During his upcoming fall tour, Graham Nash is gearing up to play both 1971's Songs For Beginners and 1974's Wild Tales from top to tail at a handful of special shows. The albums will get a rare airing at only four dates in Manhattan; Boston; Albany, New York; and South Orange, New Jersey later this month.

During a chart with The Washington Post, Nash spoke frankly about some of the more personal tracks he'll be revisiting at the shows. When discussing "Wounded Bird," Nash recalled, "We talked to each other through songs. ‘Cowboy Movie' by (David) Crosby (is) really his version of the breakup of CSNY in one of its earlier forms. I wrote ‘Wounded Bird' for Stephen (Stills) and Judy (Collins) about the pains he was going through in that relationship, just as Neil (Young) writing ‘Only Love Can Break Your Heart' was for me because of what was going on with Joni (Mitchell). Sometimes it's easier to get your thoughts across in music, especially with this band."

Regarding "Better Days," Nash explained how a love affair with singer Rita Coolidge essentially lead to CSNY being put on ice for nearly four years: "I met Rita during the recording of ‘Love The One You're With,' Stephen's great song. Rita and I made a date to go to a swap meet, and Stephen called her and said I was sick and couldn't go and that she should go with him. And so she spent a couple of weeks with Stephen. But Rita and I were very attracted to each other. Being somewhat of an Englishman and a gentleman, I couldn't even kiss Rita without letting Stephen know we wanted to be together. And so I picked up Rita one morning and drove to Stephen's house in Laurel Canyon. I said that Rita and I wanted to spend time together and I wanted to let him know before anything sexually happened between Rita and I. He didn't take it well. As a matter of fact, he tried to spit on me and missed. Obviously, it was a very awkward moment and became an argument between Stephen and I for several years."

Graham Nash, whose been writing songs for over six decades now, still finds the process both familiar and mysterious: "The truth is I'll find out what I already know. Y'know, we don't know what it is. I have no idea how it happens. I'm glad that it does, and for songwriters it's quite simple -- you wake up in the morning, and you deal with your day, and the stuff that affects you, you write about it. I mean, I must've saved myself millions of dollars in psychiatry fees."

AUDIO: GRAHAM NASH ON THE SONGWRITING PROCESS