Long Time Gone

Album: Crosby, Stills & Nash (1969)

Songfacts®:

  • In the liner notes for the 1991 box set Crosby, Stills & Nash, David Crosby wrote: "It was written the night Bobby Kennedy was killed. I believed in him because he said he wanted to make some positive changes in America, and he hadn't been bought and sold like Johnson and Nixon - cats who made their deals years ago with the special interests in this country in order to gain power. I thought Bobby, like his brother, was a leader who had not made those deals. I was already angry about Jack Kennedy getting killed and it boiled over into this song when they got his brother, too."
  • Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young played this at the 1969 Woodstock Festival, and this song was used to open the video, which shows the workers preparing Max Yasgur's farm for the festival. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Cam - Cambridge, Canada

Comments: 6

  • Rick From San Diego from San DiegoFor years and years I was singing the song with these lyrics, "But don't, no don't, no, try to get yourself elected
    If you do you might as well cuff your hands..." Which I thought made sense. Oh well!
  • Jd from ColoradoRenee, it's relevant to politics at any time, no matter who's in office.
  • Renee from Naples FlThe song is relevant to today’s politics
  • Mike from Berkeley, CaEver since I heard this, I thought the lyrics were:
    "But don't, no don't, no, try to get yourself elected
    If you do you had better duck your head..."
    Sure, I might very well be wrong, and all those other lyrics sites (including this one) be right, but knowing that he wrote it in reaction to Bobby and John Kennedy's assassinations, 'ducking your head' would not only fit, it would make the song much more powerful.
  • Barry from New York, NcThe version of Long Time Gone featured in the movie Woodstock is an alternate mix.
  • Wayne from Crockett, TxGreat harmony from some of the greatest voices in rock music.
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