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Anything off of "Chrome Dreams" ... damn, now i wanna get drunk and listen to it

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Neil Young - Chrome Dreams (Rust Edition)

Various Studio and Live - CD-R1 - TBA

Tracklist:

01. Pocahontas

02. Will To Love

03. Star Of Bethlehem

04. Like A Hurricane

05. Too Far Gone

06. Hold Back The Tears

07. Homegrown

08. Captain Kennedy

09. Stringman

10. Sedan Delivery

11. Powderfinger

12. Look Out For My Love

Bonus Tracks:

13. River Of Pride ('White Line', Unreleased Studio Version, 27 NOV 75)

14. Campaigner (Unedited, Unreleased Studio Version, Summer 1976)

15. No One Seems To Know (Live, Tokyo, Japan, 10 Mar 76)

16. Give Me Strength (Live, Chicago, IL, 15 Nov 76)

17. Peace Of Mind (Live, Chicago, IL, 15 Nov 76)

18. Human Highway (CSNY, Unreleased Studio Version, April 76)

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Hitchhiker

If I was a hitchhiker on the road

and I had to count on you

But you needed me to ease the load

And for conversation too

Or would you just drive on through.

You didn't see me in Toronto

When I first tried out some hash

Smoked some then and I'll do it again

If I only had some cash

Only had some cash.

Then I tried amphetamines

And my head was in a glass

Taped underneath the speedometer wires

Of my '48 Buick's dash.

But I knew that wouldn't last.

Then came California

Where I first saw open water

In the land of opportunity

I knew I was getting hotter

I knew I was getting hotter.

But the neon lights

And the endless nights

The neon lights

And the endless nights

The neon lights

And the endless nights

The neon lights

And the endless nights

They took me by surprise

The doctor gave me valium

But I still couldn't close my eyes

I still couldn't close my eyes.

Then came paranoia

And it ran away with me

I couldn't sign my autograph

Or appear on TV

Or see or be seen

See or be seen

Or see or be seen.

Living in the country

Sounded good to me

Smoking grass while the summer lasts

In a real organic scene

Where everything was green

Everything was green.

Then we had a kid and we split apart

I was living on the road

A little cocaine went a long long way

To ease that different load

But my head did explode

My head did explode.

I wish I was an Aztec

Or a runner in Peru

I would build such beautiful buildings

To house the chosen few

Like an Inca from Peru.

If I was a hitchhiker on the road

and I had to count on you

But you needed me to ease the load

And for conversation too

Or would you just drive on

would you just drive on

would you just drive on through.

Or would you just drive on

would you just drive on

would you just drive on through.

(unreleased)

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"Vampire Blues" from On the Beach.

Hands down; my favourite Neil ever.

I'm a vampire baby

Sucking blood from the Earth.

I'm a vampire baby

Sucking blood from the Earth.

I'm a vampire baby

I'll sell you twenty barrels' worth.

James McKenty And The Spades did a tasty cover of that last night at Zaphod's in Ottawa. (I think they've done it before, too; I'll try to dig it up.)

Aloha,

Brad

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Guest Low Roller

This may be blasphemy, but I find the recent Greatest Hits album real good just for kicking back and listening.

In order to avoid the lynching I will also say that After The Gold Rush flows great from start to finish.

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It's one of those songs with lyrics that could have been written any time in the last 50 years, and be equally topical. (30 years for sure.)

I'd love it if you could score that for me Brad. You spoil me.

I checked the last few Spades shows I've uploaded, and can't see it in any of the set lists, but I'm sure I've heard them or somebody do it over the last bunch of months (because I recognized it, knew the title, and the original artist).

I'll process last night's show after dinner this evening; it was a short (opening) set (less than 40 minutes), so it might be available quickly (he said, hopefully).

Aloha,

Brad

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Thanks to Kev's Cuts, I lovelovelove Don't Spook The Horse... I listen to it every day.

Also, every weekend I pull out the old vinyl and listen to Harvest front to back and the Crazy Horse record. Gooood times. I have a ton of old Neil Young on vinyl but I always come back to those two albums.

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Same album as my song! And I think it qualifies as obscure. On the Beach only came out on CD two years ago, and before that I had a helluva time finding a cassette. (Of course, once I did, I enjoyed it for a while and then gave it away to a young lady; stupidly and mistakenly thinking I could find another copy. Eventually, it came out on disc 9 years later!)

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I sparked a discussion on this board earlier this year about Time Fades Away, the live album that was released between Harvest and On The Beach and has yet to be issued on CD. I actually ended up writing an article about the record for the last CFMU program guide.

I have gotten drunk many a time and listened to this record since I got my hands on it. Hands down, my favourite song on the record, and perhaps now my favourite Neil Young song, is Don't Be Denied.

Here's an MP3

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GoodRev, good call. I love that tune too. 'Oooooh friend of mine...' That's the moment where the song gets me.

Man, this song gets me at just about every moment starting when the drums come in. The line "The punches came fast and hard/Lyin on my back in the schoolyard" is the big one for me. When the pedal steel comes in on the right stereo side, that's also killer.

Contantines do a decent job of it, but then again so could any band.

The Cons version is cool. The Bucks have been talking about doing it actually, we're going to try it in rehearsal next week.

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Ordinary People

lyrics by Neil Young

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In a dusty town a clock struck high noon, two men stood face to face.

One wore black and one wore white, but of fear there wasn't a trace.

Two hundred years later two hot rods drag through the very same place,

And a half a million people

Moved in to pick up the pace, a factory full of people.

Makin' parts to go to outer space, a train load of people.

They were aimin' for another place, out of town people.

There's a man in the window with a big cigar, says everything's for sale.

The house and the boat and the railroad car, the owner's gotta go to jail.

He acquired these things from a life of crime, now he's selling them to raise his bail.

He was rippin' off the people.

Sellin' guns to the underground, tryin' to help the people.

Lose their ass for a piece of ground, rippin' off the people.

Skimmin' the top when there was no one around, tryin' to help the people.

He was dealing antiques in a hardware store but he sure had a lot to hide.

He had a backroom full of the guns of war and a ton of ammunition besides.

Well, he walked with a cane, kept a bolt on the door with five pit bulls inside,

Just a warning to the people

Who might try to break in at night, protection from the people.

Selling safety in the darkest night, tryin' to help the people.

Get the drugs to the street all right, ordinary people.

Well, it's hard to say where a man goes wrong, might be here and it might be there.

What starts out weak might get too strong, if you can't tell foul from fair.

But it's hard to judge from an angry throng of hands stretched into the air,

The vigilante people.

Takin' law into their own hands, conscientious people.

Crackin' down on the druglord's land, government people.

Confiscatin' all the dealer's land, patch-of-ground people.

Down at the factory, they're puttin' new windows in.

The vandals made a mess of things, and the homeless just walked right in.

Well, they worked here once, and they live here now, but they might work here again,

They're ordinary people.

And they're livin' in a nightmare, hard workin' people.

And they don't know how they go there, ordinary people.

And they think that you don't care, hard workin' people.

Down on the assembly line, they keep puttin' the same thing out.

But the people today, they just ain't buyin', nobody can figure it out.

Well, they try like hell to build a quality end, they're workin' hard without a doubt,

They're ordinary people.

And the dollar's what it's all about, hard workin' people.

But the customers are walkin' out, Lee Iacocca people.

Yeah, they look but they just don't buy, hard workin' people.

Two out of work models and a fashion slave try to dance away the Michelob night.

The bartender poured himself another drink, while two drunks sat watchin' the fight.

The champ went down, then he got up again, and then he went out like a light,

He was fightin' for the people.

But his timing wasn't right, for Las Vegas people

Who came to see a Las Vegas fight, high rollin' people.

Takin' limos though the neon night, fightin' for the people.

And then a new Rolls Royce and a company car they went flyin' down the street.

Each one tryin' to make it to the gate before employees manned the fleet.

The trucks full of products for the modern home, set to roll out into the street

Of downtown people.

Tryin' to make their way to work, nose-to-the-stone people.

Some are saints, and some are jerks, hard workin' people.

Stoppin' for a drink on the way to work, alcoholic people.

Yeah Yeah, they're takin' it one day, one day at a time.

Out on the railroad track, they're cleanin' up number nine.

They're scrubbin' the boiler down, well, she really is lookin' fine.

Awe, she's lookin' so good, they're gonna bring her back on line,

Ordinary people.

They're gonna bring the good things back, nose-to-the stone people.

Put the business back on track, ordinary people.

I got faith in the regular kind, hard workin' people,

Patch-of-ground people.

(unreleased)

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Apparently there's a verse in the liner notes of Don't Be Denied that didn't make it into the song.. Gonna dig it out tonight and see...

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edit. here's the missing verse

Oh Canada

We played all night

I really hate to leave you now

But to stay just wouldn't be right.

Down in Hollywood

We played so good

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TIME OFF FOR GOOD BEHAVIOR

My brother went to prison

He's in Kingston doin' time

He got seven years for sellin'

What I've been smokin' all my life

Time off for good behavior

But the boy don't feel too good

Locked behind those steel bars

I don't know if he should

Yeh a few years ago they called me

Back home to get a big award

They also called my brother

But they made him say "My Lord"

They locked me up in a Hall of Fame

And threw away the keys

But when they put my brother away

It really did somethin' to me

Now I'm guilty as hell for sayin'

"Boy you better go back home"

You know you'll get a fair shake there

We're running all alone

When he called me up from the border

With the Mounties on his tail

I said go back to Canada

We can raise the bail

Now I get these letters

From a cell with no TV

He says he's outside one hour

And inside twenty three

Time off for good behavior

But the boy don't feel too good

Locked behind those steel bars

I don't know if he should

Now I'm guilty as hell for sayin'

"Boy you better go back home"

You know you'll get a fair shake there

We're running all alone

When he called me up from the border

With the Mounties on his tail

I said go back to Canada

We can raise the bail

My brother went to prison

He's in Kingston doin' time

He got seven years for sellin'

What I've been smokin' all my life

(unreleased)

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I'm currently (and seemingly forever) reading SHAKEY ... Neil Young's biography. It's AMAZING!! I highly encourage any fan of Neil's to read it.

One of the best "rock" biographies ever written - I hope you continue to enjoy it!

I have a hard time picking a favourite Neil Young song or lyric... but I have to admit that On The Beach is one of my favourite albums of all time. I remember taping it from my aunt's vinyl copy waaaaaaaaaaay back in high school. I was so happy when it was finally released on CD!

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