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."