"I think that I began to write intimately about my feelings at the time of my fourth album and that those emotions found fertile ground in other people's unexpressed feelings, and so in a way it could be said that I expressed the unexpressable. It was a very lonely time in America. It was strife ridden. It was difficult. It was the end of America's naivety. We were the good guys up until then. We had an heroic reputation from the war and suddenly there was trouble at home, beginning with the Kennedy assassination. The sixties were a very idealistic time for youth, very hopeful. We did believe we could change the world; (then) we found we couldn't change it very much at all."