Stephen Stills - So Begins The Task Lyrics




And so begins the task
I have dreaded the coming of
For so long
I wait for the sun
To remind my body
It needs restin'

And I must learn to live without you now
I must learn to give only part some how

Camping on the edge
Of your city I wait
Hoping someday
You might
See
Beyond yourself
The shadows on the ceiling
Hard
But not real
Like the bars that cage
You within yourself

And I must learn to live without you now
I must learn to give only part some how
And I must learn to without you now
As I cannot learn to give only part some how

All of these cages
Must
And shall be set aside
They will only
Keep
Us from the knowing
Actors
And stages
Now fall before the truth
As they love
Shared
Between us
Remains
... Growing

And I must learn to without you now
As I cannot learn to give only part some how





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Stephen Stills So Begins The Task Comments
  1. Ed Jurzenski

    Only positive vibrations please.gracias for the tune. Stills is love.

  2. rick d

    I think I listened to this LP until I wore the grooves off the vinyl. Got me through some rough times.

  3. Josh Hill

    What a great album!

  4. Brian J. Carnevale

    Some interesting footnotes for this Song. Jerry Garcia plays the pedal steel on this. A song written about a life long love. Judy Collins. But it can transcend to any loved one

    Happy 75th Birthday Steven Stills! Happy birthday 🎉🎂🎈
    #withoutyou

  5. Cat Dancing

    I had the very great experience of seeing Stephen Stills perform the "Manassas" concert in Tulsa Oklahoma in the early 1970's. As performed by Calvin Samuels, this is one of the finest base riffs I have ever heard in my life. I was in my early 20's then, I'm in my early seventies now. I still love it and listen to it often! Thanks Fuzzy. Thanks very much!!

  6. Terence Winters

    Endings incompleteness shows this is a transitional emotion

  7. Terence Winters

    Transitions . painful , anger trust forgiveness passions healing . Loves labor lost comes to mind .

  8. Terence Winters

    Rebuilding and reimaging a future after a lost love . Judy judy judy

  9. Victor Kidd

    Agreed love Stephen Stills. Fabulous talent.

  10. Chris Fessler

    I find myself always going back to these beautiful songs, such an underappreciated collection of songs

  11. Rockin Rollin n Trollin

    YOU LISTENING IN 2019 to MANASSAS...if NOT , WHY NOT ?

  12. Catherine Codjia

    Great !

  13. ALAN 711

    Dedicated to David ...September 2 , 2019 ...Rest In Peace My Friend ✌

  14. Antonio Dias

    very good band

  15. Collingsd2h

    Stephen Stills a musical genius , this Manassas album is his Masterpiece.

  16. Conan Doyle

    Love this

  17. TheHighTower

    I prefer the original Just Roll tape version.

  18. Andrew Masset

    Love lost..Forlone..Haunting..beautiful...

  19. Lisa Weaver

    Not an accolades but turned a silent which has now gone past. The beautiful need not much credits. They just love what they do!

  20. stephen lyons

    same as alright marie christine's commenti liked it at 15 and now 50 years later 'know it is pure magic1an organic unfolding musical narritive with great 'sound" check form 2,15 seconds

  21. Lisa Weaver

    I love this whole LP.. Priceless!

  22. Michael Belfer

    Just another fine song on one of the 25 best rock albums of all time. A true masterpiece indeed!!

  23. Andrew Masset

    To this moment..even 'still'...Tears.

  24. Sir Francis Drake

    Great Song . Manassas could kick CSN&Y ass. lol

  25. city zen

    Stills at his BEST!

  26. - XxJimmyPagexX -

    There will never be music like this again. Thank the Lord for Mr. Stills

    Lisa Weaver

    A decade as a solid artists with brains!

  27. SCOTT Rammjett

    What is this CRAP EXCREMENT produced and hurled at the moronic idiots if today?..thank you great spirit for giving me time on earth before this current holocaust of stupidity and ignorance!

  28. Marty Weiner

    The whole sequence of songs this track came from is an epic side of LP rock. Thanks for the great music Stephen.

    Richard Sylvanus

    My fav album of all time
    I have four copies on vinyl plus CD
    I had it first on 8 track!

  29. William H. Baird

    This Track is EPIC!
    And so begins the task
    I have dreaded the coming of for so long
    I wait for the sun to remind
    My body it needs resting
    And I must learn to live without you now
    I must learn to give only part some how
    Camping on the edge of your city I wait
    Hoping someday you might see beyond yourself
    The shadows on the ceiling hard but not real
    Like the bars that cage you within yourself
    And I must learn to live without you now
    I must learn to give only part some how
    And I must learn to live without you now
    As I cannot learn to give only part some how

  30. BerylGotHerGun

    STEPHEN STILLS, LADIES AND GENTS!!!....... Damn....

  31. Suzy D

    Listen to that steel......

  32. Sally Eckhoff

    Great song about the labor of acceptance.

  33. Youk Youk

    I was 15 when I heard this Song....I thought it was a pleasant one ...now I know it's Pure Magic !

  34. Jeb Harrison

    Love the steel guitar on this track. Al Perkins opened my ears to all sorts of possibilities for steel in the context of music beyond country...

    David B.

    Al Perkins and Hillman have said this is Jerry Garcia on pedal steel

  35. cat fan54

    6 dummies who are playing thier justin bieber collection....just saying

    Will Smith

    lmao what

    Andrew Masset

    U wish u had a gram of his/their talent and soul..

  36. RichardFeynmanRules

    And so begins the task
    I have dreaded the coming of
    For so long
    I wait for the sun
    To remind my body
    It needs restin'
    And I must learn to without you now
    I must learn to give only part some how
    Camping on the edge
    Of your city I wait
    Hoping someday
    You might
    See
    Beyond yourself
    The shadows on the ceiling
    Hard
    But not real
    Like the bars that cage
    You within yourself
    And I must learn to without you now
    I must learn to give only part some how
    And I must learn to without you now
    As I cannot learn to give only part some how
    All of these cages
    Must
    And shall be set aside
    They will only
    Keep
    Us from the knowing
    Actors
    And stages
    Now fall before the truth
    As the love
    Shared
    Between us
    Remains
    Growing
    And I must learn to without you now
    As I cannot learn to give only part some how

  37. Burt472

    Beautiful track & album

  38. chefpezzino

    my fave. ...Bob Lloyd, great chioce. Mine Brothers in Arms, Dire S.

  39. Bob Lloyd

    This is my funeral song.................. Sums up life for those left behind...........

    Susan Reed

    Me, too.

    jsilence418

    You wont know, they will probably play songs from GLEE and laugh at you.

    Lisa Weaver

    We must respect those who don;t stay along to us. All people to us are temporaries.

  40. William Bracker

    Song written about his break up with folk singer Judy Collins (of Suite Judy Blue Eyes fame). She covered this song on an album in early 70s.

    Gerry Clark

    He's touring with Judy this year....I will see them in NJ this October...

    jsilence418

    Compared to some of his later women old judy looked like dog meat .

  41. Wendy St-Gelais Viau

    fabuleux!!

  42. Berit Sørum Faaberg

    Fantastisk - hjelper me a lot in difficult times

  43. Becky Hittner

    song of past feelings

  44. MrJylong

    a song for the centuries...

  45. Julie Wickliffe

    Played this while @ Red Rocks Ampitheater, overlooking Denver Colorado's lights....crying 'cause I was so happy........always loved CSN & CSNY....I loved the line about looking over the city lights......memories indeed!

  46. Scott Turner

    this is my favorite Manassas song. these guys were the most underated band ever.

    bunny fish

    one of my fave records

    martinstraatmeijer

    One of the best records ever.

    Michael Rossi

    I agree - love the album but this song is simply mesmerizing

    Lisa Weaver

    No, Not underrated. They reached YOU!

    Brian J. Carnevale

    It was written for Dejavu but was not added. Gerry plays the pedal steel. A fact few knew about this song. A mystical composition
    #jerrygarcia. #pedalsteel

  47. rosm aky

    one of the best song by s.stills with manassas grandi bellissima

  48. peopleofthecircle

    That album was as smooth as Southern Comfort (I've never drank that).
    It is now clear to me that I to have to learn to live without a special girl. For sensitive guys it is hard!

  49. Eric Richter

    Feeling this hard right now,.....Thanks Steven.

  50. bill woodell

    HEY....MR. CLEAN...DOES THE WORD ANONYMITY MEAN ANYTHING TO YOU?...THAT'S WHAT I THOUGHT...

  51. Mala Sestra

    Thanks a lot for uploading this beautiful song... one of my favorites from teenage years :)

  52. richard flamburis

    I met some of the guys from Manassas years ago when I was on a methadone clinic in Miami. Dallas, Joe L. and Flacco. The coolest trio,who were getting "down" like the rest of us were back in the day. Dallas was cool and laid back.Joe was funny and Flacco was alright. Glad to hear Dallas is in recovery. Hope Joe and Flacco are well too. One of the best groups, in my consideration, back in the early 70's. Keep rockin brothers. Clean from heroin and sober 27 yrs. Thank You God

    igrowhigher

    Do you mean Flaco Falcon? I've never read anything about him being a member of Manassas. Flaco Falcon was a member of Joe Cocker's band though.