Poems, Prayers & Promises

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Poems, Prayers & Promises
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Studio album by John Denver
Released April 6, 1971
Recorded 1970-1971
Studio RCA Studios A and B, New York City
Genre Folk
Length 37:57
Label RCA Records
Producer Milton Okun, Susan Ruskin
John Denver chronology
Whose Garden Was This
Poems, Prayers & Promises
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]
Christgau's Record Guide C[2]

Poems, Prayers & Promises is the fourth album by American singer-songwriter John Denver. It was released in April 1971. This album was Denver's commercial breakthrough, and contained several of his most popular songs, such as "Poems, Prayers, and Promises", "I Guess He'd Rather Be in Colorado", "Sunshine on My Shoulders", and "Take Me Home, Country Roads", which would become one of Denver's signature songs.

Track listing[edit]

Side 1
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Poems, Prayers and Promises" Denver 4:04
2. "Let It Be" John Lennon, Paul McCartney 3:38
3. "My Sweet Lady" Denver 4:23
4. "Wooden Indian" Denver 1:38
5. "Junk" Paul McCartney 1:40
6. "Gospel Changes" Jack Williams 3:24
Side 2
No. Title Writer(s) Length
7. "Take Me Home, Country Roads" Bill Danoff, Taffy Nivert, Denver 3:08
8. "I Guess He'd Rather Be in Colorado" Bill Danoff, Taffy Nivert 2:07
9. "Sunshine on My Shoulders" Denver, Richard Kniss, Mike Taylor 5:10
10. "Around and Around" Denver 2:16
11. "Fire and Rain" James Taylor 3:44
12. "The Box" Kendrew Lascelles 2:44


  • John Denver – 6 & 12-string acoustic guitars, vocals
  • Eric Weissberg – banjo, steel guitars
  • Mike Taylor – acoustic guitar
  • Richard Kniss – double bass
  • Taffy Nivert – vocals (as "Fat City")
  • Bill Danoff – vocals, guitar (as "Fat City")
  • Frank Owens – piano
  • Gary Chester – drums, percussion
  • Don Wardell – Executive Producer
  • Jean Kaplow - production assistance
  • Ray Hall - engineer