Darcy Farrow Lyrics - John Denver

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This song appears on four albums, and was first released on the Rocky Mountain High album, and it has also been released on the Changes album. A live version also appears on The Wildlife Concert and The Best of John Denver Live albums.

Where the walker runs down to the Carson Valley Plain
There lived a maiden, Darcy Farrow was her name
The daughter of old Dundee and a fair one was she
The sweetest flower that bloomed o’er the range

Her voice was as sweet as the sugar candy
Her touch was as soft as a bed of goose down
Her eyes shone bright like the pretty lights
That shine in the night out of Yerrington town

She was courted by Young Vandamere
A fine lad was he as I am to hear
He gave her silver rings and lacy things
And she promised to wed before the snows came that year
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But her pony did stumble and she did fall
Her dyin’ touched the hearts of us one and all
Young Vandy in his pain put a bullet through his brain
And we buried them together as the snows began to fall

They sing of Darcy Farrow where the Truckee runs through
They sing of her beauty in Virginia City too
At dusky sundown to her name they drink a round
And to young Vandy whose love was true

Words and music by Steve Gillette and Tom Campbell

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Darcy Farrow | Reviewer: Elizabeth Sabo | 5/19/10

It's a beautiful modern day folk ballad. It's now a classic, I believe.

The one error I found is that I think it's more appropriate to write "Walker" instead of "walker" because there is a Walker River in Nevada near the Carson Valley Plain.

a night that touched the hearts of us | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/26/10

i am just 17 but i love john songs.this song reminds me of a holiday a had with the boys and the girl of the parish of my town. We went for 4 days in a group of huts with some adults and our younger priest(we had 2 of them in my parish)in the mountains(i live in the alps). darcy farrow reminds me of a night when we went to a pasture near to a chapel to see the stars and the mountains covered with snow (it was during christmas holiday).i showed to a friend of mine, a girl, the name of the stars and i, she and everybody were very happy to see such wonderful things. I think we were all thanking God for all we had seen and lived in our lives. but i will never forget that while we was walkinfg on a path to go to see the stars i told that girl i could have never thought we could have become friends. she answered me that she also wanted to be my friend and we are still good friends. a greet from italy. Tommaso

a funny connection... | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/28/09

i grew up on john denver, who is 100% responsible for me singing to this very day. i knew this song from childhood, on my mom's scratched lp, which i have today. back in 99 i was in a crazy caravan of artists out to the nevada desert for that year's burningman festival. the wastleand started showing the signs that told me i was in the carson valley, on a plain, crossing the truckee river, signs directing me to virginia city and to yerrington. i swear that through my tears i could see darcy riding out there in the distance. i scanned the lanscape to discern just where it was that the hillside sloped just enough to make the walker stumble into a run... and i knew i was in the very cradle of this sweet sweet song....

I love this song | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/15/08

This is one of my favorite songs. After all of these years of hearing it, I decided to look up the lyrics and found that I was wrong about a number of the words. John Denver sang this song clearly but, the words can be misunderstood. Good bye John, too bad I won't see you in Heaven.

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