I have told people that we are hilly here in WV. I think most people don’t really understand what I mean when I say hilly. You see, there are very few spots of flat land in Charleston, WV and most of those are either in a bad flood plain or are underneath some business. The rest of the area is hilly. Some say you need a longer leg on one side to walk the hills and it’s true. We take our hills seriously in WV. I decided to take a video of my ride home from work one day. There are a couple ways I could go but this is my typical route. I am not sure that this video even does the trip justice, but I think you’ll get the idea…
I love the WV hills for sure and so did the author of our state song…an atrocious song, but one that honors our hills. Ok, promise me you’ll listen to that song and then I’ll share with you a few more WV songs…go on…have a listen…
(stop it at around 5:15 if you are easily offended…this is the only version I could find)
See what I mean? It’s a bit painful isn’t it?
Most people are familiar with the John Denver song, Country Roads. Have a listen to it:
Some folks fuss about this song but I don’t pay much attention to them. This is a great song and, for me anyhow, a real WV song.
So, John Denver’s song is a WV song, but in my mind, the WV song is this one:(here’s an audio only version which may be clearer)
Emily and I went to college at West Virginia Wesleyan College, where this song was first introduced to me. Dang, it brings a tear to my eye every time I hear it.
So, I love my WV hills. My wife says they wrap her up and hug her every day as she looks out on them. I can’t think of a better way of putting it. I love my home among the hills!