Well I came across a child of God, he was walking along the road
and I asked him tell where are you going, this he told me:
Well, I’m going down to Yasgur's farm, going to join in a rock and roll band.
Got to get back to the land, set my soul free.
We are stardust, we are golden, we are billion year old carbon,
and we got to get ourselves back to the garden.

Well, then can I walk beside you? I have come to lose the smog.
And I feel like I'm a cog in something turning.
And maybe it's the time of year, yes, and maybe it's the time of man.
And I don't know who I am but life is for learning.
We are stardust, we are golden, we are billion year old carbon,
and we got to get ourselves back to the garden.

By the time we got to Woodstock, we were half a million strong,
and everywhere there was song and celebration.
And I dreamed I saw the bombers jet planes riding shotgun in the sky,
turning into butterflies above our nation.

We are stardust, we are golden, we caught in the devil’s bargain,
and we got to get ourselves back to the garden.


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  • +5
    General CommentI think the references to god and a garden (of eden perhaps) are very metaphorical. I love this song and I'm wanted finding the real lyrics to some of the words I could not understand. Now that I see the true lyrics I think the writer of this song is a student of science. "we are star dust... we are billion year old carbon." That is really cool for that to be in this song because all we are is matter from exploded stars billions of years ago. We would not exists if stars did not explode their elemental guts so to say all throughout the universe. As Professor Lawrence Krauss likes to say "forget jesus the stars died so you could be here." I think the reference to the garden is a metaphor for paradise. Which is what Woodstock was to some at the times going on in the world.
    rounder89on June 09, 2012   Link
  • +4
    General CommentThe song opens with a nod to Mathew 5:9 saying blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. This is talking definately about the anti-war movement.
    And the next obvious bible reference is to the garden.
    All in all, it was a smart way to protest a war that was supported by Christian fundementalists. Using their beliefs against them. Good song, excellent message.
    IronJohn7on April 14, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think this song is such a good anthem for the hippies who were or were not at woodstock, and to realize that even today, we are just trying to get back to the garden. joni mitchell's lyrics are amazing, (she wrote this song for them).
    hippyathearton April 22, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentin the worst rolling stone album review of many bad ones...the reviewer gave the deja vu album 4 stars and went on to say how terrible it was...reading it, i laugh my ass off when he tries to tear them apart by making a comment most would consider a compliment...the worst is at the end: ~Crosby, Stills and Nash—plus or minus Neil Young—will probably remain the band that asks the question, "What can we do that would be really heavy?" And then answers, "How about something by Joni Mitchell?" ~

    saying anything like that about Joni Mitchell is a sin
    ZinbobDanon May 05, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti adore this song
    crash&burnon October 20, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti'm surprised there aren't more comments for this song. it's really one of those perfect hippie/classic rock songs. i seriously didn't even know all the lyrics until i read this, like this part:

    Well, then can I walk beside you? I have come to lose the smog.
    And I feel like I'm a cog in something turning.

    it just makes me have goosebumps. it is perfect.

    the song is pretty self-explanatory, but i think the garden he's talking about is eden, of course. all trying to get back to perfection and peace.
    suckswhenon June 22, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlove this song. its a real good theme for the hippie movement
    tenneseejedon August 05, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhen i think of anything 60's related - vietnam, nixon, woodstock, hippies, psychadelia -i pretty much think of this lyric:

    by the time we got to woodstock, we were half a million strong,
    and everywhere there was song and celebration. and i dreamed i saw the bombers jet planes riding shotgun in the sky, turning into butterflies above our nation.

    wow
    _maria_on December 10, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song was written by joni mitchell. She wasn't actually at Woodstock, but saw footage of the concert, and wrote this song as a result.
    Laetyon July 28, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthippie anthem or just an anthem for everyone.

    "i feel like i'm a cog in something turning"
    "got to get ourselves back to the garden"

    that could be sentiment of a hippie or a suicide bomber. it's anyone's statement.
    PillarOfSalton August 01, 2006   Link

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