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"Four dead in Ohio."--"Ohio" (1971) by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

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"Ohio" is a protest song performed by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and sung by Neil Young in reaction to the Kent State shootings of May 4 1970. It was released as a single, peaking at #14 on the Billboard Hot 100. Although a live version of the song was included on the group's 1971 double album Four Way Street, the studio version of both songs did not appear on an LP until the group's compilation So Far was released in 1974.


Notable covers of the song:

  • 1971
  • 1993
    • Paul Weller recorded a cover during the sessions for Wild Wood, and it was released as a b-side to his single "The Weaver."
  • 2002
    • The song was later covered by Devo on the 2002 album When Pigs Fly: Songs You Never Thought You'd Hear. The song was of particular significance to this group. Two of its founding members, Jerry Casale and Mark Mothersbaugh, were students at Kent State during the killings, Casale having witnessed the shooting and known two of the victims. Casale was not impressed by it at the time, seeing it as an opportunist song by "rich hippies... making money off of something horrible... that they didn't get." In Decade's liner notes, Young reflected in 1976 that, "[i]t's ironic that I capitalized on the death of those American students."
    • Tori Amos performed a segment of the song live as a bridge for her own song "Pancake" (uncertain date, though "Pancake" was released on Scarlet's Walk in 2002).
  • 2004
  • 2006
    • The song has been covered acoustically live by the band Rise Against during their fall 2006 co-headlining tour, with Thursday, during Rise Against's encore.
    • John & Mary and The Valkyries added the song to their live set list in late 2006.
    • British rock band Winterville covered the song as part of their live set from 2006 to 2007.
  • 2008
    • The song was covered live by Raine Maida during his 2008 solo tour.

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