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Four Way Street

the lyrics

songlist (click  for audio sample)

On The Way Home
(Neil Young)
Teach Your Children
(Graham Nash)
Triad
(David Crosby)
The Lee Shore
(David Crosby)
Chicago
(Graham Nash)
Right Between The Eyes
(Graham Nash)
Cowgirl In The Sand
(Neil Young)
Don't Let It Bring You Down
(Neil Young)
49 Bye-Byes
(Stephen Stills)
Love The One You're With
(Stephen Stills)
King Midas in Reverse *
(Graham Nash, Allan Clarke, Tony Hicks)
Laughing *
(David Crosby)
Black Queen *
(Stephen Stills)
Medley: The Loner, Cinnamon Girl, Down by the River *
(Neil Young)
Pre-Road Downs
(Graham Nash)
Long Time Gone
(David Crosby)
Southern Man
(Neil Young)
Ohio
(Neil Young)
Carry On
(Stephen Stills)
Find The Cost Of Freedom
(Stephen Stills)

The songs marked with an asterisk were not on the original double album, but were added as bonus tracks to the 1992 compact disk edition.

ON THE WAY HOME

by Neil Young

When the dream came
I held my breath with my eyes closed
I went insane, like a smoke ring day
When the wind blows
Now I won't be back till later on
If I do come back at all
But you know me, and I miss
You
In a strange game
I saw myself as you knew me
When the change came, and you had a
Chance to see through me
Though the other side is just the same
You can tell you dream is real
Because I love you, can you see me now
Though we rush ahead to save our time
We are only what we feel
And I love you, can you feel it now


TEACH YOUR CHILDREN

by Graham Nash

You who are on the road
Must have a code that you can live by
And so become yourself
Because the past is just a good bye.
Teach your children well,
Their father's hell did slowly go by,
And feed them on your dreams
The one they picks, the one you'll know by.
Don't you ever ask them why, if they told you, you will cry,
So just look at them and sigh and know they love you.
And you, of tender years,
Can't know the fears that your elders grew by,
And so please help them with your youth,
They seek the truth before they can die.
Teach your parents well,
Their children's hell will slowly go by,
And feed them on your dreams
The one they pick, the one you'll know by.
Don't you ever ask them why, if they told you, you will cry,
So just look at them and sigh and know they love you.


TRIAD

by David Crosby

I want to know how it will be
Me and her or you and me
You both stand there with your long hair flowing
Your eyes alive, your minds are still growing
Saying to me what can we do now that we
Both love you — I love you too
I don't really see, why can't we go on as three
You are afraid, embarrased too, no one has ever
Said such a thing to you
Your mother's ghost stands at your shoulder
A face like ice a little bit colder
Saying to you
You can not do that it breaks alll the rules
You learned in school
I don't really see, why can't we go on as three
We love each other it's plain to see
There's just one answer comes to me
Sister lovers — water brothers
And in time maybe others
So you see what we can do
If we try something new - if you're crazy too
I don't really see, why can't we go on as three


THE LEE SHORE

by David Crosby

Wheel gull spin and glide — you've no place to hide
Cause you don't need one
All along the lee shore shells lie scattered in the sand
Winking up like shining eyes - at me, from the sea
Here is one like sunrise older than you know
It's still lying there where some careless wave
Forgot it long ago
When I woke this morning
Dove beneath my floating home
Down below my graceful side
In the turning tide
To watch the sea fish roam
There I heard a story from the sailors
Of the Sandra Marie
There's another island a days' run away from here
Empty and free
From here to Venezuela nothing more to see
Than a hundred thousand islands
Flung like jewels upon the sea
For you and me
Sunset smells of dinner
Women are calling at me to end the tales
But perhaps I'll see you the next quiet place
I furl my sails.


CHICAGO

by Graham Nash

Though your brother's bound and gagged
And they've chained him to a chair
Won't you please come to Chicago
Just to sing
In a land that's known as freedom
How can such a thing be fair
Won't you please come to Chicago
For the help that we can bring
We can change the world —
Re-arrange the world
It's dying — to get better
Politician, sit yourself down,
There's nothing for you here
Won't you please come to Chicago
For a ride
Don't ask Jack to help you
Cause he'll turn the other ear
Won't you please come to Chicago
Or else join the other side
We can change the world —
Re-arrange the world
It's dying — if you believe in justice
It's dying — and if you believe in freedom
It's dying — let a man live his own life
It's dying — rules and regulations, who needs them
Open up the door
Somehow people must be free
I hope the day comes soon
Won't you please come to Chicago
Show your face
From the bottom to the ocean
To the mountains of the moon
Won't you please come to Chicago
No one else can take your place
We can change the world —
Re-arrange the world
It's dying — if you believe in justice
It's dying — and if you believe in freedom
It's dying — let a man live his own life
It's dying — rules and regulations, who needs them
Open up the door
We can change the world


RIGHT BETWEEN THE EYES

by David Crosby

My head is hanging heavy with the thoughts of him in mind
'Tis sacrilege for us to take advantage of the blind
So, tell before you come to me from out of yonder skies
A man's a man who looks a man right between the eyes
And the pain we could bring to him
I don't think he could beat
Please don't ask me how I know
I've just been up that street
And all the people living there
Have been silenced by there own lies
A man's a man who looks a man
Right between the eyes
And talking from experience
I know how he would feel
Waking up and finding out that his one love wasn't real
But the age of truth will soon appear, Aquarius arrives
A man's a man who looks a man
Right between the eyes


COWGIRL IN THE SAND

by Neil Young

Hello, cowgirl in the sand
Is this place at your command,
Can I stay here for a while
Can I see your sweet sweet smile
Old enough now to change your name
When so many love you is it the same,
It's the woman in you that makes you want to play this game
Hello, ruby in the dust
Has your band begun to rust
After all the sin we've had
I was hopin' that we turn back
Old enough now to change your name
When so many love you is it the same
It's the woman in you that makes you want to play this game
Hello woman of my dreams
This is not the way it seems
Purple words on a grey background
To be a woman and to be turned down
Old enough now to change your name
When so many love you is it the same
It's the woman in you that makes you want to play this game


DON’T LET IT BRING YOU DOWN

by Neil Young

Old man lying by the side of the road
With the lorries rolling by,
Blue moon sinking from the weight of the load
And the buildings scrape the sky,
Cold wind ripping down the alley at dawn
And the morning paper flies,
Dead man lying by the side of the road
With the daylight in his eyes,
Don't let it bring you down — it's only castles burning,
Find someone who's turning and you will come around.
Blind man running through the light of the night
With an answer in his hand,
Come on down to the river of sight
And you can really understand,
Red lights flashing through the window in the rain,
Can you hear the sirens moan?
White cane lying in a gutter in the lane,
If you're walking home alone,
Don't let it bring you dowa — it's only castles burning,
Just find someone who's turning and you will come around.


49 BYE-BYES

by Stephen Stills

49 reasons all in a line
All of them good ones, all of them lies.
Drifting with my lady, we're oldest of friends
Need a little work and there's fences to mend.
Steady girl, be my world.
Till the drifter come, now she's gone.
I let that man play his hand,
I let them go, how was I to know?
I'm down on my knees, nobody left to please.
Now it's over, they left in the spring.
Her and the drifter, lookin' for beautiful things.
Steady girl, be my world.
Till the drifter come, now she's gone.
I let that man play his hand,
I let them go, how was I to know?
I'm down on my knees, nobody left to please.
(Poem "America's Children" by Stephen Stills)


LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH

by Stephen Stills

If you're down and confused
And you don't remember who you're talkin' to
Concentration slip away
Cause your baby is so far away.
Well, there's a rose in a fisted glove
And the eagle flies with the dove
And if you can't be with the one you love
Love the one you're with
Love the one you're with
Don't be angry, don't be sad,
Don't sit cryin' over good things you've had,
There's a girl right next to you
And she's just waiting for something you do.
Well, there's a rose in a fisted glove
And the eagle flies with the dove
And if you can't be with the one you love
Love the one you're with
Love the one you're with
Turn your heartache right into joy
She's a girl, you're a boy,
Get it together make it nice
Ain't gonna need anymore advice.
Well, there's a rose in a fisted glove
And the eagle flies with the dove
And if you can't be with the one you love
Love the one you're with
Love the one you're with


KING MIDAS IN REVERSE

by Graham Nash, Allan Clarke, Tony Hicks

If you could only see me
And know exactly who I am
You wouldn't want to be me
Oh I can assure you of that
I'm not the guy to run with
'Cos I'll throw you off the line
I'll break you and destroy you
Given time
He's King Midas with a curse
He's King Midas in reverse
He's King Midas with a curse
He's King Midas in reverse
It's plain to see it's hopeless
Going on that way we are
So even though I lose you
You'd be better of by far
He's not the one to hold your trust
Everything around him turns to dust
In his hand
Nothing he can do is right
He'd even like to sleep at night
But he can't
He's King Midas with a curse
He's King Midas in reverse
He's King Midas with a curse
He's King Midas in reverse
I wish someone would find me
And help me gain control
Before I lose my reason and my soul
He's King Midas with a curse
He's King Midas in reverse
He's King Midas with a curse
He's King Midas in reverse


LAUGHING

by David Crosby

I thought I met a man,
Who said he knew a man,
Who knew what was going on.
I was mistaken
Only another stranger that I knew
I thought I found a light
And all this darkness
I was mistaken
Only reflections — of a shadow that I saw
And I thought I'd seen someone
Who seemed at last
To know the truth
I was mistaken
It was only a child — laughing — in the sun
Ah! In the sun


BLACK QUEEN

by Stephen Stills

Black queen, holdin' hearts
Black queen tear the game apart
Black queen don't you know
can't beat aces all in a row, black queen
don't you go bet on the black queen
come on have mercy black queen
my aces can beat you clean
black queen see the whole hand honey
black queen where's your black man
black queen if he ain't in the hole
black queen you've got some more to show me
black queen right now
don't you go bet on that black queen
God have mercy black queen right now
my aces can beat you clean
alright, alright
black queen, where's your bankroll, honey now
black queen, where did it go, right on,
the black queen,
the truth is hard, black queen
don't play them foolish cards
black queen, come on, come on now black queen,
yeah, get it on with it my aces will beat you clean, oh yeah.


MEDLEY: THE LONER, CINNAMON GIRL, DOWN BY THE RIVER

by Neil Young

He's a perfect stranger like a cross of himself and a fox
He's a perfect arranger and a changer of the ways he talks
He's the unforseen danger, the keeper of the key to the lock
Know when you see him, nothing can free him
Step aside, open wide, it's the loner
If you see him in the subway, he'll be down at the end of the car
Watching you move until he knows he knows who you are
When you get off at your station alone, he'll know that you are
Know when you see him, nothing can free him
Step aside, open wide, it's the loner

I want to live with a cinnamon girl
I could be happy the rest of my life
With a cinnamon girl
A dreamer of pictures, I run in the night
You see us together chasin' the moonlight
My cinnamon girl
Ten silver saxes, a bass with a bow
The drummer relaxes and waits between shows
For his cinnamon girl
A dreamer of pictures, I run in the night
You see us together chasin' the moonlight
My cinnamon girl

Be on my side, I'll be on your side
There is no reason for us to hide
It's so hard for me staying here all alone
When you could be taking me for a ride
She could drag me over the rainbow
And send me away
Down by the river
I shot my baby
Down by the river
Dead
You take my hand, I'll take your hand
Together we may get away
This much madness is too much sorrow
It's impossible to make it today
She could drag me over the rainbow
And send me away
Down by the river
I shot my baby
Down by the river
Dead
Be on my side, I'll be on your side
There is no reason for us to hide
It's so hard for me staying here all alone
When you could be taking me for a ride.


PRE-ROAD DOWNS

by Graham Nash

I have kissed you, so I'll miss you
On the road I'll be wantin' you
But I have you 'cause I love you,
And you have me 'cause you love me, too.
Felt forsaken, you'll awaken
To the joys of livin' hand in glove.
And then I will lend you my will,
And your days will be filled with love.
Don't run, the time approaches,
Hotels and midnight coaches,
Be sure to hide the roaches.
Felt dejected, as expected,
You rejected all the thoughts of work.
So I'll pray, with
You to stay with me forever, and we'll make it work.
Elevated, you're elated,
'Cause I waited a year for you,
If you're thinkin' what I'm thinkin',
Then I'm gonna make my love to you,
Don't run, the time approaches,
Hotels and midnight coaches,
Be sure to hide the roaches.


LONG TIME GONE

by David Crosby

It's been a long time comin'
It's goin' to be a long time gone.
Appears to be a long time,
Yes, a long, long, log time
Before the dawn.
Turn, turn any corner.
Hear, you must hear what the people say,
You know there's something that's goin' on here,
That surely, surely, surely won't stand the light of day.
And it appears to be a long,
Such a long, long, long time before the dawn.
Speak out, you got to speak out against
The madness, you got to speak your mind,
If you dare.
But don't try to get yourself elected.
If you do you had better cut your hair.
'Cause it appears to be a long time,
Before the dawn.
It's been a long time comin',
It's been a long time gone.
But you know, the darkest hour,
Is always just before the dawn.
And it appears to be a long time,
Such a long, long, long time before the dawn.


SOUTHERN MAN

by Neil Young

Southern man, better keep your head,
Don't forget what your good books said,
Southern change gonna come at last.
Now your crosses are burning fast,
Southern man.
I saw cotton and I saw black,
Tall white mansions and little shacks,
Southern man, when will you pay them back,
I heard screaming and bull whips cracking
How long? How long?
Lillie Bell, your hair is golden brown,
I've seen your mad man comin' round,
I swear by God I'm gonna cut him down,
I heard screaming and bull whips cracking,
How long? How long?


OHIO

by Neil Young

Tin soldiers and Nixon's coming
We're finally on our own
This summer I hear the drumming
Four dead in Ohio
Gonna get down to it soldiers are cutting us down
Should have been down long ago
What if you knew her and found her dead on the ground
How can you run when you know.
Gonna get down to it soldiers are cutting us down
Should have been down long ago
What if you knew her and found her dead on the ground
How can you run when you know.


CARRY ON

Stephen Stills

One morning I woke up and I knew you were really gone.
A new day, a new way,
And new eyes to see the dawn.
Go your way
I'll go mine and carry on.
The sky is clearing and the night has cried enough
The sun he comes the world to often up.
Rejoice, rejoice, we have no choice but to carry on.
The fortunes of fables are able to sing a song,
Now witness the quickness with which we get along
To sing the blues, you've got to live the dues
And carry on.
Carry on love is coming,
Love is coming to us all.
Where are you going now my love?
Where will you be tomorrow?
Will you bring me happiness?
Will you bring me sorrow?
Are they questons of a thousand dreams
What you do and what you see
Lover, can you talk to me?
Girl, when I was on my own
Chasing you down
What was it made you run
Tryin' your best just to get around
The question of a thousand dreams
What you do and what you see
Lover, can you talk to me?


FIND THE COST OF FREEDOM

by Stephen Stills

Find the cost of freedom, buried in the ground,
Mother Earth will swallow you,
Lay your body down.