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Album: Deja Vu
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Released: 1970
Length: 2:03
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Four and twenty years ago, I come into this life,
the son of a woman and a man who lived in strife.
He was tired of being poor and he wasn't into selling door to door
and he worked like the devil to be more.

A different kind of poverty now upsets me so.
Night after sleepless night, I walk the floor and I want to know- why am I so alone?
Where is my woman can I bring her home? Have I driven her away? Is she gone?

Morning comes to sunrise and I'm driven to my bed.
I see that it is empty and there's devils in my head.
I embrace the many colored beast. I grow weary of the torment, can there be no peace?
And I find myself just wishing that my life would simply cease.
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Been so long since I heard this excellent folkie classic!
 dischuckin wrote:
was 420 code for something back in 1970? 
 
Yeah, it was code for Still's age (24) at the time. 
was 420 code for something back in 1970? 
In 1972 our old house in Portland, OR looked like the album cover. Well, the hippies are gone, the house is gone but thank god this song lives on.
Darkly beautiful 
 KurtfromLaQuinta wrote:

kaybee wrote:

Strangely I don't remember this song being on this album.

 steeler wrote:

Indeed.

 
Oh its definitely on there, and part of what makes this one of my handful of desert island albums.  Still looking for that desert island with a working power outlet. 
 ecojot wrote:
beautiful song - always remember that pause between "I" and "embrace"
 
I think he starts to sing the "I grow weary of the torment" line and then remembers the "I embrace" line comes first, thus causing a brief pause. There may have been a toke involved.
Still love this tasty acoustic folky blues tune.
beautiful song - always remember that pause between "I" and "embrace"
Excellent
sweet and deep little piece from awhile ago  : ) 
 LindyLuv wrote:
What a great cover! I love Aimee Mann's voice. I always play this song on my streaming service along with the Coldplay version. Both are so wonderful.
 
kaybee wrote:

Strangely I don't remember this song being on this album.

 steeler wrote:

Indeed.
how nice is this
Definitely not the best song on a very memorable album.
 
 Johnny-smooth wrote:

Top five in my book

 
Hard to argue - not that I'm looking for a fight.
 kaybee wrote:
Strangely I don't remember this song being on this album.

 
Maybe Bill ninja'ed it on there somehow? I hear he's pretty crafty with audio stuff.  {#Wink}
 pinem wrote:
an all-time top 10 album-  timeless

 
Top five in my book
Not digging it at all.  PSD!
What a great cover! I love Aimee Mann's voice. I always play this song on my streaming service along with the Coldplay version. Both are so wonderful.
Yep, still awesome.
I'm always amazed at the insight this generation of songwriters had at such a young age.
Crosby once said (in an interview with Rolling Stone) that Stills's "trip is when he sings." I've always admired what he does with a somewhat limited voice.
Wow... have not heard that one in a long while.  Great song!
Imagine this was 41 years ago. You are definitely permitted to have forgotten this gem. 41 years….
Strangely I don't remember this song being on this album.
 The_Walrus wrote:
Beautiful

 
Yep.
Beautiful
         Jumped from an 8 to 10 in one hop.  Hadn't heard this for years - only an 8?  How could I have been so forgetful??     {#Ask}
Oh Yeah!  ...timeless is the word!    {#Sunny}

Stills could have been a star, if...

if the CIA hat not decided to introduced that white powder!

GREAT SONG!


an all-time top 10 album-  timeless
{#Daisy} ....... wonderful stuff, timeless classic which must be "G O D L I K E"  {#Yes}
Great song 9/10 from an all-time top 10 album-timeless.
 gjeeg wrote:
Raw inspired genius of the self exposed.
How does someone so young write a tune like that?
Searing.

 

Indeed.
Raw inspired genius of the self exposed.
How does someone so young write a tune like that?
Searing.
Digginit.
 Me too
Jazbo wrote:
The memories flush the emmotions right out of me....

 


The memories flush the emmotions right out of me....
Finding my mind instantly playing, craving, begging for the Country Girl Suite that comes after on the old recording...  AWESOME, isn't it?!
Well, it's a LOT more than 4 + 20 now.  More like 4 + 50.  Still embrace the many-colored beast every now and then, however.
 coloradojohn wrote:
So many memories tied up with this one...love hearing it again here on RP! 
 
Old is gold in this album
So many memories tied up with this one...love hearing it again here on RP! 
A real classic album!!
25 yeah?
 peter_thurlow wrote:
david crosby at his best...play more from this album...thankyou from oz
 
 
Actually, this is Stephen Stills at his best.  His song, his vocal & guitar, with Crosby on backing guitar.
I've always loved this tune. Glad to see it added to the playlist.
david crosby at his best...play more from this album...thankyou from oz
 
Always loved this song.  Only flaw is that it's too short.  This one deserves more airplay.
Mine too
My favorite CSNY album.  I haven't heard this song in a million years!  Thanks RP!{#Daisy}
Blast from the past. Lovely song on an uneven album.
Oh, what beautiful sound - another classic has been remastered?