"Woodstock" as written by and Joni Mitchell....
I came upon a child of God
He was walking along the road
When I asked him where are you going
This he told me.

I'm going down to Yasgurs farm
Think Ill join a rock and roll band
I'll camp out on the land
I'll try and set my soul free.

We are stardust, we are golden
And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden.
Then can I walk beside you
I have come here to lose the smog

And I feel just like a cog in something turning.
Well maybe its the time of year
Or maybe its the time of man
And I don't know who I am

But lifes for learning.
We are stardust, we are golden
And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden.
By the time I got to Woodstock

They were half a million strong
Everywhere there were songs and celebration
And I dreamed I saw the bombers
Riding shotgun in the sky

Turning into butterflies
Above our nation.
We are stardust, we are golden
And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden.

We are stardust, we are golden
And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden.
We are stardust, we are golden
And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden.


Lyrics submitted by law4

"Woodstock" as written by Joni Mitchell

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    General CommentWarning to young people who may be reading this: REMINISCENSING AHEAD!

    What this song means to me is my youth in the spirit of the 60s. I was only 8 years old when it came out in 1970, but I really loved it. I had gotten a transistor radio for my birthday, and on summer nights I would lie in bed with the radio between the pillow and my ear, softly playing either a ballgame or the latest music. I was already idealistic then, and the spirit of the times was of such expectation, such anticipation, that a change was about to come—that the whole world could and would be changed. I can still remember the night I first heard it, and how it drew me into the mood, made me feel like I could be a part of how exciting the change was going to be. Now I look back at that 8-year-old girl with the radio under her ear and I think: Those times were stardust, they were golden. If only I had known.

    I like this version better than CSN&Y's because it's more melodic and dreamy, which I think fits the words better. No offense to CSN&Y, just my personal preference!
    law4on December 16, 2007   Link

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