Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Suite: Judy Blue Eyes Lyrics
Last updated: 07/09/2013 08:18:36 PM
The final section (the coda) is sung in Spanish. The section starts at about 6:34 and runs until the end of the song. The "doo-doo-doot" backing vocals make the lyrics difficult to make out for some listeners. Stills has been cited, perhaps apocryphally, as saying that he intentionally made the final stanzas unexpected and difficult, even using a foreign language for the lyrics, "just to make sure nobody would understand it" (not even Spanish speaking people).
This section has been parodied many times, notably in Frank Zappa's compositions "Billy the Mountain" and "Magdalena" on The Mothers of Invention's album Just Another Band From L.A. It is also sampled in the 2010 Cypress Hill song "Armada Latina".
In the mid-1960s, Stephen Stills attended Lincoln School in San José, Costa Rica. The private school was attended mainly by upper-class Costa Ricans and had many foreign teachers and students. Stills's longtime musical collaborator, the Cuban percussionist Joe Lala, plays on the recording of the song.
The lines might be transcribed as follows:
¡Que linda! Me recuerdo a Cuba
La reina de la Mar Caribe
Quiero sólo visitarla allí
Y que triste que no puedo vaya!
O Va! O Va! (varies in different recordings)