Buffalo Springfield  - FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH

First performance: 23/05/1970


Coverinfo

 
Bruce covered the song at least 2 times with Steel Mill in 1970. The song was also performed on 16 May 1970 at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, and other sources claim that it was on the 23rd, and not the 16th! One show, double bill, held in the VCU Gym, with Steel Mill headlining and Mercy Flight opening. This gig is infamous because it ended with Vini Lopez arrested for unruly behaviour. It also has been rumored that it was the opener of the 04 May 1970 gig held at the Monmouth College in West Long Branch, NJ. 
 
 
 

Songinfo

"For What It's Worth (Stop, Hey What's That Sound)" (often referred to as simply "For What It's Worth") is a song written by Stephen Stills. It was performed by Buffalo Springfield, recorded on December 5, 1966, and released as a single on Atco Records in January 1967. Although "For What It's Worth" is often seen as an anti-war song, Stephen Stills was in fact inspired to write the track because of the Sunset Strip curfew riots in November 1966—a series of early counterculture-era clashes that took place between police and young people on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood, California.
 
 
 

Other cover versions

Bruce on the artist

Lyrics

There's something happening here
What it is ain't exactly clear
There's a man with a gun over there
Telling me I got to beware

I think it's time we stop, children, what's that sound
Everybody look what's going down

There's battle lines being drawn
Nobody's right if everybody's wrong
Young people speaking their minds
Getting so much resistance from behind

I think it's time we stop, hey, what's that sound
Everybody look what's going down

What a field-day for the heat
A thousand people in the street
Singing songs and carrying signs
Mostly say, hooray for our side

It's time we stop, hey, what's that sound
Everybody look what's going down

Paranoia strikes deep
Into your life it will creep
It starts when you're always afraid
You step out of line, the man come and take you away

We better stop, hey, what's that sound
Everybody look what's going down
Stop, hey, what's that sound
Everybody look what's going down
Stop, now, what's that sound
Everybody look what's going down
Stop, children, what's that sound
Everybody look what's going down