I should have subtitled this post Great Exit Lines:
As you probably know this was the title song from the 1976 album by the Stills Young band (a natural sub-group of CSNY given Stephen and Neil’s history as the dueling lead guitar players for Buffalo Springfield). What you may not know is that Neil Young left the band, totally unannounced, after only 9 of the planned dates of the tour supporting the album. Much to Stephen’s credit he soldiered on to complete the scheduled tour dates as a solo act. My favorite part of this story is the telegram that Neil sent Stephen to let him know that he was gone. The telegram said, and I quote,:
Dear Stephen, funny how some things that start spontaneously end that way. Eat a peach. Neil
I love Neil but this was over the top and way cold. Much more coming your way soon about Buffalo Springfield in the huge, multi-part, post that I am working on.
One final comment….for years I assumed that Neil wrote this song for Stephen but as you heard on the video, he wrote if for a car. So much for sentiment.