Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - "Marrakesh Express & Blackbird" - Live at Woodstock August 18, 1969




The group formed in 1968 after the fracturing of bands The Hollies, The Byrds, and Buffalo Springfield. The initial lineup consisted of only Crosby, Stills, and Nash, and the band needed more personnel in order to tour, as Steven Stills was responsible for most of the instrumentals. The trio finally settled with Neil Young.


Their second concert together was none other than Woodstock 1969. Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young had played only one previous show together prior to Woodstock, and although each member was an experienced musician, the lack of playing together resulted in the band being incredibly nervous. The set included acoustic performances of songs from the first album released without Young, who came out and played as a duo with Stills. They were announced as their former band Buffalo Springfield, although the actual Buffalo Springfield had since disintegrated.




Lyrics


Looking at the world Through the sunset in your eyes Trying to make the train Through clear Moroccan skies Ducks and pigs and chickens call Animal carpet wall to wall American ladies five foot tall in blue.

Sweeping cobwebs from the edges of my mind Had to get away to see what we could find Hope the days that lie ahead Bring us back to where they've led Listen not to what's been said to you

Would you know we're riding On the Marrakesh Express Would you know we're riding On the Marrakesh Express All on board that train

I've been saving all my money just to take you there I smell the garden in your hair

Take the train from Casablanca going south Blowing smoke rings from the corners of my my, my, my, my mouth Colored cottons hang in air Charming cobras in the square Striped Djellebas we can wear at home Don't you know we're riding on the Marrakesh Express Don't you know we're riding on the Marrakesh Express They're taking me to Marrakesh Express Don't you know we're riding on the Marrakesh Express Don't you know we're riding on the Marrakesh Express They're taking me to Marrakesh All on board that train All on board that train


Songwriters: Graham Nash Marrakesh Express lyrics © Spirit Music Group







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