Deja Vu lyrics CSNY

Music & lyrics DEJA VU

"Country Girl" was the most unusual song on Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's chart-topping 1970 album Deja Vu. Most of that record was chipper romanticism or reflections on the counterculture. By contrast, "Country Girl" was, like many Neil Young compositions, opaque and inscrutable, though comfortably melodic enough for it to fit onto the album without jarring the listener. Of the relatively few songs Young has written specifically for CSNY, it's the one that gives greatest vent to his eccentricity - a big part of his solo work, but one that was toned down for his work within CSNY. "Country Girl" is an achingly pretty, brooding minor-key ballad, though one that CSNY are able to make their own distinctive contributions to via their block harmonies. A doomy, classical-tinged piano and shimmering vibes dominates the first part of the arrangement. Suddenly a phantom-of-the-opera organ joins in, just after which CSNY add their trademark harmonies. "Country Girl" is in fact divided into a three-part suite titled "Whiskey Boot Hill, " "Down Down Down, " and "County Girl (I Think You're Pretty), " with "Down Down Down" marking a more uplifting and harmonized section. The orchestral density of the arrangement really explodes when it reaches the third and final part, which is basically just an anthemic repetition based around the song's title, as if sunlight has suddenly emerged over the hill to brighten Young's heart. It's an impressive suite-like production, but like many Young songs, its surface appeal hides enigmatic lyrics that are hard to make heads or tails of. The first parts of the tune are unrelated if evocative images that seem suffused with nostalgic lament and regret. The last part, "Country Girl (I Think You're Pretty), " is by contrast a relatively straightforward romantic plea for the girl to let him be her country man. When you get down to it the song makes little sense, but no matter: it's very pretty, perhaps in an indefinable way similar to that of the country girl Young evidently admires. About 35 years later, it emerged that an earlier version of the "Down Down Down" part of the song, with a sparser folk-rock arrangement, had actually been recorded by Buffalo Springfield way back in September 1966; it surfaced on the 2001 Buffalo Springfield box set. It should also be pointed out that part of the "Down Down Down" melody would be recycled for the much more famous Young composition "Broken Arrow, " recorded by Buffalo Springfield on their second album. Finally, it can also be noted that a very good solo acoustic guitar version of "Country Girl" appears on the Neil Young bootleg Trail of the Buffalo, recorded in concert in December 1969.

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