"Ohio" - Neil Young Lyrics Analysis

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"It's still hard to believe I had to write this song. It's ironic that I capitalized on the death of these American students. Probably the most important lesson ever learned at an American place of learning.

David Crosby cried after this take."

from liner notes of the Decade album

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Analysis of the lyrics of Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young song "Ohio"

[Note: This is one of a series of articles which provide an explanation of the meaning of Neil Young's song "Ohio". While the interpretation of lyrics presented here is composed of several viewpoints, there is little consensus on the exact meaning of Neil's songs. The themes and symbolism of Young's songwriting provide a rich tapestry on which to project various meanings and analysis. ]