When independently successful folk singers Stephen Stills and Judy Collins broke up in 1969, like any failed relationship, they probably didn't want constant reminders of what once was. But Stills blew that one when he wrote 'Suite: Judy Blue Eyes,' and -- arguably -- formed Crosby Stills and Nash to record and perform it.
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The song, written during their union, laments its inevitable end. No doubt about it -- it's an anthem for the broken-hearted. It also helped propel Crosby, Stills and Nash to international stardom, charting at No. 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and even clinching a spot on Rolling Stone's list of 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
Collins and Stills recently reunited -- musically at least -- to miraculously pull off what so few former lovers could ever do: sing a duet about their failed relationship. With tender lyrics such as, "I could've loved you better ... didn't mean to be unkind," the song is both bittersweet and haunting.
The track, a Tom Paxton cover entitled 'Last Thing On My Mind,' comes from Collins' latest release, 'Paradise,' and it is, finally, a suitable response to 'Suite: Judy Blue Eyes' -- 41 years later. Hey, time might heal all wounds, but time still takes time.
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