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Jefferson Airplane Triad Lyrics

Last updated: 04/25/2013 04:53:39 PM

You want to know how it will be
Me and him OR you and me
You both stand there your long hair flowing
Eyes alive your mind still growing
Saying to me--"What can we do now that we both love you",
I love you two-- I don't really see
Why can't we go on as three
You are afraid--embarrassed too
No one has ever said such a thing to you
Your mother's ghost stands at your shoulder
Face like ice--a little bit colder
Saying to you--"you can not do that, it breaks
All the rules you learned in school"
I don't really see
Why can't we go on as three
We love each other--it's plain to see
There's just one answer that comes to me
--Sister--lovers--water brothers
And in time--maybe others
So you see--what we can do--is to try something new--
If you're crazy too--
I don't really see
Why can't we go on as three.

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back in the daze | Reviewer: nucloid | 4/25/13

when this song was released, JA was living at 2400 fulton street (SF) off and on with CSN and the Dead... this song WAS about Grace, Paul Katner (JA), and David Crosby (CSN) as a threesome. Grace sure had a sweet voice -- lost it when they morphed into starship when marty dropped out, etc.

My free interpretation | Reviewer: Andrs | 12/25/12

I know this song is really about "free love", but I like to listen to it from a different point of view. I imagine that the third guy is Jesus, and the singing girl doesn't want to choose between his loving man and her faith, so she ask him to go on as three. I know it's a bizarre interpretation, but it's the way I see it (and it works when it's sang by a woman). By the way, Jefferson Airplane is one of my very favorite bands and I think that their version of "Triad" is really great.

Stunned | Reviewer: Zeke | 4/11/08

I've never heard this by J.A. Grace is awesome on this song, can't believe it's her. Crosby had to be pleased they, (J.A.) didn't wreck it like they did wooden ships....wonderfull version. I'd like to hear the byrds version, but that's hard to find.

Water Brothers | Reviewer: Shawn | 2/29/08

"[W]ater brothers" refers to the book Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein. In the book "water brother" was a term used to identify a group of very close personal relations of Micheal Valentine Smith, closer than family in a sense. It was not out of the ordinary for water brothers to all "grow closer" in a sexual sense.

Note, that the "brother" part of water brother does not denote gender, since there were a multitude of female water brothers.

about Triad --Jefferson Airplane | Reviewer: Yanna | 8/3/07

The best song I know from Grace Slick (lead singer). Here voice is full of quiety. Very relaxed and peacefull, but also with a great tension.

words | Reviewer: Prettywords | 4/20/07

Sweet and simple, it is a revealing image of the layers and depths of love, or an image of someone who cannot quite commit. Depends on who is listening i suppose.

CSN | Reviewer: Tim | 1/20/05

A beautiful, simple song (with a complex answer :-) ) written by David Crosby who does, in my opinion, a far more heartfelt version