Music Monday: Carry On by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

Happy 50th to Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s Déjà Vu! The album was released on March 11, 1971.

Honestly, it was difficult trying to decide which song to choose from an album that has so many good songs on it. I was leaning toward “Teach Your Children,” which feels like it’s about hope and love or “Our House,” which is romantic and sweet. Their version of Joni Mitchell’s “Woodstock” is classic. Or what about Neil Young singing “Helpless” with CS&N’s background vocals. So, I chose “Carry On,” which shows not only their harmonies but also great guitar skills. The song itself is the kind of musical poetry that was being written in the ’70’s and so infrequently since with perhaps a rebirth in the ’90s with some great grunge music and then in the 2010’s with the alternative rock/folk revival.

The sky is clearing and the night

Has cried enough

The sun, he come, the world

To soften up

Rejoice, rejoice, we have no choice but

To carry on

Stephen Stills

I have this great fear that my hearing has been affected by sitting outside with the cicada chorus because none of the live version of this song sound GOOD to me, but I’m giving you one because I like live performances…..although when they sound not good…maybe it’s my computer.

The album version:

About Déjà Vu from Wiki

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    • Thank you. I bought the vinyl of their first album (not when it came out 🙂 ), which I still have and listened to that one until I pretty much had every song lyric memorized. Great music.

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