(By Delegates Gearheart, Householder, Ellington, Howell, Espinosa, Staggers, Overington, Manypenny, Sumner,

Moore and Paxton)

Designating "Take Me Home, Country Roads" written by John Denver, Taffy Nivert, and Bill Danoff and initially recorded by John Denver, an official state song of West Virginia.
     Whereas, There are currently three official West Virginia state songs, designated by House Concurrent Resolution No. 19, adopted February 28, 1963: "This is My West Virginia," "The West Virginia Hills," and "West Virginia, My Home Sweet Home;" and
     Whereas, "Take Me Home, Country Roads" has a pleasing and memorable tune and the lyrics are an apt poetic description of our landscape and heritage; and
     Whereas, "Take Me Home, Country Roads" was written in 1970 and released in 1971, was included on John Denver's breakout album "Poems, Prayers and Promises", and reached #2 as a single on the Unites States Billboard "Hot 100" chart; and
     Whereas, "Take Me Home, Country Roads" has remained a popular and oft-repeated song for the last forty years with words and a tune well known nationwide and easily sung by most West Virginians living both in and out of the state; and
     Whereas, "Take Me Home, Country Roads" is performed regularly at most important events within the state, such as the memorial service for Senator Robert C. Byrd, the dedication ceremony of Mountaineer Field, and the pregame and post game ceremonies at athletic events at West Virginia University; and
     Whereas, The lyrics to "Take Me Home, Country Roads" are often quoted by popular celebrities and political figures, such as former Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, when referring to our state; and
     Whereas, The song has been covered by artists from Ray Charles to Olivia Newton-John to the Hermes House Band to the Black Tartan Clan; and
     Whereas, The song is an international hit, evidenced by its status as one of the most popular tunes played at Munich's Octoberfest; and
     Whereas, "Take Me Home, Country Roads" is featured in award- winning films, such as the Japanese hit "Whispers in the Heart"; and
     Whereas, "Take Me Home, Country Roads" fosters a positive image of West Virginia to a national and international audience; therefore, be it
     Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
     That "Take Me Home, Country Roads," written by John Denver, Taffy Nivert and Bill Canoff be designated an official state song; and, be it
     Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates forward a certified copy of this resolution to the Governor of the State of West Virginia.