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About the song:

John Denver’s Poems, Prayers and Promises. A folksy gem that warms the soul and evokes a sense of idyllic romance. Denver, a titan of the American folk scene, was known for his optimistic anthems about nature, love, and simple living. Poems, Prayers and Promises, released in 1971 on his album of the same name, encapsulates this essence perfectly.

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The song opens with a gentle acoustic guitar melody, a signature Denver sound that has become synonymous with campfire singalongs and road trip playlists. Denver’s voice, earnest and comforting, eases the listener in with a tender question: “My sweet lady, are you crying, do the tears belong to me?”. This instantly sets the scene for a conversation between lovers, a reassurance whispered after a moment of doubt.

Poems, Prayers and Promises isn’t a ballad about grand gestures or passionate declarations. Instead, it revels in the quiet intimacy of a new beginning. The lyrics paint a picture of a couple at the precipice of a committed relationship, perhaps on their wedding day. The imagery is simple yet evocative: “Today our lives were joined, became entwined.” Denver doesn’t use flowery language; the beauty lies in the sincerity of the vows being exchanged.

The song cleverly weaves in the metaphor of sunshine throughout. “Sunshine on the water looks so lovely, sunshine almost always makes me high.” This bright imagery serves a dual purpose. On the surface, it reflects the joy and optimism that washes over the couple as they embark on their new life together.

But sunshine can also bring tears, “Sunshine in my eyes can make me cry.” This hints at the bittersweet nature of commitment, acknowledging the vulnerability that comes with loving someone deeply.

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Poems, Prayers and Promises is more than just a love song. It’s a testament to the power of faith and promises. The title itself suggests a foundation built on trust, devotion, and shared dreams. The repeated line “Close your eyes and rest your weary mind. I promise I will stay right here beside you.” is a vow of unwavering support, a promise to be a constant source of strength and comfort.

The song’s enduring popularity lies in its ability to capture a universal human experience – the yearning for connection, the hope for a brighter future, and the solace found in unwavering love. It’s a timeless reminder that happiness can be found in the simplest moments, in the quiet promises whispered between two souls.

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Lyrics:

“Poems, Prayers And Promises”

I’ve been lately thinking about my life’s time, all the things I’ve done and how it’s been.
And I can’t help believing in my own mind, I know I’m gonna hate to see it end.
I’ve seen a lot of sunshine, slept out in the rain, spent a night or two all on my own.
I’ve known my lady’s pleasures, had myself some friends, spent a time or two in my own home.

I have to say it now, it’s been good life all in all, it’s really fine to have a chance to hang around.
and lie there by the fire and watch the evening tire
while all my friends and my old lady sit and pass a pipe around.

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And talk of poems and prayers and promises and things that we believe in.
How sweet it is to love someone, how right it is to care.
How long it’s been since yesterday, what about tomorrow
and what about our dreams and all the memories we share?

Days they pass so quickly now, the nights are seldom long.
Time around me whispers when it’s cold.
The changes somehow frightens me, still I have to smile. It turns me on to think of growing old.

For though my life’s been good to me there’s still so much to do.
So many things my mind has never known.
I’d like to raise a family, I’d like to sail away and dance across the mountains on the moon.

I have to say it now, it’s been good life all in all, it’s really fine to have a chance to hang around.
and lie there by the fire and watch the evening tire
while all my friends and my old lady sit and pass a pipe around.

And talk of poems and prayers and promises and things that we believe in.
How sweet it is to love someone, how right it is to care.
How long it’s been since yesterday, what about tomorrow
and what about our dreams and all the memories we share?