The song was written by Steven Stills to his then girlfriend singer Judy Collins.

In the 1991 boxed set of CSN work, Stills said: “It started out as a long narrative poem about my relationship with Judy. It poured out of me over many months and filled several notebooks. I had a hell of a time getting the music to fit. I was left with all these pieces of song and I said, ‘Let’s sing them together and call it a suite,’ because they were all about the same thing and they led up to the same point.”

The recording features an acoustic guitar tuned to EEEEBE  also known as “The Bruce Palmer Modal Tuning”.  Palmer was the bassist for Buffalo Springfield.