Deja Vu (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young)

“It came out of a very distinct feeling that the reincarnation thing had felt like it was real. There’s things in my life I can’t explain any other way. I knew how to sail a boat the first time I saw one [at age eleven – Ed]. Same thing for singing harmony, man. I started singing harmony was I was six.”David Crosby (99)

Guinnevere (Crosby, Stills and Nash)

“There’s some mystery about it that I want to preserve. There are at least two different women in there. One of them is Joni Mitchell. Another was Christine Hinton who I was in love with and she got killed. There were times when I cried in the middle of that song.”David Crosby (100)
“It’s three women – three verses, three different women – one of whom is Joni; one of whom is Christine Hinton, my girlfriend who got killed; and one is another girl whose identity I promised I wouldn’t reveal.”David Crosby (98)

Suite: Judy Blue Eyes (Crosby, Stills and Nash)

“Stephen was writing it when we started joining forces. He had some pieces of it. Then he met Judy Collins, and that’s when it became Suite: Judy Blue Eyes. I’m sure you’ve seen Judy Collins’ eyes, which are rather spectacular.”David Crosby (98)

Wooden Ships (Crosby, Stills and Nash)

“It’s a post-apocalyptic story. The world has gone to hell. ‘Silver people on the shoreline’ is radiation food. The idea was that we were sort of sailing away from that madness. It’s the song that Jackson [Browne – Ed] wrote For Everyman in response to. It’s him saying, ‘Hey, we don’t all have a sailboat to sail away in. We have to stay here and fix it for everybody. That’s a fantasy that you’re writing.”David Crosby (98)

Lady Of The Island (Crosby, Stills and Nash)

“This song was written by Nash. It’s about a specific person, a married woman who found herself susceptible to Graham’s charming self and was unable to resist temptation. It is a matter of historical fact that a great number of women were unable to resist Graham’s charming self. He was so extremely good looking…“It gets a little embarrassing. It wasn’t quite like sharks on sheep, but we did make love to a great number of beautiful women. I’m just telling the truth. In this case, however, it was an affair that had some meaning and depth, and a very beautiful song came out of it.”David Crosby (98)

Long Time Gone (Crosby, Stills and Nash)

“Is about Robert Kennedy being assassinated.”Graham Nash (92)

Just A Song Before I Go (Crosby, Stills and Nash)

“I was in Hawaii once and I had about an hour and a half before the flight to Los Angeles and I was at a friend’s house and he was being quite a smart-ass. He said, “You’re supposed to be some big shot songwriter, bet you can’t write a song before you go.” It was our biggest hit and I wrote it in 40 minutes. Recently he sent me the handwritten lyrics I’d written at his piano and they’re in the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame.”Graham Nash (92)

Ohio (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young)

“”Ohio” is about kids getting killed. [Four students were fatally shot by the National Guard during protests at Kent State University in 1970 – Ed]. It’s about kids you cared about personally, your own brother and sister. That’s when you put everything you have – poetic, musical, performance wise – at your command. Because you believe in it so much.”Neil Young (539)

Black Coral (The Stills Young Band)

“I wrote a song about skin diving that no one seemed to notice, but I guess it was kind of esoteric.”Stephen Stills (946)

Long May You Run (The Stills Young Band)

“I’d like to do a song I wrote about my car. It’s for all the cars in the parking lot today.”Neil Young (947)