John Denver - My Old Man Lyrics




My old man had a rounder's soul, he'd hear an old freight train, then he'd have to go.
Said he'd been blessed with the gypsy bone,
that's the reason they guessed he'd been cursed to roam.

Came into town back before the war, didn't even know what it was he was looking for.
He carried a tattered bag for his violin, it was full of lots of songs and places that he'd been.
He talked real easy, had a smiling way to pass along to you when his fiddle played.

Making people drop their cares and woes to hum out loud those tunes that his fiddle bowed.
Till the people there began to join that sound, and everyone in town was laughing,
singing, dancing round.
Like the fiddler's tune was all they heard that night,
as if some dream said, "All the world is right,"

His fiddler's eye caught one beauty there. She had that rolling, flowing, golden kind of hair.
He played for her as if she danced alone, he played his favorite songs, ones he called his own.
He played until she was the last to go, stopped and packed his case, said he'd take her home.
All the nights that passed a child was born.
All the years that passed, love would keep them warm.
All their lives they'd share a dream come true, all because she danced so well to his fiddle tune.

My old man had a rounder's soul, he'd hear an old freight train, then he'd have to go.
All that I recall he said when I was so young
was no one else could really sing those songs he sung.





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  1. gloria ertel

    No words can express how beautiful this song and John Denvers voice is...…..Sigh,,,

  2. James Henry Hughes

    Johns songs have been my friends for 48 years, where ever i go. His haunting portrayal of "My Old Man" is equal to a similar song of Johns, "Isabel". And yet a voice so powerful on high notes, like "The Eagle and the Hawk" and "The gold and beyond", which other performers can only dream of reaching has truly left a remarkable legacy for his devoted fans. Love his songs, music, and his endless battle to save this failng Earth.
    R.I.P.JOHN.
    Jimmy. Liverpool England.

  3. Pauline H

    Absolutely love this! Could be about John or even something he woulda written. Even though he didn't write it.

  4. Melanie Mc

    ❤️❤️❤️❤️

  5. Gloria Ertel

    Sweet.....sigh..Love listening to all of John Denver songs

  6. Melanie Mc

    One of the Loves of my life JD♥️

  7. Mike Monahan

    Tommy Fleming on utube can sing like Denver ! Brilliant !

  8. Gloria Ertel

    Another day listening to  John Denver,  the best songs and his extraordinary voice...…...5/19

  9. dlazarus6660

    The train pictured on this video is in the woods of Maine, abandoned in the 1930's and left to rot. A shelter was built around the two trains but was burnt down by accident.
    A little over two years ago, A friend, Brad and I tried to get to this
    place, but we didn't quite make it. I'll try again, someday soon!

    The link:
    http://www.untamedmainer.com/how-to-find-the-abandoned-locomotives-of-the-eagle-lake-west-branch-railroad-in-the-northern-maine-woods/

    Aleksander Dogger

    Nice to know.

    Dave Herrin

    Don’t give up. I have a Illinois Central Gulf caboose in my yard that I spent months trying to get.

  10. DOUGLAS GREENOUGH

    DOUGLAS Denver

  11. K Happy

    Did John write this? Ty.

    Aleksander Dogger

    K Happy No he did not. Tom Paxton did.

    Paul W

    No: Jerry Jeff Walker.

    Dave Herrin

    Sorry Dogger, but this was Jerry Jeff Walker’s

  12. joseph zagrapan

    I have been listening to JD for more than 40 years. Never heard this song before. So glad you posted it.

    Doug Greeough

    joseph zagrapan it's on the ALBUM rhymes and reasons or the ALBUM take me to tomorrow his first couple RECORDS

    joseph zagrapan

    Doug Smith
    Thanks i listen to the album the other day. I just forgot i had heard so long ago.Again thanks for posting it.

  13. Melissa Barnosky

    By far the most beautiful and calming song I have ever heard.

    Ken McLarney

    Melissa Barnosky It's hard to believe that I first was told about John Denver 45 years ago a colleague at work said to me , you want to watch this guy he's on BBC 2 at 10 pm. I watched it was his second show of six, straight away I fell in love with his voice his songs . The following Sunday I watched again, I went out to buy a record an LP all vinyl in those days I was looking for the opening song of the show " Starwood in Aspen " I bought Rocky Mountain High . Since then I have bought many LPs " Whose Garden was this was the third I bought, and nowadays play John every day mostly at times when I feel alone, this guy change my life helped me cope with issues which hurt or I could not handle, but listening to Johns music has made me so content and happy,Thank you to all of you who send these clips in. I stroll have the LPs and lots of DVDs, CDs of this wonderful man who will always be a part of me

  14. Novella Maia

    I'd never heard this one before--and I have 16 albums, a couple of which are double. This piece is simply beautiful.

    Alan Sand

    Novella Maia This song is from 1969 Johns first Official album, although he did not write it...he made it his own/now ours

  15. Viola Tondern

    Lovely, and also lovely is Jim McCann`s version. Sadly, all of those wonderful singers are dead...

  16. Thecraftingcrew

    My old man had a rounder's soul.
    He'd hear an old freight train.
    Then he'd have to go.
    Said he'd been blessed with a gipsy bone.
    That's the reason they guessed
    He'd been cursed to roam.

     Came into town back before the war,
    Didn't even know what it was he was looking for.
    He carried a tattered bag for his violin.
    It was full of lots of songs
    Of places that he'd been.


     He talked real ea-sy had a smiling way.
    To pass along to you when his fiddle played.
    Making people drop their cares and woes.
    To hum out loud those tunes
    That his fiddle bowed.


     Till the people there began to join that sound.
    And everyone in town was laughing.
    Singing, dancing round.

     Like the fiddler's tune was all they heard that night.

     As if some dream said
     "All the world is right"



    His fiddler's eye caught one beauty there.
    She had that rollin' flowin'
    golden kind of hair he played for her as if she danced alone.
    He played his favorite songs.
    Ones he called his own.
    He played until she was the last to go.
    He stopped and packed his case
    And said he'd take her home.

     All the nights that passed a child was born.
    All the years that passed.
    That love would keep them warm.
    All their lives they'd share a dream come true.
    All because she danced
    while his fiddle tuned.

    My old man had a rounder's soul.
    He'd hear an old freight train.
    Then he'd have to go.
    All that I recall said when I was so young.
    No one else could really
    Sing those songs he sung.

    Doug Greeough

    Thecraftingcrew gypsy bone , thank you ♡

    Dave Herrin

    Thanks for this

  17. snowlodge1689

    Old man John Denver lyriic

  18. Keith Wigley

    Bring back or has it really gone ? Music from the soul? ummmm...? still might be here but the pace of life can't here it as well ? and this is ummmm...?.. progression?

  19. railroadguy100

    Great song

  20. M masassa

    My favorite song!! I love it!!

  21. Noel Conway

    Given that JJW is only in his early seventies , it gives one an insight to his creative mind. For many decades I presumed that 'My Old Man' and 'Mr Bojangles' had been written by a hobo who had been through the mill in the 1930s.  Please forgive me for appearing stereotypical but the incisiveness of his lyrics are so compelling that one could be forgiven for thinking that JJW was a Bo Diddley or someone of his stature. An extaordinary lyricist and an extraordinary musician. 

  22. Marion

    One of my top favorites delivered so well by John Denver... 
    ~Marion

    Noel Conway

    No , the song was written by Jerry Jeff  Walker a New York native . He lives in Texas and is still playing with his band. He also wrote Mr Bogangles ! Another iconic song that has been recorded by just about everybody. He is also on Facebook and Twitter if you want to check him out. By the way I'm just a huge fan of his !

    Marion

    Thank you

  23. Larry Garrett

    Excellent song. One of his very best ever. No one writes music like this anymore. Kind of a shame.

  24. msimacountrygirl

    Just heard this. Great song. Thanks