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Neil Young — Long May You Run
Album: Unplugged
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Released: 1993
Length: 5:04
Plays (last 30 days): 1
We've been through some things together
With trunks of memories still to come
We found things to do in stormy weather
Long may you run.

Long may you run.
Long may you run.
Although these changes have come
With your chrome heart shining in the sun
Long may you run.

Well, it was back in Blind River in 1962
When I last saw you alive
But we missed that shift on the long decline
Long may you run.

Long may you run.
Long may you run.
Although these changes have come
With your chrome heart shining in the sun
Long may you run.

Maybe The Beach Boys have got you now
With those waves singing "Caroline No"
Rollin' down that empty ocean road
Gettin' to the surf on time.

Long may you run.
Long may you run.
Although these changes have come
With your chrome heart shining in the sun
Long may you run.
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Old man take a look at yourself, I'm a lot like you. Now.  
 Geecheeboy wrote:
I love Neil Young's music and talent, but that is sholey a horrible picture. He looks like he eats his beans from a can beside a trash fire.
 

I disagree. He is way too clean.
 kingart wrote:


Perhaps only NY could have written a wistful love song about his car. And if you look up his Lincvolt website, he no longer even likes fossil fuel cars! Springsteen has written a few tracks about cars, or what happens in them or because of them, but only NY has delivered a romance ballad about one of his first meaningful relationships with a girl who had chrome bumpers.
 
LOL..'chrome bumpers"
 Stratocaster wrote:
 
 
Beautiful.  I fell in love with the version off Decade, but the twanging guitar in the background of this version adds something special.
I first acquired a taste for NY 49 years ago, when my sister brought home After the Gold Rush.  I was 9-years-old.  Birds, in particular, caught my attention. 
But we missed that shift on the long decline
Long may you run.


Did not work out so well for his wheels.  People, autos, the metaphor works.  
 terrymiller9999 wrote:
Always loved this song. So much so that when I was taking care of business for a good friend who had passed away, I played this song at his remembrance service. Not a dry eye in the house. It was my horror to discover, a few years later, that Neil was singing to his car. Oh well...  I don't care. Neil, long may you run. And you too, Hendi.
 
Not just Neil's car but his hearse
From ashes to ashes, for better or worse 
Aah, Nocolette. Miss that sweet voice. So good with NY. 
 sfyi2001 wrote:

 

Neil looks so hot in this photo.  Oh, those were the days!  
 paragar wrote:


 

Perhaps only NY could have written a wistful love song about his car. And if you look up his Lincvolt website, he no longer even likes fossil fuel cars! Springsteen has written a few tracks about cars, or what happens in them or because of them, but only NY has delivered a romance ballad about one of his first meaningful relationships with a girl who had chrome bumpers.
love it
 Bocephus wrote:
Best love song about a car evar. {#Motor}Songs about a motorcycle
 

 Stratocaster wrote:
Neil Young's voice is an acquired taste.

I acquired it 43 years ago. 

 
Great comment Strato!! I acquired my taste 50 years ago in junior high when he was with Buffalo Springfield. 
makes me just want drive into town with the windows down, this blaring out and my butt cheeks aimed squarely out there ... just sayin. We've all had these thoughts haven't we?
 Stratocaster wrote:
Neil Young's voice is an acquired taste.

I acquired it 43 years ago. 

 
Ditto! I'm 43 and grew up dancing to his Comes A Time album.
 Stratocaster wrote:
Neil Young's voice is an acquired taste.

I acquired it 43 years ago. 

 
You (and this comment) just got an on-air shoutout by Mr. Bill. Never heard that happen before, although maybe it has. Cool! 
RIP Carrie Fisher. 
 Geecheeboy wrote:
I love Neil Young's music and talent, but that is sholey a horrible picture. He looks like he eats his beans from a can beside a trash fire.
 
It's a pretty bad hat; I'll give you that.  ; )
I love Neil Young's music and talent, but that is sholey a horrible picture. He looks like he eats his beans from a can beside a trash fire.
{#Cowboy} nice live version !

Have always loved this song, especially this unplugged version. Just lovely. Long may you run too, Neil. {#Good-vibes}
 Stratocaster wrote:
Neil Young's voice is an acquired taste.

I acquired it 43 years ago. 

 
Me 44!
Can't live without Neil Young's music.  From beginning to now...always consistent and amazing.
great song, love it!
ZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz..............
 kingart wrote:
One of NY's very best songs. And he's had a few of those. 
 

 
What he said. 
LONG DAYS AND PLEASANT NIGHTS.
"The man in black fled across the desert,
  and the gunslinger followed."
One of NY's very best songs. And he's had a few of those. 
 
 long may you play this song.. {#Cheesygrin}
Love this song, simply beautiful. 
 Cynaera wrote:
I've read a few of the comments, and there are some snarks, and you're entitled. I love Neil Young. His voice sometimes drives me bugf*ck, but he always gets his point across. And usually, he does it with style.

I love this particular song because it was written for a vehicle and not a woman or a cause. And it always creates visions of sunshine, sand, and a VDub van parked on the beach, with the prospect of a bonfire and a view of a moonrise or a really great sunset. That he can conjure an image like that should be testament enough that he knows how to turn a phrase.

Love this song.
 
: )
 Peter_Bradshaw wrote:

{#Wave} ..... yea, me to :)
 
Ditto!
Never acquired a taste for his voice, arrangements or ability as master of the instruments. If he,d spring for people who know how to play and let someone else. Mix and arrange the song would be better, for my tastes.

His voice could be the vinegar contrast. As he does it, he's merely mixing vinegars.  IOW a little is good. Enough is too much.

 Stratocaster wrote:
Neil Young's voice is an acquired taste.

I acquired it 43 years ago. 

 
{#Wave} ..... yea, me to :)
 terrymiller9999 wrote:
Always loved this song. So much so that when I was taking care of business for a good friend who had passed away, I played this song at his remembrance service. Not a dry eye in the house. It was my horror to discover, a few years later, that Neil was singing to his car. Oh well...  I don't care. Neil, long may you run. And you too, Hendi.

 
Sorry about your friend, heaven is a better place...  I remember this song being used in the TV show "Wonder Years" when they got rid of the family car.  They watched it being pulled away to the junkyard and they used this song over clips of all the good times they had in the car.



Neil Young's voice is an acquired taste.

I acquired it 43 years ago. 
Neil: Long may you run.
Great Version!!
cosmiclint wrote:
Thanks, Bill. Today is also the day of the Vancouver Marathon, which went past my bedroom window a few hours ago. I didn't run in it, but will trot around a local park for 7 or 8 K just as soon as you stop playing great music so I can get out the door.

 
I often have that same dilemma...
Thanks, Bill. Today is also the day of the Vancouver Marathon, which went past my bedroom window a few hours ago. I didn't run in it, but will trot around a local park for 7 or 8 K just as soon as you stop playing great music so I can get out the door.
 terrymiller9999 wrote:
Always loved this song. So much so that when I was taking care of business for a good friend who had passed away, I played this song at his remembrance service. Not a dry eye in the house. It was my horror to discover, a few years later, that Neil was singing to his car. Oh well...  I don't care. Neil, long may you run. And you too, Hendi.
 
I've known a lot of people that I've liked a lot less than I like my car.  
Always loved this song. So much so that when I was taking care of business for a good friend who had passed away, I played this song at his remembrance service. Not a dry eye in the house. It was my horror to discover, a few years later, that Neil was singing to his car. Oh well...  I don't care. Neil, long may you run. And you too, Hendi.
Definitely one of the best songs ever written about a car. Makes me all nostalgic, and I've never really fallen in love with any car I've owned...

- Oshyan 


Neil Young
- Long May You Run, Live


 From DirecTV's broadcast of Farm Aid 25: Growing Hope for America, Neil Young performs "Long May You Run" at Miller Park in Milwaukee on October 2, 2010. Farm Aid was started by Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp in 1985 to keep family farmers on the land and has worked since then to make sure everyone has access to good food from family farmers.

Amazing performance. His voice is still perfect.  vanderaa

 linzie wrote:
 
WTF ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT....??

 
My best laugh-out-loud moment of the day!

We sold our 1987 Honda Prelude in 1990 when our first son was born and the car seat wouldn't fit (adult in the small back seat). A man bought it for his teenage son who promptly totaled it one month later. Your post makes my eyes well up. We loved that car.

 
jerrieberrie wrote:
I left the words to this song in the glovebox of my Honda Prelude when I had to let her go.   The woman who bought it found them and told us they made her cry.
 


One of my favorite coast-to-coast companions was the Silver Seed (named after another Neil verse). She saw so much, and took me so far.


 Bocephus wrote:
Best love song about a car evar. {#Motor}
 
I thought it was about a bike, or his estranged girlfriends stockings.

right or wrong, this song will make me think of Conan for some time to come.


I hear a creek
 cc_rider wrote:
A boy and his car. True love indeed. c.
 
Right..now ,if he only had a singing voice and could use it ! {#Whistle}

Yer man's voice and face always remind me of the actor Bruce Dern.
Play on Neil! {#Music}
I like Neil but you gotta see this parady of him - don't know how long the likn will work but this is great!

https://www.latenightwithjimmyfallon.com/video/neil-young-and-bruce-springsteen-whip-my-hair-111610/1260532/


 That_SOB wrote:

Has the deep concept that, your not the only one listening to RP, played through your brain, or is that too on mute  ?

 
Is English your second language?

And again The Crying Man is singing. Awful!
 manonfortini wrote:


Neil's voice got richness, incredible emotions and a color that only belong to him.  I love his singing.

You don't have to fit in a perfect square to be great in life.   
 
{#Yes} I have loved Neil's voice since I was a young child listening to music with my big brother; he was a big Neil fan. Special moments with my big bro'. He just got married last week. Congrats Dave! {#Sunny} {#Cheers}

I left the words to this song in the glovebox of my Honda Prelude when I had to let her go.   The woman who bought it found them and told us they made her cry.
Good sitting on the porch, swinging away with your sweetheart at your side and the kids nearby.
Very cool!
I've read a few of the comments, and there are some snarks, and you're entitled. I love Neil Young. His voice sometimes drives me bugf*ck, but he always gets his point across. And usually, he does it with style.

I love this particular song because it was written for a vehicle and not a woman or a cause. And it always creates visions of sunshine, sand, and a VDub van parked on the beach, with the prospect of a bonfire and a view of a moonrise or a really great sunset. That he can conjure an image like that should be testament enough that he knows how to turn a phrase.

Love this song.

 Art_Carnage wrote:
One of my least favorite Neil Young songs. Long may you run? Is he talking to a dog? That's not the sort of thing anyone says to an actual person. Weird.
  

Maybe it was OJ....

WTF ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT....??

One of my least favorite Neil Young songs. Long may you run? Is he talking to a dog? That's not the sort of thing anyone says to an actual person. Weird.
There's a reason that the harmonica's moment in the spotlight was only a moment....
 HazzeSwede wrote:
great song,outstanding recording,awesome backup vocals,now, if he only could sing!{#Whistle}
 

Neil's voice got richness, incredible emotions and a color that only belong to him.  I love his singing.

You don't have to fit in a perfect square to be great in life.   
Best love song about a car evar. {#Motor}
I prefer the faster version from the Stills~Young collaboration album circa '77.
After suffering through a Joni Mitchell song this morning (thankfully it's rated under 5 by the entire RP community), I've decided I'm going to take it easier on Neil from here on out.  I just upped my rating for this song. 
 maybelle wrote:

The older I get the more I love Neil Young.


 

Exactly. Consequently, I love Neil Young a LOT.
 maybelle wrote:

The older I get the more I love Neil Young.


 
yeah..... sigh..... long may you run.

"Pants on the ground..."
Wish I was there
 HazzeSwede wrote:
great song,outstanding recording,awesome backup vocals,now, if he only could sing!{#Whistle}
   tkosh wrote:


This comment is just too easy to pick on.  Listen to Neil Young sing...he's pitch-perfect, and packed with emotion.  What do you want?
    Ha,{#Jump},got you,,take a look at my song ratings and comments !
    Then look up the word,,irony ! {#Guitarist}
    Thank YOU,,for defending Neils' singin,,{#Clap}
    edit; YOU ,,as well,,bluedot !

 fredriley wrote:
3-2-3-1 - looks like one of RPs rare moribund periods, at least for me. It's a bugger when you're muting more than you're listening :(
 
Has the deep concept that, your not the only one listening to RP, played through your brain, or is that too on mute  ?

3-2-3-1 - looks like one of RPs rare moribund periods, at least for me. It's a bugger when you're muting more than you're listening :(
Merry Christmas to all you chrome hearted RPers!

The older I get the more I love Neil Young.


 EssexTex wrote:
Ahhhh that's better
 
You know David's better! That's why you give him more attention than any other artist on RP. We've had you figured out for some time now Essex.

Welcome back ya old Texan, you! We definitely missed you.

{#High-five}

Got box set of Neil's for Anniversary present, best present yet.  His voice was simply unbelievable on those early recordings, like Live at Massey Hall in '71.

Ahhhh that's better
Love this song!

One of my Neil Young favourites!

Hey I've sailed into Blind River before... cool {#Dancingbanana_2}
very, very nice!!
 crockydile wrote:

echoes of Romeotuma...

 
I actually came here to see if he wrote that yet....<looking around>

 HazzeSwede wrote:
great song,outstanding recording,awesome backup vocals,now, if he only could sing!{#Whistle}
 

This comment is just too easy to pick on.  Listen to Neil Young sing...he's pitch-perfect, and packed with emotion.  What do you want?
Huh?  I LOVE his singing.  Then and now.  i guess some people just don't "get" what a great singer he is.  i would give a LIMB to sing as incredibly as Neil Young.
(sigh)
 
HazzeSwede wrote:
great song,outstanding recording,awesome backup vocals,now, if he only could sing!{#Whistle}
 


Just perfect {#Sunny}
 Felix_The_Cat wrote:
This song is sooooo good for the soul...{#Angel}
 
echoes of Romeotuma...

If anyone has seen the HBO sports documentary about the 1980 US Olympic Hockey team (the Miracle on Ice), this is the song that is played over the closing credits.  They show all the pictures of the players when they were youngsters and what they all did after the Olympics, and where they are now.  It's very cool, and it's the perfect song to fit the mood of the story.
This song is sooooo good for the soul...{#Angel}
 westslope wrote:

Sublime.

 

Here's a map of Blind River, Ontario for the curious.  Canadian precambrian Shield country. Spitting distance from Michigan, USA.

 


 
Ha. My hometown is almost on that map. Just a little further north of North Bay, and I could wave up and out at you all.

This is very cool!
Thanks Bill. {#Good-vibes}

Sublime.

 

Here's a map of Blind River, Ontario for the curious.  Canadian precambrian Shield country. Spitting distance from Michigan, USA.

 


 nwskinner wrote:
Summer 1970's. San Clemente, CA down to T Street early morning in my old "beater."
College friends, catching the early waves in innocent times. Had to give it a 10. Sorry.
 
Hell, dude, don't be sorry. This is a great song, and that's an excellent story. {#Wave}
Summer 1970's. San Clemente, CA down to T Street early morning in my old "beater."
College friends, catching the early waves in innocent times. Had to give it a 10. Sorry.
great song,outstanding recording,awesome backup vocals,now, if he only could sing!{#Whistle}
I was playing in a duo and we'd just finished packing our gear after one the worst places I'd ever played. I wanted to pack the whole gigging thing in, sell the gear and never have to deal with drunk hillbillies again. My buddy went to get paid while I waited in the truck, angry and tired. This song came on and it changed my whole outlook on everything.
 
I'll never forget how all the negative left and I felt a very comfortable peace.

 a_genuine_find wrote:
Amusing extract from a review in the Village Voice on Neil's recent show at Madison Square Garden. "The effect is profoundly ugly and equally mesmerizing, and initially, it enthralls"
{#Eek} Was this a positive review? Nothing about his show that I saw at the Santa Cruz Civic some years back could remotely be called "ugly." In fact, his guitar solo on "Hurricane" remains in my memory as the most passion-filled rock exhibition I've yet had the opportunity to witness.
Ahhhh, Neil Young. I think you are my favorite. <3
One of the best-sounding live recordings I can recall. I'm listening to the "truly awesome" AAC+ stream with good ear buds and I thought it was a studio recording until I heard the applause.  {#Music}

 MikeAS wrote:
Here we go with another 70's icon. Anyone want to hear a song from this century yet today?">

Uh, like NY or not, that would be 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's, and 00's icon.  This song is from the 70s, but the performance is from the 90s.

And it's as good as most things from this century.


Don't you listen to those Neil Young naysayers Bill, you just keep the Neil Young flowing. {#Meditate} 
Very clever, after Bowie's Bridge Concert version of Heroes.
Original was off the (very good) Stills-Young Band LP, circa '76.
Amusing extract from a review in the Village Voice
on Neil's recent show at Madison Square Garden.

"His own guitar solos are luridly violent affairs-he staggers crazily about like an enraged fisherman who doesn't realize he's hooked the seat of his own pants, his spastic jerks and lurches somehow not corresponding to any sound anyone is making, including him. The effect is profoundly ugly and equally mesmerizing, and initially, it enthralls"


ok so does this mean we wont hear another Niel Young song for the rest of the day?- ok good.

Is this really about a car? It's so wistful and sweet. I never felt that way about a car.
One of the few NY tracks that I actually dig. =)
This song evokes such strong memories in me.  My mothers band used to sing this occasionally and it really takes me back.
This must be the live set.......I have to say, as much of an old Neil fan I am, it doesn't follow Bowies Heroe's very well. The mixing on those seemless seques seems to have gone away for a long time now.
 fredriley wrote:




"great Freddie"? Is 'Freddie' new slang for some drug, as in "I smoked some great Freddie last night, mon, it was well wicked"? May I recommend Lynn Truss's 'Eats Shoots and Leaves'? ;-)



 




Huge Neil fan, though this tune seems like someone has sandpapered and varnished a nugget of difficult acceptance for wide consumption...IMHO. Having said that I would rather have any Neil than no Neil...thanks Bill
dragar wrote:
Neil Young is great Freddie. Get a clue
"great Freddie"? Is 'Freddie' new slang for some drug, as in "I smoked some great Freddie last night, mon, it was well wicked"? May I recommend Lynn Truss's 'Eats Shoots and Leaves'? ;-)
ThePoose wrote:
A 1953 Pontiac hearse was the car. But that's all hearse-say.
So true, The Poose!
IceNine wrote:
I love this song, especially the lines "Well, it was back in Blind River in 1962, when I last saw you alive", because I grew up one town over from Blind River.
And I was born a few towns to the north of Blind River, Ontario, which means ''land of the shining waters.''
EssexTex wrote:
This isn't c&w Fred
True enough - I must have been commenting on another song but the playlist hadn't updated. C&W makes my gorge rise, whereas old Neil Young just feels like a dentist's drill in my ear. Like Dylan, a fine wordsmith, but his voice really grates on me. My loss I'm sure :(
Pharlap wrote:
I don't know about Wikipedia, but if Neil Young drove to play with anyone else in 1966, it was most likey Richie Furay, and Dewey Martin
I don't doubt you're right. I didn't mean to imply that Young drove to LA with the intention of joining Crosby, Stills & Nash which didn't then exist. He was looking for Steven Stills, whom he'd met earlier in Thunder Bay. Entertaining stories about how it all came together (and shortly fell apart) in this history of Buffalo Springfield: (click here) and here: (click here) Long may you run, bro! :smile:
macadavy wrote:
"Your chrome heart shining in the sun..." "Long May You Run," the first single released, was an elegy for Neil Young's 1948 Buick Roadmaster hearse, his first car." ~ Wikipedia In 1966 Young drove it from Toronto to LA, where he came together with Stephen Stills (whom he'd met earlier), David Crosby and Graham Nash to form a musical legend... :music: :smile:
I don't know about Wikipedia, but if Neil Young drove to play with anyone else in 1966, it was most likey Richie Furay, and Dewey Martin
Neil Young makes such beautiful music.