....
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Re: Songs about Colorado (or the mountains therein)

Postby chief » Sat Mar 10, 2012 11:14 pm

The song "Colorado" by Linda Ronstad.
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Re: Songs about Colorado (or the mountains therein)

Postby MarkDidier » Sun Mar 11, 2012 12:12 am

SeanReedy wrote:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katharine_Lee_BatesThe first draft of "America the Beautiful" was hastily jotted down in a notebook during the summer of 1893, which Bates spent teaching English at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Later she remembered:

One day some of the other teachers and I decided to go on a trip to 14,000-foot Pikes Peak. We hired a prairie wagon. Near the top we had to leave the wagon and go the rest of the way on mules. I was very tired. But when I saw the view, I felt great joy. All the wonder of America seemed displayed there, with the sea-like expanse.


Ray rocks! You can't be in a bad mood when you listen to Ray sing...even when he's singing the blues.

I had heard the story before about the mountains of Colorado inspiring America the Beautiful. I thought it was the Maroon Bells (the obvious purple) that inspired the song...maybe not based upon this info.

As for Across the Great Divide...I really like Bob Dylan, but I LOVE The Band!! Considering they are from Canada maybe they were refering to the great divide in the Canadian Rockies.... :D

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Re: Songs about Colorado (or the mountains therein)

Postby lcarreau » Sun Mar 11, 2012 1:24 am

"The Blizzard" by Judy Collins ... can't believe she's a Cougar now ... :o



And look at those eyes ... there's nothing like lookin' into those eyes ... aahhhhh .......
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Re: Songs about Colorado (or the mountains therein)

Postby Brent D » Sun Mar 11, 2012 2:26 pm

Pretty much any song on Chuck Pyle's "Higher Ground"album. On the instrumental side, try Roby Deaton's XIV Colorado Elysium, each song inspired by a different 14er.

Now I'm going to have to go look for all the songs mentioned above too! :D
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Re: Songs about Colorado (or the mountains therein)

Postby desainme » Sun Mar 11, 2012 2:44 pm

Classic movie stuff
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Re: Songs about Colorado (or the mountains therein)

Postby displacedchzhead » Mon Mar 12, 2012 5:18 am



Suzy Bogguss' cover of Ian Tyson's Someday Soon gets me to thinking about Colorado, even though that's not the main theme of the song.
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