Sharing a senior drug induced purple haze psychedelic groovy moment, Crosby and Nash -- the two surviving members from the 1960s rock group Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young -- performed “♪Back in the USSR♪” for “Occupy Wall Street” today, initially drawing a mixed reaction from the audience.
“Thank you, comrades,” said Crosby and Nash after they finished singing “Back in the USSR”.
The controversial song ending a set of other iconic drug songs from the 1960s, which Crosby and Nash played including: “Alice” and the “Yellow Submarine”.
Uncertain how to react, however, the folks at “Occupy Wall Street” responded with a spattering of reluctant applause and some vocal protest to the song’s obvious political overtones.
“I was with you guys right up to that last song,” shouted out an occupier dressed in a business suit and carrying an attaché case.
“What do you mean?” yelled back another occupier wearing a poncho and sporting dreadlocks. “Back in the USSR’ is a Rock ’n’ Roll classic, mon.”
“Yeah, but it makes us look like we’re an anti-capitalism movement. When we’re clearly not,” replied the occupier in a suit. “Right?”
“Don’t tell me you’re for the mon, mon,” said the occupier in dreadlocks.
The argument between the two occupiers became so heated that it drew the attention of Crosby and Nash.
“Hey, dudes!” said Crosby. “Take a chill pill, man.”
“Yeah,” said Nash. “Like, what’s your problem anyway?”
The two men explained how the last song divided them along socio-economic lines, political idealism and class warfare. And requested that the two musicians end their acoustic jam on a song that would unite them instead.
“Sure,” said Nash. “We can do that.”
“Yeah, man. That’s what we’re here for, man,” said Crosby.
“What should we play?” Nash said turning to Crosby. “Like what one song would unify this diversified sea of humanity?”
Crosby looked down at the ground, as if in deep thought. His eyes suddenly catching the end of a nearly spent joint [a marijuana cigarette] he dropped earlier. Reaching down to the floor to pick it up, it spontaneously lit up at the end of his fingertips.
“I got it, mon,” said Crosby to Nash, exhaling a cloud of the hallucinogenic into Nash’s face.
“What?” replied Nash, taking in a deep breath and holding it in awhile before releasing it. “Oh yeah, right…But what about the song?”
“Just follow my led, mon,” said Crosby, handing over the marijuana cigarette butt to Nash.
“You got it,” replied Nash as he took a drag on the funny cigarette too. “You got it, mon.”
“♪Puff the Magic Dragon♪” the two spontaneously broke out singing in perfect unison, which was quickly echoed by the ‘People’s Mic’.
“♪PUFF THE MAGIC DRAGON♪” sang all in Zuccotti Park as they held hands, swaying back and forth to the beat of the music. “♪LIVED BY THE SEA…”
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