During the Miami Dolphins vs Kansas City Chiefs game, a Frankfurt crowd delighted the audience by singing John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads.” As the Chiefs maintained a 21-14 lead in the 4th quarter, the stadium was alive with the beloved tune, evoking nostalgia and a sense of shared camaraderie among fans.
The enchanting melody, first recorded in 1971, quickly climbed the charts, eventually achieving platinum status in 2017, long after Denver’s tragic passing in a plane crash. Surprisingly, the song found a warm reception in Germany, despite one of its writers, Bill Danoff, expressing bewilderment at its popularity in the country where he had never set foot.
Munich’s annual Oktoberfest, known for its exuberant celebrations, has long embraced the song, becoming a cherished part of the festivities. Last year’s NFL game in Munich witnessed the spirited rendition of “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” along with other anthems like Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” and Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’,” creating a memorable experience for all present.
The song holds a special place in the hearts of West Virginians, being designated as the official state song in 2014. Its association with the state’s culture and heritage has made it a staple at West Virginia sporting events, fostering a deep sense of pride and unity among locals.
As the Frankfurt crowd’s rendition continues to echo through the annals of sporting history, “Take Me Home, Country Roads” remains a timeless anthem of shared experiences and cherished memories, transcending borders and generations.