A Song (and a Photo)

Bobbi and Nick Ercoline at Woodstock, 1969

Woodstock

Well I came across a child of God, he was walking along the road

and I asked him tell where are you going, this he told me:

Well, I’m going down to Yasgur’s farm, going to join in a rock and roll band.

Got to get back to the land, set my soul free.

We are stardust, we are golden, we are billion year old carbon,

And we got to get ourselves back to the garden.

Well, then can I walk beside you? I have come to lose the smog.

And I feel like I’m a cog in something turning.

And maybe it’s the time of year, yes, and maybe it’s the time of man.

And I don’t know who I am but life is for learning.

We are stardust, we are golden, we are billion year old carbon,

And we got to get ourselves back to the garden.

We are stardust, we are golden, we are billion year old carbon,

And we got to get ourselves back to the garden.

By the time we got to Woodstock, we were half a million strong,

And everywhere there was song and celebration.

And I dreamed I saw the bomber jet planes riding shotgun in the sky,

Turning into butterflies above our nation.

We are stardust, we are golden, we are caught in the devil’s bargain,

And we got to get ourselves back to the garden.

— Music and Lyrics by Joni Mitchell/Performed by Crosby, Still, Nash and Young (and many others)

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