CSNY Songs For Acoustic Guitar

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CSNY Songs On The Acoustic Guitar

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1. Daylight Again - The Cost Of Freedom

This was an album from CSN released back in 1982. This was a top 10 album but was their last as a trio.

This particular song came about from Stephen Stills just picking some guitar riffs while they told stories about the Civil War. It them combined with the song Cost Of Freedom. 

  • Drop D Tuning = Yes
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = down down up down up and repeat
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = Dm, A+, C, 
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2. Helplessly Hoping

This song was written without Neil Young and was released in the summer of 1969 as the B-Side to Marrakesh Express. It's from their first trio album Crosby Stills and Nash.

The Bluegrass band JD Crow and The New South covered the song in 1986.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = root down root up down up will work here
  • Picking = No
  • Chords = Am, C, G, D, Csus2/maj7, F, C/G
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3. Long May You Run

This song is credited to the Stills Young band of 1976 as CSNY were on separate career paths with David Crosby and Graham Nash working together and Young and Still on separate projects.

Long May You Run was recorded during the summer of 1976 and released in the fall.  After 9 dates on tour with Stephen Stills, Neil Young dropped out of the duos tour to promote the album. The song was released ahead of the album and peaked at #71 in the UK.

I'm giving credit as a CSNY song as the four of them have performed the song many times together. The song hails from the album of the same name.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = root down root up down up and repeat
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = D, Dmaj7, G, Bm, A7, A7sus, A, A#, C
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4. Long Time Gone

This track can be found on the Crosby Stills and Nash debut album from 1969. David Crosby wrote this song but Stephen Stills had control of the recording session and sent Crosby home.

He and drummer Dallas Taylor laid down some guitar tracks and Crosby was convinced when he returned to the studio that he liked what they did with the song. They played this one on the Tom Jones Show along with Neil Young. 

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = 
  • Picking = No
  • Chords = Am, D, G, Fmal7 
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5. Love The One You're With

This song of course is a single by Stephen Stills but I thought it belonged in this section. stills went solo in 1970 and this song was from that first album "Stephen Stills".

The song reached #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1971. David Crosby and Graham Nash sang backup in this track.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = use a shuffle rhythm using up and down
  • Picking = No ... but a few bass riffs
  • Chords = A, Gbm, E, D, G,  
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6. Our House

Graham Nash wrote this song and CSNY recorded if for their 1970 Deja Vu album. The hit hit #30 on Billboard and #20 on the Cash Box chart. Living with Joni Mitchell in LA at the time, they had just purchased a vase on Ventura Blvd.

While Joni was out in the garden getting flowers for it, Graham was at her piano, and wrote this song in about an hr. The song was also a top 20 in Canada, The Netherlands and New Zealand.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = 2nd fret
  • Rhythm = down down down down up ... down down down down up and repeat
  • Picking = No
  • Chords = G, G7, D/Gb, Em, C, G6, Am7, D7, A# 
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7. Southern Cross

This song hails from the 1982 album "Daylight Again".

Video was just coming of age around this time so the group decided to shoot a sailing type video to accompany the song.

  • Drop D Tuning = Yes
  • Capo = 2nd fret
  • Rhythm = use a shuffle rhythm and watch the quick chord jumps
  • Picking = No
  • Chords = D, C, G
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8. Suite Judy Blue Eyes

This song is also from the trios debut album of 1969.

It reached #21 on the Pop charts in the US and #11 in Canada. The song makes reference to Stephen Stills ex-girlfriend at the time, Judy Collins who left him for actor Stacy Keach.

After hearing the song for the first time Judy said she cried, but told Stephen it wasn't going to bring her back.

  • Drop D Tuning = Yes
  • Capo = 2nd fret
  • Rhythm = steady up and down
  • Picking = No but a few sliding riffs blended into the rhythm
  • Chords = G, D, A, Am
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9. Teach Your Children

Graham Nash wrote this song when he was still a member of The Hollies, but they never recorded the song. The song is on the CSNY Deja Vu album from 1970.

The single hit #16 on the Billboard chart. Jerry Garcia, from the Grateful Dead, played steel guitar on the track in exchange that CSNY would help them improve their harmonies for an upcoming album.

  • Drop D Tuning = Yes
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = root down root up down up and repeat
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = G, D, A7, Bm, C, C#
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10. Wasted On The Way

Wasted On The Way was a #9 hit song on Billboard Charts back in 1982 by CSN and their first top 10 song in 5 years. Timothy B Schmit (The Eagles) sang harmony on this track and this track did not feature Neil Young. This was strictly a CSN song.

This song hails from the Daylight Again album and was the last time this group had a top 10 album in the charts.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = 2nd fret
  • Rhythm = root down root up down up
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = D, Dsus, Dsus2, Bm, A7, G, A, Gbm, D7
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11. Woodstock

Joni Mitchell wrote this song and several covers were released in 1970, including one from CSNY. Their version came out ahead of Mitchell's version from their Deja Vu album. Mitchell could not perform at the Woodstock Festival of 1969 but Nash did, and realyed the events to her, which inspired the song.

A British group called Matthews Southern Comfort had a #1 in the UK with their version. 

  • Drop D Tuning = No 
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = downstrokes
  • Picking = a little
  • Chords = Gm, C, A#, F
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