Famous Songs About Colorado

April 08, 2020

There’s no doubt that Colorado is an inspirational state. Beyond the majestic beauty of our landscape and wonderful people, the state of Colorado has inspired musicians to wrote numerous songs. We won’t list them all here, you can certainly find that with an extensive online search but our staff are proud Coloradans and wanted to share just a few of our favorite songs about Colorado, in no particular order.

Johnny Cash – You Wild Colorado

Album: Orange Blossom Special, 1965
Key lyrics: 
If I had no love of life I’d become part of your flow
But I fear the place you’d take me you wild Colorado

Zac Brown Band – Colder Weather

Album: You Get What You Give, 2010
Key lyrics:
She’d trade Colorado if he’d take her with him
Closes the door before the winter lets the cold in,
And wonders if her love is strong enough to make him stay
He thinks of Colorado
And the girl he left behind.

Florida Georgia Line – Colorado

Album: Can’t Say I Ain’t Country, 2019
Key lyrics:
Well I got friends from Colorado
I got friends from Tennessee
So I got something in a bottle
And I got something from a seed
Since you said you didn’t love me
Since hung me out to dry
I’ve been drunk up in the Smokies
On a Rocky Mountain high

Bob Seger – Get Out of Denver

Album: Seven, 1974
Key lyrics:
Get out of Denver better go go
Get out of Denver better go
Get out of Denver better go go
Get out of Denver cause you look just like a commie
And you might just be a member better
Better Get out of Denver
Better Get out of Denver
Well red lights were flashin’ and the sirens were a-screamin’
We had to pinch each other just to see if we was dreamin’
Made it to Loveland Pass in under less than half an hour
Lord it started drizzlin’ and it turned into a thundershower
The rain was drivin’ but the Caddy kept on burnin’ rubber
We kept on drivin’ till we ran into some fog cover
We couldn’t see a thing somehow we just kept on goin’
We kept on drivin’ all night long and then into the mornin’fog.
It finally lifted when we looked to see where we was at
We’re starin’ at a Colorado state policeman trooper cat

Willie Nelson – Denver

Album: Red Headed Stranger, 1975
Key lyrics:
The bright lights of Denver
Were shining like diamonds
Like ten thousand jewels in the sky

Joe Walsh – Rocky Mountain Way

Album: The Smoker You Drink, the Player You Get, 1973
Key lyrics: 
Spent the last year
Rocky Mountain Way
Couldn’t get much higher
Out to pasture
Think it’s safe to say
Time to open fire
Rocky Mountain Way
Is better than the way we had

John Denver – Rocky Mountain High

Album: Rocky Mountain High, 1972
Key lyrics:
When he first came to the mountains his life was far away
On the road and hanging by a song
But the string’s already broken and he doesn’t really care
It keeps changing fast and it don’t last for long
But the Colorado rocky mountain high
I’ve seen it rainin’ fire in the sky
The shadow from the starlight is softer than a lullabye
Rocky mountain high (Colorado)
He climbed cathedral mountains, he saw silver clouds below
He saw everything as far as you can see
And they say that he got crazy once and he tried to touch the sun
And he lost a friend but kept his memory

Jimmy Buffett – A Mile High in Denver

Album: Down to Earth, 1970
Key lyrics:
I heard a lot about the mountains and the Colorado range
Made this stop for personal reasons
Didn’t know I’d catch the changin’ of the seasons
Winter dictates everything from frost to naked trees
I’m about a mile high in Denver
Where the rock meets timberline
I’ve walked this ground from town to town
Just to finally call it mine

Warren Zevon – Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead

Album: Mr. Bad Example, 1991
Key lyrics:
I got some weird ideas in my head
About things to do in Denver when you’re dead
Dressed in black, tossing back a shot of rye
Finding things to do in Denver when you die
Some place where they never change the sheets
And you just roll around Denver all day
And home is just a place to hang your head
And dream up things to do in Denver when you’re dead
Some place where they never change the sheets
And you just roll around Denver all day
You just roll around Denver all day