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Neil Young — Human Highway
Album: Year Of The Horse
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Released: 1997
Length: 4:01
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I come down from the misty mountain
I got lost on the human highway
Take my head refreshing fountain
Take my eyes from what they've seen.
Take my head and change my mind
How could people get so unkind.

I come down from the crooked mansion
I went lookin' for the D.J.'s daughter
Since that day I heard it mentioned
That my name is on the line.
Now, my name is on the line
How could people get so unkind.

Now, my name is on the line
How could people get so unkind.

I come down from the misty mountain
I got lost on the human highway
Take my head refreshing fountain
Take my eyes from what they've seen.
Take my head and change my mind
How could people get so unkind.
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Just recently bought the "Everybody know this is nowhere" album after liking what I'd heard from him here and there for a long time. Brilliant album - can't stop playing it.

8.
Love the song; just not this version.  
 xtalman wrote:

Actually Young is a Canuck.

 

Which makes him American.  Right?  Am I right?
 peyotecoyote wrote:

Neil Young sideman Ben Keith dies

 
Thanks for posting this - sad news, to be sure, but something I was unaware of.

 
 contractor07 wrote:

BRUTAL!

{#Razz}


 

mmhmm...  {#Yes}
Dirty old town, dirty old town...

Not sure if it's intentional, but I hear echoes of Ewan MacColl's classic here.

 peyotecoyote wrote:

Neil Young sideman Ben Keith dies

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 28, 2010

CBC News

Ben Keith, a steel guitarist and multi-instrumentalist who played for 40 years with Neil Young, has died. He was 73.

Keith died of a heart attack at Young's California ranch, according to Jonathan Demme, who has directed Young's concert films.

Keith had recently been touring with Young's wife Pegi in support of her album Foul Deeds and working with Young on a new project.

He had worked with Young since 1971 and played on more than a dozen recordings, including Harvest, Comes a Time, Harvest Moon and Greendale.

Young dedicated the song Old Man to his long-time collaborator at a show in Winnipeg on Monday.

"This is for Ben Keith. His spirit will live on. The earth has taken him," he said.

Keith had played with Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr, Linda Ronstadt, Willie Nelson and dozens of other artists in a career dating back to the late 1950s.

A session musician in Nashville, Keith played steel guitar on Patsy Cline's 1961 hit I Fall to Pieces and worked with many other country artists including Johnny Cash.

He is credited with helping Young develop his signature sound on the album Harvest and especially on the song Old Man.

He'd come into the studio as a session musician and didn't know Young when they started playing together in 1971.

In a 2005 interview, Young remembered that session.

"Ben and I developed the style during those sessions. When we did Old Man and talked about what he could play, I said 'Try to play those single notes and make it sound doubled. Just ride those babies all the way through there, that's a great sound,'" Young said.

Keith went on to play with Crosby, Stills and Nash and secured a spot in Young's band when he went solo.

He played many other instruments, as well as steel guitar, and his versatility is seen in Neil Young Trunk Show, Demme's documentary about Young's 2007-08 concert tour.

He also had a small role in Young's stage production of concept album Greendale as Grandpa Green.

Keith made his solo debut in 1984, playing alongside J.J. Cale and Paul Butterfield on To a Wild Rose, and released Seven Gates: A Christmas Album in 1994.

He also produced Jewel's debut album, Pieces of You, which launched her career, according to allmusic.com.


 
Thank you for this very intersting informations!!

 ziggytrix wrote:
Curse you Jimmy Fallon!  Staining my associations of Neil Young with THIS!
 
Who (or what) is Jimmy Fallon?
 helgigermany wrote:
For me, this is pure american music!!
 
Actually Young is a Canuck.

Curse you Jimmy Fallon!  Staining my associations of Neil Young with THIS!
I tend to like Neil Young on a song-by-song basis.

This one I like.

Neil Young sideman Ben Keith dies

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 28, 2010

CBC News

Ben Keith, a steel guitarist and multi-instrumentalist who played for 40 years with Neil Young, has died. He was 73.

Keith died of a heart attack at Young's California ranch, according to Jonathan Demme, who has directed Young's concert films.

Keith had recently been touring with Young's wife Pegi in support of her album Foul Deeds and working with Young on a new project.

He had worked with Young since 1971 and played on more than a dozen recordings, including Harvest, Comes a Time, Harvest Moon and Greendale.

Young dedicated the song Old Man to his long-time collaborator at a show in Winnipeg on Monday.

"This is for Ben Keith. His spirit will live on. The earth has taken him," he said.

Keith had played with Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr, Linda Ronstadt, Willie Nelson and dozens of other artists in a career dating back to the late 1950s.

A session musician in Nashville, Keith played steel guitar on Patsy Cline's 1961 hit I Fall to Pieces and worked with many other country artists including Johnny Cash.

He is credited with helping Young develop his signature sound on the album Harvest and especially on the song Old Man.

He'd come into the studio as a session musician and didn't know Young when they started playing together in 1971.

In a 2005 interview, Young remembered that session.

"Ben and I developed the style during those sessions. When we did Old Man and talked about what he could play, I said 'Try to play those single notes and make it sound doubled. Just ride those babies all the way through there, that's a great sound,'" Young said.

Keith went on to play with Crosby, Stills and Nash and secured a spot in Young's band when he went solo.

He played many other instruments, as well as steel guitar, and his versatility is seen in Neil Young Trunk Show, Demme's documentary about Young's 2007-08 concert tour.

He also had a small role in Young's stage production of concept album Greendale as Grandpa Green.

Keith made his solo debut in 1984, playing alongside J.J. Cale and Paul Butterfield on To a Wild Rose, and released Seven Gates: A Christmas Album in 1994.

He also produced Jewel's debut album, Pieces of You, which launched her career, according to allmusic.com.


 rdo wrote:


If I could strike one artist/band from the playlist, NY would top the list, on the grounds of how often I have to suffer them.  Then, Coldplay, then Bowie.
 

Listen, if Bill won't kill Dengue Fever, there's no chance in hell he's going to remove Neil Young. Fugeddaboudit.
 oldfart48 wrote:
i could do with no squeell youg....................brought to you by marten mull.............
 

If I could strike one artist/band from the playlist, NY would top the list, on the grounds of how often I have to suffer them.  Then, Coldplay, then Bowie.
i could do with no squeell youg....................brought to you by marten mull.............
 EssexTex wrote:
Brilliant, honest, music.
 
Absolutely. {#Sunny}
Brilliant, honest, music.
My thought Here
For me, this is pure american music!!

BRUTAL!

{#Razz}


The man is a Canadian God!

{#Notworthy}
Listening to RP has reminded me that I really love Neil Young! Perhaps it's because he is Canadian, plays the harmonica or that he sings from the heart what he thinks and feels. Or maybe it's because I am drunk...just kidding. Thanks again RP for making my daily routine better!
ax wrote:
I guess you are a genius when you can build a huge career on one of your greatest weaknesses - for example, your voice.
 sfListener wrote:
yeah, you should give it a shot.
 
                 {#Lol}   





i agree, was the original on Zuma?
 
I Like this version. The original was on "Comes a Time", an album I have loved from the first time I heard it.

 Stefen wrote:
I watched a PBS show called American Masters about Neil Young last night.  I have a new appreciation for him and his music.  He doesn't want to stay in any one place artistically, and follows his music wherever it takes him.
 
Thanks for the tip. Looking for it now.

 phineas wrote:
Sounds like he was sick of the song and just wanted to do it differently. Unfortunately, draining it of all energy was not the greatest approach.

/ sez me
 

i agree, was the original on Zuma?
Dreary

I watched a PBS show called American Masters about Neil Young last night.  I have a new appreciation for him and his music.  He doesn't want to stay in any one place artistically, and follows his music wherever it takes him.
 ax wrote:
I guess you are a genius when you can build a huge career on one of your greatest weaknesses - for example, your voice.
 
I always thought it was the unbelievably cool songs that he consistently turned out

This might be the most pathetic live version of a song I've ever heard, like a parody by a heroin addict
check out Neil's new company, LincVolt - way cool!  Converting existing polluting cars to electric.  Neil Young is a saint.

Sounds like he was sick of the song and just wanted to do it differently. Unfortunately, draining it of all energy was not the greatest approach.

/ sez me
 Queue wrote:
Never heard this version before. I like it!
 
Yeah, innaresting, as Young would say...


ax wrote:
I guess you are a genius when you can build a huge career on one of your greatest weaknesses - for example, your voice.
yeah, you should give it a shot.
Neil is da bomb.
Yes, Mr. Shakey
His voice has matured ... for the better. :music: ^-^~
Never heard this version before. I like it!
How could people get so unkind.
I guess you are a genius when you can build a huge career on one of your greatest weaknesses - for example, your voice.
This is a great, great song. So typical of Neil!
:daisy: Loving this.
I prefer studio version, this is too depressing for a rainy day in November
Great choice to follow the Sparklehorse cut! :)
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