Author Topic: Listen To John Denver’s Unreleased Judy Collins Cover, “The Blizzard”  (Read 149 times)

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The never heard before single “The Blizzard” is available via all major streaming services. Billboard premiered the single today, listen and read the full Billboard piece http://bit.ly/2yfQqlo. Denver recorded a version of the Judy Collins track in the early ’90s and sent her a demo of his interpretation. The John Denver Estate unearthed the master recording in 2016 and are releasing it as a tribute to Denver on this anniversary.

D Searcy

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I just saw this on Facebook and was about to post it here.
Very exciting find.

Roses and Sunshine

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Wonderful!

These are haunting lyrics....


The Blizzard

Colorado, Colorado
When the world leaves you shivering
And the blizzard blows,
When the snow flies and the night falls
There's a light in the window and a place called home
At the end of the storm.

One night on the mountain I was headed for Estes
When the roads turned to ice and it started to snow,
Put on the chains in a whirl of white powder,
Half way up to Berthoud near a diner I know

And the light burned inside, shining down through the snowfall
God it was cold and the temperature droppin',
Went in for coffee and shivered as I drank it,
Warm in my hands in the steam as it rose.

Sitting there at the counter was a dark headed stranger,
Me and the owner and her keepin’ warm,
Nodded hello and I said it's a cold one
Looks like there might be a blizzard tonight -

And "yes", said the owner,
"There's a big storm on the mountain,
Good thing we're open, we could be here for hours
There's nothing for miles and it's too late to get to Denver,
Better not try for the summit tonight".

And the snow fell
And the night passed
And I talked to the stranger
While the blizzard blew.

Me and the stranger, you know I don't talk to strangers,
I'm a private sort of person but a blizzard is a blizzard,
And somehow I found myself saying you'd left me,
Tellin' her everything I wanted to say to you.

You know how it is when you can talk to a stranger,
Someone you’re quite sure you'll never see again -
Soon we were laughin', and talkin', and drinkin'
He said "you must know, you're too good for her".

And the snow fell
And the night passed
And I talked to the stranger
While the blizzard blew.

The stranger said "Love it can cry you a river -
Me, I'm a loner cause I can't take the heartache
And sometimes I'm a fighter when I get too much whiskey -
Here have a little whiskey, pretend you don't give a damn –



My cabin's up here on the side of the mountain
You can go up there and sleep through the blizzard".
I put on my parka, said goodnight to the owner
Followed the stranger through the snow, up the mountainside.

Woke in the morning to the sun on the snow,
My car was buried in six feet of snow drifts,
Dug myself out with the help of the owner,
Went on my way when the snowplow had been by

And the roads were all clear and the sun on the mountains
Sparkled like diamonds on the peak to peak highway -
Then I knew that I would get over you, knew you could leave me
But, you'd never break me.

Colorado, Colorado
When the world leaves you shivering
And the blizzard blows,
When the snow flies and the night falls
There's a light in the window and a place called home,
At the end of the storm.
« Last Edit: October 11, 2017, 10:08:44 PM by Roses and Sunshine »

Roses and Sunshine

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Amy, will this be available from Amazon?  Thanks.

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Yes, tomorrow the song will be available at all digital retailers - iTunes, Amazon, etc., and streaming platforms.

Elizabeth

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YES!!!  So happy.....hearing a song, never heard before is like having him here again....♥ I was in tears when I heard this on FB...♥

AspenDan

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That was beautiful, thank you John.

We miss you!

Now I have to listen to Judy Collins version.

Boot Leg

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This is amazing.

Hopefully there's a studio version of The Wandering Soul from the same vault

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Wonderful interpretation, and very moving ... thank you !

Taylor B

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Does anyone know what year (and if possible date) this was recorded in, other than "early 90s"?
This song is amazing.
Thanks

Elizabeth

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Hmmm, someone with more knowledge than I should be in to say...if anyone knows. :)


But I am totally happy...I got mine from iTunes.