The Ballad of You and Me and Pooneil

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"The Ballad of You and Me and Pooneil"
Single by Jefferson Airplane
from the album After Bathing at Baxter's
B-side "Two Heads"
Released August 1967
Format Vinyl record (7") 45 RPM
Genre Psychedelic rock
Length 4:29
Label RCA Victor
Writer(s) Paul Kantner
Producer(s) Al Schmitt
Jefferson Airplane singles chronology
"White Rabbit"
"The Ballad of You and Me and Pooneil"
"Watch Her Ride"

"The Ballad of You and Me and Pooneil" is a song by American psychedelic rock band Jefferson Airplane. Written by Paul Kantner, the song initially appeared as an RCA single, and then subsequently as the first track of their third album, After Bathing at Baxter's in a substantially remixed version.

The title of the song refers to Winnie the Pooh as well as folk singer Fred Neil: parts of the lyric are taken from A. A. Milne's first book of children's poetry When We Were Very Young, including the poem "Halfway Down," which includes the words "Halfway down the stairs Is a stair where I sit" and the poem "Spring Morning." Folksinger Neil was a big influence on Paul Kantner as were A.A. Milne's books.

Mojo Magazine described "The Ballad of You and Me and Pooneil" as a "robust harmony-drenched anthem" that was central to After Bathing at Baxter's.[1]


  1. ^ The Mojo Collection (4th ed.). Canongate. 2007. p. 108. ISBN 9781847676436.