Cathedral (5:16)

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Winchester Cathedral
Hugh Foulkes
Birth: 1773
Death: Feb. 2, 1799
British Army officer. The inscription reads: “Hugh Foulkes, Esq., Lieutenant in the Royal Cheshire Militia, died Febr. 2nd. 1799, aged 26 years.” Lieutenant Foulkes is of interest because he is the subject of the song “Cathedral”, which appears on Crosby, Stills and Nash’s “CSN” album of 1977. Graham Nash, who was born in Lancashire but who has lived in America since the late sixties, was on a visit to the land of his birth, driving from London to Stonehenge, when he paused at Winchester Cathedral. Later, Graham explained in an interview: “I was once walking down the central aisle of Winchester Cathedral and felt a presence at my feet. I happened to be standing on the grave of Hugh Foulkes, a soldier who died in 1799 on the same day that I was born. I find that most wars are fought in the name of God. You know, my God’s better than your God and I’ll kill you to prove it”.


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  • oldiesfanjohn

    Take a trip with Graham to a famous Cathedral circa 1977.. Feed thy head @mdbado as they say and you will come around/understand as we also preface,"Don't Let It Bring You Down."by Neil Younf & CH,too... Maybe you just don't "GET" it!...Huh?

    3 Oct 2012 Reply
  • mdbado

    Disclaimer: CSN is my favorite band. I am obsessed with them. Just saw them two weeks ago in Milwaukee. What a show! Now the bad news: I've never understood why people love this song so much. I'd much rather hear "Another Sleep Song" from the vastly underrated "Wild Tales".

    17 Aug 2012 Reply
  • StephenL61

    Did this song 2 nights ago when i saw them at the Wellmont. They were terrific. Btw, this is Graham tripping on LSD in Winchester Cathedral.

    29 Jun 2012 Reply
  • nick_honest

    one of the best songs of all times!

    4 Jun 2012 Reply
  • oldiesfanjohn

    Wow Great tune..A '77 flashback..Memories,haven't heard this in awhile..belies the fact that it's an old acid trip of Nashes'!

    2 Jun 2012 Reply

    Alway's looked forward to this in concert.

    9 May 2012 Reply
  • justinmcgonigle


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  • stringmanuk

    Interesting - had Nash had some bad personal experiences of Christianity in his life, was he doing the by then usual 'new age/new religion' (post war) thing, or was it really prompted by an actual event?

    24 Jan 2012 Reply
  • WestfalianAlien

    Open up the gates of the church and let me out of here...........

    30 Nov 2011 Reply
  • JukeBoxHero48


    12 Sep 2011 Reply
  • lottadogs

    Wow...this is so powerful, I love it.

    28 Jul 2011 Reply
  • leatherybob

    This song reminds me of you.

    28 Jul 2011 Reply
  • ianbeechclarke

    Great song

    26 Jun 2011 Reply
  • jdjanze

    AMAZING song if I ever heard one!

    12 Jun 2011 Reply
  • chloe1357

    simply gorgeous

    23 Mar 2011 Reply
  • xiempiethps

    wow, first time I heard this I was blown away

    21 Mar 2011 Reply
  • DGC1983


    2 Feb 2011 Reply
  • JMasy

    My favourite group, definitely! Great song ...

    20 Dec 2010 Reply
  • ToTheWelshPoint

    The finest example of Anglo-American collaboration :)

    18 Dec 2010 Reply
  • nagel175

    One of my all time favourites

    13 Dec 2010 Reply
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