Lady of the Island

Crosby, Stills & Nash

About Lady of the Island

"Lady of the Island" is a folk song written by Graham Nash in the late 1960s. The song appears on Crosby, Stills & Nash's critically acclaimed, self-titled debut album. The song is notable for taking its inspiration from fellow folk musician Joni Mitchell, with whom Nash was romantically involved at the time. Although the album contains another love song to Mitchell, David Crosby's "Guinnevere", Nash told Mojo magazine in April 2009 that this potentially tricky situation did not create any problems. He explained: "The way that we went about our lives did not entail jealousy and it didn't entail raging about somebody being with somebody else's woman. Me and David and Joni didn't think anything of it, that's for sure." 


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1969
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Holding you close undisturbed before a fire
The pressure in my chest when you breathe in my ear
We both knew this would happen when you first appeared
My lady of the island

The brownness of your body in the fire glow
Except the places where the sun refused to go
Our bodies were a perfect fit in afterglow we lay
My lady of the island

Letting myself wander through the world inside your eyes
You know I'd like to stay here until every tear runs dry
Do, do, do, do, do, do, do 
My lady of the island

Wrapped around each other in the peeping sun
Beams of sunshine light the stage the red light's on
I never want to finish what I've just begun with you
My lady of the island

Do, do, do, do, do, do, do, do

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Crosby, Stills & Nash

Crosby, Stills & Nash (CSN) was a folk rock supergroup made up of American singer-songwriters David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and English singer-songwriter Graham Nash. When joined by Canadian singer-songwriter Neil Young as a fourth member, they were called Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (CSNY). They are noted for their intricate vocal harmonies and lasting influence on American music and culture, as well as their political activism and often tumultuous interpersonal relationships. CSN formed in 1968 shortly after Crosby, Stills and Nash performed together informally in July of that year, discovering they harmonized well. Crosby had been asked to leave the Byrds in late 1967, Stills' band Buffalo Springfield had broken up in early 1968, and Nash left his band t… more »

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Written by: GRAHAM NASH

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10 facts about this song

Song Creation
"Lady of the Island" is a song by folk rock band Crosby, Stills & Nash, written by English singer-songwriter Graham Nash.
Album Appearance
The track is included in band's eponymous debut album "Crosby, Stills & Nash," released in May 1969.
Personal Inspiration
Graham Nash wrote "Lady of The Island" for his then-girlfriend Joni Mitchell, who was a highly influential folk singer-songwriter herself.
Harmonization Technique
The song is recognized for its excellent harmonization technique, typical of Crosby, Stills & Nash’s signature sound, with all three members - David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash - contributing.
Musical Arrangement
The song demonstrates a simplistic musical arrangement, complementing the intimate lyrics with only two acoustic guitars and the band's vocal harmonies that create a soothing ambiance.
Legacy
"Lady of The Island" showcases Graham Nash's songwriting strength and further establishes Crosby, Stills & Nash's reputation as one of the pioneers of folk rock.
Record Label
The song was released under the Atlantic Records label, a renowned American record label known for producing numerous hits.
Production and Engineering
The album, which features "Lady of The Island," was produced by Bill Halverson and Crosby, Stills & Nash, while engineering was handled by Halverson and Elliot Mazer.
Reception
While the song wasn't released as a single and thus didn't chart, it gained a positive response from fans and critics for its deep lyrics and the band’s beautiful harmonies.
Song Duration
The track "Lady of The Island" runs for approximately 2 minutes and 39 seconds on the album.

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