For What It's Worth (2:37)

Cover of Buffalo Springfield

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While the song has come to symbolize worldwide turbulence and confrontational feelings arising from events during the 1960s (particularly the Vietnam War), Stills reportedly wrote the song in reaction to escalating unrest between law enforcement and young club-goers related to the closing of Pandora’s Box, a club on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, California. The song’s title appears nowhere in its lyrics; it is more easily remembered by the first line of chorus: “Stop, children, what’s that sound? Everybody look what’s going down.”

In 2006, Stephen Stills was interviewed by Tom Kent on his radio show “Into the ’70s” and pointed out that many people think “For What It’s Worth” is about the Kent State Shootings, although it was actually recorded several years before that event.

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  • marjo47

    Yes great indeed.

    27 Jan 3:58pm Reply
  • HayleighRayment

    Sorry I have a bath because this was out when I am going home with them while eating prawn Ra gyrate retrieve the summer I want a bath

    25 Dec 2014 Reply
  • wiseblood-

    One of the greatest songs of ALL TIMES!

    6 Dec 2014 Reply
  • ohyaohya

    this song is so true of the times! believe me

    4 Nov 2014 Reply
  • HayleighRayment

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    24 Oct 2014 Reply
  • ghismmbb

    osmose !

    22 Oct 2014 Reply
  • cousinbull

    Stephen Stills HOF same day 2 different groups (CSN)

    17 Oct 2014 Reply
  • RAY7654321

    Listening to the album "Buffalo Springfield" released in 1966 by a group that was doomed from the start by too much talent, too many large egos, drugs and legal problems. Rolling Stone article: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/artists/buffalo-springfield

    16 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Fun-n-Flirty

    Good old songs that keeps memories alive.

    15 Oct 2014 Reply
  • websrfr

    SonofClaus, maybe they just wanted to pick pics from that time period.

    8 Oct 2014 Reply
  • SonofClaus

    laughing at the jefferson airplane pic

    8 Oct 2014 Reply
  • websrfr

    Always think of "Forrest Gump" when I hear this now.

    2 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Distron

    what once was...will always be...i think?

    24 Sep 2014 Reply
  • HayleighRayment

    Kfc

    18 Sep 2014 Reply
  • MarcT1957

    this is a theme song for an entire period of american history.....listen up boys and girls...

    21 Aug 2014 Reply
  • TheGhostMutt

    I wish i could hear how the guitar solo progresses at the end of the song,to me it ends to abruptly. Great song.

    29 Jul 2014 Reply
  • juliendu48

    Magic [1]

    26 Jul 2014 Reply
  • fool2010

    :-)

    24 Jul 2014 Reply
  • N0dr0g

    Pity it's coming up with photos of the Airplane!

    15 Jul 2014 Reply
  • TuneBlendR

    This Stephen Stills' song has been covered by SO MANY, but nothing beats this original with his vocals...

    14 Jul 2014 Reply
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