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Discussion in 'Politics' started by Monergist, Apr 27, 2006.
Neil Young: Exclusive 'Impeach the President' Lyrics-- FOX NEWS
Hooray for Neil Young! I am glad that (for at least now) political dissent and free speech are alive and well.
Me too. He's always been kind of stupid about politics, letting his heart cloud the good sense God gave him.
Another high school drop out doper who America worships. I have a lot of his records, I'm a huge Neil fan. But I don't look to him, Bob Dylan, or Bruce Springsteen as being any smarter than anyone else. Their position gives them a platform, but shame on us for taking advice from celebrities.
Here's some other lyrics by stoner-boy. How do you reconcile these.....
"Jesus, I saw you.
Walking on the river.
I don't believe you.
You can't deliver, right away, I wonder why.....
Jesus, your eyes shine like the sun, I wonder why....."
I don't like it when celebrities tell us how to vote. I didn't like it when Curt Schilling, or Ricky Skaggs told me to vote for Bush, either.
Shut up & sing.
I agree Curtis! I really don't give a hoot about endorsements by celebrities, PACs, newspapers, or anyone else. I can figure out who to vote for all by my self! I wholly support anyone's right to free speech, but my opinion is just as valid as a celebrity's. I am just stubborn that way, I guess.
He's certainly got all the left wing talking points down.
I agree that there's nothing profound about his lyrical musings and if he didn't have a platform through his celeberty noone would care.
BTW, the only high school drop out Neil that writes lyrics worth pondering is Neil Peart from Rush! Too bad he's a self-described 'linear thinking agnostic':-(
Keep on rocking in the free world, eh?
It's important to be able to seperate the artist's work from their politics.
Anybody who's ever read my posts in the music forums knows how much I love Neil Young's music and he's certainly entitled to use it to express his opinion.
Neil's music has always been intensely personal and a sounding board for his politics, opinions, or just whatever is important to him.
A perfect example is an album that Curtis and I were talking about not long ago, "Tonight's the Night". When you consider that that album was a cathartic work for him to air his grief over the recent (at that time) loss of two close friends to drug abuse, that album can be just brutal to listen to.
Then, there was his single "This Note's For You", in which he blasted Eric Clapton for "selling out" his music to Budweiser and allowing his song, "It's in the Way That You Use It" in a commercial for that product. Of course, Neil didn't seem to have a problem with the fact that Clapton was commissioned to write the song for a movie.
Face it: listen to Neil Young's music long enough and you're going to hear something you don't like.
Of course, then he'll win your heart with a song like "The Painter" or "Harvest Moon".
What's really ironic is that, if you recall, he alienated a lot of his rocker friends by supporting President Bush during the early days of the war.
I don't know the man, but I've read more things on him and by him than I can count and I tend to believe that he's much too complex to sum up in one album. I love the guy, I truly do, and I admire his tireless work for childrens' charities. I think that he's sincere and I think that he's honest enough to admit that he doesn't have all of the answers. It's his genuine-ness that causes me to cut him a lot more slack than I would, say, Steve Earle or Don Henley.
As for the song, itself, it would be a lot easier to take it seriously if the things he mentions in the song were true.
The really dangerous and horrifying thing is not singers getting political but the dreadful possibility that politicians might try their hand at singing in return...
[ETA - we in the UK also have to live with the sad consequences of a musician-turned-politician: Tony Blair]
I take it you've never heard John Ashcroft sing "Let the Eagle Soar"?
For the record, Ronald Reagan did have a Vegas lounge act in which he sang.
Oh my, that was truly awful!
No,and I'm not sure I want to either...
No,and I'm not sure I want to either... </font>[/QUOTE]If you feel the need, there is a clip of it in Michael Moore's movie, "Fahrenheit 9/11".
We had Bubba Clinton playing his saxophone.....
BTW, Neil Young's M.T.V. Unplugged CD is one of his best records. I highly recommend it. "Rust Never Sleeps" is also excellent. "Sleeps with Angels" is another masterpiece.
I swear if you ever hear/ see it you will spend the whole time just waiting for the Saturday Night Live camera to pull back and show the audience cause you are convinced this can't be real. It is awful, hilarious and disturbing all at the same time.
I have seen Fahrenheit 911 but don't remember that particular scene; maybe my brain's blotted out as being too traumatic a memory to have
I thought Ashcroft and DeLay were part of a barbershop quartet. They have good singing voices. I'd rather listen to them sing than hear them talk.
DeLay wasn't among them. (Rumor has it that he's said he'll never sing.) The others were Larry Craig, Jim Jeffords and Trent Lott.
I agree I'd rather hear them singing than talking — or making policy.
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