Carry On (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young song)

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"Carry On"
Single by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
from the album Déjà Vu
A-side"Teach Your Children"
ReleasedSeptember 1970
RecordedNovember 5, 1969
GenreBaroque pop, soft rock, folk rock
Songwriter(s)Stephen Stills
Producer(s)Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young singles chronology
"Carry On"
"Just a Song Before I Go"

Carry On is the first song on the album Déjà Vu, by the recording act Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young. Written by Stephen Stills, this song was released as the B-side of Teach Your Children, and went on to receive steady airplay of its own from AOR radio stations.

The song[edit]

When nearing the end of the recording sessions for Déjà Vu, Graham Nash told Stephen Stills that they still didn't have an opening track. Many recording acts or producers prefer to start an album with a particularly catchy song, in order to set the mood and encourage listeners who are checking it out for the first time. Stills took two incomplete songs — one being the song Questions[1] he'd written for and recorded with Buffalo Springfield, listen to that track and you hear part of the same lyrics — and edited them together with parts of a jam session from a few days earlier, to produce one finished piece.

Session drummer Dallas Taylor:

The song was also an inspiration for Led Zeppelin, whose track Friends[3] on Led Zeppelin III is generally seen as being inspired by it, including a similar slack-stringed C-tuned acoustic opening.[4]