Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young — Country Girl
Album: Deja Vu
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Released: 1970
Length: 4:57
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Winding paths through tables and glass, first flowers bloom.
Now watch the Summer pass so close to you.
Too late to keep the change, too late to pay, no time to stay the same, too young to leave.

"No pass out" sign on the door set me thinking.
Are waitresses paying the price of their winking?
While stars sit at bars and decide what they're drinking.
They stop by to die because it's faster than sinking.

Too late to keep the change, too late to pay, no time to stay the same,
too late to keep the change, too late to pay, no time to stay the same, too young to leave.

Find out that now was the answer to answers that you gave later.
She did the things that we all did before now but who forgave her?
If I could stand to see her crying, I would tell her not to care.
When she learns of all your lying, will she join you there?

Country girl I think you're pretty, got to make you understand.
Have no lovers in the city, let me be your country man.
Got to make you understand, got to make you understand, country girl...
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Anytime Y takes the dominant position in CSNY, you've got the solo artist Neil Young with a decent set of back up singers.  Strong shades of Broken Arrow in this tune.
{#Devil_pimp} zesty!
A MASTERPIECE. 

Just check out the choral vocals, the harmonies. Powerful. Freaking amazing.

And they leave enough space for Neil to fill in gaps.    

This ain't Arcade Fire!
Sublime Neil, so good for the ears..solid 10.  Don't really care how old it is.
 bking wrote:
I'm ready for this song to end.

 
ha ha ha!  ;)  
I'm ready for this song to end.
 Coffeetraveler wrote:
I've always thought of Neil Young as the "secret sauce" for ths band. They've done some gorgeous vocal harmonies and very pretty songs as CSN but as CSNY there is an entire extra dimension. It's a shame they didn't follow this with another CSNY album. I was privileged to see the first CSNY reunion tour when it hit Rich Stadium in Buffalo NY - summer 1974.  Ace opened the show (Paul Carrack on lead vocals singing their one hit "How Long Has This Been Hoing On."  Jesse Colin Young followed...  then Santana in his first post-Devadip-spiritual phase...  rocking out with two silver bikini clad Brazilian go-go dancers on risers at each side of the stage.  CSNY was good at that show but didn't blwo me away. In his autobiography, Graham Nash claimed that all the shows on that tour were sold out. Uh uh - Rich Stadium was only half full. That was a surprise, given the line-up and the low ticket price.
 
Hey Coffeetraveler, nice post.
I would agree with your "secret sauce" theory, as much as I loved the first CSN album.
There was eventually a second CSNY album, "American Dream" in 1988; it was surprisingly (or some might say predictably) bad.
As for the '74 stadium tour, I am 2/3 of the way through the Crosby bio "Long Time Gone", and he too (well, his co-author actually) claims all those stadiums were sold out.
Rose coloured glasses perhaps, or simply too much cocaine.
I highly recommend the book, in any event.
{#Bananajam}{#Bananapiano}{#Drummer}{#Clap}{#Dancingbanana}
Great song from a great album!
The best song on this magnificent album.

What band from the last 10 years would even try to do something like this?

 
I've always thought of Neil Young as the "secret sauce" for ths band. They've done some gorgeous vocal harmonies and very pretty songs as CSN but as CSNY there is an entire extra dimension. It's a shame they didn't follow this with another CSNY album. I was privileged to see the first CSNY reunion tour when it hit Rich Stadium in Buffalo NY - summer 1974.  Ace opened the show (Paul Carrack on lead vocals singing their one hit "How Long Has This Been Hoing On."  Jesse Colin Young followed...  then Santana in his first post-Devadip-spiritual phase...  rocking out with two silver bikini clad Brazilian go-go dancers on risers at each side of the stage.  CSNY was good at that show but didn't blwo me away. In his autobiography, Graham Nash claimed that all the shows on that tour were sold out. Uh uh - Rich Stadium was only half full. That was a surprise, given the line-up and the low ticket price.
 
ARE WAITRESS'S PAYING THE PRICE OF THIER WINKING? PROB NOT, NICE CALL BILL!
By far the best album CSN&Y ever did.
I think this is one of the best!!! 

The harmonies. The keyboard. The strange lyrics.

These guys were pushing vocals,Freaking wow! But Neil was getting drowned out. Probably why he left the band.  
One of the first headphone songs for me.
Utter immersion. 
 NoEnzLefttoSplit wrote:
Love this for exactly all the right reasons. Also love all the comments below. The magic lies precisely in the tension between the slick perfection of CSN and the rough, out of key but quirkily brilliant Y. 

NY needs to be enshrined in amber and kept for posterity. There's nothing quite like him out there. Sometime he is so utterly perfect and sometime so deliciously off the note. He's one of the guys that keeps me singing and playing guitar. If I measured myself on the perfection of CSY I would have given up long ago. With Neil I think, hell, he fucked it up frequently, just like me. This is enough to motivate me to keep on trying because, maybe once, just once, I might just get it right, like he does.

Of course, my neighbors might not agree.
 
Nice post!  {#Cheers}
Dallas Taylor, RIP ... they're all starting to leave us.
Stands the test of time. Neil is brilliant!  Great Album
Love this for exactly all the right reasons. Also love all the comments below. The magic lies precisely in the tension between the slick perfection of CSN and the rough, out of key but quirkily brilliant Y. 

NY needs to be enshrined in amber and kept for posterity. There's nothing quite like him out there. Sometime he is so utterly perfect and sometime so deliciously off the note. He's one of the guys that keeps me singing and playing guitar. If I measured myself on the perfection of CSY I would have given up long ago. With Neil I think, hell, he fucked it up frequently, just like me. This is enough to motivate me to keep on trying because, maybe once, just once, I might just get it right, like he does.

Of course, my neighbors might not agree. 
Staggering accomplishment, every song on this landmark album by veritable music gods! Stunning lyrics, stellar harmonies, killer jams!
Had this album, listened to it, somehow missed this incredible song.
 linzie wrote:
Such a great album....

 
wore this one out big time
 Cynaera wrote:
 "They drop by to die, 'cause it's faster than sinking..."

Dang, this song is so good it oughtta be illegal...
 
bump
Such a great album....
 Hasan wrote:
I have the impression that NY always played at the extreme limit of capabilities.  On the other hand, someone like Paul McCartney could probably have played circles around Young with no real effort.

Thing is . . . McCartney could, and sure seemed, to shovel anything onto the market and get a truck load of money delivered back to him.  There's a who-gives-a-shit feeling to McCartney's music and I don't like it.

Meanwhile, Young refines his edgy tension and gets better and better.  That,  I do like!

Oh, and "Country Girl"?  Really horrible!  Drugs and sycophants make a poisonous brew.

 
McCartney did put out a lot of puffery back in the 70s. He struck me as the Beatle who worked so hard to be entertaining and cheery--The Entertainer. By the early 80s, he wasn't seen as hip any more. Your description of "a who-gives-a-shit feeling to McCartney's music" fit that time; he was just churning stuff out like "Say Say Say." Cutesy and meaningless. 

I still love this song even though it meanders around a bit and has Neil's voice getting a bit in the way of CSN's amazing harmonies. He often sings like someone is squeezing the last bit of helium out of his lungs. The lyrics? Someone will have to explain them to me; I'm guessing that the guys banged together some bits and pieces they'd been working on...with a help of a few tokes. But the slow, march-like echoing drums and sustained organ and the downward feel (is that a minor key? I know so little about music, I don't even know the right terms)...it really works for me. Even the harmonica at the end! 

 kcar wrote:
Brilliant segue from Arcade Fire's "Deep Blue."
  
 Tana wrote:

Someone on the board for that song mentioned similarities between the songs. Anyone want to describe that for me? I'm not really hearing it. I think Country Girl is gorgeous, among CSNY's best.

  

Just listened to the two songs again...For me, it's the steady, slightly lurching beat to the songs. "Deep Blue" has a piano underpinning the beat whereas "Country Girl" uses an organ. There are other similarities, especially the walls of sound from all the instruments. I think both song use the same keys (ignorance rearing again) and the semi-falsetto singing.  
 eswiley2 wrote:


I agree about it sounding different.  I listened to that album a bazillion times back in the day.  It's burned into my memory banks, and this sounds weird for some reason.

 
I'm not 100% sure, but I think this is the remastered version from Neil Young Archives, Vol. 1. When I jump back and forth between the Deja Vu version and the Archives version on my PC (both 256k AAC, from iTunes), they do sound different, to my ear the remaster is just plain more clear (less muddy). The levels are also a bit higher, but I try to compensate for that. I definitely prefer the Archives version.

Of course listening to vinyl brings in a whole 'nuther set of variables.
Great song from one of the top 10 albums of all time imo.
I will give this artist (Neil Young) and this band (CSN&Y) and this album a perfect 10 every time...  thanks for playing it!
 zepher wrote:
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The term “tinnitus” comes from the Latin verb “tinnire,” to ring.
 
Tinnitus is the conscious experience of sound that originates in the head of its owner. It is hearing sound without an external, acoustic source.
 
I have inaudible tinnitus. It's a living hell . . . I think.
What Is Tinnitus?
The term “tinnitus” comes from the Latin verb “tinnire,” to ring.
 
Tinnitus is the conscious experience of sound that originates in the head of its owner. It is hearing sound without an external, acoustic source.



Half-way through this song I remembered why I had always loved it.
It is still fresh to me - retains its yearning feeling and depth. 
Please RIP this relic. Hurts
Not the best on the album, but better than a lot of songs!
I have the impression that NY always played at the extreme limit of capabilities.  On the other hand, someone like Paul McCartney could probably have played circles around Young with no real effort.

Thing is . . . McCartney could, and sure seemed, to shovel anything onto the market and get a truck load of money delivered back to him.  There's a who-gives-a-shit feeling to McCartney's music and I don't like it.

Meanwhile, Young refines his edgy tension and gets better and better.  That,  I do like!

Oh, and "Country Girl"?  Really horrible!  Drugs and sycophants make a poisonous brew.
 Cynaera wrote:

 "They drop by to die, 'cause it's faster than sinking..."

Dang, this song is so good it oughtta be illegal...



 
I'm with you, but then this whole album just gives me goose bumps - though have to admit this is towards the top.
 nagsheadlocal wrote:
Oh, gosh, this was the first Neil Young song I really listened to. I can remember sitting in the front room, watching a thunderstorm move in from the west as I tried to decipher the lyrics.

One of the all-time great albums of that period - yet is seems forgotten. I'm glad to hear it's getting more airplay.

Is this a re-mix/remaster? The vocal mix is very different on my old vinyl. 
 

I agree about it sounding different.  I listened to that album a bazillion times back in the day.  It's burned into my memory banks, and this sounds weird for some reason.
 Stingray wrote:

I dunno what a seduction-album is

 

So you have a Cute Young Thing over for a few drinks and you need a little mood music . . . 
Oh, gosh, this was the first Neil Young song I really listened to. I can remember sitting in the front room, watching a thunderstorm move in from the west as I tried to decipher the lyrics.

One of the all-time great albums of that period - yet is seems forgotten. I'm glad to hear it's getting more airplay.

Is this a re-mix/remaster? The vocal mix is very different on my old vinyl. 

Apropos Dinosaurs: The STONES have a new single and John Hiatt a new album!

Stones sound like 50,40,30,20 or 10 years ago. EXACTLY!


 funkyalfonso wrote:
Say what you like but when Deja vu came out, it was the all time seduction album. 
 

I dunno what a seduction-album is, but this album is one of the all-time highlights in modern American music!

NEIL is an incredible musician and composer!

STUNNING!


Say what you like but when Deja vu came out, it was the all time seduction album. 
 fredriley wrote:

You've a poor imagination then, Linzie. I for one listen to RP every workday and a good few times outside work, and enjoy the vast majority of its output. Strange but true: you can dislike Neil Young's voice and still enjoy music. Weird, huh? {#Think}

As I've often written, IMO NY is a great songwriter and I love hearing other artists cover his work, but his voice is physically painful to me. That's my loss I'm sure, but it's how it is. I can no more like NY's voice than I can eat Marmite.
 

'Poor imagination??' If I said I see you tapping your foot to Neil Sedaka, you might say that (although, his voice may cause you less duress??) So unique is NY's voice, which I think is what makes his music so appealing. Yes, he's been covered at great length, it's the ultimate compliment; still, I can't think of one, if any, cover that I'd prefer to listen to more than NY himself.....  I read where CSN all said HIS talent drove them, yet one of your compatriots, couldn't stand the 4 harmonizing??? It's an opinion I guess I equate to the guy sitting @ Yankee Stadium saying he didn't like Babe Ruth cuz he looked outta shape; about a gazillion others there couldn't care less, he wins games, and they love watching him play.   Bob Dylan's voice may have the same affect on some people, but as much as I like Hendrix's version of 'Watch Tower', I like Dylan's just as much...I guess it's the part where you say 'physically painful'?? ...too hard to imagine, indeed!
Great Friday afternoon song. Making work more tolerable.
 linzie wrote:

Cant imagine what these two listen to??? 
 
You've a poor imagination then, Linzie. I for one listen to RP every workday and a good few times outside work, and enjoy the vast majority of its output. Strange but true: you can dislike Neil Young's voice and still enjoy music. Weird, huh? {#Think}

As I've often written, IMO NY is a great songwriter and I love hearing other artists cover his work, but his voice is physically painful to me. That's my loss I'm sure, but it's how it is. I can no more like NY's voice than I can eat Marmite.
 kcar wrote:
Brilliant segue from Arcade Fire's "Deep Blue."
 
Someone on the board for that song mentioned similarities between the songs. Anyone want to describe that for me? I'm not really hearing it. I think Country Girl is gorgeous, among CSNY's best.
 franta wrote:
 fredriley wrote:

...shame about the delivery. Neil Young's voice makes me reach for the mute button at some speed, it's so painful to listen to. Positively Pavlovian...

 agree entirely, even worse when harmonising with CSN. If I did not know any better, I would not believe that people listen to this thing for pleasure. Funny how people react differently, it causes me almost physical pain.
 
Cant imagine what these two listen to??? 
Could be one of my favs from them ALL....NY, of course, has me being a tad prejudiced...
Young.............................., Crosby, Stills & Nash would have been more appropriate as a band name.
I can't sing either, but I didn't go and make an album.  damn.  I've liked some of their other stuff.   Maybe everyone was high this day.
 franta wrote:
 fredriley wrote:

...shame about the delivery. Neil Young's voice makes me reach for the mute button at some speed, it's so painful to listen to. Positively Pavlovian...

 agree entirely, even worse when harmonising with CSN. If I did not know any better, I would not believe that people listen to this thing for pleasure. Funny how people react differently, it causes me almost physical pain.
 
Disagree with you both, but obviously it's personal preference. For me, it's like that vintage old VW van; maybe dented and a little rusty now, but you love it even more with its imperfections.