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Giving a beat to the Left’s wet dream
Posted by: mcq on Thursday, April 27, 2006

Neil Young has put it to music:


No word as to whether Michael Moore is interested in using it in his next "documentary" effort. Looks like it would be a good fit though.
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There’s nothing better than a Canadian hippie rallying the effort to impeach "our" president.

You think if Charlie Daniels wrote a similar song about Hugo Chavez it would be received so mildly?

Yeah, me neither ...
Written By: MichaelW
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Lets impeach Neil Young for s*cking for his entire career....
Written By: shark
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No, shark. Just leave Neil alone. In his coccoon it’s still 1971 and Nixon’s Army is shooting the place up.
Written By: D
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Mr. Young is a sexist (“send our men to war”), racist (“leaving black people neglected”) pig.
Written By: Notherbob2
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"...his naysayers will decry him as a Canadian."

That nearly just made me burst out laughing. Just the way they put that. "You... you... Canadian!!!" "How dare you accuse me of being Canadian!"
Written By: Matt McIntosh
In fairness, Matt, one can never been too careful about those Canadian spies.
Excuse me? Listen, if you are insinuating that I am a spy, or that any member of my family is a spy then you’re way off base. Look, just because we’re Canadian does not mean we are spies!
Written By: Jon Henke
Maybe we’ll get lucky and he’ll ride his horse with no name off a cliff.

Written By: looker
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Dudes, Neil Young ROCKS! As a friend of mine said once, "Neil Young has never released a bad album. Some are better than others but no bad albums."
No, shark. Just leave Neil alone. In his coccoon it’s still 1971 and Nixon’s Army is shooting the place up.
And I will point ut that Mr. Young supported the war in Aghanistan and the early stages of the GWoT. In fact, he stunned a number of supposed fellow-travellers, IIRC, at the acceptance of Free Speech Award or the like by PUBLICALY SUPPORTING THE PRESIDENT IN THE AFTERMATH OF 9-11.

Like many people he opposes(d) the war in Iraq. I believe he might argue that he is being consistent, yes to the GWoT, Yes to ending the Taliban, but asking: 1) How does the defeat of Saddam affect the GWoT in the grand scheme and 2) arguing that the premises of the war are/were false, and therefore the Third Gulf War is illegal and/or unnecessary.

Note pleae, as is obvious, I LIKE Neil Young... and note also I support the decision to invade Iraq AND Afghanistan. I simply see his point, just like I see the PoV of the other opponents of the war(s). I just judge them as wrong. I like the phrase, "Just shut up and SING."
Written By: Joe
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Oh Looker the "Horse with no name" wasn’t that America? Not Neil Young.
Written By: Joe
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If I said it was all kinda lost in the haze of the times for me, would that be an excuse for being WRONG?

Okay, so I’m wrong (sheepish grin).
Nearly as bad as the time I attributed a Gilbert O’Sullivan song to the BeeGees.

I still can’t get into Neil’s music. Too much whining for my tastes.
Written By: looker
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And -
I’ve contracted Wikipedia as my apologists - as someone has kindly made the observations for me that
The song A Horse With No Name by the band America is often mistaken for a Young song due to its remarkable similarity, especially in the vocal performance, to Young’s own work.
And in my further defense....Brunell himself made this observation -
The song’s resemblance to Neil Young’s work stirred some grumbling as well. Coincidentally or not, it was "A Horse With No Name" that bumped Young’s "Heart Of Gold" out of the #1 slot on the U.S. Pop chart. "I know that virtually everyone, on first hearing, assumed it was Neil," Bunnell says. "I never fully shied away from the fact that I was inspired by him. I think it’s in the structure of the song as much as in the town of my voice. It did hurt a little, because we got some pretty bad backlash. I’ve always attributed it more to people protecting their own heroes more than attacking me."
However, that doesn’t make me any less incorrect.
(I’m practicing for Congress - let’s see if I can end up holding a press conference where I abhor the unfortunate circumstances of my past that FORCED me to incorrectly indentify the author of the song. )
Written By: looker
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Looker, it is true Neil Young can’t sing or play the harmonica, but then neither can Bob Dylan and he rulez too...
If I said it was all kinda lost in the haze of the times for me, would that be an excuse for being WRONG?
What the inability to distinguish between Neil Young, musical God and America, nice band for the era, but soon lost in the "haze of the times?" Sure we all make mistakes, but rest assured that when you face your Maker, He will have many pointed questions to ask you about your apostasy (not liking Neil) and your consumption of herbal/chemical products in the era 1969-1979 and the resulting "haze."

Written By: Joe
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Joe, looker,
...your consumption of herbal/chemical products in the era 1969-1979 and the resulting "haze."
Hence my remarks about Neil being stuck at ’71 and cloudy’. I won’t debate the historical importance of his music or the insight in his songs (I am just barely old enough to remember "Crazy Horse" when it was first released). Nevertheless, when you go about in faded and ripped jeans and flannel shirts, convulse like a brown-blotter tripper and scream anew the same rage against the machine every few years you are definitely living in the past.
Written By: D
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Well D, it simply shows your pathetic ignorance of the One True Church that is Neil Young. That which is TRUE does not need updating, it is a true and everlasting new clothes cost money and Neil would rather use the cash on his son’s model rail road, set up.
and ripped jeans and flannel shirts, convulse like a brown-blotter tripper and scream anew the same rage against the machine every few years you are definitely living in the past
Is this Neil Young or Eddie Vetter we’re discussing, here?

Seriously, I don’t think Young is "living in the paaaaaast", "oh no no please be forgiving/ we’ll be living in the past." (Sorry just had an acid rock flute flashback there...) He did support the opening of the GWoT, he’s not a reflexive Hippie, it’s not "Tin soldies and Nixon’s coming" in Neil-Land.

Yes he’s wrong, in this instance, but he hasn’t simply been living in the "Days of Rage" either, unlike say Tom Hayden or Jane Fonda. So let’s differentiate between the two sorts.
Written By: Joe
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"Living in Past" - Jethro Tull. This one I know....

(And in the next round of Music Trivia, we’ll be asking contestants to sing the entire 1909 version of the Edward Meeker song Clancy’s Wooden Wedding)

Joe - Dylan too....sorry, that fits. My roommate was into Young and Dylan, I was wandering (staggering? lurching? crawling?) down other paths at the time with YES, Uriah Heep and Jethro Tull.

We do seem to agree on their ability to sing or play the harmonica though.
I used to do a really good (bad) Dylan rendition during parties singing the
Monty Python ’Protest Song’ by Neil Innes.

sniff sniff....I love strolls down memory lane....whatever happened to meaningful songs like "Southside of the Sky". They just don’t make music like that anymore. Danged whippersnappers.
Written By: looker
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A man can not go wrong with Jethro Tull, at least until "Storm Watch" IMHO... Never got into Uriah Heep, I’m a reprobate.
used to do a really good (bad) Dylan rendition during parties singing the
Monty Python ’Protest Song’ by Neil Innes.
Now THAT would be worth a podcast....
Written By: Joe
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Agreed - Storm Watch was very so so, and I didn’t buy Broadsword until nearly a decade and a half after it came out, and have only bought the replacements for those funny looking vinyl grooved things which I no longer have a device to play.

I was pretty much on the opposite side of Young’s politics. To paraphrase Tom Lehrer (The Folk Song Army) I guess that’s like saying I was for Poverty, War and injustice when they were unpopular.
Written By: looker
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Tom Lehrer has the best line in that song:
Remember the war against Franco?/
That’s the kind where each of us belongs./
Though he may have won all the battles,/
We had all the good songs.
It reminds me so much of today... the Left has all the good songs, even if they don’t actually control anything. And in fact, really don’t INTEND to control anything or at least to DO anything. So many things they do are designed to BE right not DO right, it’s about sounding good, not doing it. So they have all the good songs, but not much else.

And that whole album is work of genius, "From National Brothehrood Week" to the "Vatican Rag."
Written By: Joe
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Yep - what I always find highly entertaining about Lehrer songs is although the names change so much of what he sang about then is still true today.

"Oh the Protestants hate the Catholics
and the Catholics hate the Protestants
And the Hindus hate the Muslims
And everybody hates the Jews".

from ’National Brotherhood Week’ -

"Should Americans pick crops? George says "No",
’cause no one but a Mexican would stoop so low.
And after all, even in Egypt, the pharaohs
Had to import Hebrew braceros"

From ’George Murphy’

"When someone makes a move
Of which we don’t approve,
Who is it that always intervenes?
U.N. and O.A.S.,*
They have their place, I guess,
But first - send the Marines"

From "Send the Marines"
Written By: looker
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"Send the Marine" is one of my all-time FAVOURITE songs..."MLF Lullaby", "Werner Von Braun", and "Who’s Next" are all great contributions to world culture as well.
Written By: Joe
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As a musician I can state without reservation that Neal Young can neither sing or play guitar at a professional level. The same goes for his band.

Every time I,ve seen him & his band they were awful. No guitar was in tune sloppy technique worse than a teenaged garage band. Then add that screechy nasal voice (frequently off key when live) ouch!

He does write well as long as he is not preaching, "I woke up in the morning with an arrow through my nose, there was an Indian in the corner trying on my clothes." Neal at his best. As for political discourse... well the man is a moron.
Written By: McQ2
I once talked to a sound engineer who mixed CSN&Y at a concert.

He was told by their people to mix Neal’s guitar only in the monitors and not into the main mix because he made so many mistakes.

The man should stick to songsmithing and leave the performing to the pros.
Written By: McQ2
And yet McQ2, I would imagine he has made nearly INFINITELY more money from his musical career than you...Life is FUNNY, isn’t it?
Written By: Joe
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The best thing Neil Young ever did in his musical career was to inspire Lynyrd Skynyrd to write "Sweet Home Alabama".
Written By: BrianOfAtlanta
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Joe - That’s because there’s no accounting for taste.

Dylan as a classic example, I mean, go figure.
Most of the Punk Rock I had to endure in my last year of college....
(except the Ramone’s Cretin Hop, and the Blitzkreig Bop)

Almost any Rap song.....

They all made more money than I ever will. So did Ken Lay.

Can I get an Amen brother!
Written By: looker
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Joe that’s not the point is it. But I made a living and have a great time.

Neal is famous because of his song writing which I acknowledged.

But then you were just being an assho*e werent you.

Written By: McQ2
PS What they say about musicians and the availability of women willing to jump in the sack with them is true. So tell me joe where do you live? Hell I might have bedded your wife!
Written By: McQ2
Hell I might have bedded your wife!
You are feeling better, aren’t you?
Written By: McQ
Yup.....he got snarkey first.
Written By: McQ2
The only problem with Neil Young is that, unlike his peers, the drugs failed to kill him sometime in the 1970’s
Written By: kyle N
Nah mcQ2, she really isn’t into rock or rocker wannabe’s... more a black women in a white body... now if you if frequented Luther Vandross concerts....

As to snarkey yes, but it seemed so odd, like someone complaining about Bill Gates’ business acumen. So Neil Young is a no-talent PERFORMER, yet richer and more well-known than McQ2, in all probability. So it obviously follows he’s probably NOT as bad as you might think, it’s just not to your taste.

Written By: Joe
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Who is complaining, just my observation as a musician.
And yes they are that bad.

As for rich and well known that is your definition of success not mine.

I spent most of my young adult life playing 6 nights a week (but you only work 4 hours a day with 15 min break each hour) Free room & usually half off on food if you eat at the hotel or venue. 300 to 500 a week plus tips (Ave 150).
We followed the sun playing the Great Lakes resorts in summer & play Florida in the winter. And there were the ladies. nuff said.

Personally joe I wouldn’t want to lose my anonymity, that would be hell.

Written By: McQ2
As for money and success in your chosen field, allow me to give you this advice:

"I’d rather be lucky than good."
Written By: Harun
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