Teach Your Children

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"Teach Your Children"
Teach Your Children - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.jpg
Single by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
from the album Déjà Vu
B-side "Carry On"
Released May 1970
Recorded October 24, 1969
Length 2:53
Label Atlantic
Songwriter(s) Graham Nash
Producer(s) Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young singles chronology
"Teach Your Children"
"Teach Your Children"

"Teach Your Children" is a song by Graham Nash. Although it was written when Nash was a member of the Hollies, it was never recorded by that group in studio (although a live recording does exist), and first appeared on the album Déjà Vu by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young released in 1970. The recording features Jerry Garcia on pedal steel guitar. Garcia taught himself how to play the instrument, including during his tenure with the New Riders of the Purple Sage. [1] He told Lon Goddard of the British music newspaper Record Mirror in an interview that he recorded a series of pieces on the steel guitar and spliced them together in the studio to create the backing and solo. Garcia had made an arrangement that in return for his playing steel guitar on "Teach Your Children," CSNY would help members of the Grateful Dead improve their vocal harmony for their upcoming albums, Workingman's Dead and American Beauty. Released as a single, the song peaked at #16 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts that year.[2] On the Easy Listening chart, "Teach Your Children" peaked at #28.[3] In Canada, "Teach Your Children" reached number 8.[4]

Nash, who is also a photographer and collector of photographs, has stated in an interview that the immediate inspiration for the song came from a famous photograph by Diane Arbus, "Child with Toy Hand Grenade in Central Park." The image, which depicts a child with an angry expression holding the toy weapon, prompted Nash to reflect on the societal implications of messages given to children about war and other issues.[5]


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  2. ^ "Déjà Vu: Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved 10 August 2010. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 67. 
  4. ^ RPM Weekly 100, August 1, 1970
  5. ^ Interview with Bob Edwards, "Bob Edwards Weekend," broadcast on NPR February 14, 2009
  6. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970-1992. St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  7. ^ RPM Weekly 100, August 1, 1970
  8. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  9. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1993). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–1993. Record Research. p. 61. 
  10. ^ Cash Box Top 100 Singles, August 1, 1970
  11. ^ "Forum - 1970 (ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts)". Australian-charts.com. Archived from the original on 2016-10-20. Retrieved 2017-05-07. 
  12. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". collectionscanada.gc.ca. 
  13. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1999). Pop Annual. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. ISBN 0-89820-142-X. 
  14. ^ Mondale ad
  15. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 342. ISBN 0-89820-177-2.