|Song by Crosby, Stills & Nash from the album Crosby, Stills & Nash|
|Crosby, Stills & Nash track listing|
"Guinnevere" is a folk song written by David Crosby in 1969. The song appears on Crosby, Stills & Nash's critically acclaimed eponymous debut album. The song is notable for its serene yet pointed melody and its unique lyrics, which compare Queen Guinevere to the object of the singer's affection, referred to as "m'lady". According to a Rolling Stone interview with Crosby: "That is a very unusual song, it's in a very strange tuning (EBDGAD) with strange time signatures. It's about three women that I loved. One of who was Christine Hinton, the girl who got killed who was my girlfriend, and one of who was Joni Mitchell and the other one is somebody that I can't tell. It might be my best song." The song also deals with the importance of freedom. The song seems to be written about Guinevere from the perspective of a man addressing a woman; it has been speculated that Crosby wrote Guinevere from the perspective of Lancelot of ancient Welsh lore. Guinnevere could also be referring to Nancy Ross who lived with David Crosby and (according to author David McGowan) drew pentagrams on the wall. She left David in 1966 for Gram Parsons who came from big money in Florida, in the orange/citrus business. There is a line in the song about Guinnnevere drawing pentagrams on the wall and another about peacocks wandering underneath orange trees. Romance under the tree. The tree is surely Gram. "Why can't she see me"? It isn't a stretch to see Nancy Ross as Guinnevere. 
Miles Davis covered the song in 1970. The song appeared on Circle in the Round, released 1979. It is also available on The Complete Bitches Brew Sessions. Later in 1970 Herbie Mann recorded a cover version, appearing the next year on his album Memphis Two-Step.
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Fillmore NY US 1970 (Bootleg) @256)_CD1 Available on the web as of 12_24_2012
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