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"Take Me Home, Country Roads" Is West Virginia's Newest State Song

Reported: Mar. 7, 2014 5:42 PM EST
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A celebration at the capitol, commemorating the day when "Take Me Home, Country Roads" became an official state song of West Virginia.

"It describes West Virginia," Governor Earl Ray Tomblin said. "Those of us who are native West Virginians or who have lived here, when you hear that you get kind of a warm place in your heart."

West Virginia already had three official state songs, which were given that status during the centennial year celebration in 1963.

But since its debut, John Denver's hit "Take Me Home, Country Roads" which he co-wrote with Bill Danoff and Taffy Nivert, has been the tune most closely identified with "almost heaven".

"It always should have been," Dreama Denver of Princeton said. "It's used that way. It's an exciting day for me and for all of West Virginia I think."

Dreama Denver was the main force making the push to have "Take Me Home, Country Roads" recognized as a state song. She's the widow of the late actor Bob Denver and no relation to the song's singer. But she says there is no music more more connected with here than "Country Roads."

"All over the world," Dreama Denver said. "All over the world I hear stories from the great wall of China, and from South Africa and the Czech Republic, everybody, woo-hoo, everybody knows 'Take Me Home, Country Roads.' Everybody does."



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