This song didn't appear until 2020, but its story dates to 1974. On the vinyl release of On the Beach
, which was recorded and released that year, the lyrics for "Florida" are superimposed over the liner credits.
"Florida" wasn't recorded until after that, though. Young put it down at Village Studios in Los Angeles on January 21, 1975, during the final sessions of what would become Homegrown
. Other songs done that day were "Little Wing," "Mexico
," and "Kansas."
Young didn't release the album to the public until June 2020 because many of the songs involved a painful breakup with actress Carrie Snodgress. "Florida" doesn't seem to be about that heartache, though.