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"If there is a beacon or a bastion of an artist who has maintained his integrity and his uncompromising vision and purity, it is Neil Young.
- k.d lang at the 2005 Juno Awards in Winnipeg

The Endless Highway

Neil Young

Neil Young was born November 12, 1945 in Toronto,
Ontario to Rassy and
Scott Young. As a youth, he survived diabetes, polio, epilepsy and the divorce of his parents. His father was a highly respected sportswriter forThe Toronto Telegram and The Globe and Mail, and has authored several books, including Neil & Me, a 1984 title covering his relationship with his musician son.
In 1960, Neil moved with his mother to Winnipeg, Manitoba. It was there that music first became the driving force in his life. After switching from ukulele to guitar, he was in a succession of Winnipeg-based bands, including The Jades, The Esquires, The Classics and Neil Young & The Squires. Initially an
instrumental band in the mold of The Shadows, The Squires eventually became more of a folk-rock group. Several early Neil originals from this era, including "Ain't It The Truth" and "Find Another Shoulder," would be resurrected years later with the Bluenotes. From early 1963 to mid- 1965, The Squires performed regularly at clubs and dance halls in Manitoba and Ontario. At a club in Fort William, Ontario in '65, The Squires crossed paths with an American folk-rock band called The Company, which featured a singer/guitarist named Stephen Stills. Young and Stills became fast friends but soon lost track of one another as The Squires disbanded in the summer of '65.
In search of fresh opportunities, Young and ex-Mynah Birds bassist Bruce Palmer packed most of their worldly possessions into Young's car (a black hearse!) and drove from Toronto to Los Angeles. On Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, the hearse was spotted in traffic by Stills and singer/guitarist Richie Furay (who previously met Young in New York and had come west a short time earlier.) The four musicians huddled in a supermarket parking lot and immediately talked of
forming a band. With the addition of drummer Dewey Martin, the Buffalo Springfield was born

Neil Young

Harvest Moon
(Neil Young)

Come a little bit closer
Hear what I have to say
Just like children sleepin'
We could dream this night away.

But there's a full moon risin'
Let's go dancin' in the light
We know where the music's playin'
Let's go out and feel the night.

Because I'm still in love with you
I want to see you dance again
Because I'm still in love with you
On this harvest moon.

When we were strangers
I watched you from afar
When we were lovers
I loved you with all my heart.

But now it's gettin' late
And the moon is climbin' high
I want to celebrate
See it shinin' in your eye.

Because I'm still in love with you
I want to see you dance again
Because I'm still in love with you
On this harvest moon

Don't Be Denied
(Neil Young)
 

When I was a young boy,
My mama said to me
Your daddy's leavin' home today,
I think he's gone to stay.
We packed up all our bags
And drove out to Winnipeg.

When we got to Winnipeg
I checked in to school.
I wore white bucks on my feet,
When I learned the golden rule.
The punches came fast and hard
Lying on my back in the school yard.

Don't be denied, don't be denied.
Don't be denied, don't be denied.
Don't be denied, don't be denied.

Well pretty soon I met a friend,
He played guitar.
We used to sit on the steps at school
And dream of being stars.
We started a band,
We played all night.

Don't be denied, don't be denied.
Don't be denied, don't be denied.
Don't be denied, don't be denied.

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

The businessmen crowded around
They came to hear the golden sound
There we were on the Sunset Strip,
Playing our songs for the highest bid.
We played all night
The price was right.

Don't be denied, don't be denied.
Don't be denied, don't be denied.
Don't be denied, don't be denied.

Well, all that glitters isn't gold
I know you've heard that story told.
And I'm a pauper in a naked disguise
A millionaire through a business man's eyes.
Oh friend of mine
Don't be denied.

Neil and Pegi @ Live8. Four Strong Winds
Pegi and Neil Young singing Four Strong Winds at Live8 Canada

Four Strong Winds
(Ian Tyson)

Think I'll go out to Alberta,
Weather's good there in the fall.
I got some friends that I can go to working for,
Still I wish you'd change your mind
If I asked you one more time,
But we've been through that a hundred times or more.
 
Four strong winds that blow lonely,
Seven seas that run high,
All those things that don't change, Come what may.
If the good times are all gone,
And I'm bound for moving on.
I'll look for you if I'm ever back this way.
 
If I get there before the snow flies,
And if things are going good,
You could meet me if I send you down the fare.
But by then it would be winter
Not much for you to do
And the wind sure can blows cold way out there
 
Four strong winds that blow lonely,
Seven seas that run high,
All those things that don't change, Come what may.
If the good times are all gone,
And I'm bound for moving on.
I'll look for you if I'm ever back this way.

When God Made Me
(Neil Young)

Was he thinkin' about my country
Or the color of my skin?
Was he thinkin'  'bout my religion
And the way I worshipped him?
Did he create just me in his image
Or every living thing?

When God made me
When God made me
 
Was he planning only for believers
Or for those who just have faith?
Did he envision all the wars
That were fought in his name?
Did he say there was only one way
To be close to him?

When God made me
When God made me
 
Did he give me the gift of love
To say who I could choose?

When God made me
When God made me

When God made me
When God made me
 
Did he give me the gift of voice
So some could silence me?
Did he give me the gift of vision
Not knowing what I might see?
Did he give me the gift of compassion
To help my fellow man?
 

When God made me
When God made me

When God made me
When God made me
 

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I'm singing some songs tonight
about a town called Greendale.
This is a little town, it's about
20,000 people. It's on the
coast of North America

the unofficial
Neil Young pages

his official website

Prairie Wind 2005

The Painter
 
No Wonder
 
Falling Off the Face of the Earth
 
Far From Home
 
It's A Dream
 
Prairie Wind
 
Here For You
 
This Old Guitar
 
He Was the King
 
When God Made Me

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Out On The Weekend
 
Harvest
 
A Man Needs A Maid
 
Heart Of Gold
 
Are You Ready For The Country?
 
Old Man
 
There's A World
 
Alabama
 
Needle And The Damage Done
 
Words (Between The Lines Of Age)

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Unknown Legend
 
From Hank To Hendrix
 
 You And Me
 
Harvest Moon
 
War Of Man
 
One Of These Days
 
Such A Woman
 
Old King
 
Dreamin' Man
 
Natural Beauty

Time Fades Away 1973

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incredible American band;
that, believe it or not
was three-quarters Canadian!
 

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live from Park Place,
Barrie, Ontario
featuring Neil and Pegi
singing the Canadian classic
Four Strong Winds

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song?......well it's here
a truly amazing find this!
 

A Neil Young Archive.
a harvest of postings from the
community

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