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Wednesday, August 1, 2007

60s Sexual Liberation

The late 1960s was also a time of sexual liberation for many. The song of the period which best captured that sense for me was David Crosby's "Triad" written in 1968. While the "Stonewall Rebellion" of 1969 was a watershed event in the modern gay rights struggle, it would be another nine years before I would come out as a gay man. In 1969 I had a journey ahead of me before I would get to that point. In the meantime I could only listen to songs like "Triad," watch film clips of lovers romping naked at Woodstock, and dream of my own personal sexual liberation.


"Triad" - by David Crosby

You want to know how it will be
Me and him OR you and me
You both stand there your long hair flowing
Your eyes alive your mind still growing
Saying to me--"What can we do now that we both love you",
I love you too--
I don't really see
Why can't we go on as three

You are afraid--embarrassed too
No one has ever said such a thing to you
Your mother's ghost stands at your shoulder
Face like ice--a little bit colder
Saying to you--"you can not do that, it breaks
All the rules you learned in school"
I don't really see
Why can't we go on as three

We love each other--it's plain to see
There's just one answer comes to me--
Sister--lovers--water brothers
And in time--maybe others
So you see--what we can do--is to try something new--
If you're crazy too--
I don't really see
Why can't we go on as three.

Hear Crosby perform the song:


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