I have a secret, long-time love for John Denver. When I was growing up, Back Home Again was one of my favorite albums, along with Poems, Prayer and Promises, and Rocky Mountain High. And Annie's Song? Still kills me. Romantic as all get out. So I'm glad to read that Colorado has voted in Rocky Mountain High as one of its official state songs, even if there is controversy about the implied pot smoking line in the song (“friends around the campfire, and everybody’s high").
The one time I went to Denver with my brother's family, I realized I had NO John Denver to listen to while driving around in Rocky Mountain National Park. I phoned up my friend and native Coloradan Lil' Susan (thus dubbed after a trip to Derby where there were two Susans) and she rush messengered me a CD containing 12 of John's greatest hits. Now that's a good friend.
Denver had a bit of drinking problem and you gotta figure that in 1972, dude was definitely getting high with some friends around some campfires, and not just on nature. And he talks about getting high in about 1/3 of his songs. But if Coloradans wish to claim different, I'm cool with that.