Neil Young — After the Gold Rush
Album: After the Gold Rush
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Released: 1970
Length: 3:42
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Well, I dreamed I saw the knights
In armor coming,
Saying something about a queen.
There were peasants singing and
Drummers drumming
And the archer split the tree.
There was a fanfare blowing
To the sun
That was floating on the breeze.
Look at Mother Nature on the run
In the nineteen seventies.
Look at Mother Nature on the run
In the nineteen seventies.

I was lying in a burned out basement
With the full moon in my eyes.
I was hoping for replacement
When the sun burst thru the sky.
There was a band playing in my head
And I felt like getting high.
I was thinking about what a
Friend had said
I was hoping it was a lie.
Thinking about what a
Friend had said
I was hoping it was a lie.

Well, I dreamed I saw the silver
Space ships flying
In the yellow haze of the sun,
There were children crying
And colors flying
All around the chosen ones.
All in a dream, all in a dream
The loading had begun.
They were flying Mother Nature's
Silver seed to a new home in the sun.
Flying Mother Nature's
Silver seed to a new home.
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what a way to start a Saturday morning, cold and overcast.  It's suddenly got a lot brighter !


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One of the songs my co-worker could play my first summer working in the bush so rated up for the memories.

My Jew's harp accompaniment added a certain je ne sais quos. 


This song is extremely poetic, prophetic and hauntingly beautiful. My favorite on the album and one of my Neil Young favs.
 justin4kick wrote:

Neil opened with this song (solo with a pump organ) on his tour with The Promise Of The Real. He changed the lyrics to "Look at Mother Nature on the run In the 21st century." 

I wonder what the world would look like if we had Neil for president.
 
"I wonder what the world would look like if we had Neil for president."  what a Great idea!!!
 unclehud wrote:
Saw an incredibly interesting PBS special about David Geffen, who sued Neil Young, his own client.  Seems that Neil recorded "Trans" and another rockabilly album after signing with Asylum, David's label.

The albums did poorly, since fans — and Mr Geffen — wanted more "typical Neil".  The lawsuit was based on Neil's output being so very different from what was expected.

Ironically, the two got over it, and Neil recorded at least one more album before leaving Asylum.  Mr Young was quite honest about everything when interviewed for the TV show, and seemed like he and David were still buddies.

 
Pretty close, but David Geffen sued Neil while running Geffen Records, not Asylum.  Geffen had co-founded Asylum Records but was no longer in control of it by the late 1970s.  "Trans", "Everybody's Rockin'", and two other albums were released on Geffen Records in the late 1980s.
 idiot_wind wrote:
Listen, until you are lying in a burned out basement, you just don't get it.   

 
That's the truth.
schön! magazine
Saw an incredibly interesting PBS special about David Geffen, who sued Neil Young, his own client.  Seems that Neil recorded "Trans" and another rockabilly album after signing with Asylum, David's label.

The albums did poorly, since fans — and Mr Geffen — wanted more "typical Neil".  The lawsuit was based on Neil's output being so very different from what was expected.

Ironically, the two got over it, and Neil recorded at least one more album before leaving Asylum.  Mr Young was quite honest about everything when interviewed for the TV show, and seemed like he and David were still buddies.
Listen, until you are lying in a burned out basement, you just don't get it.   
 Cynaera wrote:
Totally agree.  And he could switch out the "Poignant" with "Asshole." No, not my opinion, but he's very outspoken so a lot of people probably think of him as an asshole.  (John Mellencamp refers to himself as "The Little Bastard" because he's fully aware of how some people view him.)  Mr. Young has more than earned his stripes in the music business. He's made enemies because of his outspoken viewpoints, but he's also embraced a huge and loyal following (of which I am a staunch member.) 

I will always love Neil Young's music, because during a time when I didn't know who I was or what was expected of me or even what I wanted for my life, his music guided me.

And now I am an anti-government, anarchistic rebel with a stockpile of food and a paranoia of anyone who offers something that looks too good to be true.  Okay, can't blame Neil Young for that, but he opened the door... {#Mrgreen}
 
Everybody in my elevators misses you so much, Cynaera...  we love this song...  this link shows Neil Young's most recent outspoken viewpoint, and everybody in my elevators applauds him...
Future shock.  Alvin Toffler  {#Exclaim}    October 3 1928 - June 27 2016  A fine mind  Rests In Peace
 msymmes wrote:
"Look at Mother Nature on the run In the nineteen seventies."
 
And now look at this planet in 2016...

 
Neil opened with this song (solo with a pump organ) on his tour with The Promise Of The Real. He changed the lyrics to "Look at Mother Nature on the run In the 21st century." 

I wonder what the world would look like if we had Neil for president.
 ozzie1313 wrote:
Two years ago I drove by myself for 6+ hours in winter weather - snow, high winds over rough terrain in Oregon to see Neil and Crazy Horse in Seattle. I am in the Philippines now and thought it would be the last time I saw him.  His music was still fresh, creative, mind bending with a very dramatic stage show.  I was shocked to see so many of my age peers there with walkers or in wheelchairs.  Not there yet, but when will this all end.  I have the same birthday as Dylan, but he is 10 years older; recently heard music critics decrying his lackluster performances, well, he is almost 75.  But Neil is still prolific.  I am so grateful to Radio Paradise for providing connection to youthful performers that keep the rock spark alive, such as Silvert Hoyem or My Morning Jacket.  

 
Thanks for sharing man! Keep your spark alive!
 Phlegmaticman wrote:
French horn!

 
Never mind your sexual preference - what about the music!
Two years ago I drove by myself for 6+ hours in winter weather - snow, high winds over rough terrain in Oregon to see Neil and Crazy Horse in Seattle. I am in the Philippines now and thought it would be the last time I saw him.  His music was still fresh, creative, mind bending with a very dramatic stage show.  I was shocked to see so many of my age peers there with walkers or in wheelchairs.  Not there yet, but when will this all end.  I have the same birthday as Dylan, but he is 10 years older; recently heard music critics decrying his lackluster performances, well, he is almost 75.  But Neil is still prolific.  I am so grateful to Radio Paradise for providing connection to youthful performers that keep the rock spark alive, such as Silvert Hoyem or My Morning Jacket.  
 Rh wrote:
As true today as when it was written!
 
 
true
but unfortunate 
"Look at Mother Nature on the run In the nineteen seventies."
 
And now look at this planet in 2016...
Looks like it's gonna be a Neil Young night when I get home. Haven'y listened to him in ages. Heard a good Buffalo Springfield song the other day as well.
French horn!
back then this was my Saturdayand Sunday morning album
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I've never been a fan of Neil Young's voice. Like fingernails on a chalkboard. 
 jackie0 wrote:

Despite the 'happy ending', this song is still very much a dirge, a lament, a nostalgia for some future past, and more spot on emotionally with each day that passes.  
Neil was doing some heavy channeling when he created this piece.   

 
Nicely said. 

A favorite that has just gotten more poignant with each passing year. I tried to be a poet because, in part, of Neil. 

I felt like getting high 
About Mother Nature's Silver seed.

Despite the 'happy ending', this song is still very much a dirge, a lament, a nostalgia for some future past, and more spot on emotionally with each day that passes.  
Neil was doing some heavy channeling when he created this piece.   
 Lindo525 wrote:
Instant transportation to a bitter-sweet place and time. All the pleasure and discomfort of teenage angst. This just brings it rushing back - in a warm, sublime wave. I still "feel" this song as much, if not more than I hear it.
 
bump
Early Neil Young songs always take me back.

Really love so much of his work.

My all time favorite - Helpless.
 
Look at Mother Nature on the run in 2015.
My favorite artist, album and song!
I don't know, but his voice sounds pretty lovely to me.
 Rozsa wrote:
Although I like Neil Young and always enjoy hearing the old stuff, I feel that he's highly favored on the the playlist. Not a day passes without hearing him once or twice. Why is that?  {#Stupid}

 
Could it be because he is among the best of his generation?
Although I like Neil Young and always enjoy hearing the old stuff, I feel that he's highly favored on the the playlist. Not a day passes without hearing him once or twice. Why is that?  {#Stupid}
Prelude, in the 1970's, did an excellent cover.
We need more songs with lyrics using the words: "lying in a burned out basement" and "fanfare".

Just saying "fanfare" is fun. Ooooh...alliteration.  
 jagdriver wrote:

Whiny Neil

 
This song is the poster child for those holding that sentiment.
 idiot_wind wrote:
"I was lying in a burned out basement...."
Geez...the lyrics. the lyrics.

"...I was hoping it was a lie".

And a french horn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 
 

 
yeah.
Pure beauty and genius.  One of my favorite Neil songs of all time.
"I was lying in a burned out basement...."
Geez...the lyrics. the lyrics.

"...I was hoping it was a lie".

And a french horn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 
 
 jagdriver wrote:
Gag.

 
Whiny Neil <=
Gag.
Instant transportation to a bitter-sweet place and time. All the pleasure and discomfort of teenage angst. This just brings it rushing back - in a warm, sublime wave. I still "feel" this song as much, if not more than I hear it.
 pk53 wrote:
you just had to be there (in the 70s), preferably in your late teens or 20s....then. The line makes all the sense in the world!!
 
Ditto.   I  was just eighteen sitting in a college literature class presenting a take on some obscure literary verse when I played this song to the entire class. You just had to be there. 
Portrait of the genius as a young man.
F***ing spectacular.

Businessgypsy, if you ever need an extra driver ....
Always liked the lyrical imagery in this song. It was inspired by a screenplay penned by Young's neighbors Dean Stockwell and Herb Berman. After the Gold Rush was a story of survival following a massive earthquake with some trippy-hippie-dippy elements (transporting the Tree of Life through Topanga Canyon, etc.) In particular, the term Silver Seed to describe a spaceship containing all the elements to replicate life elsewhere appealed so much that I christened my transcontinental migration stealth camper with that name.

Silver Seed begging diesel from a road construction camp just off the PCH in Big Sur

 Jannne wrote:
{#Clap}  Iconic

 
..... and GODLIKE
{#Clap}  Iconic
 pinem wrote:
 Oh to be in my twenties again; one of the truly outstanding albums of all time.

 
.... totally agree on outstanding album & being in my 20's rather than 60's sounds even better :)
 Oh to be in my twenties again; one of the truly outstanding albums of all time.
Why not Cinnamon Girl?