Denver, John - Alaska And Me Lyrics




When I was a child and I lived in the city, I dreamed of Alaska so far away.
And I dreamed I was flying over mountains and glaciers,
somehow I knew that I'd live there one day.
Well it took me some growing, and a fair bit of schooling,
and a little bit of trouble to get on the move.
And I felt like a loser but I turned out the winner, when I came to Alaska the land that I love.
Here's to Alaska, here's to the people, here's to the wild and here's to the free.
Here's to my life in a chosen country, here's to Alaska and me.

I was born in a cabin on little Mulchatna, raised in hard times but I had a good life.
From the first time I flew with my father a singing, I knew that I'd wind up a bush pilot's wife.
We sleep near the sound of a slow running river and wake up most mornings to a drizzling rain.
And we face every day like the first or the last one with nothing to lose and Heaven to gain.
Here's to Alaska, here's to the people, here's to the wild and here's to the free.
Here's to my life in a chosen country, here's to Alaska and me, oh, here's to Alaska and me.





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  1. lucanick1974

    When I was a child and I lived in the city
    I dreamed of Alaska so far away
    And I dreamed I was flying over mountains and glaciers
    Somehow I knew I'd live there one day
    Well it took me some growing, and a fair bit of schooling
    And a little bit of trouble to get on the move
    And I felt like a loser but I turned out the winner
    When I came to Alaska the land that I love
    Here's to Alaska, here's to the people
    Here's to the wild and here's to the free
    Here's to my life in a chosen country
    Here's to Alaska and me
    I was born in a cabin on Little Mulchatna
    Raised in hard times but I had a good life
    From the first time I flew with my father a singing
    I knew that I'd wind up a bush pilot's wife
    We sleep near the sound of a slow running river
    And wake up most mornings to a drizzling rain
    And we face every day like the first or the last one
    With nothing to lose and heaven to gain
    Here's to Alaska, here's to the people
    Here's to the wild and here's to the free
    Here's to my life in a chosen country
    Here's to Alaska and me
    Oh, for the fire on a cold winter's night
    And once more to gaze at the great northern lights
    For all of the beauty my children will see
    Here's to Alaska and me
    Here's to Alaska, here's to the people
    Here's to the wild and here's to the free
    Here's to my life in a chosen country
    Here's to Alaska and me

  2. Michelle Clark

    Missing my home. Now I live in Northern Wisconsin. Closest thing I've ever experienced to my home

  3. Tess Peng

    Though John Denver had long gone and i never hear this old song before, when the first time to hear this song it seems to bring me back 20 years ago those happy, peaceful nostalgic homie life.. I will put Alaska as one of my bucket list:).............STF...............................
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  4. S Aleut

    im from a tribe its called aleut

  5. MusicalRaichu

    "chosen country" ... why do I keep trying to sing along "frozen country"??

    Cheryl Van Til

    I do the SAME thing!!

  6. MKIVWWI

    This song was the best part of Denver's movie "Higher Ground".

    sumrush

    Your very right,

    SCE2AUX

    The title song was a definite winner as well.

  7. dumbuk basi

    This is awesome
    I have a big dream
    greetings from Turkey

    Jim Young

    Spent a year in Sinop, Turkey.  This year will be my 26th trip to Alaska.

    dumbuk basi

    @Jim Young You're gorgeous man (y)

    dumbuk basi

    @Jim Young Where are u from

    Jim Young

    Northern California

  8. misterjoe3

    Thank you Jim for a wonderful video. My first memory is of playing in Kodiak as a small child. My Dad was in the Coast Guard and we spent a year there when it was still a territory. I deeply regret that I waited until 2013 to return with my son to fish the Kenai. I should have come back sooner. We went last year and will go again this year. This place has changed me. It feels like coming home...

    Jim Young

    +misterjoe3 Glad you liked it.  This video was from my first fishing trip to Alaska.  We go up every year now.  It definitely gets in your blood.

  9. biggie bOi

    I miss Alaska. I grew up there... I had to move away from it. Hardest experience ever.

    Really Good

    I know how that feels. I live in Nevada now, which for me is like putting a polar bear in a desert. And I still haven't gotten use to the heat. If only health care was cheaper, I'd probably still be there. :/

    biggie bOi

    Yeah, if only most things were cheaper there. A lot of things were so expensive.. biggest reason I had to move.

    pauloyyj

    I'm Minnesotan

    jay failing

    same, did fifteen years miss her. grew to be a man there. many moons ago.

  10. James Carson

    Nothing like playing this song on a 12 string guitar next to a campfire on Resurrection Bay! Makes you grateful you live here...

  11. Sutopo Sandy

    very good the memory songs

  12. Gunnar Linde

    so.nice.voice...again.and.again.
    Not a.single.song.that.goes.directly.into.the heard.

  13. Gunnar Linde

    again....he.s.so.good...thanks.

  14. Gunnar Linde

    Hi songs.are so.friedly.and lovely....if.god.would.exist.he would.never.find an end.like.that....gunnar

  15. Connor Dixon

    What a fantastic story. Alaska is a wonderful place.

  16. ContentiousTiger

    Grew up in AK, and with this song to boot. Ah, the memories...

  17. Barry nydam

    alaska is a great place, you are lucky if you get to live here

  18. TheWolfavanger

    I want to live on the youkon in alaska

  19. pjbaby66

    Great Video! Thanks for posting it!

  20. TheWolfavanger

    I live in Germany. But I want for live in Alaska

    Gunnar Linde

    TheWolfavanger me too hamburg....why not alsaka..juhu

    Zebgoraja Holyhell

    Why dont you both buy a klepper double with sails fill with rations and set sail us Alaskans know them boats well as one of the best kayaks for fishing the harsh waters of the gulf and people used them to get threw the arctic ocean more than once to get here and i have heard of them making the trip across the Atlantic a few times as well

    Zebgoraja Holyhell

    Afterward you could write a book about the adventure which I am sure would more than cover the journey

  21. The Verbally Abusive Clown

    I'm ready to go to Alaska now!

  22. wqcharleston

    I commented on this before, but each time I see you video it reminds me of Alaska, nature and love. Thank you so much for putting this up.

  23. newstart49

    I didn't get the job working on the pipeline around 1972, but have always wanted to go to Alaska. I want to drive it someday and perhaps I will. I should have moved there back then- then I would already be there, and then I could say "I want to stay in Alaska". LOL.

  24. Roger Carver

    I am going !

  25. bob bobby

    Born in Seward on ressurection bay and that is where I WILL be layed to rest just off the coast.

  26. hopechili

    I had tears in my eyes when I read your lines about Alaska. Iam from Germany and visiting Alaska one time in my liefe has always been my dream. so I am saving money now and I am sure I will make it in2014/15..... I started a few years ago beeing a musher and I have 4 sleddogs.so I hope you will live a for a long long time so you can visit Alaska every sommer. best wishes Ronny from Germany I `m just going to have alook where Ressurection Bay is.. keep going and god bless you

  27. bob bobby

    Born in Seward, Alaska Oct 26th 1958. I too lived thru the great quake of 64. Although I dont live in Alaska now, It will always and forever be called my home. I go back every year for 2 months, June and July and I will continue to do this till the day I die. When I die I will be layed to rest in Ressurection Bay just off the coast at Seward.

    Penni Weston

    I was born October 25th, 1953!!!

  28. wqcharleston

    @ Jim, I think my two favorite places in the U.S. are Alaska and Sedona, AZ. I have your video on my favorites playlist. Maybe for your 2012 trip you can do a video to John Denvers other song about Alaska it is good too

  29. wqcharleston

    I still love this video and the song you used. Can't wait to go back.

  30. HonorHypatia

    @Sjukurkottur It's not regularly sung, but it is fairly well known. If you would like to hear some songs about Alaska that are more popular here, try looking up Hobo Jim Alaska. Jim's the Official State Balladeer (no joke), and sings at places like the Governer's Picnic in Fairbanks and Anchorage, at Alaska Day celebrations, and random places like Sockeye's. It's not uncommon to sing along with the radio or in small groups in the bush, so it is quite possible something like that could happen.

  31. wqcharleston

    I love this video

  32. Rugl Andi

    @Flickerfast I could understand such a nostalgia, coming myself from a northern country. But tell me, is this a known song among the Alaskan population? Is it regularly sung by the people? There is another video on youtube with him singing this song in a family party, from a movie called Higher ground, is that something that could happen when Alaskans come together?

  33. Art By Nichole

    This is a Beautiful song thank you so much for posting it....I lived in Alaska four years and this video reminds me of Alaska's beauty...how I long to go back to the little cosmic hamlet by the sea!

  34. Sean Vigue Fitness

    Nice video!

  35. Molly Reed

    @jtyrey Alaska was my home before it became a state. Went through the 64 earthquake. The Alaska experience is much more than fishing.

  36. John .Hervatich

    they should have left america untainted as well....it was once beautiful, like alaska...

  37. Jim Young

    @molly195957 Molly, sorry you feel that way about it. I would be a lot more worried about something like the Pebble Mine than a few people staying in a remote cabin and eating 2 pinks and a couple of cuts. Pebble will rape your land and leave it pregnant with an unborn disaster in the womb, a monster lake of toxic waste in the headwaters of some of Alaska's best rivers.

  38. Achimek Krokus

    thats a nice Video and a beautiful song, my compliment!

  39. Molly Reed

    Flag as spam, but all I see is a bunch of tourists raping my homeland as their own country. How sad they can't find a J.D. song singing about their own.

  40. Molly Reed

    Grew up in Alaska. Camped all summer, panned for gold, dreamed big. Thanks for adopting me Mom & Dad. Alaska made me who I will always be no matter what life throws at me.

  41. Achimek Krokus

    Nice song! and nice pictures!