Song of the Day: “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes”


The heady freedom of the 1960s touched almost every aspect of society, from civil rights activism to gender equity to mass media. The ambitious “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes,” by Crosby, Stills, and Nash, is a telling example of that liberal attitude. Written by Steven Stills for his former girlfriend, musician Judy Collins, the song’s sprightly guitar and vocal harmonies convey a sweet giddiness typical of the 60s, while the lyrics add a more complicated layer to this seven-minute barn burner. They sing:

 I’ve got an answer
I’m going to fly away
What have I got to lose

Read more of Max Gray at Big City Sasquatch or follow him on Twitter @City_Sasquatch. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Encounters, Mount Hope, Conte,, and English Kills Review. He co-hosts the etymology podcast Words For Dinner and is a graduate of the Rutgers-Newark MFA program. More from this author →