David Crosby Fare Thee Well

Fare thee well my bright star

I watched your taillights blaze into nothingness

But you were long gone before I ever got to you

Before you blazed past this address

And now I think of having loved and having lost

But never know what it’s like to never love

Who can say that’s better and my heart’s become the cost

A mere token of a brighter jewel sent from above

Fare thee well my bright star

The vanity of youth, the color of your eyes

And maybe if I’d fanned the blazing fire of your day-to-day

Or if I’d been older I’d been wise

Too thick the heat of those long summer evenings

For a cool evening I began to yearn

But you could only feed upon the things which feed a fire

Waiting to see if I would burn

Fare thee well my bright star

It was a brief brilliant miracle dive

That which I looked up to and clung to for dear life

Had to burn itself up just to prove it was alive

And I caught you then in your moment of glory

Your last dramatic scene against a night sky stage

With a memory so clear it’s as if you were still before me

My once in a lifetime star of an age

Fare thee well my bright star

Last night the tongues of fire circled me around

And this strange season of pain will come to pass

When the healing hands of autumn cool me down

David Crosby Set That Baggage Down

That trunk is filled with dusty air

Ghosts that lived and still don’t care

Resist the urge to turn around and set it down.

Set that baggage down, brother

Set that baggage down

Throw it in the river

Let that baggage drown.

Every girl that left you

Every friend that ran

Everything that broke you, bury it in the sand.

Set that baggage down, brother

Set that baggage down

Throw it in the water

Let that baggage drown.

Leave it at the station, leave it in the street

Toss it in the gutter, set it down by your feet.

Walk on, walk on

Walk on down that road

Walk on, walk on

No need to carry that load

No more, no more

No more, no more

No more, no more.

When you lost your momma

When you lost your job

When you were feeling hungry, no one left to rob.

Set that baggage down, brother

Set that baggage down

Set that baggage down, brother

Set that baggage down.

Rise up, rise up, yeah

Rise up, rise up and

Set that baggage down, brother

Set that baggage down, down, down.

David Crosby Traction In The Rain

It’s hard enough, I know

To find the strength to go

Back to where it all began

It’s hard to enough to gain

Any traction in the rain

You know it’s hard for me to understand

Hard to find a way

To get through another city day

Without thinking about

Gettin’ out

Now the strangest thing I’ve seen

Was a t-shirt turning green

In envy of turtle dove

The dove’s lady was the cause

Or maybe it was the olive branch she held in her claws

Or maybe he could see they were in love

You know it’s hard for me to find a way

To get through another city day

Without thinking about

Gettin’ out

David Crosby Drop Down Mama

Drop down mama

Let your daddy see

You got something down there

That keeps on worryin’ me.

But my mama don’t allow me

To fool around

She’s sayin’ “son you’re too young now.

Some woman might put you down.”

Go ‘way from my window

Stop scratchin’ ’round my screen

You’re so evil woman

And I know what you mean.

Any my mama don’t allow me

To fool around

She’s sayin’ “son, you’re too young now,

Some woman might put you down.”

I got three women livin’

On the same damn road

One does my cookin’

One does my washin’

One pays my room and board.

And my mama don’t allow me

To fool around

She’s sayin’ “son, you’re too young now,

Some woman might put you down.”

Drop down mama

Let your daddy see

You got something down there

That keeps worryin’ me

And my mama don’t allow me

To fool around

She’s sayin’ “son you’re too young now,

Some woman might put you down.”

“Son you’re to young no,

Some woman might put you down.”

David Crosby Melody

Melody

You are my reason for being.

In my life’s coldest season

I keep on seeing you: Melody

I am such

a patchwork of a man.

Out here trying to catch

Every whisper that I can

Of you: Melody

Wander, you know you wander

Through my life, all the time.

Follow, you know I’ll follow

And when I do

Then my life starts to rhyme.

Sometimes I lose it;

I abuse it, and I fall

Into the worst damn places of all

Sometimes I even

Start to close my eyes

And then silence,

Comes to claim me as its prize.

Suddenly, suddenly nearly

A song, rises up to fly

Oh melody, oh melody

Oh music, oh music of my life

I love you.

I love you.

I love you, yes I do, I love you.

David Crosby Dangerous Night

Now some small parts seem right scattered here and there

One smiling face in a crowd that’s angry and scared

Can’t seem to see where it doesn’t get worse

It’s like one good thought getting lost in an angry verse.

I try to write Buddha and it comes out guns

I vote for peace and the blood still runs

I want to believe I can pass happy to my child

But the truth gets lost and the system runs wild.

Send me someone who has doubts about it

Who has conquered their own fear and lived to tell about it

Someone who won’t give up in the frozen rain

Who’ll walk right next to me through the orchards and the grain.

I wake up from a dream of a baby and a blast

Scenes from the television in the blue light it cast

Seek peace in your own heart sounds true, sounds right

I’m a troubled soul searching for peace in the night.

Send me someone who has doubts about it

Who has conquered their own fear and lived to tell about it

Someone who won’t give up in the frozen rain

Who’ll walk right next to me through the orchards and the grain.

Trying to figure out how it all fits together

Humans and sun and oceans and weather

And even if I dream alone on such a dangerous night

Tryin’ to make all these pieces fit right.

Send me someone who has doubts about it

Who has conquered their own fear and lived to tell about it

Someone who won’t give up in the frozen rain

Who’ll walk right next to me through the orchards and the grain.

Even if I dream alone on such a dangerous night

Somehow I know I’m going to dream again tonight.

David Crosby Old Soldier

Listen old soldier wherever you are

The hills or the valleys

Come near or come far

They say youth’s a treasure

We waste when we’re young

So come down from the place

Where your medals are hung

You’re forever returning and learning to fight

And you feel just like an old soldier tonight

Listen old soldier ’cause time doesn’t wait

The moon’s on your shoulder

The hour is late

There’s something there inside you

Still calls out to you

And you won’t fade away

Whatever you do

You’re forever beginning

Barely winning the fight

And you feel just like an old soldier tonight

You’re not getting any younger

That much is true now

But you’ve still got that hunger

Burning in you now

So what do you do now

What do you do now

Listen old soldier

To the sound in your ears

Of too many battles

For too many years

There’s only one thing

You’ve learned in defeat

Losing is bitter

And victory is sweet

You’re always unravelling

Traveling light

And you feel just like an old soldier tonight

Feel just like an old soldier tonight

David Crosby Drive Out To The Desert

Drive out to the desert

Sail out on the sea

Far away from cities

Where the light hides the sky

Stars fear to fly

And your eyes are finally free

Find a space that’s quiet

And lie down on your back

Ground and center

In your head

Till your troubles have fled

And they’ve ceased their attack

And if you start to feel very small

That’s a very good sign

It means that your perception

Your radio’s reception

Is working fine

Look up and see

Look up there with me

This great magic ocean

Stars like sand

Thrown by someone’s hand

In one timeless motion

And if you start to feel very small

That’s a very good sign

It means that your perception

Your radio’s reception

Is working fine

Just fine

David Crosby In The Wide Ruin

There was a city

In this desert

Shining with fountains

And pools of clear

sweet water.

So many clouds

of white birds soaring

It might have been

the sea…and there

was music.

Deep in the wild heart

Nothing ever changes

Deep in the wild heart

Nothing remains.

A place of stone

A tower of glass

Where bells of hammered brass

rang for hours.

Deep in the wild heart

Nothing ever changes

Deep in the wild heart

Nothing remains.

Over the horizon

Into the majesty.

As far as I can see

There is nothing of humanity.

In all your windy space

There is no trace of us.

I want to see

A human heart,

Show it to me…

Show it to me…

Deep in the wild heart

Nothing ever changes

Deep in the wild heart

Nothing remains.

Sleep, wild heart

In the wide ruin.