David Crosby Names The Song He Wrote To Warn George Harrison
During his recent interview with Rolling Stone Magazine, CSNY icon David Crosby disclosed that he composed a song for the late Beatles lead guitarist George Harrison to highlight that his latest interest could be dangerous and unreliable.
As you might know, Crosby released his debut solo studio album entitled ‘If I Could Only Remember My Name’ on February 22, 1971. Even though all songs held a special place in Crosby’s heart, one also had a meaningful purpose. The track named ‘Laughing’ was a warning for The Beatles’ George Harrison.
Almost every Beatles fan knows that George Harrison was the one who introduced Indian culture and Hinduism to his bandmates. After he met the founder of Sivananda Yoga, Swami Vishnudevananda, Harrison read many books about yoga and Hinduism and went to India with his wife. During his journey, he learned many things from famous gurus.
However, David Crosby was concerned about Harrison’s new life, especially when Harrison told him that Crosby inspired him to pay attention to Indian music and culture. He thought that he should warn him about these gurus who have been trying to take his money with ‘bullshit words,’ but he wasn’t brave enough to tell him directly. Thus, he wrote ‘Laughing’, a song about a man who met an unreliable stranger.
Crosby recalled these times saying:
“I first met George Harrison when the Byrds went to London in 1965. For some reason, he rang my bell. He was extremely nice to me. He had me over to his house. We had dinner. We hung out. I had, in my suitcase, a record that I’d just been given by Ravi Shankar. I gave it to George. That had repercussions. George later told him that I turned him onto Indian music. I don’t think it’s true. I think a number of people did. I think he was trying to be nice to me, make me feel good.
Anyway, he liked Indian music. He went to India. He had a lot of fun there. He met a teacher that he liked, a guru. He was telling me about that later. I wanted to say to him, ‘Be skeptical. Take it with a grain of salt. Anytime someone tells you they talked to God right after breakfast this morning, they are probably bullshitting you.’ That’s what I wanted to say. However, I was chicken because it was George. I was looking up at him. I didn’t have the balls to say, ‘Listen, that guy is full of shit.’ I just couldn’t do it.
So I wrote the song. The song says that I’ve met people like that, that have a glimpse of what I think is the truth. The bottom line is the people that seem to know the most about what’s real and where the truth is our children. A child laughing in the sun knows more about God than I do. That’s what the song is about. It was me trying to tell George that I loved him and I wanted him to take the Maharishi and all other gurus with a grain of salt.”
You can listen to the song below.