About the song

John Denver’s “I’m in the Mood to Be Desired”. Now that’s a song that takes you back, wouldn’t you say? Denver, of course, is a legend in American folk music. His wholesome image, sincere lyrics, and folksy melodies dominated the airwaves in the 70s and 80s. We all know his iconic anthems like “Take Me Home, Country Roads” and “Sunshine on My Shoulders,” but “I’m in the Mood to Be Desired” offers a different side of the singer-songwriter.

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Released in 1985 on the album Dreamland Express, this track marked a bit of a departure for Denver. While it retains his signature folksy charm, there’s a subtle shift towards a more personal and intimate tone. Dreamland Express itself was a critical and commercial success, but “I’m in the Mood to Be Desired” never quite achieved the same level of fame as some of his other hits. Perhaps it’s because the song delves into a more romantic and sensual side of Denver that his audience wasn’t entirely prepared for.

The song opens with a gentle acoustic guitar riff, setting a relaxed and inviting mood. Denver’s warm baritone voice then takes center stage, singing about the anticipation of returning home after a long day. The lyric “Knowing you’ll be waiting is all I need to know” establishes a sense of security and comfort in his relationship. But then comes the twist: “I’m in the mood to be desired, wrap your arms around me.” This line is a clear departure from Denver’s usual themes of nature, wanderlust, and community. Here, he’s expressing a very personal yearning for connection and intimacy.

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The song continues to build on this theme. He sings about wanting to build a fire, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere. The imagery of “embers retire” suggests a desire for a slow and sensual evening. The lyrics “lost in a world of ecstasy” are another departure, hinting at a more passionate side rarely explored in Denver’s music.

“I’m in the Mood to Be Desired” is a fascinating song in the context of John Denver’s career. It showcases a vulnerability and romantic yearning that surprised many fans at the time. While it may not be his most famous work, it offers a glimpse into a different facet of the singer-songwriter’s artistry. It’s a song of domestic bliss, yes, but with a touch of sensuality that adds a layer of complexity to Denver’s well-crafted persona. So, the next time you hear those opening guitar chords, prepare for a John Denver experience that’s a little less folksy campfire and a little more fireside romance.

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Lyrics

Another day is over and I’m on my way home
Knowing you’ll be waiting is all I need to know

‘Cause I’m in the mood to be desired
Wrap your arms around me
I’m in the mood
Let’s build a fire
Till the embers retire, we’ll be
Lost, in a world of ecstacy

Forget about my troubles
Forget about my woes
You’re the one who comforts me
Whenever I feel low

‘Cause I’m in the mood to be desired
Wrap your arms around me
I’m in the mood
Let’s build a fire
Till the embers retire, we’ll be
Lost, in a world of ecstacy

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You’re everything I could imagine
Fillin’ me up with such passion
Eternity is not long enough for you and me