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“Rocky Mountain High” now 2nd [Colorado] state song

John Denver’s 1970s ballad gets OK as second state song

By Jennifer Brown
Denver Post Staff Writer


“Rocky Mountain High,” the John Denver ballad unofficially thought of for decades as Colorado’s state song, was elevated to that status Monday by Capitol lawmakers. The 1972 tune about Colorado’s “cathedral mountains,” starlight and clear blue lakes now shares the spot with “Where the Columbines Grow,” adopted in 1915. “If I had any hair, I’d part it in the middle and say, ‘Far out!”‘ said Sen. Steve Ward, R-Littleton, after the Senate listened to a recording of the song from the Sydney Opera House in Australia. “Whew. Thank God you don’t have any hair,” quipped Senate President Joan Fitz-Gerald, who was tapping her black pumps and moving her head to the music. “You haven’t lived until you’ve seen a thunderstorm at 9,200 feet,” said Fitz-Gerald, a Jefferson County Democrat, commenting on the line: “I’ve seen it rainin’ fire in the sky.”


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