Neil Young — Dont Let It Bring You Down
Album: After the Gold Rush
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Released: 1970
Length: 2:53
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Old man lying
by the side of the road
With the lorries rolling by,
Blue moon sinking
from the weight of the load
And the building scrape the sky,
Cold wind ripping
down the allay at dawn
And the morning paper flies,
Dead man lying
by the side of the road
With the daylight in his eyes.

Don't let it bring you down
It's only castles burning,
Find someone who's turning
And you will come around.

Blind man running
through the light
of the night
With an answer in his hand,
Come on down
to the river of sight
And you can really understand,
Red lights flashing
through the window
in the rain,
Can you hear the sirens moan?
White cane lying
in a gutter in the lane,
If you're walking home alone.

Don't let it bring you down
It's only castles burning,
Just find someone who's turning
And you will come around.

Don't let it bring you down
It's only castles burning,
Just find someone who's turning
And you will come around.
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artist!, songwriter supreme
Rating: 1 (for singing ability) for everything else 10 (ten)!
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 On_The_Beach wrote:

Well, yes, you do whine a lot, but don't let it bring you down.

 
I'm with Bcarn on this one. Neil's nasal whining can shatter glass at low volumes.
 BCarn wrote:
Whiner extraordinaire!
 
Well, yes, you do whine a lot, but don't let it bring you down.
Whiner extraordinaire!
 dew34 wrote:

This is a TV mentality/ reality nesbit of sound bites and small attention spans. Thankfully neither Neil of Bob really care, they have an inner message to transmit and will do it regardless of commercial acceptance or fan raves. We were lucky to have them. After the Gold Rush is seminal NY and must be included in a musical top 10 of any species. Neil is my favorite and even the mediocre tunes weave some magic in my heart. 

 
Yes well put.
 kcar wrote:

Yes! musical preferences are highly subjective. There's so much that goes into these preferences—it wouldn't surprise me if some of it came down to how people's brains are wired. Neil's just as polarizing as Bob: for some listeners those guys are brilliant, for others they're droning idiots. 

 
I'm coming to this conclusion: we are all made up of what, 60-70% water. When music plays, the sound waves either resonate with you or not. That's the first impact. Which is why (for me anyways) if the music doesn't grab me, who cares about the lyrics.
Voice is a bit twitchy but those lyrics are right on. 
I first really listened to and HEARD and FELT this song after Bush grabbed a second term.  It was such a dark time for me, and this song just gave me chills.  Still does.  It's my favorite NY tune.
 Gert wrote:
It is not very often that I have to stop a music because I really do not like the singer's voice. But for this song it is the case. Even Bob Dylan can sing better, but I do not like him, too ;)

 
Dear Gert, we all know Neil got a terrible voice - nevertheless he is a genius and an idol for so many artists.
Und er begleitet mich schon mein ganzes Leben mit seinen songs und dafür danke
 Wait until you hear,  I'm a by-product of castles
              They're only burning.
            Situation Wise is A OK
                See me through.
                   

It is not very often that I have to stop a music because I really do not like the singer's voice. But for this song it is the case. Even Bob Dylan can sing better, but I do not like him, too ;)
 kcar wrote:

Yes! musical preferences are highly subjective. There's so much that goes into these preferences—it wouldn't surprise me if some of it came down to how people's brains are wired. Neil's just as polarizing as Bob: for some listeners those guys are brilliant, for others they're droning idiots. 

I love both NY and BD, although within limits. For me they strip away the distractions of daily life and talk about the large underlying ideas. Sometimes it just comes down to their ability to place the right words or sounds in the right way at the right time, even the song doesn't make a lot of sense at the first level. 

I do wonder if singer/songwriters like these two guys can actually reach an audience these days. It may be harder for performers like Dylan and Young to create songs that resonate with a large audience, due perhaps to a more fractured and less focused culture. Maybe not.   

 
This is a TV mentality/ reality nesbit of sound bites and small attention spans. Thankfully neither Neil of Bob really care, they have an inner message to transmit and will do it regardless of commercial acceptance or fan raves. We were lucky to have them. After the Gold Rush is seminal NY and must be included in a musical top 10 of any species. Neil is my favorite and even the mediocre tunes weave some magic in my heart. 
 capandjudy wrote:

This is my favorite Neil Young album partially because I was 22 years old when it came out and was asking the big questions but also because it all just seem to come together on this one lyrically and musically and the blending of seemingly enigmatic lyrics at times and traditional instrumentation. It is all so subjective anyway. 
 

 
Yes! musical preferences are highly subjective. There's so much that goes into these preferences—it wouldn't surprise me if some of it came down to how people's brains are wired. Neil's just as polarizing as Bob: for some listeners those guys are brilliant, for others they're droning idiots. 

I love both NY and BD, although within limits. For me they strip away the distractions of daily life and talk about the large underlying ideas. Sometimes it just comes down to their ability to place the right words or sounds in the right way at the right time, even the song doesn't make a lot of sense at the first level. 

I do wonder if singer/songwriters like these two guys can actually reach an audience these days. It may be harder for performers like Dylan and Young to create songs that resonate with a large audience, due perhaps to a more fractured and less focused culture. Maybe not.   
RAWKKIT, Neil!
 stunix wrote:
Paula:  Oh Neil, I don't think that a stinking attitude and tone deafness can pass as tonsillitis, its a no.  Randy?
Randy: Yo dawg, listen, you got some pitch and timing issues, its gonna be a no from me, Simon?
Simon: Neil, is this a joke?, that was the worst singing ive ever heard, thats 3 nos.   but thankyou and goodbye.
 
the real joke is on them lame judges since they obviously don't know what they are talking about... {#Roflol}
Old man lying by the side of the road
With the lorries rolling by,
Blue moon sinking from the weight of the load
And the buildings scrape the sky,
Cold wind ripping down the alley at dawn
And the morning paper flies,
Dead man lying by the side of the road
With the daylight in his eyes.
 stunix wrote:
Paula:  Oh Neil, I don't think that a stinking attitude and tone deafness can pass as tonsillitis, its a no.  Randy?

Randy: Yo dawg, listen, you got some pitch and timing issues, its gonna be a no from me, Simon?

Simon: Neil, is this a joke?, that was the worst singing ive ever heard, thats 3 nos.   but thankyou and goodbye.

  LOL


Day after Canada Day and Neil is representing.