Saturday, 23 October 2010

CSNY - Teach Your Children

Talking to dad this morning, I thought how true the words of the song below are. This song composed by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young (CSNY) in 1969 remains one of my favourites. I have added the guitar chords and hope to strum it this evening for my unborn babe.

I spoke of the changes in my life, with dad. I calmed his fears. Change, as Heraclitus said, is the only thing that is constant. To resist that is, to me, to die. To roll with the punches, to me, is to live (with apologies to Krishnamurti).

Teach Your Children




C                  F
You who are on the road
            C                  G
Must have a code that you can live by
    C             F
And so become yourself
            C              G
Because the past is just a goodbye.

C                    F
Teach your children well,
               C               G
Their father's hell did slowly go by
   C                  F
And feed them on your dreams
             C                      G
The one they picked, the one you'll know by.

C                       F
Don't you ever ask them why, if they told you, you
      C                            Am   F  G (mute)
would cry,So just look at them and sigh
               C         F G (mute)
and know they love you.

    C               F

And you, of tender years, Can't know

    C                      G             
the fears that your elders grew by,

And so please help them

          F                   C                 G
with your youth, They seek the truth before they can die.

C                  F
Teach your parents well, Their

           C                G           C
children's hell will slowly go by, And feed them on

       F                 C                       G
your dreams, The one they picked,  the one you'll know by.

C                       F
Don't you ever ask them why, if they told
              C                             Am   F G (mute)
you, you would cry, So just look at them and sigh
     C                    F   G  (mute)
and know they love you
    strum C
and know they love you.

(San Francisco, Atlantic Records, 1969 – as a protest against the Vietnam war and nuclear proliferation by the US.)

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