# Take Me Home, Country Roads: The Music Sheet

Contributors: Andranick Tanguiane, Fred Lerdahl,

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## Introduction

Take Me Home, Country Roads: The Music Sheet is a book that provides the sheet music for the popular song “Take Me Home, Country Roads.” The book includes the lyrics for the song, as well as chords and notation for how to play the song on a variety of instruments. This book is perfect for beginners who want to learn to play “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” as well as more experienced musicians who want to add this classic song to their repertoire.

## The Music Sheet

Music has always been an important part of my life. I grew up listening to country music and it has always been a genre that I enjoy. I recently came across the music sheet for “Take Me Home, Country Roads” and it has quickly become one of my favorite songs to play. The music sheet is simple and easy to follow, and it sounds great when played on the piano.

### The Notes

There are three main note types that you will see on a music sheet- whole notes, half notes, and quarter notes. These notes correspond to different time values, which dictate how long the note should be held for.

Whole notes are the longest note value, and are held for the entire duration of a measure (the space between two vertical lines on a music sheet). Half notes are half as long as whole notes, so they are held for half the duration of a measure. Quarter notes are held for one fourth of the measure, and so on.

When more than one note is played in succession, they are connected by beams. The number of beams connecting the notes corresponds to the number of subdivisions of the measure that the notes occupy. For example, if two quarter notes are connected by a single beam, that means they occupy half of the measure (one quarter note + one quarter note = half of a measure). If four eighth notes are connected by two beams, that means they occupy one fourth of the measure (two eighth notes + two eighth notes = one fourth of a measure).

In addition to whole, half, and quarter notes, there are also eighth notes, sixteenth notes, and so on. These smaller subdivisions of time can be helpful when you’re trying to fit a lot ofnotes into a small space, or when you’re trying to create a fast-paced melody.

Keep in mind that these are just basic guidelines- there is a lot of flexibility when it comes to how long you hold each note for. The important thing is to make sure that all the notes fit within the time signature (the numbers at the beginning of a song that dictate how many beats are in each measure).

### The Chords

The chords for “Take Me Home, Country Roads” are very simple, and they only use three chords throughout the entire song. The chords you’ll need to know are C, G, and D. If you’re not familiar with how to read music sheets, the chord diagrams below will show you exactly where to place your fingers on the fretboard.

Once you have the chords down, you can start playing the song! The strumming pattern is very straightforward, and it’s easy to get into a groove with it. Just remember to keep the rhythm steady, and don’t rush through the song.

### The Lyrics

To the place I belong
West Virginia, mountain mamma

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 eye

To the place I belong
West Virginia, mountain mamma
Country roads, take me home To the place I belong West Virginia, mountain mamma Take me home, country roads I hear her voice In the morning hour she calls me The radio reminds me of my home far away And driving down the road I get a feeling That I should have been home yesterday Yesterday Country roads take me…

## The Arrangement

The arrangement for “Take Me Home, Country Roads” by John Denver is for a solo singer with piano accompaniment. The piano part is intermediate level and the vocal part is easy. The lyrics are included in the arrangement.

### The Verse

The verse of “Take Me Home, Country Roads” is relatively simple, made up of only six lines. The first three lines establish the speaker’s desire to be transported away from the city to the country, specifically to West Virginia. The next three lines provide a specific reason for this desire: the beauty of the state and its natural scenery.

The main rhyme scheme of the verse is AABBCC, with the exception of the final line, which rhymes with the first line (AABBCC). The meter is relatively simple as well, consisting mostly of iambic tetrameter with a few variations. The first and last lines are each made up of four iambs (da-DUM da-DUM da-DUM da-DUM), while the second and fourth lines each have five iambs (da-DUM da-DUM da-DUM da-DUM da-DUM). The third line is a bit shorter, with only three iambs (da-DUM da-DUM da-DUM).

The overall effect of this simple verse is charming and nostalgic, which creates a perfect foundation for the more complex chorus that follows.

### The Chorus

The chorus of “Take Me Home, Country Roads” is deceptively simple, with a few key elements that come together to create a sing-along classic.

The first element is the catchy hook, which is made up of the opening line (“Country roads, take me home”) and the repeated phrase “take me home” throughout the chorus. This hook is easy to remember and sing along to, making it perfect for a sing-along song.

The second element is the rhythm, which is created by the alternating verses and choruses. The verses are slow and mellow, while the choruses are upbeat and cheerful. This contrast helps to keep the song interesting and makes it easier to remember.

The third element is the melody, which is catchy and memorable. The melody features some simple but beautiful harmonies that add to the overall effect of the song.

Together, these elements create a chorus that is easy to remember and sing along to.

### The Bridge

The bridge of “Take Me Home, Country Roads” features the same chord progression as the verses, but John Denver matches the melody of the words “country roads” to a new set of lyrics. In the bridge, he reflects on how West Virginia has shaped him and how it reminds him of his home.

“Almost Heaven, West Virginia
Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah River
Life is old there, older than the trees
Younger than the mountains, growin’ like a breeze”

## Conclusion

In conclusion, “Take Me Home, Country Roads” is a fantastic song that can be enjoyed by everyone. Whether you’re a fan of the original John Denver version or you prefer the more modern covers, this song is sure to please. So grab your guitar (or banjo) and give it a go!