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Songs Written by Bill:

(Links take you to the Lyrics)

 

See also below song list, a list of Bill's Songs Recorded by Other Artists

Bill's Songs on Many Albums

 

Afternoon Delight

Ain't It the Fall

Akron

And You Tried So Hard

Angeline

Annie (Say It's Gonna Be Alright) 

Atlantis

Baby, What's Wrong With You (w/Taffy Nivert)

Baby, You Look Good To Me Tonight

Be Happy, Don't Worry (w/Gwen Davis)

Bird On The Chimney

Boulder to Birmingham

Buffalo

California Day

City Cat (w/Taffy Nivert Danoff)

Come On To Me

Dearest Esmeralda

Didn't I Try

Do You Believe

Don't Go To Oregon

Don't Look Down

Don't Say Forever

Easter Island (w/ J. Williams)

Everyman

Fallin' In A Deep Hole

Fly Away (w/ John Denver)

Flyin' Home To Nashville (w/Taffy Nivert)

Friends With You (w/Taffy Nivert)

Hail, Hail, Rock and Roll

How Lucky Can You Be

I Guess He'd Rather Be In Colorado (w/Taffy Nivert)

Janet From Another Planet (w/Taffy Nivert Danoff)

Late Nite Radio (w/Taffy Nivert)

Liberated Woman

Light of My Life

Locked In A Cage

Loving You With My Eyes (w/ Margot Kunkel)

Man Who Couldn't Get Away

Morning Go Away

 

Mr. Wrong

Nobody Can Take My Dreams From Me

Nobody Smiles Anymore

Norfolk

Not What We Promised To Be (w/Taffy Nivert)

O Mistress Mine (w/William Shakespeare)

Oooo

O, Say Can You See!

One Another (w/Gwen Davis)

Our Father

Pass It On (w/Taffy Nivert)

Please Daddy, Don't Get Drunk This Christmas

Please Ms. Newslady

Potter's Wheel

Prince of Peace

Prism

Readjustment Blues

Rear View Mirror

Reincarnation

Richard (w/Taffy Nivert)

Roll Over

Sally Anne

She Won't Let Me Fly Away

Some Sweet Day

St. Croix/Silent Night

Starland

Starting All Over Again

Take Me Home Country Roads

Thank You

The Fat City High School Fight Song

The Jesus Says Hello Tango

There's A Man In China

Too Long A Journey

War Surplus Baby

We Don't Live Here No More

Workingman's Day

Write Your Life

You Look Like A Memory (w/Taffy Nivert)

 

Songs Recorded by Other Artists:

 This list is incomplete.  See list of Albums (with links) below this list.

Song:

Artist Album Title and Year:

Take Me Home, Country Roads

John Denver

John Denver

John Denver

John Denver

John Denver

Poems, Prayers and Promises (1971)

John Denver's Greatest Hits (1974)

An Evening With John Denver (1975)

John Denver - Country Roads (1994)

John Denver - Love Again (1996)

I Guess He'd Rather Be In Colorado

John Denver

Poems, Prayers and Promises (1971)

Friends With You

John Denver

Aerie  (1972)

She Won't Let Me Fly Away

John Denver

Aerie  (1972)

Readjustment Blues

John Denver

Aerie  (1972)

We Don't Live Here No More

John Denver

Farewell Andromeda (1974)

Please Daddy, (Don't Get Drunk This Christmas)

John Denver

John Denver

Farewell Andromeda (1974)

Rocky Mountain Christmas (1975)

Late Nite Radio

John Denver

Windsong (1975)

Baby, You Look Good To Me Tonight

John Denver

Spirit (1976)

Nobody Can Take My Dream From Me

John Denver

Forever, John ()

Dearest Esmeralda

John Denver

I Want To Live (1977)

The Potter's Wheel

Mack Bailey

John Denver

On My Way (1985)

Different Directions (1991)

Boulder to Birmingham Emmylou Harris  

 

Bill's Songs on Many Albums:

 

101 Strings Orchestra 

 

Take Me Home Country Roads

Alan Jackson 

 

Honky Tonk Christmas

Betty Johnson/Lydia Gray 

 

Soft Lights & Sweet Music

Bill & Taffy 

 

Pass It On

Billy Vaughn & His Orchestra 

 

Play 22 of His Greatest Hits

Billy Vaughn & His Orchestra 

 

Plays the Music You Remember

Boots Randolph 

 

Country Boots

Bryan Bowers 

 

Friend for Life

Charlie McCoy 

 

Real McCoy

Dickey Lee 

 

Never Ending Song of Love

Disney 

 

Disney Travel Songs

Dolly Parton 

 

All I Can Do

Dolly Parton 

 

You Are

Doug & the Slugs 

 

Music for the Hard of Thinking

Doug & the Slugs 

 

Slugcology 101

Emmylou Harris 

 

Anthology: The Warner/Reprise Years

Emmylou Harris 

 

Pieces of the Sky

Emmylou Harris 

 

Pieces of the Sky [Bonus Tracks]

Emmylou Harris 

 

Portraits

Emmylou Harris 

 

Producer's Cut

Emmylou Harris 

 

Profile (The Best of Emmylou Harris)

Emmylou Harris 

 

Spyboy

Entertainers 

 

Beach Music/My Music

Erich Kunzel/Cincinatti Pops 

 

Down on the Farm

Fat City 

 

Welcome to Fat City

Frantic Flintstones 

 

Skin Up Chill Out

Freyda & Acoustic Atta Tude 

 

Midnight at Cabell Hall

Henson Cargill 

 

On the Road

Hermes House Band 

 

Album

Hillside Singers 

 

I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing [Me

Israel Kamakawiwo'ole 

 

Facing Future

James Last 

 

Country Roads

Jason & the Scorchers 

 

Blazing Grace

Jimmy Buffett 

 

Singers Songwriters and Ledgends

John Denver 

 

Aerie

John Denver 

 

Annie's Song

John Denver 

 

Best of John Denver [Cema]

John Denver 

 

Best of John Denver [Madacy]

John Denver 

 

Best of John Denver [RCA]

John Denver 

 

Best of John Denver Live

John Denver 

 

Best of John Denver, Vol. 2

John Denver 

 

Best of Rocky Mountain Collection

John Denver 

 

Calypso

John Denver 

 

Celebration of Life

John Denver 

 

Christmas in Concert

John Denver 

 

Collection [Empire Music]

John Denver 

 

Collection [Laserlight]

John Denver 

 

Collection [PMF]

John Denver 

 

Country Roads Collection

John Denver 

 

Country Roads: Greatest Hits

John Denver 

 

Country Roads: The Very Best of John De

John Denver 

 

Country Roads: The Very Best of John De

John Denver 

 

Country Roads: The Very Best of John De

John Denver 

 

Different Directions

John Denver 

 

Essential

John Denver 

 

Evening With John Denver [1993 CD Versi

John Denver 

 

Evening With John Denver [Expanded]

John Denver 

 

Evening With John Denver [Original LP]

John Denver 

 

Farewell Andromeda

John Denver 

 

Favourites

John Denver 

 

Forever John

John Denver 

 

Greatest Country Hits

John Denver 

 

Greatest Hits

John Denver 

 

Harbor Lights Concert

John Denver 

 

I Want to Live

John Denver 

 

Legendary John Denver

John Denver 

 

Legends

John Denver 

 

Live

John Denver 

 

Live at the Sydney Opera House [Import]

John Denver 

 

Live at the Sydney Opera House [RCA]

John Denver 

 

Live in London

John Denver 

 

Love Again: Greatest & Latest

John Denver 

 

Poems, Prayers & Promises

John Denver 

 

Reflections: Songs of Love & Life

John Denver 

 

Rocky Mountain Christmas

John Denver 

 

Rocky Mountain Collection

John Denver 

 

Seine Größten Erfolge

John Denver 

 

Sing Australia (In Concert)

John Denver 

 

Songs for America

John Denver 

 

Songs from the Heart

John Denver 

 

Spirit

John Denver 

 

Take Me Home Country Roads

John Denver 

 

Take Me Home, Country Roads & Other Hit

John Denver 

 

Take Me Home: 16 Great Songs

John Denver 

 

Two Different Directions: Greatest Hits

John Denver 

 

Ultimate Collection

John Denver 

 

Unplugged

John Denver 

 

Very Best of John Denver

John Denver 

 

VH-1 Behind the Music: The John Denver

John Denver 

 

Voice of America

John Denver 

 

Wereldsterren

John Denver 

 

Wildlife Concert

John Denver 

 

Windsong

John Denver 

 

Zijn Grootste Successen

Josh White, Jr. 

 

Josh White Jr.

Judy Collins 

 

Both Sides Now [Intersound]

Julian Dawson 

 

Live on the Radio

Karaoke 

 

Country Classics

Karaoke 

 

Gal Country Karaoke, Vol. 2

Karaoke 

 

Male Country Hits, Vol. 11 [#1]

Karaoke 

 

Party Tyme Karaoke: Country

Kate Campbell 

 

Twang on a Wire

Kazuhiro Inaba 

 

Dixie Dream

Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison 

 

Happy Holidays

Lawrence Welk 

 

22 Great Country Music Hits

Lena Martell 

 

One Day at a Time: An Anthology of Song

Loretta Lynn 

 

You're Lookin' at Country

Love Seed Mama Jump 

 

Love Seed Mama Jump

Lynn Anderson 

 

Good Times

Lynn Anderson 

 

How Can I Unlove You

Mack Bailey

 

On My Way

Mack Bailey

 

Just Another Thursday Night

Miki & Griff 

 

Best of Miki & Griff

Mulatto

 

Journey of Soul

Nat Stuckey 

 

Forgive Me for Calling You Darling

Olivia Newton-John 

 

48 Original Tracks

Olivia Newton-John 

 

Best Of

Olivia Newton-John 

 

Country Girl

Olivia Newton-John 

 

Crystal Lady

Olivia Newton-John 

 

Definitive Collection

Olivia Newton-John 

 

First Impressions

Olivia Newton-John 

 

Great

Olivia Newton-John 

 

Great Hits!: First Impressions

Olivia Newton-John 

 

Greatest Hits [EMI]

Olivia Newton-John 

 

Greatest Hits [MCA]

Olivia Newton-John 

 

Greatest Hits, Vol. 3

Olivia Newton-John 

 

Her Greatest Hits

Olivia Newton-John 

 

I Honestly Love You

Olivia Newton-John 

 

Let Me Be There

Olivia Newton-John 

 

Love Perfomance

Olivia Newton-John 

 

ONJ: Twin Best Now

Olivia Newton-John 

 

Super Best

Olivia Newton-John 

 

Take Me Home

Olivia Newton-John/John Farnham/A 

 

Highlights from the Main Event [Bonus T

Original Soundtrack 

 

Starsky & Hutch

Original Soundtrack 

 

Take Me Home: The John Denver Story

Osborne Brothers 

 

1968-1974

Pete Huttlinger & Chris Nole 

 

Colors in Time, Vol. 2

Ray Charles 

 

Complete Country & Western Recordings 1

Ray Charles 

 

Ray Charles Sings for America

Rod McKuen 

 

Greatest Hits Collection

Rod McKuen 

 

Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 [Bonus Tracks]

Roy Acuff 

 

Smokey Mountain Memories

Skeeter Davis 

 

Bring It On Home

Starland Vocal Band 

 

Afternoon Delight: The Best of the Star

Starland Vocal Band 

 

Late Night Radio

Starland Vocal Band 

 

Rear View Mirror

Starland Vocal Band 

 

Starland Vocal Band

Ted Hawkins 

 

Love You Most of All: More Songs from V

Ted Hawkins 

 

On the Boardwalk

Ted Hawkins 

 

Unstoppable Ted Hawkins

The Broadway Kids 

 

Sing America

The Country Gentlemen 

 

Award Winning Country Gentlemen

The Country Gentlemen 

 

Early Rebel Recordings 1962-1971

The Country Gentlemen 

 

Live in Japan

The Hollies 

 

Crazy Steal

The Hollies 

 

Greatest Hits [EMI]

The Hollies 

 

Orchestral Heaven

The Hollies 

 

Write On

The Speedos 

 

It's Only Rock and Roll

The Statler Brothers 

 

Innerview

The Stompers 

 

One Heart for Sale

The W's 

 

Trouble with X

Tom Rush 

 

Live at Symphony Hall, Boston

Toots & the Maytals 

 

20th Century Masters - The Millennium C

Toots & the Maytals 

 

54-46 Was My Number: Anthology, 1964-20

Toots & the Maytals 

 

Broadway Jungle: The Best of Toots & th

Toots & the Maytals 

 

Funky Kingston

Toots & the Maytals 

 

Funky Kingston/In the Dark

Toots & the Maytals 

 

Hour Live

Toots & the Maytals 

 

In the Dark

Toots & the Maytals 

 

Live in London

Toots & the Maytals 

 

Pressure Drop: The Best of Toots & the

Toots & the Maytals 

 

Reggae Greats

Toots & the Maytals 

 

Sweet and Dandy: The Best of Toots & th

Toots & the Maytals 

 

Time Tough: The Anthology

Toots & the Maytals 

 

Very Best of Toots & the Maytals [Music

Various Artists 

 

25 Years of Stony Plain

Various Artists 

 

70 Number One Hits of the 70s, Vol. 1

Various Artists 

 

70 Number One Hits of the 70s, Vols. 1-

Various Artists 

 

70's Flashback

Various Artists 

 

70's Love Songs

Various Artists 

 

70's Party Classics

Various Artists 

 

Afternoon Delight [Delta]

Various Artists 

 

All the Best from Scotland, Vol. 3

Various Artists 

 

AM Gold: Radio Gems

Various Artists 

 

Best Country Ballads in the World Ever

Various Artists 

 

Best of Chartmix 2001

Various Artists 

 

Best of Country [Deuce]

Various Artists 

 

Best of Country [Madacy 1995]

Various Artists 

 

Best Of Country [Premium]

Various Artists 

 

Best Pop Album of the 70's...Ever!

Various Artists 

 

Brand New Second Hand

Various Artists 

 

Breathing Fire

Various Artists 

 

Celebrate America [Gateway]

Various Artists 

 

Colors in Time, Vol. 2: Musical Memorie

Various Artists 

 

Country & Western Greatest Hits

Various Artists 

 

Country Gems

Various Artists 

 

Country Roads: 20 Driving Country Class

Various Artists 

 

Dome, Vol. 19

Various Artists 

 

Entertainment Weekly: The Greatest Hits

Various Artists 

 

Goodtimes in Country Music, Vol. 8

Various Artists 

 

Happy Baby Series: Country for Babies

Various Artists 

 

Have a Nice Decade: The 70s Pop Culture

Various Artists 

 

Highlights from the Main Event

Various Artists 

 

Highway Rock: Dancing in the Moonlight

Various Artists 

 

History of Country Music: Best of the '

Various Artists 

 

Holiday Non Stop Euro Pop

Various Artists 

 

House on Fire

Various Artists 

 

Jazz Perspectives

Various Artists 

 

Just the Best 2001, Vol. 4

Various Artists 

 

Listen to the Music: '70s Females Singe

Various Artists 

 

Love Rocks, Vol. 4: Songs of Love

Various Artists 

 

Made in America [Delta #1]

Various Artists 

 

Made in America [Delta #2]

Various Artists 

 

Made in America: Essential Folk

Various Artists 

 

Mellow Rock Classics [#1]

Various Artists 

 

Mellow Rock Classics [#2]

Various Artists 

 

Minneapolis Does Denver: Tribute to Joh

Various Artists 

 

New! Pepsi Chart Album 2002

Various Artists 

 

Nick at Nite: Patio Pool Party

Various Artists 

 

President's Greatest Hits

Various Artists 

 

Pretty Girls, Everywhere: Beach Classic

Various Artists 

 

Punk Chartbusters, Vol. 1

Various Artists 

 

Punk Chartbusters, Vol. 1-2

Various Artists 

 

Remember the 70's

Various Artists 

 

Rock of the Seventies

Various Artists 

 

Rock'n Roll Relix 1976-1977

Various Artists 

 

Rock'n Roll Relix: Five Volume Collecti

Various Artists 

 

Rocky Mountain High: A Tribute to John

Various Artists 

 

Rocky Mountain Suite: The Music Of John

Various Artists 

 

Rules of Attraction

Various Artists 

 

RV Songs: Life on the American Road

Various Artists 

 

Sea-Side Wurlitzer

Various Artists 

 

Shagadelic Hits

Various Artists 

 

Shaggers Beach Music Favorites, Vol. 2

Various Artists 

 

Sing America

Various Artists 

 

Singers & Songwriters: 1970-1971

Various Artists 

 

Singers & Songwriters: Late '70s

Various Artists 

 

Snoopy's Classiks on Toys: Sing-A-Long

Various Artists 

 

Snoopy's Classiks: Sing-A-Long

Various Artists 

 

Sounds of Scotland

Various Artists 

 

Suddenly '70s

Various Artists 

 

Sunshine 2001

Various Artists 

 

Super Hits of the '70s: Have a Nice Day

Various Artists 

 

Super Slab Hits

Various Artists 

 

Survival of the Fattest

Various Artists 

 

Take Me Home Country Road

Various Artists 

 

This Is Reggae [Big Eye]

Various Artists 

 

This Is Reggae Music, Vol. 5

Various Artists 

 

This Is Reggae: Crucial Tracks [1998]

Various Artists 

 

This Is Reggae: Crucial Tracks [1999]

Various Artists 

 

Thundering Banjos of Bluegrass

Various Artists 

 

Trojan Story, Vol. 1

Various Artists 

 

Truckin' On [Starday]

Various Artists 

 

Ultimate Power of Songwriters

Various Artists 

 

Very Best of Country Radio

Various Artists 

 

VH-1 8-Track Flashback: The One-Hit Won

Various Artists 

 

Voll Abger Umt Die Party K

Various Artists 

 

Women & Songs [Madacy]

Various Artists 

 

World of Truckers

Victor Wood 

 

Victor Wood Sings Old Time Favorites

Western Union 

 

Country & Truckerhits

Wyclef Jean 

  It Doesn't Matter [CD Single]  
 

Source:  AMG All Music Guide - Song List with active links

Biography part  AMG

Afternoon Delight

 

Gonna find my baby, gonna hold her tight
Gonna grab some afternoon delight
My motto's always been 'when it's right, it's right'
Why wait until the middle of a cold dark night?
When everything's a little clearer in the light of day
And we know the night is always gonna be there any way.

Thinkin' of you's workin' up my appetite
Looking forward to a little afternoon delight
Rubbin' sticks and stones together makes the sparks ignite
And the thought of rubbin' you is getting so exciting
Sky rockets in flight
Afternoon delight
Afternoon delight
Afternoon delight

Started out this morning feeling so polite
I always though a fish could not be caught who wouldn't bite
But you've got some bait a waitin' and I think I might

Try nibbling a little afternoon delight
Sky rockets in flight
Afternoon delight
Afternoon delight
Afternoon delight

Please be waiting for me, baby, when I come around
We could make a lot of lovin' 'for the sun goes down

Thinkin' of you's workin' up my appetite
Looking forward to a little afternoon delight
Rubbin' sticks and stones together makes the sparks ignite
And the thought of rubbin' you is getting so exciting
Sky rockets in flight
Afternoon delight
Afternoon delight
Afternoon delight

Afternoon delight!

 

(The title derived from a menu at Clyde's Restaurant on M Street in Georgetown in Washington, DC.  The Grammy Plaque still hangs in the restaurant.  It is just down the street from where "The Cellar Door" was located, famous for hosting numerous folk stars of day.  It is where Bill worked behind the scenes before playing there with Taffy Nivert and meeting John Denver when he headlined there.)

Baby You Look Good To Me Tonight
 

I've been out on this highway now five days in a row
My words all run together and my feet are movin' slow
I've got to stop and eat while it's still light
There's a local angel sittin' on my right
Do you believe in love at first sight?
Baby, you look good to me tonight

Well I'm ordinarily very shy
And I'd be polite if I had the time
Baby, you look good to me tonight

Tomorrow I'll be good and gone
Please don't make me wait that long
Baby, you look good to me tonight
"I get off at eleven," she said and walked away
She poured a cup of coffee and she brought it on a tray
She said, "It would be nice if you could stay,
You're the best idea I've had all day,
Usually I put up a fight
But baby, you look good to me tonight"

Well I'm ordinarily very shy
But I grinned at her as I ate my pie
Said, baby, you look good to me tonight

I thought I must be in a dream
When she asked me if I wanted cream
Baby, you look good to me tonight


All in all you know it's not a bad life on the road
If you've got wheels to roll and lucky stars above
Your destiny's your own, you go as far as you can go
And if there's time to sleep
There's time to make love

 

I came I saw I conquered and I rode off in the sun
But I know the look she left me with keeps telling me she won
Her face is the only thing I see
Whispering these words of prophecy:
"Well, I may come easy but I don't come free
You're never gonna see the last of me"
Baby, you look good to me.


I was born to love you now can't you see
Baby, you look good to me tonight

Well, I'm ordinarily very shy
But I take the time to satisfy
Baby, you look good to me tonight
Baby, you look good to me tonight.

 

Dearest Esmeralda

 

Dearest Esmeralda, in another age
Antiques would be modern, we would be the rage
Silk would be in fashion, we would dress in lace
Love would be the passion and the saving grace

I slept one rainy night with you in Paris
Made up for a thousand wasted years
Dearest Esmeralda, you are magic
I close my eyes and you make love appear

Dancing in the shimmer of a crystal chandelier
Shadows singing so low only we could hear
Moving to the glimmer, shaking to the storm
Outside it was raging, but inside it was warm

We said goodnight in the candlelight and thunder
Now I wake and find you're never there
I'm becoming old enough to wonder
Happy that I'm still too young to care

Masterpieces crumble, empires tumble down
Refugees and fantasies go underground
Romance lasts forever, love don't fade away
They may take our future, but they don't stop yesterday

Cause somewhere in the cloudy skies of Paris
we were part of some artists design
Dearest Esmeralda, you are magic
In the gray around me how you shine

Oh oh, how you shine.

 

Friends With You

 

What a friend we have in time
Gives us children, makes us wine
Tells us what to take or leave behind

And the gifts of growing old
Are the stories to be told
Of the feelings more precious than gold

Friends I will remember you,

Think of you, pray for you
And when another day is through
I'll still be friends with you

Babies' days are never long
Mother's laugh is baby's song
Gives us all the hope to carry on.


Friends I will remember you,

Think of you, pray for you
And when another day is through
I'll still be friends with you

Friends I will remember you,
Think of you, pray for you
And when another day is through
I'll still be Friends with You

Friends I will remember you,
Think of you, pray for you
And when another day is through
I'll still be Friends with You.

 

Boulder to Birmingham

(Emmylou Harris/Bill Danoff)

I don't want to hear a love song
I got on this airplane just to fly
And I know there's life below
But all that it can show me
Is the prairie and the sky

And I don't want to hear a sad story
Full of heartbreak and desire
The last time I felt like this
It was in the wilderness and the canyon was on fire
And I stood on the mountain in the night and I watched it burn
I watched it burn, I watched it burn.

I would rock my soul in the bosom of Abraham
I would hold my life in his saving grace.
I would walk all the way from boulder to Birmingham
If I thought I could see, I could see your face.

Well you really got me this time
And the hardest part is knowing I'll survive.
I have come to listen for the sound
Of the trucks as they move down
Out on ninety five
And pretend that it's the ocean
Coming down to wash me clean, to wash me clean
Baby do you know what I mean

I would rock my soul in the bosom of Abraham
I would hold my life in his saving grace.
I would walk all the way from boulder to Birmingham
If I thought I could see, I could see your face.

 


I Guess He’d Rather Be in Colorado
Word and music by Bill Danoff and Taffy Nivert

I guess he’d rather be in Colorado
He’d rather spend his time out where the sky looks like a pearl after the rain
Once again to see him walkin’
Once again to hear him talkin’
To the stars he makes and askin’ them for bus fares.


I guess he’d rather be in Colorado
He’d rather play his banjo in the morning when the moon is scarcely gone
In the dawn the subway’s comin’
In the dawn I hear him comin’
Some old song he wrote of love in boulder canyon


Guess he’d rather be in Colorado


Guess he’d rather be in Colorado
Guess he’d rather work out where the only thing you earn is what you spend
In the end I’m in his office
In the end a quiet cough is all he has to show
He lives in New York city

 

Late Nite Radio

Words and Music by Bill and Taffy Danoff

 

There's lonely hearts in Arkansas
There's truckers in Des Moines
All there to keep me company in the early morn
A world unknown to daytime
Is forever going on
The airwaves of the nation
Between midnight and the dawn

Late night radio
Take it everywhere I go
My best friend when I'm lonely
Is my late night radio

Well I turn the dial
A little bit past one-o-one point two
In time to catch the news
And see who's shooting who
Then I hunt around for old songs
They're so good to hear again
To think of how it was
Imagine how it might have been

Late night radio
Take it everywhere I go
My best friend when I'm lonely
Is my late night radio

La La La I sing along
Cause I never know the words
La La La La La La La La
Id love to call a talk show
But I haven't got the nerve
La La La Oh Oh Oh radio

The Lord is still my shepherd
But these preachers got to go
This time of night my interest
Lies in U.F.O.s
So I turn the dial a little
Past fifty-six point three
To find myself a lullaby
To rock me off to sleep

Late night radio
Take it everywhere I go
My best friend when I'm lonely
Is my late night radio

Late night radio
Take it everywhere I go
My best friend when I'm lonely
Is my late night radio
 

Please Daddy (Don't Get Drunk This Christmas)

Words and music by Bill Danoff and Taffy Nivert

 

Please Daddy, don't get drunk this Christmas
I don't wanna see my Mamma cry
Please Daddy, don't get drunk this Christmas
I don't wanna see my Mamma cry

Just last year when I was only seven
And now I'm almost eight as you can see
You came home at a quarter past eleven
Fell down underneath our Christmas tree

Please Daddy, don't get drunk this Christmas
I don't wanna see my Mamma cry
Please Daddy, don't get drunk this Christmas
I don't wanna see my Mamma cry

Mamma smiled and looked outside the window
She told me son, you better go upstairs
Then you laughed and hollered Merry Christmas
I turned around and saw my Mamma's tears

Please Daddy, don't get drunk this Christmas
I don't wanna see my Mamma cry
Please Daddy, don't get drunk this Christmas
I don't wanna see my Mamma cry
No, I don't wanna see my Mamma cry
 

Potter's Wheel

Words and Music by Bill Danoff

 

The world is fast becoming younger;
The news is all they've ever known.
They've seen the wars, the hurt, the hunger.
How will they choose when they are grown?

What do you tell forever's children
When it's their turn to hurt and heal?
Whatever spins a grim tornado
Can also turn a potters wheel.

Take a little clay, Put it on a wheel
Get a little hint how God must feel.
Give a little turn, Listen to a spin,
Make it into the shape you want it in.

Tell with your life the bloody story,
Teach to their dreams, not burning steel.
It's not in bombs where lies the glory,
But in what's shattered on the field.

The potters wheel takes love and caring,
Skill and patience fast and slow.
The works it makes are easily broken,
Once they survive the potters throw.

Take a little clay, put it on a wheel;
Get a little hint how God must feel.
Give a little turn, listen to it spin;
Make it into the shape you want it in.

Some day some children will be digging
In some long forgotten ground.
And they'll find our civilization
Or what's left of it to be found.

They'll find the weapons of destruction.
But buried deeper in the hole,
They'll find a message and a promise,
In the sand, the potters bowl.

Take a little clay, put it on a wheel,
Get a little hint how God must feel.
Give a little turn, listen to a spin,
Make it into the shape you want it in.

Earth and fire and wind conspire,
With human hands, and love, and fire.
 

Take a little clay, put it on a wheel,
Get a little hint how God must feel.
Give a little turn, listen to a spin,
Make it into the shape you want it in.
 

 

 

Readjustment Blues
Bill Danoff
 

Just out of the infantry this morning, I had to pay my dues across the sea.
No one back in boot camp ever warned me what the readjustment blues would do to me.
"Welcome to Havana", said the pilot. “We must have made a wrong turn on the way.
Let's buy some cigars and keep it quiet, if they don't know we're here we'll get away."


Just as I had realized he was joking, I saw we were in Washington D.C.
'Cause there was all the patriotic buildings, just like I had seen them on TV.
It must have been a holiday, 'cause there was this parade.
People carried signs, I couldn't read, that they had made.

'Till I got closer and my heart fell to my socks,
There was a battle raging and the air was filled with teargas and rocks.
 

There was the flag I'd fought against so often, the one I fought for hanging upside down.
The wind was blowing hard, the dirt was flying, it made the city sky look dark and brown.
I saw a girl, she could have been my sister, except her hair was long and in her face.
She explained this was a demonstration against the war and for the human race.


Now, I've seen a lot of strange things in my travels. Cannibals, yes, and aliens galore.
But I never thought I'd see so many people saying, “we don't want your war!”

The troops all had on uniforms just like the one I'd worn,

But they were all domestic and my duty chose war.

They carried guns just like the ones across the sea,
Except this time, I was the citizen, and they were pointing their guns at me.

Yes, I was just a citizen, and I was walking down the street,
And it was just that night, the readjustment blues got through to me.

l

 

 

Take Me Home Country Roads
Bill Danoff/Taffy Nivert/John Denver
 

Almost heaven west Virginia
Blue Ridge Mountains Shenandoah river
Life is old there older than the trees
Younger than the mountains blowin' like a breeze

Country roads take me home
To the place I belong
West Virginia mountain momma
Take me home country roads

All my memories gather round her
Miner's lady stranger to blue water
Dark and dusty painted on the sky
Misty taste of moonshine teardrop in my eyes

Country roads take me home
To the place I belong
West Virginia mountain momma
Take me home country roads

I hear a voice in the morning how she calls me
The radio reminds me of my home far away
Drivin' down the road I get a feelin'
That I should been home yesterday, yesterday

Country roads take me home
To the place I belong
West Virginia mountain momma
Take me home country roads

Country roads take me home
To the place I belong
West Virginia mountain momma
Take me home country roads
Take me home country roads
Take me home country roads

 

John Denver had a week-long concert engagement at the Cellar Door in Georgetown during the last week of December, 1970.  After the concert on the 29th, John, wife Annie, Kris and Bonnie O'Connor joined Bill and Taffy in a late-night song-writing session back at the Danoff's basement apartment.  Bill and Taffy sang an incomplete version of this song, using a verse that was later discarded in the early hours of the next morning.  John loved the song, helped them finish the last verse and the bridge, and wanted the three of them to record it on his album "Poems, Prayers and Promises" which was almost completed. They debuted the new song later that night on December 30, 1970, at the Cellar Door to cheering crowds.

 

However, Bill saved that discarded verse;  it was:

 

In the foothills hidin' from the clouds,

Pink and purple, West Virginia farmhouse.

Naked ladies, men who looked like Christ,

And a dog named Pancho, nibbling on the rice.

 

D.C. restaurateur and Grammy-winning songwriter Danoff expressed his own view of the state two decades ago, in what became West Virginia's unofficial anthem, "Take Me Home, Country Roads." Though he had yet to set foot in the state when he, Taffy Nivert (his wife at the time) and John Denver co-wrote the song in 1971, he said years later "it's everything I ever said it was."

 

 

We Don't Live Here No More

 

Make believe your on a boat with no water around.
Picture yourself at a circus, without any clowns.
Pretend that you're on a highway, without any end.

Then empty the ashtray,
Sweep up the floor,
Put a lock on your door.
If somebody calls in the morning,
Just say we don't live here no more.

Draw me a picture of an island without any seas.
Show me a map of the whole world without boundaries.
Build me a home without windows or doors to go in.

Then empty the ashtray,
Sweep up the floor,
Put a lock on your door.
If somebody calls in the morning,
Just say we don't live here no more.

Dream of a time when the tides ebbing now rise again.
Then you will know that to die is not really to end.
Living and dieing are both your most intimate friends.

So empty the ashtray,
Sweep up the floor,
Put a lock on your door.
If somebody calls in the morning,
Just say we don't live here no more.

If somebody calls in the morning,

Just say we don't live here no more.

 

The Cicada Song

Bill, accompanied by daughter Lucy, debuted this song at the "Viva Vienna" Festival, May 30, 2004

(For those of you not living in the mid-Atlantic area, there are a type of Cicada that appear only every 17 years, but when they are above ground, mating, the males make a terribly loud buzzing sound.)

Someday I‘ll wake up and the day will be so quiet.
I can’t take it,
I know it,
I’ll hear the airplanes and the lawnmowers and
Occasional riot.
You know it.

But that alien sound, crawlin’ up from the ground---
Those slow low-flying, red-eye, high in protein treats won’t be around.

     I’m gonna miss the cicadas
     When they’re gone, for so long.
     I’m gonna miss the cicadas
     When they’re gone,
     Underground.

I’m going to miss these days of snacking on my way to work.
So easy,
So easy.
Just have to pick one off your shirt and pop it in your mouth.
It’s easy,
Not greasy.

They come up to get dates, and find out too late.
That one “not tonight, dear” is
Seventeen long years.
What kind way is that to live?  Hey,

     I’m gonna miss the cicadas
     When they’re gone, for so long.
     I’m gonna miss the cicadas
     When they’re gone,
     Underground.

© Bill Danoff 2004

 

 

Photos by Mary Ledford

 

 

 

 

 

 

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