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music friday: neil young

Last Friday, my friend Tomás gave a shout out to my blog, and posted a Friday music post to his own blog. In it, he focused on “a list of five songs from one artist that I think people younger than me should know.” His choice of artists was Crosby, Stills, & Nash (and Young). I’d be stretching things a bit to say I had enough favorite CSN songs for a Music Friday, so I’m borrowing a bit of his idea, and combining it with a poll Phil Dellio invited me to participate in a little more than a year ago, “a list of your 10 or 20 or 30 or 40 favourite Neil songs (meaning anything he's written, regardless of performing artist).” I was pleased to be invited, and submitted a list, noting “I had a super extreme love for Neil Young since I was a teenager, and obsessed about his music for more than a decade. I won't say I've burned out on him since then, but I no longer pay close attention to his every move. Thus, my list will be all oldies.”

My list had 12(13) songs, and I was supposed to assign points to each, with the total being 180. Here is my list, from bottom to top.

12. "T-Bone" (5 points). “Got mashed potatoes. Ain't got no T-Bone.”

11. "Bite the Bullet" (7 points). “She's a walking love machine. I'd like to make her scream, when I bite the bullet.”

10. "Welfare Mothers" (8 points). “Welfare mothers make better lovers.”

9. "Danger Bird" (9 points). “Freedom's just a prison to me.”

7t. "Don't Be Denied" (10 points). “I'm a pauper in a naked disguise, a millionaire through a business man's eyes.”

7t. "Tired Eyes" (10 points). “He tried to do his best, but he could not.”

6. "Tonight's the Night"/"Tonight's the Night - Part II" (I couldn’t can't be bothered to choose one or the other) (14 points). “Bruce Berry was a working man, he used to load that Econoline van.”

4t. "Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)" (i.e. the electric version) (15 points). “It's better to burn out, 'cause rust never sleeps.”

4t. "Broken Arrow" (Buffalo Springfield) (15 points). “Eighteen years of American dream.”

3. "Cowgirl in the Sand" (28 points). “When so many love you, is it the same?”

2. "Like a Hurricane" (the Live Rust version, since I was at that specific concert) (29 points). “I want to love you but I'm getting blown away.”

1. "Cortez the Killer" (30 points). “He came dancing across the water with his galleons and guns.” (I once wrote, “Guess it figures that a rocking Canadian would be the one to best describe my personal relationship to my Spanish heritage.”)