About the song

John Denver’s Love Is Everywhere. Now that’s a song that brings back a wave of warm nostalgia, wouldn’t you agree? Denver, a folk icon whose booming baritone and optimistic spirit soundtracked countless road trips and campfires, released Love Is Everywhere in 1975 on his album Windsong. This wasn’t your typical Denver ballad about mountain vistas and winding rivers, though. Love Is Everywhere marked a bit of a departure for the “Take Me Home, Country Roads” singer.

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This particular song emerged from a collaborative effort. Denver himself has spoken about the unique writing process. He, along with fellow musicians John Sommers and Steve Weisberg, were captivated by a beautiful chorus Sommers had written. Their initial attempts to craft verses that complemented the melody proved frustrating.

Undeterred, they brought in songwriter Joe Henry, hoping for a fresh perspective. Henry, after a night of contemplation, returned with the verses that would complete the song. Denver, recognizing the collective effort that brought Love Is Everywhere to life, insisted on shared songwriting credit. This spirit of collaboration, much like the message of the song itself, underscores the power of connection and shared creativity.

Love Is Everywhere isn’t just another love song. Sure, the title declares a universal presence of love, but Denver delves deeper. The opening lines, “Love is everywhere, I can see it, you are all that you can be, go on and be it,” establish a message of self-acceptance and embracing one’s full potential.

The folksy melody, punctuated by banjo and fiddle, carries a sense of optimism and encouragement. Denver’s signature voice soars above the instrumentation, urging the listener to “open yourself to the first celebration, open your eyes to the joy and pain.” This line acknowledges the duality of life, the inevitable mix of happiness and sorrow. Love Is Everywhere suggests that by embracing both sides, we find a richer tapestry of experience.

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The song isn’t without its challenges. The buoyant melody and idealistic message can feel saccharine to some listeners. However, there’s an undeniable sincerity in Denver’s delivery, a genuine belief in the power of love’s universal presence. Love Is Everywhere arrived at a time when America was grappling with social and political turmoil. Perhaps the song’s message of hope and unity resonated with listeners yearning for a sense of connection in a divided world.

Whether you find yourself swaying along to the folksy rhythm or raising an eyebrow at the unwavering optimism, there’s no denying the enduring legacy of Love Is Everywhere. It’s a song that continues to spark conversation, a reminder of the songwriter’s enduring influence, and a testament to the power of collaboration. So, let’s delve into this classic track, and see if we can’t find a little bit of love, a little bit of hope, echoing in its melody.

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Lyrics

Love is everywhere, I can see it, you are all that you can be, go on and be it.
Life is perfect, I believe it, come and play the game with me.
Open yourself to the first celebration, open your eyes to the joy and pain.
Life is the fruit of your own creation, every new birth is a soul regained.

Love is everywhere, I see it, you are all that you can be, go on and be it.
Life is perfect, I believe it, come and play the game with me.
Drinking my life from a silver fountain, sweet water running to the cold salt sea.
Old man moon on white-top mountain, sound of the wind singing dreams for me.

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Love is everywhere, I see it, you are all that you can be, go on and be it.
Life is perfect, I believe it, come and play the game with me
Follow your heart like a flying stallion, race with the sun to the edge of the night.
Form your truth like a gold medallion, dance in the circle of the love and the light.

Love is everywhere, I see it, you are all that you can be, go on and be it.
Life is perfect, I believe it, come and play the game with me.
Love is everywhere, I see it, you are all that you can be, go on and be it.
Life is perfect, I believe it, come and play the game with me.