Wind on the Water

Album: Crosby, Stills & Nash (Box Set) (1991)


  • Singer-songwriter James Taylor guested on this song that tells of the beauty of sea life and admonishes us for our lack of care for the sea creatures.
  • This was not included on Crosby & Nash's 1975 album, which was also titled Wind on the Water. However, it became part Crosby, Stills & Nash's 1980s concert repertoire and has also been adopted by the ecological movement as a theme song. It was finally included on Crosby, Stills & Nash's 1991 self-titled box set.
  • Nash told the Illinois Entertainer how he came to write this song: "Let me set the scene for you. It was my first sail. On that journey, I saw a blue whale. It was insanely lucky to even come across a creature that was half again as long as David's boat, and David's boat is 70 feet. That's why I wrote 'Wind On The Water,' because we were killing these things, apparently for food, which sounds preposterous."


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