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At number 17 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the 100 greatest songwriters is Neil Young. Young was born in 1945 in Toronto, Canada. I first came across him on the 1970 album Déjà Vu as one of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. This was before I knew that he had previously been in Buffalo Springfield with Stephen Stills, or that Crosby, Stills and Nash had released an album before being briefly joined by Young.

I have blogged about Buffalo Springfield’s 1967 song “For What It’s Worth” here, and there are several songs on Déjà Vu which I like a great deal, but my favourite Neil Young work are his two solo albums After the Gold Rush and Harvest. I adore these two albums, I think both are masterpieces.

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At number 17 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the 100 greatest songwriters of all time is Neil Young.

The song I have decided to share in this blogpost is “Heart of Gold”, which is one of my favourite Neil Young songs. It is from his 1972 album Harvest.

I want to live,
I want to give
I’ve been a miner for a heart of gold.
It’s these expressions
I never give
That keep me searching for a heart of gold.And I’m getting old.
Keep me searching for a heart of gold
And I’m getting old.I’ve been to Hollywood
I’ve been to Redwood
I crossed the ocean for a heart of gold.
I’ve been in my mind,
It’s such a fine line
That keeps me searching for a heart of gold.

And I’m getting old.
Keeps me searching for a heart of gold
And I’m getting old.

Keep me searching for a heart of gold.
You keep me searching and I’m growing old.
Keep me searching for a heart of gold
I’ve been a miner for a heart of gold.

Here is a video of this wonderful song. Enjoy!

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Today I thought I would share this wonderful song by Buffalo Springfield – “For What It’s Worth”. The song was released in January 1967 and got to number 7 in the US charts. It was written by Stephen Stills (in the centre of the photograph below) who also sings lead vocals on the song. You may also notice in the video that Neil Young was in the group too, on guitar (he is on the right of the photograph).



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The following year, Stills would become part of possibly the World’s first “supergroup” – Crosby, Stills and Nash; which was formed when he, David Crosby (from The Byrds) and Graham Nash (from The Hollies) got together to form the group Crosby, Stills and Nash. A few months later, Neil Young joined them to form Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.

This song is actually the only Buffalo Springfield song which I know; it is a great song addressing the unrest and uncertainty of the civil unrest and escalating Vietnam war in the late 1960s.


There’s something happening here
But what it is ain’t exactly clear
There’s a man with a gun over there
Telling me I got to beware

I think it’s time we stop
Children, what’s that sound?
Everybody look – what’s going down?

There’s battle lines being drawn
Nobody’s right if everybody’s wrong
Young people speaking’ their minds
Getting so much resistance from behind

It’s time we stop
Hey, what’s that sound?
Everybody look – what’s going down?

What a field day for the heat
A thousand people in the street
Singing songs and carrying signs
Mostly saying, “hooray for our side”

It’s time we stop
Hey, what’s that sound?
Everybody look – what’s going down?

Paranoia strikes deep
Into your life it will creep
It starts when you’re always afraid
Step out of line, the men come and take you away

We better stop
Hey, what’s that sound?
Everybody look – what’s going down?

We better stop
Hey, what’s that sound?
Everybody look – what’s going down?

We better stop
Now, what’s that sound?
Everybody look – what’s going down?

We better stop
Children, what’s that sound?
Everybody look – what’s going down?



Here is a video of the song. Enjoy!





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