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Crosby Stills Nash & Young: Wasted on the Way Meaning


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Song Released: 1982

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    Jan 20th, 2016 1:34pm report

    I thought the band was very smart, and all the participants, except for the excesses, and prolific musically as writers and performers. Very few have such long range sustained success as writers. They put a high value in the bands worth and insulated themselves by using their names in the band name, they were never subject to cheap replacements and that transient band member vibe.
    As far as their writing, perhaps the fact that there was so much turbulence, among the band, and that they had individually developed a lot of angst among themselves, and their unusual brilliance probably, but I think smart men like these, seeing how relationships &!bickering & drugs hurt their productivity and upended a lot of tours hurting what could have been, as really the sky was the limit for them. So as rare as it may be to have mega writing success over 3 decades.
    The problems they had served to inspire, IMO, a song where they are sage and looking back regretfully, advising us to try not to waste time and opportunity..."you must go firmest you wanted/look at all my friends who did and got what they deserved"...& with that they are also advising us to be brave and strive for success, & wasted has to be a drug reference as the passing water symbolizes all the time and tide of their exorbitant talent, fame, &!its sad to them, probably most to Nash, Bc he remained productive & out of trouble & also obviously NY, who has even said he was very disappointed at their wasted opportunities.


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    May 7th, 2012 5:09pm report

    The song is referring to growing up. Maturing. Simple beautiful song.

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