Crosby Stills Nash Young Teach Your Children

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Crosby Stills Nash Young Teach Your Children

Crosby Stills Nash and Young Teach Your Children

Folk Rock Music

The song was written by Graham Nash while he was still a member of The Hollies. However, they never recorded it. Crosby, Still, Nash and Young released it in 1970 on their album Déjà Vu. The album spawned three Top 40 singles, which were “Woodstock,” “Our House,” and “Teach Your Children.” They released “Teach Your Children” as a single (backed with “Carry On”), and it went to #16 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Chart and #28 on the Adult Contemporary Chart in 1970.

Nash, who is a photographer as well as a musician and composer, said that inspiration for the song came from the photograph by American photographer Diane Arbus titled “Child with Toy Hand Grenade in Central Park.” The child has an angry look and is holding the toy weapon. It raises questions about the values we impart to our young.

Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young were David Crosby , Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, and Neil Young.  Nash, who had been with The Hollies, joined David Crosby, formerly of The Byrds, and Steven Stills (formerly of the Buffalo Springfield) to form their supergroup Crosby Stills and Nash. Neil Young, who was also with Buffalo Springfield, joined them later in 1969. On this track were also Dallas Taylor (drums, tambourine), and Jerry Garcia (pedal steel guitar). Evidently, Garcia had made a deal with them that if he played on their album, they would teach those of the Grateful Dead how to sing harmony for their albums Workingman’s Dead and American Beauty.

Here are the lyrics to “Teach Your Children” by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young:

You, who are on the road must have a code that you can live by.
And so become yourself because the past is just a good bye.
Teach your children well, their father’s hell did slowly go by,
And feed them on your dreams, the one they fix, the one you’ll know by.
Don’t you ever ask them why, if they told you, you would cry,
So just look at them and sigh and know they love you.

And you, of the tender years can’t know the fears that your elders grew by,
And so please help them with your youth, they seek the truth before they can die.
Teach your parents well, their children’s hell will slowly go by,
And feed them on your dreams, the one they fix, the one you’ll know by.
Don’t you ever ask them why, if they told you, you would cry,
So just look at them and sigh and know they love you.

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