Older Version of “Country Road.”

I don’t know the age of the song but I know a version  existed before the 1950’s and 70’s. John Denver merely popularized an old folk song and make it more widely known. The elderly person who taught me this song as a child said it was a Civil War veteran song but she didn’t know if the singer was Union or Confederate. Knowing what I know about West Virginia it could have either side. What’s not told in the history of the Confederacy  is that many deserted the Confederate after seeing the folly of the reason they were fighting. Mainly to keep the rich planters in power. Many deserted after realizing,

“Hey, what am I out here fighting and dying for? I don’t own anything? Well, West Virginia was one of those area well known for that mentally.”

It’s said to be a song of a soldier longing to go home after seeing the terror of war.

In 1861, West Virginia began the Secessionist Convention that would result in its breaking away from the Confederate state of Virginia, the only state to form by seceding from a Confederate state and one of three states to secede from another state. It was a key Civil War “border state.” because it was used to launched attacks further into the Midwest by the Union.

During the Civil War, West Virginia is admitted into the Union as the 35th U.S. state, or the 24th state if the secession of the 11 Southern states were taken into account. … When Virginia voted to secede after the outbreak of the Civil War, the majority of West Virginians opposed the secession. So by legal definition of the majority vote West Virginia didn’t secede from the Union. Like  many other states. It was a state divided.

The area was already called West Virginia before the war but didn’t  secede from the state of Virginia until the war begin.

It sounds like the singer is saying, “I’m getting the heck out of here. I could have left yesterday.”

I know you will find it accredit to several people but I researched the original and no one knows who composed it. That wasn’t uncommon in the 19th century. So, it was pretty much up for grab by anyone.

Almost heaven, West Virginia
Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah River
Life is old there, older than the trees
Younger than the mountains, growing like a breeze

Country roads, take me home
To the place I belong
West Virginia, mountain mama
Country roads won’t you take me home,

All my memories gather round her
Miner’s lady, no stranger to blue waters
Dark and dusty, painted on the,
Sky mist taste of moonshine, teardrops in my eyes

Country roads, take me home
To the place I belong
West Virginia, mountain mama
Country roads Take me home, country roads

I hear her voice, Calling in the morning hours
And she called me by my name
It reminds me of my home far away
Riding down the road I get a feeling
That I should have been home yesterday, yesterday

Country roads, take me home
To the place I belong
West Virginia, mountain mama
Country roads, Take me home
Country roads, take me home
To the place I belong
West Virginia, mountain mama

Country roads, Take me home
Country roads, Take me home
Country roads, Take me home

About unholypursuit

A. White, an award winning former librarian, who is also a long time member of Romantic Time and Publisher's Weekly. A. White has been writing for over fifteen years. She took classes in creative writing in college, specializing in ancient myths and legends. and later at a local community center while living in Chicago. In college she won the national contest to verbally list every country in the world, it's capital and ingenious language. Her works are mainly horror, fantasy, extreme, and sci-fi as well as, as some may says, "the truly strange predicament and puzzling." Books that I've written are "Clash with the Immortals, and eleven others which are part of the "Unholy Pursuit saga,". She has been working on the Chronicles since 2007. She wished to complete them all before introducing them to public so the readers wouldn't have to for the continuation to be written. The ideas of the book come from classic literature such as whose work greatly influence the world world such as Homer, Sophocles, Herodotus, Euripides, Socrates, Hippocrates, Aristophanes, Plato, Aristotle and many more. The "Book of Enoch" influenced the usage of Azazael as a main character and love interest. I created the primary main character from the Chronicle of Saints. I wanted to show them as real flesh and blood with thoughts, desires and yearning as any human. Not as they are so often depicted. So I created one of my own to show her as a real human that everyone can relate to.
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