The Ballad of St. Anne's Reel

John Denver


writers: David Mallett
album: Track 5 in album Autograph
release date: 1980
popularity : 2 users have visited this page.
genres: Pop Folk, World, & Country
styles: Country/Bluegrass/Folk
length: 3:26

Album Information

label: RCA Victor
country(area): United States
format: Vinyl
script: Latin

Cover Art

John Denver Autograph cover art


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This song was first released on the Autograph album. It is the only album it has been released on.

He was stranded in some tiny town
Awaitin' for a ship to come and find him
Some coffee and a tiny trace

A shy hello, a brand new friend
A yellow light, an open door
And then they're standing there inside together
He said I've heard that tune before somewhere
Was it on some other friendly shore
Was it written on the sky above
But I never heard it sound so sweet since then
Now his feet begin to tap
He's caught up in the magic of her smile
And off across the floor he sent

There's magic in this town
And the way they put them down
Boots and ribbons, locks of hair

The old piano settin' there
And empty chairs, the wooden floor
Awaitin' for the dancers to come back
And the fiddle's in the closet
The strings are broke and the bow is gone
But sometimes on December nights
There's a melody that passes through this town
Words and Music by David Mallett


Track Listing

Vinyl 1
  • 1 Dancing With the Mountains
  • 2 The Mountain Song
  • 3 How Mountain Girls Can Love
  • 4 Song for the Life
  • 5 The Ballad of St. Anne's Reel
  • 6 In My Heart
  • 7 Wrangle Mountain Song
  • 8 Whalebones and Crosses
  • 9 American Child
  • 10 You Say That the Battle Is Over
  • 11 Autograph
  • 12 Dance Little Jean
  • 13 On the Wings of an Eagle