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Waxing Moronic: 10 Wrong Facts From Song Lyrics


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'Take Me Home, Country Roads' by John Denver
They're gorgeous, but they're not really in West Virginia. iStockphoto/Thinkstock
They're gorgeous, but they're not really in West Virginia. iStockphoto/Thinkstock

In John Denver's ode to West Virginia, he sings plaintively of the Blue Ridge Mountains, conjuring the image of the peaks looming into the state. While aware that it might bring the ire of the entire population of West Virginia, the truth is that the Blue Ridge Mountains are almost entirely out of the state. The Blue Ridge Mountains just hit the eastern tip of West Virginia.

To be fair, Denver and his co-writer penned the song on a road trip, and thus the paean could be seen more as an appreciation of the area instead of an accurate cartography lesson. And consider the source: Denver himself was actually born Henry John Deutschendorf Jr. and adopted the name Denver simply because he liked Colorado. Perhaps geography wasn't too sacred to Mr. Denver.