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Neil Young in 1971 when I was a counselor at Woodrock with Paul, Stanley, Jim, Peggy, Joe, Alden, John, Lu, Mel, Cathy, Pat, and we were very young

November 16, 2015

Neil Young in 1971 when I was a counselor at Woodrock with Paul, Stanley, Jim, Peggy, Joe, Alden, John, Lu, Mel, Cathy, Pat, and we were very young

Live From The BBC, 1971

In 1971, Neil Young took the stage on the BBC and delivered a performance of ‘Old Man’ that tied in nicely with the song’s overall theme; written as a young man, Neil sounds like a young man trying to make a man twice his age remember what it was like to be young and impulsive, with the same desires for love and success. It’s wonderful hearing Neil perform it now as of 2015 – it comes full circle, like the old man finally fully understands who he was in his youth and seeks to remind the young to enjoy being young.

Written and performed by Neil on his 1972 album Harvest, ‘Old Man’ is likely one of the biggest hits of Young’s entire career, second only to ‘Heart Of Gold’. It compares a young man’s life to an old man’s and shows that the young man has, to some extent, the same needs as the old one, and even features the talents of both James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt on banjo and backing vocals.

Fun Fact: The song was written for the caretaker of the Northern California Broken Arrow Ranch, which Young purchased for $350,000 in 1970.

Neil Young is one of the most prolific songwriters since Bob Dylan, always writing content that gets to the heart of the human condition and telling our story in a way that makes us want to keep telling it. This rendition of ‘Old Man’ no different; it’s one of the best we’ve ever seen, and is a testament to Neil’s tremendous stage presence that makes you want to gather ’round and hear what he’s got to share with us.

+ Old Man Lyrics +

Old man look at my life,
I’m a lot like you were.
Old man look at my life,
I’m a lot like you were.

Old man look at my life,
Twenty four
and there’s so much more
Live alone in a paradise
That makes me think of two.

Love lost, such a cost,
Give me things
that don’t get lost.
Like a coin that won’t get tossed
Rolling home to you.

Old man take a look at my life
I’m a lot like you
I need someone to love me
the whole day through
Ah, one look in my eyes
and you can tell that’s true.

Lullabies, look in your eyes,
Run around the same old town.
Doesn’t mean that much to me
To mean that much to you.

I’ve been first and last
Look at how the time goes past.
But I’m all alone at last.
Rolling home to you.

Old man take a look at my life
I’m a lot like you
I need someone to love me
the whole day through
Ah, one look in my eyes
and you can tell that’s true.

Old man look at my life,
I’m a lot like you were.
Old man look at my life,
I’m a lot like you were.

 

and the likes of ____________ was bombing Cambodia and and Laos and creating the same vacuum as Iraq  and that was a life time ago.  Nothing changes and everything is impermanent.

 

Oh how I miss those days I thought that they’d never end and we’d always be young

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