Graham Nash shares stories behind some of his most famous songs in a new episode of the Apple Music 1 Deep Hidden Meaning Radio podcast, hosted by Elegantit’s Nil Rodgerspremiering this Saturday, February 26 at 11 a.m. ET.
As revealed in a preview provided to ABC Audio, one of the tracks Graham talked about was his classic “Teach Your Children,” which appeared on Crosby, Stills, Nash & Youngin 1970, Deja Vu.
He explained to Rodgers that the tune was inspired by a famous 1962 Diane Arbus photograph of a boy holding a toy hand grenade in New York’s Central Park.
“[W]then I looked at the [photo]… I started to realize that if we didn’t teach our children a better way to relate to each other, then humanity itself was kind of screwed,” Nash recalled. “That was the start of ‘Teach Your Children’.”
Graham also revealed that in 1989, while selling photo prints, including a photo of Arbus, a tall young man came up to him and told him he was the boy with the grenade, and shared his memory of his photo taken. That day.
Nash also spoke of “Marrakesh Express”, the 1969 Crosby, Stills and Nash struck he wrote. Graham explained that he first recorded the song with his previous band the holliesbut he felt that this version was “absolutely rubbish”.
He said it was his CSN band mate Stephen Stills‘ guitar playing that made “Marrakesh Experess” a great song.
“When you write a song about a train, you have to have a train,” Graham noted. “It needs urgency, it needs energy, it needs to follow through. And that guitar part that Stephen Stills played was amazing to me.
The full podcast will stream for free on Apple.com.
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