First Hit #1: July 27, 1974
Reportedly this was composed on a ski lift at the end of a particularly difficult run, which explains a lot about the imagery used throughout. This is a song about a woman, certainly, her name’s in the title, but it’s also about sensations. Denver’s singing about his love for his wife, but threading it through the different ways that senses can be overwhelmed and the ways sensations affect feelings and emotion. It’s not about skiing, it’s clearly about love, but it’s definitely love threaded through an experience like skiing. It’s a fresh feeling connected to a different, related feeling, stating that all good things, like Annie, like mountains in springtime, and so on, are about flooding one’s senses with a unique, euphoric sensation. It’s both incredibly devoted and oddly scientific, since it connects love to various stimuli.