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About the song

ohn Denver’s “How Can I Leave You Again”. A ballad that tugs at the heartstrings, much like Denver himself did throughout his remarkable career. Released in 1970 on his album Take Me To Tomorrow, this song showcases Denver’s introspective songwriting and his signature folksy style that resonated with millions.

But “How Can I Leave You Again” is more than just a catchy melody. It delves into the complexities of the human spirit, particularly the internal struggle between wanderlust and the comfort of home. Denver, a renowned adventurer and environmentalist, was no stranger to the allure of the open road. Yet, his music consistently reflects a deep appreciation for connection and belonging.

The opening lines set the stage for this inner conflict: “In a spaceship over the mountains, chasing rainbows in the setting sun.” The imagery is evocative – a man soaring above the familiar landscape, captivated by the promise of adventure. However, a sense of unease creeps in with the next line: “Leaving heart and home for the city of angels, I feel my life is undone.” The “city of angels” could be a literal reference to Los Angeles, a place often associated with chasing dreams in the entertainment industry. But it could also symbolize any destination that represents ambition and a break from routine.

The chorus, a poignant refrain of “How Can I Leave You Again? I must be clear out of my mind”, perfectly captures the protagonist’s emotional turmoil. He’s driven by an irresistible urge to explore, yet haunted by the thought of leaving something precious behind.

The second verse delves deeper into this internal struggle. The singer reflects on “pathways winding below,” hinting at a life filled with familiar experiences and cherished connections. He finds solace in the “quiet stillness” and the “loveliest music” that surrounds him, suggesting a deep appreciation for the simple joys of home.

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The line “It’s been a long time since I’ve listened, still longer since I’ve walked with you” speaks of a growing disconnect, perhaps a consequence of the restless spirit that keeps pulling him away. The lyrics then raise a question that lies at the heart of the song: “Can it be you no longer care?” This question could be directed towards a romantic partner, a family member, or even a sense of self that feels neglected due to the constant pursuit of something new.

Despite the internal conflict, the song doesn’t offer a clear resolution. The protagonist remains caught between the call of the wild and the comfort of home. The final verse finds him “riding on the wings of a high wind blowing steady and strong behind me,” an image that reinforces his adventurous spirit. Yet, the song ends with the same haunting question: “How Can I Leave You Again?”

“How Can I Leave You Again” is a timeless ballad that resonates with anyone who has ever grappled with the conflicting desires for exploration and connection. It’s a song that celebrates the beauty of adventure while acknowledging the emotional toll it can take. Through Denver’s warm vocals and introspective lyrics, the song serves as a reminder of the importance of cherishing what we have, even as we yearn to explore the unknown.

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“How Can I Leave You Again?”

In a spaceship over the mountains, chasing rainbows in the setting sun.
Leaving heart and home for the city of angels, I feel my life is undone.
There are pathways winding below me, in pleasure I’ve gone where they go.

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In the quiet stillness, I can hear symphonies, the loveliest music I know.
How can I leave you again? I must be clear out of my mind.
Lost in a storm I’ve gone blind, oh, how can I leave you again.Oh, it’s been a long time since I’ve listened, still longer since I’ve walked with you.

For the first time I know what I’m missing, some answers are no longer true.
So I question the course that I follow. I’m doubtful and deep in despair.
My heart is filled with impossible notions, can it be you no longer care?

Still I ride on the winds of a high wind blowing steady and strong behind me.
As the clouds surrender, my fate is for certain, I’m a sailor who runs to the sea.
How can I leave you again? I must be clear out of my mind.

Lost in a storm I’ve gone blind, oh, how can I leave you again.
How can I leave you again? I must be clear out of my mind.
Lost in a storm I’ve gone blind, oh, how can I leave you again.