Take Me Home Country Roads
Toots and The Maytals Lyrics


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Almost heaven, West Jamaica
True ridge mountains
Shining down the river
All my friends there
Older than those ridge
Younger than the mountains
Blowin' like a breeze

Country roads take me home
To the place I belong
West Jamaica, my ol' mama
Take me home country roads

I heard her voice
In the mornin' hour she calls me
Said "Son you remind me of my home far away"
Drivin' down the road I feel a sickness, I sure did
Oh yesterday, yesterday

All my memories, all gathered 'round her
My my lady swingin' through the water (water)
Dark and dusty painted on the sky
Misty taste of moonshine
Tears fall out my eyes

Country roads take me home
To the place I belong
West Jamaica, my my my my my my mama
Won't you take me go home country roads
Oh I like that, me too

Country roads take me home
To the place I belong
West Jamaica, my my my my my my mama
Won't you take me go home country roads
Go, get ahead together

Country roads take me home
To the place I belong




West Jamaica, my my my my my my mama
Won't you take me go home country roads

Overall Meaning

Toots and The Maytals’s song Take Me Home Country Roads is a reggae interpretation of John Denver’s original song, which is a tribute to the beauty of West Virginia. In this version, Toots and The Maytals use the same melody and chorus but alter the lyrics to describe West Jamaica. The song starts with the lyrics “Almost heaven, West Jamaica” which is a play on the original lyrics, “Almost heaven, West Virginia.” By changing the location to Jamaica, Toots and The Maytals pay tribute to their own homeland.


They continue to describe the “true ridge mountains” which are shining down the river, with all their friends older than the ridge and younger than the mountains. These lyrics convey a sense of community and happiness. The chorus “Country roads take me home to the place I belong, West Jamaica, my ol’ mama” implies that Jamaica is home and the place where they belong. The lyrics also make a reference to nostalgia with the lines “All my memories all gathered round her, my my lady swingin' through the water, dark and dusty painted on the sky, misty taste of moonshine, tears fall out my eyes,” which convey memories of good times with loved ones.


Line by Line Meaning

Almost heaven, West Jamaica
West Jamaica is the heavenly place I am in, surrounded by beautiful mountains and a river that shines in the moonlight.


True ridge mountains
These mountains are real and high, giving us a sense of security and protection.


Shining down the river
The moon shines its light on the river, making the water appear like it's reflecting stars.


All my friends there
My friends from West Jamaica are there with me, enjoying the same beautiful scenery that I am witnessing.


Older than those ridge
My friends have been there longer than the mountains around us have existed, making them wise and experienced.


Younger than the mountains
Despite being there for a long time, my friends are still younger in spirit than the mountains surrounding us.


Blowin' like a breeze
We are carefree and enjoying life, just like the breeze blowing through the mountains.


Country roads take me home
I yearn to go back home and experience the comfort and familiarity of my hometown.


To the place I belong
My true home is where I feel a sense of belonging, a place where I am accepted and loved for who I am.


West Jamaica, my ol' mama
My mother and West Jamaica are both dear to me, their love and care providing warmth and comfort in my heart.


I heard her voice
I remember my mother's voice calling out to me, filled with love and concern.


In the mornin' hour she calls me
My mother often calls me in the morning, concerned about my well-being and eager to hear my voice.


Said "Son you remind me of my home far away"
My mother relates my love for my hometown to her feelings of homesickness for her own home far away.


Drivin' down the road I feel a sickness, I sure did
Traveling away from my hometown makes me feel homesick and unwell, missing the familiar sights and sounds that bring me comfort.


All my memories, all gathered 'round her
The memories of my hometown and my mother are all precious to me, providing a sense of comfort and belonging.


My my lady swingin' through the water (water)
I remember my mother swinging through the water, enjoying herself and making memories with me.


Dark and dusty painted on the sky
The sky is painted in shades of dark and dusty colors, adding to the beauty of the scene around me.


Misty taste of moonshine
The moonshine is misty and adds to the beauty of the night sky, making it feel even more surreal and magical.


Tears fall out my eyes
The beauty and memories of my hometown and my mother are so precious to me that they bring tears to my eyes.


Go, get ahead together
Let us move forward in life together, encouraging and supporting each other through thick and thin.




Lyrics © Roba Music Verlag GMBH, BMG Rights Management, RESERVOIR MEDIA MANAGEMENT INC
Written by: John Denver, Mary Catherine Danoff, Taffy Nivert Danoff, William Danoff

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@Grejb444

My Wife is from Jamaica I'm from West Virginia! This is blowing my mind.

@Garraldosmuzik

listen Cr roots versions =) blessings

@sambarker4035

Haha that's awesome

@richardnone5644

nobody is from west Virginia ha ha ha Richard in the tropics

@erikkingaard7181

Ha!!!

@fabienbourdier9847

hahaha amazing, you guys must love this song

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@chrispreston4560

I was sat on a mini bus from Kingston to Portland and this came on the massive system on the bus and the whole bus started singing, one memory I will never forget!

@84rebz

as a West Virginian Country Roads is naturally my mama's favorite song. This brought tears to my eyes man. Home and country roads are for everyone, everywhere

@greglittle9422

The world would be a better place if everyone chilled to this kind of music

@mumfordalien1794

I'm enjoying it right now 😊

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