Crosby Stills Nash & Young: Cathedral Meaning
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In the morning I feel pretty good
So I dropped into the luxury of the Lords
Fighting dragons and crossing swords
With the people against the hordes who came to conquer
In the morning here it comes I taste the...
1TOP RATED#1 top rated interpretation:anonymous Jul 14th 2010 report
A beautiful tune with several possible levels of interpretation. The protagonist is in Winchester Cathedral, a wondrous, magnificent place showing Man's love of God, full of history and strange vibrations. He is struck by the horrible irony of religion, that it has led to many wars and death. Then, he is swept right into the middle of it. The death of the soldier was the same day as his birthday! From death comes life, yet we are so small. Maybe he is dead in a way, as a spirit "high above the altar" looking down upon himself.
2TOP RATED#2 top rated interpretation:anonymous Nov 9th 2011 report
This song is a drug song: I feel pretty good; I taste the warning; seeing things so clear this way; I'm flying; stumbled through the door; I am high; high upon the altar, high
He's hallucinating and coming to deep, troubling insights about his religion.
anonymous Sep 10th report
En tant que chrétien, je trouve cette chanson absolument magnifique. Le groupe y critique uniquement le Christianisme en tant que religion organisée, ainsi que les dirigeants hypocrites de l'Église qui ont déformé le message d'amour du Christ pour leurs propres intérêts (guerres, richesses, etc.), le tout sans remettre en question la sagesse de Dieu. Il n'y a aucune hostilité vis-à-vis des croyants et de leur foi. Je recommande vivement à tout le monde d'écouter cette chanson.
anonymous Jul 19th 2017 report
Graham Nash actually explains the songs meaning in the liner notes to the CSN box set.
anonymous Mar 14th 2017 report
It's about a woman gone wrong hiding in the church under grace and a man still trying to love her in gods name.
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