Wooden Ships (5:29)

Cover of Crosby, Stills & Nash

From Crosby, Stills & Nash and 17 other releases

The words to “Wooden Ships” were written in the main cabin of David Crosbys boat “The Mayan”. The music had already been written. Paul Kantner wrote two verses, Stephen Stills wrote one, Crosby added the bits at both ends. The first part was borrowed off a little Baptist church sign in Florida that said;

“If you smile at me
I will understand
‘Cause that is something
Everybody everywhere does in the same language “.

It’s a weird science fiction story, but one that could happen today. “Silver people on the shoreline” are guys in radiation suits. The authors imagined themselves as the few surviviors, escaping on a boat to create a new civilization. Later on, Jackson Browne said “What about all the people who get left behind?” and wrote “For Everyman” in response.


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  • mattmacneil

    'horror grips us as we watch you die/all we can do is echo your anguished cries'

    27 Dec 2014 Reply
  • waltmartin

    Great lyrics / vocals / instrumentals and Great memories ...

    4 Nov 2014 Reply
  • lost-id

    silver beaches

    18 May 2014 Reply
  • Vangelisideras

    sagrados dinosaurios, tres músicos de monumento

    22 Jan 2014 Reply
  • stevebolander


    9 Jan 2014 Reply
  • rastamartys

    we need to blaze. beatle da da da dave

    31 Aug 2013 Reply
  • bagoweinies

    always liked Grace Slick, Jefferson Airplane, singing this one. It's CSN song I know

    11 Jul 2013 Reply
  • AshleyBovan

    ~ the same language ~ me too, prefer JA version - but this is good as well

    26 Apr 2013 Reply
  • orses4corses

    Stephen Stills live version is phenomenol.

    22 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Drazba

    great -song-love the airplane version also

    21 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Distron

    Nobody Won...We all lose?

    17 Sep 2012 Reply
  • droach6

    Crosby's song writing at its best.

    2 Aug 2012 Reply
  • oldiesfanjohn

    ...Can you tell me?..Who won?...

    22 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Irlandese64

    This is on my short list of tunes I'd want with me if I was ever marooned.

    28 May 2012 Reply
  • Distron

    This and Long Time Gone,I forever associate with kicking off the Woodstock Movie [1] right-on oldiesfanjohn! long time gone...but not forgotten

    27 May 2012 Reply
  • oldiesfanjohn

    Jefferson Airplane`s version is good,too...Darker and doir,though..Kantner`s voice sets the imagery,but the imagery of this/the song is the most heard!

    21 Apr 2012 Reply
  • oldiesfanjohn

    This and Long Time Gone,I forever associate with kicking off the Woodstock Movie

    12 Apr 2012 Reply
  • pro-audio2012

    amazing classic all in itself, don't make it like this anymore !!!

    7 Apr 2012 Reply
  • AndyNova

    What a tune.

    21 Mar 2012 Reply
  • stringmanuk

    Sublime - this album and the follow-up with Young are not only wonderful musically, but really capture that era.

    20 Feb 2012 Reply
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