David Crosby wrote this song, which is about drones killing innocent people, with his son James Raymond. They wrote more than half the tracks on Croz together and Crosby told Mojo magazine: "Right from the very first song we wrote together, it's been very good and easy. He seems to know where I'm going and I seem to know where he's going, I don't really even know how to describe it, but I know that I write better with him than with anybody else. That's a fairly difficult chemistry and doesn't happen fairly easily, but when it does it opens the door to another level and some of the best music I made."
Pianist James Raymond was born in 1962 and placed by David Crosby for adoption. He was reunited with his father as an adult and in 1997 Raymond began performing with him as a member of Crosby, Pevar & Raymond. After the disbandment of CPR in 2004, Raymond continued to work with his dad as well as part of the touring bands for Crosby & Nash and Crosby, Stills & Nash.
Mark from Los Angeles, CaThis is a hauntingly beautiful song and a damning indictment of our government's short-sighted anti-terrorism campaign. By attacking innocent civilians with unmanned drones, we're not only engaging in conduct that's equally reprehensible to the madness we claim to be fighting, but we all but guarantee the creation of a new generation of anti-American zealots in troubled lands abroad.
Mark from Los Angeles, CaCroz introduced this song at one of the five sold-out shows he recently did at the Troubadour in Los Angeles by saying it was likely to get him in trouble with the U.S. government, but, as he pointed out, that was nothing new. He explained that the song grew out of a conversation he'd had with his son, James Raymond. Croz had a picture in his mind of an Afghan family raising goats and barely getting by. The family was eventually visited by a group of Taliban soldiers who tried to recruit them, but they refused to join because it took all their energy just to survive and tend to their small herd. Miles overhead, American drones were tracking the Taliban recruiters, and, not knowing anything of the family's refusal, the agents responsible for the drones used them to unleash a vicious attack on the poor family below.