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Neil Young – wild haired raconteur, musician, poet, activist and crazy horse has an album out. Here is my review of his Hitchhiker album released September 2017.

 

 

 

 

In the album he tackles a range of thorny issues, from politics, the rights of native Americans and drug use. It is a fascinating snapshot into his mind and hearing these songs unadorned is a must for any Young fan. Even if you haven’t previously been a fan you should check it out as it opens a window onto the past and is keenly relevant to the political landscape of today.

This episode’s shout-out is for the brilliant Are You Thrilled.

Pocahontas by Neil Young

Aurora borealis
The icy sky at night
Paddles cut the water
In a long and hurried flight
From the white man
to the fields of green
And the homeland
we’ve never seen.

They killed us in our tepee
And they cut our women down
They might have left some babies
Cryin’ on the ground
But the firesticks
and the wagons come
And the night falls
on the setting sun.

They massacred the buffalo
Kitty corner from the bank
The taxis run across my feet
And my eyes have turned to blanks
In my little box
at the top of the stairs
With my Indian rug
and a pipe to share.

I wish a was a trapper
I would give thousand pelts
To sleep with Pocahontas
And find out how she felt
In the mornin’
on the fields of green
In the homeland
we’ve never seen.

And maybe Marlon Brando
Will be there by the fire
We’ll sit and talk of Hollywood
And the good things there for hire
And the Astrodome
and the first tepee
Marlon Brando, Pocahontas and me
Marlon Brando, Pocahontas and me
Pocahontas.

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/thorny/

 

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