Crosby, Stills & Nash - He Played Real Good For Free Lyrics

I slept last night in a good hotel
I went shopping today for jewels
The wind rushed around the dirty town
And the children let out from their schools

I was standing on a noisy corner
I was waiting for the walking green
Across the street he stood
And he played real good
He was playin' real good for free

Me I play for fortunes
And those velvet curtain calls
I got a black limousine and about thirty-seven criminal
Escorting me to this halls

And I'll play if you have some money
Or if you're a friend to me
But that one-man band by the quick lunch stand
He was just playin' real good for free

Nobody, I say nobody, nobody stopped to hear him
Though he played so sweet and high
They knew they had never seen him on their TV screen
So they passed his music by

Me I meant to go over ask for a song
Maybe put on a harmony
I heard his refrain as the signals changed
He was still playin' real good for free

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Crosby, Stills & Nash He Played Real Good For Free Comments
  1. Jen Robbie

    Turn it up!!!

  2. timothy hickey

    Maybe the best I've heard his voice.

  3. Sun Child

    For Brenda-

    I will forever miss you, you wonderful and sweet woman. RIP Love

  4. Starship Trooper

    Great job. "A limousine with about 37 criminals escorting me to these halls." It was the 70s, sounds bout right. Good times and good to be alive. Thank you Jesus!

  5. daniel parks

    Joni Mitchell's genius honored

  6. daniel parks

    I will be playing for change in San Francisco

  7. trfesok

    David performed this a lot throughout the 70's. He  did a studio version on the "Byrds" album of 1973. The actual name of the song is simply "For Free".  In my CSN(Y) playlist.