Neil Young — Throw Your Hatred Down
Album: Mirror Ball
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Released: 1995
Length: 5:38
Plays (last 30 days): 3
Here in the conscious world
We place our theories down
Why man must bring us to our knees
Before he sees the weakness of his sinful plan
The power in his hand
Will never touch a friend

Throw your hatred down
Throw your hatred down

Meanwhile in the underworld
The weaknesses are seen
By peasants and presidents
Who plan the counter-scheme
Children in the schoolyard
Finish choosing teams
Divided by their dreams
While a TV screams

Throw your weapons down
Throw your weapons down

The wheel of fortune
Keeps on rollin' down
The street that's paved with sinful plans
There but for circumstance
May go you or I
Dressed in gold lame
Find a place to stay

Throw your hatred down
Throw your hatred down
Throw your hatred down
Throw your weapons down
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 ShamPh0t wrote:
Sorry Bill, I hope you lose your taste for Neil Young. I've heard enough and always thought he was an idiot. (Did I really say that?!?)

 

Talented song writer. 

 

But, his politics are unhinged from reality.


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{#Dancingbanana}
Sorry Bill, I hope you lose your taste for Neil Young. I've heard enough and always thought he was an idiot. (Did I really say that?!?)

This record is obscure by now, but I just love the whole thing. Thanks RP.
 SmileOnADog wrote:

So was (Banned) really banned for voicing non-liberal opinions, or is that just a clever handle?

 
That second one...
{#Dancingbanana}
               
 Typesbad wrote:
I like Neil's lyrics of late, but it doesn't seem like he pays any attention any more to the sound.  It is all the same, just a big wall of sound with a 4/4 beat.  I still like his careening guitar solos, but it is't enough.  I think back to Ohio.  You can recognize that song in the first rapid fire five notes and through the whole of it no other song sounds like that.  I can point to several old Neil songs like that.

Because of this complaint I haven't purchased a Neil Young album in a long time.  Are there songs in the newer albums that don't get played but offer what I'm looking for? 

 
I don't think he's been concerned with a "clean" or "professional" sound for a while, especially when it comes to up-tempo stuff.  Maybe he's trying to re-create the sound from records like "Cinnamon Girl".  Also, aside from a few "waltz-time" tunes, he hasn't written very many songs which are not in 4/4 time.
 (Banned) wrote:
I hate this song.

 
it does seem to go on for quite a while,
I know most people are going to hate this but I never cared for Neil Young on electric guitar, his solos are lame 
 justin4kick wrote:
As long as 10 is the high end of the scale I will be thrifty with 10's because so little songs can compare with this one.
 
Exactly. 10s are not to be taken lightly. I saw Mr Young play this live once and it was equally as powerful - indeed the fact it was live and he gave it heartfelt energy made it go to 11. . . which of course is entirely possible on a Quantum basis.  

So was (Banned) really banned for voicing non-liberal opinions, or is that just a clever handle?

Go back far enough you can find skeletons in anyone's closet. I never use the term "libtards" as I feel it is disrespectful and lacks nuance in characterizing people's diverse opinions, but the number of double standards and hypocrisy that became very publicly manifest in 2016 was a little breath taking to me, this titular proverb notwithstanding.  It was disappointing to see such hate coming from what is more or less billed as the Peace Love and Understanding crowd.


Hayduke2, throw your hatred down!  Right?  Or maybe just when it suits your agenda. You people are no better than the one's YOU HATE.

 

 hayduke2 wrote:

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-gop-is-now-officially-the-party-of-dumb-white-people-20150904#ixzz42nmucWPI 
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Frederick Christ "FredTrump  (Donald's dad)

Trump was born on East Tremont Avenue in the Bronx. He was one of three children of German emigrants Elizabeth (née Christ) and Frederick Trump, along with his brother John and sister Elizabeth Trump Walters. His father had immigrated to New York City in 1885 from the small German town of KallstadtRhineland-Palatinate, where he briefly returned around 1900, married, and re-emigrated.

Although both of Trump's parents were born in Germany, Trump told friends and acquaintances for decades after World War II that the family was of Swedish origin. According to his nephew John Walter, "He had a lot of Jewish tenants and it wasn't a good thing to be German in those days." In 1927, Trump was arrested at a Ku Klux Klan rally in Jamaica, Queens; he was later released without charges.



 

I hate this song.
As long as 10 is the high end of the scale I will be thrifty with 10's because so little songs can compare with this one.
Suggest change to the lyrics:

Exploit the hatred.  Get ahead; get elected!  
 {#Bananapiano}
 Stephen_Phillips wrote:

I don't know the answer to your question but I agree with your comments - the drummer is playing like a young dude in a new band bashing the cymbals as much as he can to make it seem like he is making a significant contribution.  Not the backing required by a great singer songwriter even if his best days may be over.

 
This album was backed by Pearl Jam. I guess if you don't like the drumming you can take it up with them. As for what he's done since this album, he has recorded at least 15 albums since then, according to Wikipedia. I haven't listened to many of them, but I bet that they are as diverse musically as the 24 previous ones. You can say a lot of bad things about Neil if you want to, and some of them are true, but you can't fault the diversity of his sounds and the risks he takes as a musician, not if you don't want to look ignorant. 
Throw your "whatever it is you are holding right now" down and start dancing like a maniac! This is so damned good.
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 Stephen_Phillips wrote:

I don't know the answer to your question but I agree with your comments - the drummer is playing like a young dude in a new band bashing the cymbals as much as he can to make it seem like he is making a significant contribution.  Not the backing required by a great singer songwriter even if his best days may be over.

 
Typesbad makes some interesting observations.

I agree that the percussion sounds naive though I wonder if it was supposed to augment the anger and frustration of the song.
As for Neil's politics.....   sometimes I wonder if he is about as sophisticated as the typical Walmart shopper. 
Interesting stuff hayduke2.   

FWIW, I read that the typical Trump supporter is white and earns US$75,000/year.   I cannot confirm that but the notion that supporters earn a relatively high income would correspond to the literature on political elites and political change.  

I would also add that Trump is doing his image tremendous damage and that will affect his ability to operate as a real estate mogul.  Going forward, governments and unions in Canada will not touch this guy. 
Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-gop-is-now-officially-the-party-of-dumb-white-people-20150904#ixzz42nmucWPI 
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Fred Trump.png
Frederick Christ "FredTrump  (Donald's dad)

Trump was born on East Tremont Avenue in the Bronx. He was one of three children of German emigrants Elizabeth (née Christ) and Frederick Trump, along with his brother John and sister Elizabeth Trump Walters. His father had immigrated to New York City in 1885 from the small German town of KallstadtRhineland-Palatinate, where he briefly returned around 1900, married, and re-emigrated.

Although both of Trump's parents were born in Germany, Trump told friends and acquaintances for decades after World War II that the family was of Swedish origin. According to his nephew John Walter, "He had a lot of Jewish tenants and it wasn't a good thing to be German in those days." In 1927, Trump was arrested at a Ku Klux Klan rally in Jamaica, Queens; he was later released without charges.


 Typesbad wrote:
I like Neil's lyrics of late, but it doesn't seem like he pays any attention any more to the sound.  It is all the same, just a big wall of sound with a 4/4 beat.  I still like his careening guitar solos, but it is't enough.  I think back to Ohio.  You can recognize that song in the first rapid fire five notes and through the whole of it no other song sounds like that.  I can point to several old Neil songs like that.

Because of this complaint I haven't purchased a Neil Young album in a long time.  Are there songs in the newer albums that don't get played but offer what I'm looking for? 

 
I don't know the answer to your question but I agree with your comments - the drummer is playing like a young dude in a new band bashing the cymbals as much as he can to make it seem like he is making a significant contribution.  Not the backing required by a great singer songwriter even if his best days may be over.
I like Neil's lyrics of late, but it doesn't seem like he pays any attention any more to the sound.  It is all the same, just a big wall of sound with a 4/4 beat.  I still like his careening guitar solos, but it is't enough.  I think back to Ohio.  You can recognize that song in the first rapid fire five notes and through the whole of it no other song sounds like that.  I can point to several old Neil songs like that.

Because of this complaint I haven't purchased a Neil Young album in a long time.  Are there songs in the newer albums that don't get played but offer what I'm looking for? 
wow - this is so good.  Play it loud!
 BillG wrote:
Imagine if Neil had always had a real rhythm section...
 
Hands off Ralph Molina!
Imagine if Neil had always had a real rhythm section...
I hear Pearl Jam.  And ilikeitalot.
 MinMan wrote:
Three chords that made many millions - How does he do it?

 
Three colours that made millions. What does a true artist need to be groundbreaking...



 
Three chords that made many millions - How does he do it?
Low ratings for Neil Young doesn't make me sad, or make me hate.
 maboleth wrote:
Having this tune rated below 7 is criminal.

 
absolute correct my dear
I actually prefer Neil's later material, and that means from the 90s onwards. This song is typical of the excellent guitar work you find in later works, especially in the Psychedelic Pill album. You can play this anytime you like.
 enkay wrote:

I rated it 2 so that must make me a super-villain.

 
not to me, Young has so many better ones than this it makes you ask why did RP play this?
 maboleth wrote:
Having this tune rated below 7 is criminal.

 
I rated it 2 so that must make me a super-villain.
Having this tune rated below 7 is criminal.
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 pankman wrote:
Wow, that rocks! Powerful drumming too. Excellent!

Jack Irons - who will be amulti time rockandroll hall of famer

Animal

 


 xtalman wrote:
Rather moving given the events of the last week.

 
Gee, what was happening in June of 2015?

Then there was the Gestapo-like sweep of the West Bank in the summer of 2014 just when I thought Hamas was coming in out of the cold.  So much for peace in what is left of the Palestinian mandate. 

I guess it is that time of year to wish everybody Happy Ethnic Cleansing of the Holy Lands..... 
He has much better songs.... Neil gets a bit on the winey side to me. His older stuff like Down By The River bluesy stuff I think has more emotion.
butchandfran1957 wrote:
Love crazy horse but neil is slowin down but still rockin ( i love the man and band )

 
Not the horse on this one - its Pearl Jam
Third mash up in a row.

Moby - Natural Blues
DJ Schmolli - God's Gonna Cut you Down
NeilJam - Throw Your Hatred Down 
While I like that he is still rocking, I wish he (or his producer) would rock with a little more imagination.  All his current rocking songs seem to have the same big wall of fuzz guitar going up and down through the chords with no relief except his trademark noodling, staccato lead. which  l continue to like, even if it hasn't really changed in decades. Sill, I always pine for something immediately instrumentally distinctive like "Ohio".
 {#Drummer}
pankman wrote:
Wow, that rocks! Powerful drumming too. Excellent!

Animal

 


Rather moving given the events of the last week.
 MortimerS wrote:

I like a lot of Neil Young's music but I always used to give him -3 for his youthful ignorant arrogance. I got over that. It seems the Bills in California have not regarding Lynyrd Skynyrd. I mean they had much better guitar players if not lyricists, but you won't hear any of the "mainstream" Lynyrd Skynyrd on this station because the "true hippies" in California still object after 30 years. And Van Zandt was the nicer guy about it lyrically.

 
Almost makes you want to take up arms and correct the wrongs of the civil war, eh?
Good song, I do enjoy Young's music. But personally? Whoa. "Throw your hatred down. Throw your hatred down" Okay, you start first.

never heard this before - and thats why I love Radio Paradise !!! 
Love crazy horse but neil is slowin down but still rockin ( i love the man and band )
Wow, that rocks! Powerful drumming too. Excellent!

Animal