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It was written and composed in in Fort Lauderdale, Floridaon a boat named the Mayanowned by Crosby, who Stills & Nash - Crosby the music, while Kantner and Stills wrote most of the lyrics.
Crosby said, "Paul called me up and said that he was having this major duke-out with this horrible guy who was managing the band, and he was freezing everything their names were on. So we didn't put Paul's name on it for a while. In later versions, we made it very certain that he wrote it with us.
Of course, we evened things up with him with a whole mess of cash when the record went huge. The song was also released by Kantner's band Jefferson Airplane in Stills & Nash (File on the album Volunteers. Stills & Nash - Crosby two versions differ slightly in lyrics and melody. Crosby recorded a solo Wooden Ships - Crosby in March with the melody but no lyrics. Stills recorded his own demo the following month with most of the lyrics in place.
However, the CSNY performance is better-known, as it was included in the film and first album from the festival. The film's soundtrack uses the studio album version, Wooden Ships - Crosby the soundtrack album has the live performance. Jefferson Airplane's performance — which ran to over 21 minutes in length and included several extended jam sections — remained unreleased until the Woodstock Stills & Nash (File set.
The words of the song depict the horrors confronting the survivors of a nuclear holocaust in which the two sides have annihilated each other. To stay alive, they share "purple berries", as a result of which they "haven't got sick once" iodine pills, which protect against radioactive iodine in nuclear fallout.
The lyrics beg "silver people on the shoreline," described by David Crosby as "guys in radiation suits," to "let us be. That grim tableau is described thus:. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Not to be confused with Wooden Shjips. This article needs additional citations for verification.
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