Rocking In The Free World – Neil Young

Dung Dung Dung Dung Dung Dung Dung Dung DUNG Dung!

Yeah. You know it.

Neil Young Baby!

Dung Dung Dung Dung Dung Dung Dung Dung DUNG Dung!

The cock sure anthem of American USofA-Ness tops the mercury on the Rock-O-Meter.

Dung Dung Dung Dung Dung Dung Dung Dung DUNG Dung!

Except it’s not that simple is it? We all know Neil’s a politico with stuff to get off his chest. This is like a rougher take on that other ‘Big ole Boss Man of the American Rock Scene’s Trojan horse as national anthem’ Springsteen’s Born In The USA.

Neil ain’t happy with the America he sees. He loves America, but he loves it for the potential it offers not the current state of the State of Currency.

He’s got an irresistable chant for over the PA at monster truck shows, college football games and the arenas of rock shows the world over. Dammit! He’s even called the album it’s from Freedom.

That riff clatters on. He decries the homelessness situation, the down trodden victims of immigration issues, the drugs and degradation in the cities and the poverty in the countryside. He mourns the loss of youthful innocence and he shoots it all through with a determined constance.

The whole time he’s urging with that chant. Keep on rockin’, keep on keepin’ on, keep in the light, keep your head up. Amongst all this battle crying he’s soloing like only Neil Young can.

He lets the strings fly with a long leash of sonic fury. It’s like every note will turn to feedback if he doesn’t wrestle it back into the song. This song was made for live shows where he can take the standard structure and insert as much rust coloured squealing and showering of sparks as the occasion is fit for.

Welcome Boys and Girls. Welcome to Neil Young Week

11 thoughts on “Rocking In The Free World – Neil Young

  1. Pleased to have seen Neil Young live a few years ago in London, Hyde Park, at a huge gig full of older generations than myself. The smell of weed in the air and ten minute+ songs sounded glorious though.

    He definitely did this one, it was ace. But, like Born in the USA, I still wonder how people don’t actually listen to it in the mainstream. What a genuine legend he is!

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  2. Well, hello Neil Young week! Looking forward to this one. It won’t surprise you none to learn that I dig a lot of Neil’s stuff. Found him via the Pearl Jam collaborations way back when. So much great stuff, though I reckon I’ve only picked up two or three releases since Prairie Wind.

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