Holding you close undisturbed before a fire The pressure in my chest when you breathe in my ear We both knew this would happen when you first appeared My lady of the island. The brownness of your body in the fire glow Except the places where the sun refused to go Our bodies were a perfect fit in afterglow we lay My lady of the island.
They came later after he began working with Crosby and Stills. I knew I could write melodies, but it was only after I came to America that I really got into changing the way I wrote songs. These two were always special together, and Stills simply added the bottom of the three- part harmony and the musicianship to help the other two flush out the instrumental side of their songs in order to produce them on record and in concert. This first CSN album was truly phenomenal…. It was written and composed in in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on a boat owned by Crosby.
The song was written by David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Paul Kantner of the Jefferson Airplane, who also recorded a version of the song around the same time. Crosby composed the music, while Kantner and Stills wrote most of the lyrics. Say, can I have some of your purple berries?
The song opens with a series of innocent-sounding guitar picks, landing on a loud and full guitar power riff, sounding at first confrontational and defiant, but then settling into a quieter story mode. The lyrics depict the horrors of a post-nuclear war landscape.
A man from one side stumbles upon another survivor, hoping for a smile as a sign of trust. Click for digital. For some listeners in that late s early s period, this music and verse no doubt resonated metaphorically regarding the tumult of those times.
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Some were then opting out of mainstream culture, seeking new values and alternative lifestyles. The year , for example, from top to bottom was truly annus horribilis in the U. It was released in March and rose briefly to No. In it would be ranked at No. Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, however, had their internal squabbles and artistic differences, and not long after a summer tour in , they had an acrimonious parting of the ways.
It would be the first of many such splits.
They would break up and reform several times over the next few decades, sometimes with and without Neil Young. They split off into twosomes and solo acts separate solo albums were issued by each member in and they would hold a number of reunion tours of one kind or another.
Yet, they would continue to have a loyal fan base, as their touring and subsequent album sales would make clear. Four Way Street , a live double album issued after their first breakup in , became another No. In , they re-formed for a summer stadium tour, but did not cut a new record. Still, a compilation album was released — So Far — and it too became a No. They followed that album in with Daylight Again 2. By the mids, however, David Crosby was in the throes of drug addiction and some legal problems, landing in jail during But he cleaned up his act and returned to the music scene.
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As of early , there appeared to be the possibility that Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young were at least open to the idea of reforming yet again. In any case, they have certainly made their mark musically over the last 50 years or more. Lauded for their lasting influence on U. All three members of the group were also inducted for their work in other groups — Crosby for the Byrds, Stills for Buffalo Springfield, and Nash for the Hollies.
Neil Young, meanwhile, with an amazing body of work on his own and with other groups, has also been inducted as a solo artist and as a member of Buffalo Springfield. There is a lot more detail on the history and biography of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young — both together and as solo artists. Thanks for visiting — and if you like what find here, please make a donation to help support the research and writing at this website.
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Four Way Street , a live double album issued after the breakup, was another number one hit. In , CSNY re-formed for a summer stadium tour without releasing a new record -- nevertheless, the compilation So Far became their third straight number one. They followed with Daylight Again in , but by then Crosby was in the throes of drug addiction and increasing legal problems.
He was in jail in , but cleaned up and returned to action, with the result that CSNY reunited for only their second studio album, American Dream , in CSN followed with Live It Up in , and though that album was a commercial disappointment, the trio remained a popular live act; it embarked on a 25th anniversary tour in the summer of and released a new album, After the Storm.
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