“Daylight again. Following me to bed. I think about a hundred years ago.
How my fathers bled. I think I see a valley. Covered with bones in blue.
All the brave soldiers that cannot get older. Been asking after you.
Hear the past a calling. From Armageddon’s side.
When everyone’s talking and no one is listening. How can we decide?
Do we find the cost of freedom. Buried in the ground?
Mother Earth will swallow you. Lay your body down. ” — (Daylight Again & Find the Cost of Freedom) Stephen Stills
The Picture. Morning at the National Cemetery at Marietta, Georgia. It was established in 1866. It is closed to new burials — unless one has been previously scheduled — because it is full. The owner of the land, Henry Cole donated the land for use by both the Union and Confederate forces. That was not to be. Both sides declined. Eventually a compromise was reached. There are remains of 10,312 Union officers and soldiers interred here. And, the ones who came later. The Confederate Cemetery is about a half mile away. It was established in 1863. The remains of some 3,000 Confederate troops from across the southern states are buried, there.
The songs. Stephen Stills wrote “Find the Cost of Freedom” first. It became the ultimate concert closer. When Crosby, Stills and Nash (and sometimes Young), closed with this during their encore set, you knew the show was really at an end. They would sing the song and very softly say “goodnight.” Stills wrote “Daylight Again” well after “Find the Cost of Freedom” as sort of a prequel. The two songs eventually became one.