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Song of the Moment: Teach Your Children

This one goes out to Mayor Richard M. Daley and the Chicago City Council. You might want to sing it to these lyrics, though.

Released: 1970
Album: Deja Vu
Length: 2:53

Songfacts:

- "Graham Nash wrote this. The lyrics deal with the often difficult relationship he had with his father, who spent time in prison."

- "Jerry Garcia performs the pedal steel guitar part of this track. He had been playing steel guitar for only a short period of time. Garcia played on this album in exchange for harmony lessons for the Grateful Dead, who were at the time recording their acoustic albums Workingman's Dead and American Beauty. "

- "Graham Nash (from the liner notes of their 1991 boxed set): 'The idea is that you write something so personal that every single person on the planet can relate to it. Once it's there on vinyl it unfolds, outwards, so that it applies to almost any situation. Teach started out as a slightly funky English Folk song but Stephen (Stills) put a country beat to it and turned it into a hit record."

With Springsteen, Petty

And Neil Young, who did not play on the original. And, unfortunately, Robin Williams making a mockery of it all. Maybe he's playing the part of Jennifer Farrington.

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Previously in Song of the Moment:
* Iron Man
* The Story of Bo Diddley



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Posted on June 12, 2008


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