"Wooden Ships" is composed by David Crosby, lyrics by Stephen Stills and Paul Kantner in the late 1969, on Crosby's boat in Florida. It was released on the album Volunteers, the same year. It was controversial at the time because of anti-war message.
The song depicts the horrors confronting the survivors of a nuclear holocaust in which the two sides have annihilated each other. A man from one side stumbles upon a man…
If you smile at me you know, I will understand
'Cause that is something, everybody
Everywhere does in the same language