"Triad" is a song written by David Crosby in 1967 about a ménage à trois, a subject perfectly in keeping with the "free love" hippie philosophies of the day. The song was written while Crosby was a member of the rockbandThe Byrds, who were at that time recording their fifth studio album, The Notorious Byrd Brothers. Although the band did record "Triad" and perform it live during a September 1967 engagement at the Whisky a Go Go, it was not included on The Notorious Byrd Brothers album. According to Crosby, Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman felt that its subject-matter was too controversial, McGuinn allegedly deriding the song as a "freak-out orgy tune." However, this has since been denied by Hillman who has stated "I don't think it was a moral decision. The song just didn't work that well. David was drifting and bored and wanted to do something else, and that song just added fuel to the fire."