Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young 4 Way Street

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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young  4 Way Street
(1971) Atlantic label.  Original issue 2 lps, gatefold jacket with original inner sleeves including lyrics.  Illinois has a copy of this.  When this copy arrived in a collection he acquired, he asked me if I wanted it.  Of course.  So we own two.  This is a live album recorded at the Fillmore East, the Chicago Auditorium, and the LA Forum in 1970.  So quiet is the audience during the quiet moments.  Triad is David Crosby vocals and guitar and you don’t hear a peep out of the audience.  Beautiful.

SIDE I

  1. Suite Judy Blue Eyes  (0.45)
  2. On The Way Home  (3:19)
  3. Teach Your Children  (2:46)
  4. Triad  (5:07)
  5. The Lee Shore  (4:14)
  6. Chicago  (3:03)

SIDE II

  1. Right Between The Eyes  (2:19)
  2. Cowgirl In The Sand  (3:50)
  3. Don’t Let It Bring You Down  (2:35)
  4. 49 Bye-Byes  (5:30)
  5. Love The One You’re With  (2:57)

SIDE III

  1. Pre Road Downs  (2:48)
  2. Long Time Gone  (5:33)
  3. Southern Man  (13:15)

SIDE IV

  1. Ohio  (3:24)
  2. Carry On  (13:06)
  3. Find The Cost Of Freedom  (2:16)

I am reading the lyrics for these songs.  I ask myself how did we get to this place in American politics in 2016 if we have roots in these lyrics in 1970?  Look at the song Chicago— “we can change the world” and the song Long Time Gone— “you know there’s something that’s goin’ on here that surely, surely surely won’t see the light of day.”

I have a friend who owns a business.  She is a very smart business owner.  She works hard to make sure her business is successful.  No one has given her any hand outs.  However due to her sex and her skin color, she experiences hostility, bias, racism and inequality. She shares with me her stories.  Folks continue to speak out against these issues because they are still with us.  What is the answer?  Orange-faced conman candidates pouting like fat bullfrogs telling us to shut up and go home to mommy? I shout out a resounding NO WAY IN HELL is he an answer.

I read about how Americans are researching “move to Canada” in greater numbers.  In 1970 folks were moving to Canada to avoid the Vietnam War.  Do you get what I’m saying? The Chump and the Vietnam War are the same!  Building walls to keep people out.  That’s what 1%ers do.  They don’t want to get down in the shit with the real people.  No, they build walls and skyscrapers to remove themselves from the rest of us.  DON’T BE FOOLED BY THE WAFTING HAIRED MAD MAN.  His world is not my world or yours brothers and sisters. He has never bought socks on sale at Kmart.

 

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young 4 Way Street

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