One of those songs that has followed me through my life is David Crosby's Deja Vu.This song was originally recorded on the album by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young of the same title. This classic album was released in 1970. I discovered it in early 1972 when my then girlfriend, Christy, used to play it when I was round at her house. Even in those days of my youth this Crosby song resonated with me. If you know the song you will know that it has the most haunting introduction and follows through with some divine harmonisation, mostly by Crosby himself and Grahan Nash.
Over the years I have acquired many different versions of this song and this morning I had my (now famous) Archos playing when the nine minute live version from Crosby's recent live album, It's All Coming Back To Me Now" , came up on random play. Now in my opinion this version is up there with the best because it allows the song "to breathe" as they used to say in the 1970's.
But today I really listened to the lyrics. They are absolutely itladian. As well as the famous refrain "we have all been here before" there is another telling line that says:
"If I had ever been here before I would know just what to do, don't you?"
Here Crosby is saying that a part of him would know what is about to happen next and he would be able to use this foreknowledge to get things right - "I would know just what to do".
Now what struck me about this lyric is that Crosby is clearly not stating that deja vu is evidence of reincarnation. As I understand this he is applying a more Bohmian IMAX interpretation - that we are reliving our own life again and a deja vu experience is evidence of this. So, he considers, why do we not know what to do?
Of course, applying itladian philosophy to this song, we do know what to do ... but only if we listen to our Daemon!
It would be great if we could involve David on this site. I would love to know what motivated him to write this song.
"Do you know
Do you wonder
What's going on
Down under you?"
......"We have all been here before,
We have all been here before" ...