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John Denver and the Chinese

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I think we can agree that the Chinese aren't among the most soulful singers in the world, and many are quite timid with a song-along (unless you're at a KTV, but that's another story). So, I just wanted to let everyone know that I had unbridled success with teaching my Chinese middle schoolers the chorus line to "Take Me Home Country Road" by John Denver. The simple phrases are easy to sing along, yet challenging enough to engage their interest, and is irresistably exuberant and catchy, and quickly memorized, to the point where they can sing it on their own w/o lyrics after class. Also a good way to train them on the ever-ellusive "v" sound for them, in showing them how to correctly say "West Virginia," the song's most difficult phrase for them. Below is both the lyrics and the guitar chords I used. Sung best when you sing the 1st 2 verses quiet, get it louder with the choruses, and then let it all hang out with the bridge and final chorus's!

G D
Almost Heaven West Virginia
Am C G
Blueridge Mountains Shenedoah River
D
Life is older there older then the trees
Am
Younger then the mountains
C G
Growing like a breeze

G D
Country Roads Take Me Home
Am C
To the place I belong
G D
West Virginia Mountain Momma
Am G
Take me home Country Road

G D
All my memories Gather round her
Am C G
Miner's lady Stranger to blue water
D
Dark and Dusty painted on the sky
Am
Misty taste of moonshine
C G
Tear drop in my eye

Chorus (repeated)

bridge
D Am G
I hear her voice in the morning hours she calls me
D Am G
The radio reminds me of my home far away and driving
D Am G
down the road I get the feeling that I should have been home
D
Yesterday, yesterday

Chorus (repeated over and over)

Jacob, Anqing, Anhui province, China

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