I grew up on John Denver music since my parents owned some of his records and this was one of his later songs I was enamoured with. Denver wrote this for his Australian wife Cassandra Delaney who he met in a bar when he went out with friends. He wrote For You in 1986 and debuted it on his tour that year. The song always got tremendous ovations and there were times John actually stopped singing to let the applause die down.
Just to look in your eyes again
Just to lay in your arms
Just to be the first one always there for you
Just to live in your laughter
Just to sing in your heart
Just to be everyone of your dreams come true
The song was released on Denver’s 20th studio album Higher Ground. Unlike the rest of the album (done in Colorado), For You was recorded in Sydney. Denver married Delaney in 88, but they divorced in 93 and it wasn’t a pretty time for both parties. Delaney alleged it was due to Denver’s alcoholism and Denver said, “..she managed to make a fool of me from one end of the valley to the other“.
Denver began his music career with folk music groups during the late 1960s. Starting in the 1970s, he was one of the most popular acoustic artists of the decade and one of its best-selling artists. Denver died on October 12, 1997, when his light homebuilt aircraft, crashed into Monterey Bay, California.
Beyond music, Denver’s artistic interests included painting, but because of his limiting schedule he pursued photography, saying once, “photography is a way to communicate a feeling“. Denver was also an avid skier and golfer, but his principal interest was in flying.
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