Teach Your Children Lyrics - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

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You, who are on the road, must have a code, that you can live by.
And so, become yourself, because the past, is just a good bye.
Teach, your children well, their father's hell, did slowly go by,
And feed, them on your dreams, the one they picked, the one you're known by.
Don't you ever ask them why, if they told you you would cry,
So just look at them and sigh, and know they love you.

And you, of the tender years, can't know the fears, that your elders grew by.
And so please help, them with your years, they seek the truth before they can die.
Teach, your parents well, their children's hell, will slowly go by.
And feed, them on your dreams, the one they picked, the one you're known by.
Don't you ever ask them why, if they told you you would cry,
So just look at them and sigh, and know they love you.

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Information/Knowledge vs. Wisdom | Reviewer: Jay | 9/3/14

An enormous difference in having information or knowledge about something and the wisdom to discern wheat from shaff. This song's theme (learning is a continuous, circular event) has universal application. The connector is that the "teacher is also the student".

Wisdom is Circular | Reviewer: John | 9/2/14

A wonderful piece of music. But, Nash's lyrics hit the right "note" - that knowledge & the wisdom that comes with it, is not a linear thing but comes full cycle.

Parents teach the younger generation what they know given their unique time and space. But, then the gift. The younger generation teaches them as well.

Wedding Song | Reviewer: Sarah Dugan | 4/3/13

My father, now deceased, had three daughters. None of us were "daddy's little girls." So at each of my older sisters weddings this was the song that he chose to dance with them to as opposed to the usual "Daddy's little girl." Unfortunately for me I never got the chance to dance with my father. My plan is to have this tattooed over my heart simply saying "You know the past is just a goodbye." with his birth date and death date.

cross,still,mash, and cumonyoung | Reviewer: cuntflyerben | 3/25/13

this song is drugs and cunt, however let us not forget the cornhole in all peoples fucking face that must always be an absolute 'act' upon thier false 'love-child' fuckery. don't bother to evaluate yourself, ever, you are only evaluating me at this moment. fuck, people are not any different that ingnorance is contagious. No, dont ask me. i was never a part of the 'l-child' generation because i 'am' a 'child' who you still seem to have never recognized. yes, i'm 65.

whole generation leaders | Reviewer: Ricardo | 11/21/12

Gee , I'm peruvian , but I have family in the states.
My mom who just passed away a month ago , had two sisters who were married to two magnificent guys , uncle Jack and uncle Ray.
So , I was raised with english coming through my ears since I was a little boy.
I visited the states first time back on 1957 with just 2 and half years on me.
what I'm trying to explain is that I understand pretty much the so call american way of life.
lived the 60's as a teenager listening to english groups ( the beatles of course ) but then again I discover one of the most influential pop -rock-folk group ever !!
crosby Stills and Nash ( then came Young ).
and I agree , this song must be one of the most influent and important song ever written.
it reminds some how in essence , Joni's Mitchell " The Circle of life ".
In the end , tell us the most important lesson on life = give and share love as you children will become the parents and so on.
pass it along.
long live Mr David Crosby , Stephen Stills and Graham Nash, and yeah why not Mr Neil Young.

Life is short | Reviewer: Wanda | 11/4/12

Life is short , but many things happens during that time to influence it in one way or another. CSN&Y, loved their music then, remember it now. I am almost 64 years old now, and my grown son is greatly on my mind. "Teach you children well", I tried, hope I did not fail. I have a grown daughter too, and I believe she got what I tried to 'teach'.

I guess the truly best thing is not to teach, but to share. Share the fun things, good things, sad things, and above all else, the LOVE. Then maybe then everything else will fall away.

In the meantime, while I wait to know, 'You know the past is just a goodbye, and you know I love you."

Error | Reviewer: Robin | 11/2/12

It should really be: "And so please help, them with your YOUTH, they seek the truth before they can die." instead of years

Words all generations can relate to | Reviewer: Birney L. of Woodbridge | 10/24/12

I did a search on the words to this song because with all the sad things happening to children, everyone needs to read and understand the true meaning of this song. I am a grandma of 3 and people today need to understand they need to "Teach their children well, and 'always' let them know they love them. This song has words that can be appreciated by many generations because of the deep meaning of the message within.

What life is all about... | Reviewer: EduardoP. | 10/8/12

This song ended the film "Melody"; so I first hear it when I saw it, at my early teens. For me the song represents the core of the film: love (a new feeling in my life) overcoming all stupid boundaries with a hughe smile.-

teach your parents well | Reviewer: Paulina | 8/19/12

My children stay at home for school. I watch as they learn and now they know more about some subjects they became interested in, like computer code and painting, than I do. This year, I started watching how they learn and grow - they draw a picture, watch someone do something, ask questions, make a fort, etc. and I have decided to try to learn the way they do. It's more natural. When I found out I had a head tumor, I knew I had done the right thing, spending time with them until they are ready to leave the house.

Teach your Children | Reviewer: Susan | 7/1/12

I've always loved that song. It's my Mom's favorite song of all time. But I always tried to hear the background lyrics and could only get the last two lines. But today my sister found them and I'd like to share them with you.

Can you hear and do you care
Can't you see we must be free
To teach your children
what you believe in
And make a world that we can live in.

If you love the song, you'll know where these belong.

What it meant then and what it means now... | Reviewer: Nicker | 6/22/12

This song passes through generations. When I was a new wife and mother, and felt misunderstood by my mother, so this song meant something entirely different. I was hearing and singing it from the perspective of a young person; today, being a mother of 3 and a grandmother of 9, I sing it from the perspective of a parent and grandmother to pass along the words to my children so that they can try to understand theirs, who are in their teens.

it makes me cry | Reviewer: orchidwoods | 5/18/12

Everytime I hear this song, it makes me cry, because for me it's a simple message of love and hope between parents and their children. Not a political message or a statement of equality or passing a torch--just love and caring for each other, and sharing our wisdom with each other. Parents can teach their children their values; children can show their parents their hopes and dreams. And so life goes, from one generation to another, a continuum of dreams and passions. For me, it's a timeless connection, and it reminds me that long after I'm gone, my daughter will be singing the same inspiring song to her own children.

@ Pamela and @ John | Reviewer: Shawn Walker | 5/6/12

Pamela, if you marched in the 60's and 70's, then you're most likely a grandparent now. And, yes, grandparents were still out marching with Occupy last fall. John is referring to his parents' generation. My daughter also noticed that Occupy had young people and grey-haired people. Her question to me was, "Where's your generation, Mom?"

@John, you're absolutely right. I remember being in college and most in my generation were cheering on "Reaganomics." As long as they got theirs, they couldn't have cared less about helping the next guy or paying it forward. Even before that in the 70's we were dubbed the "Me Generation." I hated that name, but now have to admit we've done a fabulous job of living up to it. Of course, there were those, like me, but not enough of us to hold back the tide.

This song means a lot to me because I was raised in a multi-generational family. When I was in college, my Great Aunt was horrified by my cousins and young people supporting Reagan's policies. She commented, "It's always the young people who bring about change. If not them, then who? If they're conservative now, where will this country be in 20 or 30 years?" She said she was counting on me to carry the dream to the next generation because she wouldn't live that long. I've done the best I can.

Good Luck to you, John. We need you and those of your generation to help restore this country to what it once was.

Memories last forever | Reviewer: Lucille | 2/3/12

I remember teaching my 13 year old sister Doreen to pick out the chords for this song on her old guitar and I don't play guitar. But I took piano lessons years before and knew what I was listening for. We must have sung it thousands of times over the decades at campfires in Grand Etang by the breakwater. Good old memories of making music in Cape Breton Island, teenagers in cut off jeans enjoying the magic of the 60's.

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