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catcando
Posted: Feb 14, 2018 15:36
 

Poor choice, on the day.
flyboy
(Sarah Palin's Hometown)
Posted: Feb 14, 2018 15:36
 

 Stephen_Phillips wrote:
So many things happened "down by the river" that they inspired so many songs of that title.

Those rivers have a lot to answer for! 

 
Psalm 137 is one of the oldest songs about being "down by the river".
gmsingh123
Posted: Feb 14, 2018 15:30
 

Obviously not a song about gun control.
black321
(A sunset in the desert)
Posted: Jan 17, 2018 7:23
 

 Stephen_Phillips wrote:
So many things happened "down by the river" that they inspired so many songs of that title.

Those rivers have a lot to answer for! 

 
Well the river reflects time: past, present and future, and all are one at the same time.
skyhigh_71
Posted: Jan 17, 2018 7:18
 

In a recent BBC Radio 4 interview, Noel Gallagher was asked "do you consider yourself a good singer" paraphrasing his reply, he said, yes, in the same way that Neil Young is the best singer of a Neil Young song, I am the best singer of my songs. Very insightful in my opinion. 
Tomasni
(Stockholm, Sweden)
Posted: Jan 17, 2018 0:52
 

To me  7 - Quite Likeable    almost 8
Stephen_Phillips
(Hillsborough, Northern Ireland)
Posted: Nov 21, 2017 3:13
 

So many things happened "down by the river" that they inspired so many songs of that title.

Those rivers have a lot to answer for! 
Proclivities
(Paris of the Piedmont)
Posted: Nov 21, 2017 3:10
 

 ico wrote:
bass line stolen from Donovan - Season of the Witch 1966 :)

 
No; it's similar (especially the tempo), but it's not the same bass line.  Both songs have I - IV progressions in the verses, though this one is in a minor key; there are only so many bass notes to play between two chords.
coyotexxx2
(Enjoying Paradise)
Posted: Nov 19, 2017 9:23
 

This is so good to my ears.  I love the simplicity and rawness of Crazy Horse in the background.  I was fortunate to see Neil and Crazy Horse a few years back play one of their last concerts.  Long live Rock and Roll.  
ico
Posted: Oct 20, 2017 3:07
 

bass line stolen from Donovan - Season of the Witch 1966 :)
kylieh
(Gibsons, BC, Canada)
Posted: Sep 19, 2017 14:00
 

I taught myself to study for high school exams by listening to Decade over and over and over again in my parent's living room. I'd load both LPs in their record player and just keep flipping them over and over for hours. Boy does this take me back.
LowPhreak
(Divided Corporate States of Neo-Feudal Murikka, Inc.)
Posted: Jul 28, 2017 15:36
 

 narainmg wrote:
Guys, I know you love Neil Young so it breaks my heart to say this - he is a *horrible* singer.... but yeah I love him too. 

 
That's funny, since Neil has been nominated for the Juno Awards Male Vocalist of the Year 12 times between 1979-1997.

Let's stop peddling the silly memes.
Oldfan
(Out Rockin' in the Fields)
Posted: Jul 26, 2017 8:25
 

 narainmg wrote:
Guys, I know you love Neil Young so it breaks my heart to say this - he is a *horrible* singer.... but yeah I love him too. 

 




He won an award for singer of the year way back when, his comment about that was "only in Canada would this happen". True perhaps, but part of what makes him unique and so good is the voice, it just has a way of grabbing you with the emotion it brings.
Webfoot
(Eugene, Oregon)
Posted: Jun 19, 2017 14:32
 

 BCarn wrote:
Over rated whiner.

I think "overrated" is such an odd term to apply to a subjective art form.
narainmg
(Fremont, CA)
Posted: Jun 19, 2017 14:30
 

Guys, I know you love Neil Young so it breaks my heart to say this - he is a *horrible* singer.... but yeah I love him too. 
carlos65
(Everton)
Posted: Jun 19, 2017 14:30
 

 {#Bananajam}{#Bananajam}{#Bananajam}On_The_Beach wrote:

Don't be so hard on yourself.
You can't help it if your taste in music sucks.
 

drictor
(Victor, ID, Cultural center of the universe!)
Posted: Jun 19, 2017 14:28
 

 leafmold wrote:
Sorry to all the haters. This song is still amazing after all these years. It gets in a groove and stays there. Rock on Neil.

 
Yes, that.  This is one of those songs that stops me in my tracks every time.  Seems so simple on the surface but it just sucks you in and holds you there.  And it helps if you were kind of raised on it.
sfyi2001
(Seattle)
Posted: May 20, 2017 3:59
 

                   
unclehud
(Hallelujah! Back in the ATL suburbs!)
Posted: May 01, 2017 15:00
 

Oh how I love this song!  And yet, it provides a prime example of Neil's "one-note guitar solos".  

Maybe that's why I love it so?  The simple hammering that is considered a Neil Young solo.  Maybe.  Maybe it's the quiet bass groove that changes ever so slightly, but is hypnotically clear and unwavering ... 
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..... and Everybody Knows This is Nowhere.
On_The_Beach
(The Blue Planet)
Posted: Apr 19, 2017 18:15
 

 BCarn wrote:
Over rated whiner.
 
Don't be so hard on yourself.
You can't help it if your taste in music sucks.
BCarn
(British Columbia)
Posted: Apr 19, 2017 16:19
 

Over rated whiner.
monstrdog
(T.O.)
Posted: Mar 17, 2017 18:07
 

First time ever pushing the PSD button.  This is what I got.  Lucky me.
kingart
(Brooklyn NY)
Posted: Mar 14, 2017 17:22
 

 nomnol wrote:
My favourite Neil Young song. It just is. 10

 
Mine too. After Cinnamon Girl and Cowgirl in the Sand and Like a Hurricane and Southern Man and Mr. Soul and Helpless and a few others. But I know exactly what you mean. 
And backing band Crazy Horse. 
 
nomnol
(Grafton ON)
Posted: Feb 24, 2017 5:55
 

Let's give some credit to Crazy Horse too.{#Bananajam}{#Guitarist} Great bass riff.
westslope
(BC desert)
Posted: Feb 17, 2017 11:37
 

 hitjazz wrote:

Uhhhh...to my knowledge we never were a colony of Australia, mate.

 
Huh?  Canada as a colony of Australia?  Strange.....  

FWIW, 'the colonies' always refers to the former colonies of the British Empire.   There is no room for ambiguity.  
boxofrain
Posted: Feb 17, 2017 11:24
 

 leafmold wrote:
Sorry to all the haters. This song is still amazing after all these years. It gets in a groove and stays there. Rock on Neil.

 
Amen and yes, Rock on Neil.
westslope
(BC desert)
Posted: Feb 17, 2017 11:08
 

OK.  I think the guitar work is great.  

It does reflect the period.  It is a bit self-indulgent.   But then self-indulgence is the probably single best word to describe the 60s/70s counter-culture.  Not all the self-indulgence from the period was bad.  Some of the experiments survive to this day.
PRoeder61
Posted: Feb 17, 2017 11:07
 

 churchd wrote:
Neil Young playing a guitar solo like a fifth grader. {#Frown}

 
Neil's been pretty successful playing the guitar.  Tell us how you've done.
leafmold
(DC)
Posted: Feb 17, 2017 11:06
 

Sorry to all the haters. This song is still amazing after all these years. It gets in a groove and stays there. Rock on Neil.
nomnol
(Grafton ON)
Posted: Feb 01, 2017 5:47
 

My favourite Neil Young song. It just is. 10
hitjazz
Posted: Jan 27, 2017 15:53
 

 westslope wrote:

Being from the 'colonies', I think we can excuse you.   {#Cheesygrin}

 
Uhhhh...to my knowledge we never were a colony of Australia, mate.


Duc1098
(Dock of the bay, seated)
Posted: Dec 17, 2016 21:45
 

 lowelltr wrote:
Good God this song is WAAAYYY too long....please make it stop!

 
Ordinarily I would respond with a snarky comment. I'll just say that it is sad that you don't have the capacity to appreciate brilliant music like this.
fatcatjb
(Sunny Sacramento)
Posted: Dec 17, 2016 21:42
 

 thewiseking wrote:
I love Ole Neil. Always have. Nobody ever said he could play the guitar.

 
or sing...man, I really love Neil Young
petesoper
(Apex, NC)
Posted: Nov 17, 2016 9:19
 

 thewiseking wrote:
I love Ole Neil. Always have. Nobody ever said he could play the guitar.

 The Rolling Stone poll of other artists rates him #17 guitarist of all time. 


thewiseking
(New York, New York)
Posted: Nov 17, 2016 9:08
 

I love Ole Neil. Always have. Nobody ever said he could play the guitar.
pinto
(west meade)
Posted: Nov 17, 2016 9:08
 

 lososs wrote:
Does this end?... Ever?

 
The comments are all whiny and complaining but the silent majority has voted again.  8.2 rating
On_The_Beach
(The Blue Planet)
Posted: Sep 16, 2016 2:17
 

https://i.makeagif.com/media/9-13-2015/hKTbGL.gif
(Sorry, couldn't resist. Arguably Farley's best bit.)
lososs
(Zagreb, Croatia)
Posted: Sep 16, 2016 0:14
 

Does this end?... Ever?
westslope
(BC desert)
Posted: Aug 15, 2016 12:13
 

 jab49 wrote:

Sorry, I didn't mean it literally. In Australia that means "he was very young and just starting out", so to speak. A bit like "when Moses was wearing shorts". :-)  It's a brilliant album and I love it, and have bought it several times in one form or another. Cheers JT

 
Being from the 'colonies', I think we can excuse you.   {#Cheesygrin}
Steely_D
(Biscayne Bay, where the Cuban gentlemen sleep all day)
Posted: Jul 14, 2016 21:32
 

 Stephen_Phillips wrote:
In many songs a lot of bad things seem to happen "Down by the river".  I would stay from that place if I were you...

 
Last time I was there, someone had taken me there and dropped me in it.
jab49
(Perth, Australia)
Posted: Jun 12, 2016 23:56
 

 kingart wrote:

Fifth grader? Then I surely think you may mean 1958. Or 1955. Young was born in 1945.  From a Rolling Stone piece:

Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere (Number 34, 1969), which contains three of Young's most famous songs: "Cinnamon Girl," "Down by the River," and "Cowgirl in the Sand." The singer once told a journalist that they were all written in one day while he was stricken with a fever from the flu. 

This doesn't specify *when* he had the flu, but if it was in 1968, he wasn't a fifth grader, he was 22+ and had already passed through Buffalo Springfield. 

 

 
Sorry, I didn't mean it literally. In Australia that means "he was very young and just starting out", so to speak. A bit like "when Moses was wearing shorts". :-)  It's a brilliant album and I love it, and have bought it several times in one form or another. Cheers JT
skimbrie
(USA)
Posted: May 27, 2016 17:52
 

So I hit PSD when "Mr Soul" was playing and it gave me this. I'll take it.
kingart
(Brooklyn NY)
Posted: May 13, 2016 14:24
 

 jab49 wrote:

He **was** a "fifth grader" when he wrote this in 1968 - we all have to start somewhere. 

 
Fifth grader? Then I surely think you may mean 1958. Or 1955. Young was born in 1945.  From a Rolling Stone piece:

Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere (Number 34, 1969), which contains three of Young's most famous songs: "Cinnamon Girl," "Down by the River," and "Cowgirl in the Sand." The singer once told a journalist that they were all written in one day while he was stricken with a fever from the flu. 

This doesn't specify *when* he had the flu, but if it was in 1968, he wasn't a fifth grader, he was 22+ and had already passed through Buffalo Springfield. 

 
jab49
(Perth, Australia)
Posted: May 11, 2016 23:29
 

 kingart wrote:

I think he's playing the guitar exactly as he wants to play it. In accordance with the lyrics about a quite addled dude on the run with his baby (but I do hope he means his girl friend, not his baby baby) for some badness or crime only alluded to, and he shot her. No lovely melodies there. 

 
He **was** a "fifth grader" when he wrote this in 1968 - we all have to start somewhere. 
kingart
(Brooklyn NY)
Posted: May 01, 2016 11:39
 

 churchd wrote:
Neil Young playing a guitar solo like a fifth grader. {#Frown}

 
I think he's playing the guitar exactly as he wants to play it. In accordance with the lyrics about a quite addled dude on the run with his baby (but I do hope he means his girl friend, not his baby baby) for some badness or crime only alluded to, and he shot her. No lovely melodies there. 
lowelltr
(Cardinal Nation)
Posted: Apr 09, 2016 21:29
 

Good God this song is WAAAYYY too long....please make it stop!
torino390
(Shrewsbury, United Kingdom)
Posted: Mar 09, 2016 3:01
 

got bored of the bass line after the first hour or so... had to hit the PSD button, again.
dimar
(La Pointe, WI)
Posted: Feb 06, 2016 12:26
 

NEATO, all these comments from guys waxing poetic about a song in which a guy "shot my baby, down by the river".  Oooooh, lalalala.....YIKES
I like Neil, but this is whacked! 
westslope
(BC desert)
Posted: Feb 06, 2016 12:24
 

 churchd wrote:
Neil Young playing a guitar solo like a fifth grader. {#Frown}

 
Huh?

churchd
(Snohomish,WA)
Posted: Dec 05, 2015 15:17
 

Neil Young playing a guitar solo like a fifth grader. {#Frown}