For What It's Worth (2:37)

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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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  • 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 10:37pm Reply
  • wiseblood-

    One of the greatest songs of ALL TIMES!

    6 Dec 2:29pm Reply
  • ohyaohya

    this song is so true of the times! believe me

    4 Nov 7:24pm Reply
  • HayleighRayment

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    24 Oct 9:23pm Reply
  • ghismmbb

    osmose !

    22 Oct 8:26pm Reply
  • cousinbull

    Stephen Stills HOF same day 2 different groups (CSN)

    17 Oct 11:36pm 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 5:21pm Reply
  • Fun-n-Flirty

    Good old songs that keeps memories alive.

    15 Oct 12:40pm Reply
  • websrfr

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

    8 Oct 10:55pm Reply
  • SonofClaus

    laughing at the jefferson airplane pic

    8 Oct 10:34pm Reply
  • websrfr

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

    2 Oct 11:48pm Reply
  • Distron

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

    24 Sep 1:58pm Reply
  • HayleighRayment

    Kfc

    18 Sep 9:09pm Reply
  • MarcT1957

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

    21 Aug 5:04pm 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 8:31pm Reply
  • juliendu48

    Magic [1]

    26 Jul 8:10am Reply
  • fool2010

    :-)

    24 Jul 11:28pm Reply
  • N0dr0g

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

    15 Jul 7:19pm Reply
  • TuneBlendR

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

    14 Jul 3:51am Reply
  • Keithcow

    Magic

    3 Jul 2:15pm Reply
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