Monday, June 1, 2009

A hundred thousand islands flung like some jewels upon the sea

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - The Lee Shore
from the album 4-Way Street (Atlantic, 1971)


One of the best David Crosby songs out there. Never got put on any of the studioalbums by the bunch, there is a studioversion on the Carry On boxset. The version from the CSNY live album 4-Way Street was the first official release of the song. It has later been included on several other livealbums. Crosby and Nash's Live from 1977, the same duo's Another Stoney Evening from 1998, the CSN boxset Carry On in 1991 and on the David Crosby retrospective boxset Voyage from 2006. It's a fantastic song that shows off the vocal harmonies between Graham Nash and David Crosby. The lyrics makes me want to join the two of them on the open sea in the Mayan. A perfect little sea song that you just dream yourself away in. Let the sun in.


"From here to Venezuela
There's nothing more to see
Than a hundred thousand islands
flung like some jewels upon the sea
For you and me"


Crosby & Nash - The Lee Shore (live at BBC, September 11, 1970)
(This may very well be the best version of the song ever. The song starts about 1:20 into the clip. Some stoney banter first. The pair probably were high as kites, but listen to the harmonies. Mesmerising.)

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