Matthew Lyrics - John Denver



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Had an uncle named Matthew
Was his fathers only boy
Born just south of Colby, Kansas
Was his mothers pride and joy

Yes, and joy was just the thing that he was raised on
Love was just the way to live and die
Gold was just a windy Kansas wheatfield
Blue, just a Kansas summer sky

All the stories that he told me
Back when I was just a lad
All the memories that he gave me
All the good times that he had

Growing up a Kansas farmboy
Life was mostly having fun
Riding on his Daddys shoulders
Behind a mule beneath the sun

Yes, and joy was just the thing that he was raised on
Love was just the way to live and die
Gold was just a windy Kansas wheatfield
Blue is just a Kansas summer sky

Well, I guess there were some hard times
And I'm told some years were lean
They had a storm in forty-seven
A twister came and stripped them clean

He lost the farm and lost his family
He lost the wheat and lost his home
But he found the family Bible
Faith as solid as a stone

Yes, and joy was just the thing that he was raised on
Love was just the way to live and die
Gold was just a windy Kansas wheatfield
Blue, just a Kansas summer sky

So he came to live at our house
And he came to work the land
He came to ease my Daddys burden
And he came to be my friend

So, I wrote this down for Matthew
And it's for him the song is sung
Riding on his Daddy's shoulders
Behind a Mule beneath the sun

Yes, and joy was just the thing that he was raised on
Love was just the way to live and die
Gold was just a windy Kansas wheatfield
Blue,was just a Kansas summer sky

Yes, and joy was just the thing that he was raised on
Love was just the way to live and die
Gold was just a windy Kansas wheatfield
Blue, just a Kansas summer sky

Words and music by John Denver's Uncle Dean




Writer: DENVER, JOHN / DENVER, JOHN
Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC



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THE SAD SIDE OF ALCOHOL | Reviewer: Bart Eben | 1/15/14

i HAVE KNOWN MANY "BRILLIENT ALCOHOLICS IN MY LIFE, AND SEEN THEIR LIVES DESTROYED BY THIS DRUG.IT WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN THE LIFE AND DIVORCE OF THIS BRILLIENT MAN,I AM NOT MAKING EXCUSES FOR HIS DRINKING,(HE WAS AN ALCOHOLIC) AND THEY SAY AND DO MANY THINGS THEY WOULD NEVER SAY WHEN SOBER. HAVING LIVED WITH AN ALCOHOLIC,I WOULD BET HE WAS DRUNK WHEN THE ABUSE HAPPENED THAT'S JUST THE WAY THEY ARE.
JOHN DENVER HAD THE CLEAREST VOICE I HAVE EVER HEARD, WHICH LENDS ITSELF PERFECTLY TO BALADS, YOU NEVER HAVE TO GUESS WHAT HE IS SINGING ABOUT!HIS UN-TIMELY DEATH WAS A HARD THING FOR ME TO GET OVER, HE HAD A LOVE FOR THIS EARTH AS I HAVE--AND HE WAS NOT AFRAID TO SING ABOUT HOW HE FELT ABOUT THIS LOVE ,AND THE WILDLIFE WE SHARE THIS PLANET WITH- - AND THAT'S WHAT I LOVE ABOUT HIS MUSIC. IF YOU HAVE NEVER HEARD "JOHN DENVERS WILDLIFE CONCERT", YOU NEED TO BUY IT, IT IS FANTASTIC !(DVD)

Answer to question about uncle | Reviewer: Forestchild | 7/13/13

Everything Hometown Boy said is correct. John did write the song for his Uncle Dean, but the song isn't intended to be the literal truth about his uncle's life. It's a story song with the main character based on his uncle. In fact, as far as I know, none of the incidents in the song happened to John's uncle, but I could be wrong there.
John tells all about his uncle in his autobiography and used to speak of Uncle Dean at his concerts when he sang the song.

As regards being abusive towards his wife he was never physically abusive, both of his wives have said this. There was some verbal abuse during his second marriage and a few episodes when he was drunk. No one's perfect.

Just a question here.... | Reviewer: anonymous | 6/16/13

To the reviewer "Hometown Boy" who posted "This song was written by John Denver as a tribute to his uncle, Aaron Dean Deutschendorf."

It is easily found that John Denver's true name was Deutschendorf; however, I question your post. If the man in question was his father's only boy and is also JD's uncle does he not by default be a relative on John's MOTHER'S side? She is not a Deutschendorf. I suppose that he could've been married to his father's sister, but then again, Matthew/Aaron would not have been a Deutschendorf.

Your post is written as if you knew him personally and were with Aaron and John. Were you? This is asked legitimately; not attacking. I'm only trying to understand the relations.

Beautiful lyrics about life. 11/3/12 | Reviewer: Sam Adams | 10/27/12

The things I like and appreciate most about John Denver's music is that most of his songs tell a story about life. Grandma's Feather Bed, Country Road, Back Home Again, and so many more including my favorite, Matthew. Matthew stikes a cord in everyone's life who has ever faced any adversity and over came it through their faith in God almighty. I find myself humming and singing this song all the time because it's so beautiful. It was a shame we lost such a talented singer and song writter so young; I miss him.

Acknowledgement of Writer | Reviewer: Hometown Boy | 2/14/12

This song was written by John Denver as a tribute to his uncle, Aaron Dean Deutschendorf. They worked together on a wheat harvesting crew in the summer of 1960, just months before Dean's death in a car accident. They cut wheat near Colby, Kansas, among other locations. Although raised on a farm in Oklahoma, Dean had that sense of joy and a love for fun that John wrote about.

Is this song OK for dogs? | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/24/11

I have always enjoyed this number. It reminds me of my son Gerald. I had wanted to name him Matthew, but his domineering father would not allow it. Recently, however, while listening to the song our pet chihuahua Toodles had a violent reaction and I can't help but think that all the vomiting and seizures were caused by the music. Has anyone else had this happen? My vet told me this was impossible, but I'm not so sure. I have heard that JD was abusive towards his wife and I think Toodles can sense that. I mean, sure he wrote some decent songs, but is that truly the measure of a man? Not as far as Toodles is concerned. And I'm inclined to agree.

One of my favorite songs of all time | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/20/11

I am a 67 year old grandma, but of all the songs I've heard in my life, "Matthew" is one of my very favorite. The guitars are fabulous, the tune and lyrics to the song very meaningful. I LOVE THIS SONG and play it over and over without stopping.

Triumph of faith over disaster | Reviewer: Peter Overton | 11/13/08

Until now I had not realised that this song was written by John Denver's uncle Dean. It is really one of the most poignant of all JD's songs. For anyone with their roots in farming and the soil, this sad but triumphant ballad strikes to the very heart. I have met people like Uncle Matthew in communities all over the world - people whose religious outlook on life, and enjoyment of simple pleasures, form the bedrock of our civilisation. Anyone who thinks they are more important than the next man, sophisticated, above the crowd, then sing this song and remember that no prince, king or president can rise above the lowliest amongst us when faced with great adversity. A beautiful simple ballad and one of the best amongst many fine songs produced by JD



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