find the cost to freedom
buried in the ground
mother earth will swallow you
lay your body down


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    My OpinionThis song was written during the vietnam war. Part salute to Soldier, and part protest that young men were dying. Having lost family in the military, I used these lyrics in his eulogy. No one knws better than family and soldier/comerades the true cost of freedom. There are extended versions of these lyrics, and Stephan Stills used to use this song in his encores. I listened as he played these lyrics and sevral more verses he seemed to make up as he played, very impressive. Her are the Lyrics I found

    Daylight again, following me to bed
    I think about a hundred years ago, how my fathers bled
    I think I see a valley, covered with bones in blue
    All the brave soldiers that cannot get older been askin' after you
    Hear the past a callin', from Ar- -megeddon's side
    When everyone's talkin' and noone is listenin', how can we decide?

    (Do we) find the cost of freedom, buried in the ground

    Mother earth will swallow you, lay your body down
    Find the cost of freedom, buried in the ground
    Mother earth will swallow you, lay your body down
    (Find the cost of freedom buried in the ground
    haskmojoon July 23, 2009   Link
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    General Commentummm, easy...our freedom was paid for with the lives of men...if the freedom of man as a universally accepted ideal no one would need to die to insure others of their freedom
    ZinbobDanon May 04, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commentit could mean both.

    for a soldiers life, the cost of freedom is ultimately... dying

    for our lives, the cost of "freedom" is a soldier dying..

    but i agree with munchner, what it really means to me is that the cost of freedom is your life.
    enjoisktboardingon February 08, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti always thought it meant that the only real freedom is death.
    munchneron March 18, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti like the second comment.
    maybe it talks about how the push for freedom has met the end for countless innocent lives, to strive for one common goal.

    that aside, enjoy this song. its not that long but the harmony is beautiful
    my_shade_of_greenon September 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentGiven the politics of CSN&Y this song seems a little too patriotic. Nevertheless, I think this song honors fallen soldiers who paid the greatest price of freedom.
    norderon March 21, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think you missed the meaning. Remember when this song came out in the late 60's early 70's that Viet Nam was going on and Americans did NOT revere the military (spitting on them and calling them baby killers) Knowing CSNY's propensity for protest songs, I think it was a Find the cost of freedom, buried in the ground" means the bodies of those who fought for freedom will never feel it's rewards. the second line "Mother Earth will swallow you. Lay your body down." is directive in nature, and reflects the fact that politicians and the corporations want you to give your life, but that they won't. Times change the meanings of words and the context, but if you think of the times the song was made, it reflects a different image. Ohio is about the Kent State killing of four student protesters. The nation was hurting and I think the music reflects that.
    Badbikeron June 07, 2013   Link
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    General CommentMost people assume that this song is somehow patriotic or militaristic, but this kinda falls apart when you realize that Stills wrote it to be the coda of "Easy Rider." In that light, it's a statement about intolerance in America which continues to persist
    matt110178on July 19, 2017   Link

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