John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads” is one of those classic songs that everybody just knows.
Growing up in West Virginia it was as universal as the national anthem (and it’s now one of the official state songs).
But the song’s reach goes far outside the Mountain State. Even as far away as Germany.
The NFL was in Munich, Germany today for the league’s first ever regular-season game in the country. The atmosphere for the matchup between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Seattle Seahawks seemed pretty electric. But maybe the most incredible moment came towards the end of the game, when the entire crowd in Allianz Arena joined together to belt out “Country Roads.”
Turns out “Country Roads” is actually a popular sing-along at Germany’s Oktoberfest celebrations, so the local crowd is already a fan of the song.
Obviously WVU, which has adopted the song as its anthem and plays “Country Roads” after every home win, took notice of the scene:
And chances are Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith, who played for WVU in college, appreciated the moment too.
Pretty damn cool.