The song "Take Me Home, Country Roads," considered to be John Denver's signature song, was not actually written for John Denver. Instead, it was written for Johnny Cash.
The song is considered an iconic symbol of the state of West Virginia, so much so that it was adopted as the official state song by the state and is the theme song of the West Virginia University. However, Bill Danoff, who co-wrote the song with Taffy Nivert and John Denver, considered using the word "Massachusetts" in place of the word "West Virginia". Danoff had never been to West Virginia before writing the song. As a result, the Shenandoah River and the Blue Ridge Mountains prominently mentioned in the song even though they are usually associated with Virginia and are only peripherally associated with West Virginia, as they pass through a very small part of the state.