"Take Me Home, Country Roads" almost never happened. The song's co-writer, Bill Danoff, said in an interview with NPR
in 2011 that Denver had been in a car accident in Washington, D.C. the night he first heard the song and almost did not stop by Danoff's apartment, as planned. Danoff and his girlfriend and writing partner, Taffy Nivert, had written the song for Johnny Cash
in hopes of landing a big record deal. Denver ended up recording the song, which was released on his 1971 album Poems, Prayers, and Promises
and Danoff eventually wrote 12 more songs for him.