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Neil Young — Like A Hurricane (live)
Album: Unplugged
Avg rating:
6.8

Your rating:
Total ratings: 2952









Released: 1993
Length: 4:36
Plays (last 30 days): 3
Once I thought I saw you in a crowded, hazy bar
Dancing on the light from star to star
Far across a moonbeam, I know that's who you are
I saw your brown eyes turning once to fire

You are like a hurricane
There's calm in your eye
And I'm gettin' blown away
To somewhere safer where the feeling stays
I want to love you, but I'm getting blown away

I am just a dreamer, but you are just a dream
You could have been anyone to me
Before that moment you touched my lips
That perfect feeling when time just slips
Away between us on our foggy trip

You are like a hurricane
There's calm in your eye
And I'm gettin' blown away
To somewhere safer where the feeling stays
I want to love you, but I'm getting blown away
Blown away

You are just a dreamer, and I am just a dream
You could have been anyone to me
Before that moment you touched my lips
That perfect feeling when time just slips
Away between us on our foggy trip

You are like a hurricane
There's calm in your eye
And I'm gettin' blown away
To somewhere safer where the feeling stays
I want to love you, but I'm getting blown away
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+1 just for the pipe organ!
 More_Cowbell wrote:
The thing to note here, he is on stage by himself, playing and singing. That's what makes this version so special.
 

Not just any instrument. He is pedaling like mad on an antique pump organ.
 BonzoWiltsUK wrote:
I've been listening to RP all day doing my accounts, but with this track, squeaking and whining away out of tune, now I have to shut it down.

Oh no! Here it is again. BFN RP
 

At least nowadays there's a skip button (and I guess it was there already at the time you wrote that comment :) )

EDIT: btw - this version is imperfect, gave it a 9 only.
I have loved this song since i was a teenager in the 70s    Its absolutely fantastic.   and this live version is the best
This version completely misses the mark for me. The original has the energy and rock sense that this song needs, and it blows me away every time, excuse the pun. This church-organ version sounds self-indulgent and maudlin, about as far from evoking a hurricane as you can get.
 jeszekdabrow wrote:
unbearable
 
Enough about you, tell us what you think of the song
I am a massive Neil Young fan, but for some reason this song has never rated highly with me. Maybe it's because I tried to cover it and it was awful.
unbearable
whine, whine, whine
 On_The_Beach wrote:

Exactly how I feel about your whiny posts.
 



Love RP but too much Neil Young for my taste
??
He has several renditions of this song - and this one is weak, in my opinion.
I use to work with a guy who thought that Young´s voice was nectar of the gods. We fought, ....a lot....
We were both born in 64 so that wasn't it, he just loved it and I hated it!
15 years later ..........
I love it!, its weird, It might have something to do with my recent divorce, that the dog died, that  I´m 25 Lbs overweight and I have chronic arthritis in my joints. Come to think of it he hated his life back then.
 Matt_Maurer wrote:
Rating states: 6.8/10. Surely it’s much better than that score??
 
Well, I mean, that's why it's an average. To you, it's a very good song. To me, who is not a Neil Young fan in general, and even less of a fan of this version of this song, it's a decidedly not very good song. So it averages out to somewhere in the middle.

Remember, taste in music is subjective, everyone!
 SnapDragon66 wrote:
I can't believe it!! >500 voters rated this song 5 or less! Heathens. 
 
nah it really is a bollox song.
best not played


what a dirge
Rating states: 6.8/10. Surely it’s much better than that score??
Rightous, rightous, rightous!

sempre una bella canzone di neil young anche se neil old :)
 dmcanany wrote:
I can understand why people rated this low. I do. The lyrics are fantastic, but sung at a funerals pace with lots of off key notes. A little painful. But lots of emotion!
 
I agree!
I can understand why people rated this low. I do. The lyrics are fantastic, but sung at a funerals pace with lots of off key notes. A little painful. But lots of emotion!
If you ever get the chance to jam with Neil Young, or just watch the jam at a backyard bbq or a campfire - it's magic  
Am I the only one or this sounds like a song from a Mexican band, El Tri, Triste canción de amor?
I can't believe it!! >500 voters rated this song 5 or less! Heathens. 
This is an excellent evolved version of Like a Hurricane by Neil and reminds me of the masterpiece by Peter Gabriel, Melanie Gabriel, Tony Levin on the 5 string bass with his low B's and the Blind Boys of Alabama... Sky Blue live at Milan  ... almost a religious experience  ... it brings tears.  (or the non lyric, instrumental version Cloudless) 

All   should be heard with good earphones such as the, Sennheiser HD100 ,  HD400/660 or similar as well as  the new Apple Ear Pod Pro's or a pair of vintage AR-3 / AR-1W's with a 1kw amp.

w9dki /23 Mar2020
Oh no! I can't take it!! No guitars, no drums, how can it possibly be any good!!!! Ya fuckin wankers!! This is class! Gave it a 9. There is love, passion and tension in that wire of a voice that not one of you deniers could possibly begin to understand.
One of my all time favourite tracks.
 AhhtheMusic wrote:

thanks for the tip!  That might help my "egad" thoughts!
 
excellent suggestion!
(and being close to Neil's age...and growing to appreciate the talent and joy...
 Peace_tode wrote:
I would strongly suggest to anyone who likes this song but not this version, should watch it in the context of the Unplugged video.
 
thanks for the tip!  That might help my "egad" thoughts!
Hmmm, I absolutely love Neil Young...

Are we sure this isn't Vincent Price playing his Gothic organ throwing back his red cape now and again?  I honestly feel like I stepped into one of 1960 or 70 soundtracks.  

It sends me shivers, but not in a good way.  lol

I'll give Neil a few points for changing up his rockin' song to such a large degree.  Pretty brave.
Wow; he is so friggin' good!  Never heard this version before.  One of the Masters!
Sing it Neil👍
Fuck off Neil
Sing on brother Neil.

Some folks don't appreciate your  vocals. 

Oh my!
Sweet blessed fyoook! This is still flippin' horrid.
Bill in a cool chatty mood - yay! 
First Natalie doing after the gold rush and now Neil doing like a hurricane GREAT
There's no way this has only been played twice in the last thirty days. I used to like this song but it's played so regularly it's making me suicidal.
I would strongly suggest to anyone who likes this song but not this version, should watch it in the context of the Unplugged video.
The thing to note here, he is on stage by himself, playing and singing. That's what makes this version so special.
never heard a Neil Young song I haven't liked
I've been listening to RP all day doing my accounts, but with this track, squeaking and whining away out of tune, now I have to shut it down.

Oh no! Here it is again. BFN RP
 Canadese wrote:
Lots of negative comments on this version but there is always something special about a singer doing his own song in spite of his questionable voice,  Dylan being the best example. Somehow the words have more impact.
 Ummm. Not really. But your narrative sounded so sincere.

Slick transition there from Merchant's "After the Gold Rush"!
 Canadese wrote:
Lots of negative comments on this version but there is always something special about a singer doing his own song in spite of his questionable voice,  Dylan being the best example. Somehow the words have more impact.
 

I Love the imperfections of his voice . Singing is not so much about technical perfection , but rather tone , presence and feeling!
Lots of negative comments on this version but there is always something special about a singer doing his own song in spite of his questionable voice,  Dylan being the best example. Somehow the words have more impact.
Just last night I finished reading John Einarson's 1997 For What It's Worth - The Story of Buffalo Springfield.  Neil Young is clearly described as being a talented but life long egocentric,  self centered, control freak, semi cooperating, off and on, with a talented group of artists.  As documented, he was not solely, but primarily, responsible for Buffalo Springfield not reaching the status of being ranked with such groups as the Beatles, Rolling Stones, etc.  David Crosby commented that he was named "Shakey", not because of his unfortunate ongoing seizure affliction, but due to his undependable nature.  Appears that all his life he has focused on personal goals, readily disregarding any collateral damage caused to those around him.
Lovely version of this. But not as good as Roxy Music's.
As Charlie Brown would say "Aaaaaaaagggghhhh!"
{#Frustrated}  I have problems with the voice ... but good music
 
 On_The_Beach wrote:

Exactly how I feel about your whiny posts.

 
Waaaaaaaah! If I had feelings I'd be hurt. 
 jambo wrote:

no, i agree. first album, everybody knows this is nowhere, then the wheels started to come off the bus. 
 


Well...I guess there's always Ed Sheeran or Bruno Mars as young up and coming, singer song writers. They do really good soft drink songs. Oooooooh...that means they have value. 
It's really too bad that he doesn't have Richie and Steve sing for him. Ack!
 

idiot_wind wrote:
I'll state it again: song writing doesn't get any better than this. That's why Neil is a genius (it started in 1967 with Buffalo Springfield).  Good luck in finding another like him.
 

 aaronm wrote:
Whenever I hear a Neil Young song, my reaction is always, "Oof! This is a clunker, even though Neil Young is generally a good artist." Except, it's a staggering minority of songs where I don't have that first part of the reaction, so maybe I should rethink the second part.

 
no, i agree. first album, everybody knows this is nowhere, then the wheels started to come off the bus. 
I'll state it again: song writing doesn't get any better than this. That's why Neil is a genius (it started in 1967 with Buffalo Springfield).  Good luck in finding another like him.
Stunning.Love it.Give the guy a break,probably stoned off his tits. 
Great song, but not so big on this version...a bit too depressing and low energy for me.
yes, please play original Neil Young!
But ..
Rating for the song: 10
Rating for this version: hmm, maybe only 4 or 5

My friends and me love to to play this, but latest when the refrain starts we all "go like a Hurricane" .. ;-)
Ack!
Whenever I hear a Neil Young song, my reaction is always, "Oof! This is a clunker, even though Neil Young is generally a good artist." Except, it's a staggering minority of songs where I don't have that first part of the reaction, so maybe I should rethink the second part.
Such a wonderful song - such a wonderful version. Thanks Neil. Godlike!
Song writing doesn't get any better than this. 

And it's Friday afternoon! 
 BCarn wrote:
. . . My ears shut automatically when the first wave of whining hits.
 
Exactly how I feel about your whiny posts.
Had to pause my work. Hurricane-like.
Go Neil go! 

A man who wears his heart on his sleeve.

 
 Tony0600 wrote:
A great song, murdered

 
:-) you're so right.
 Tony0600 wrote:
A great song, murdered

 
True but then again, anything that comes out of his whining mouth is an act of murder...even to his own originals. Not a fan of this guy. My ears shut automatically when the first wave of whining hits.
A great song, murdered
 kcar wrote:
I love Neil but this version is a bit plodding.  
 
I imagine he chose to use a pump organ to play this song in order to get that somber or "plodding" sound.  You can't really get a "honky-tonk", up-tempo sound with that sort of keyboard.  Obviously it's not for everyone.
Almost unbearable. How does he get away with it? A good high school band would be ashamed of this.
One of the best versions I've ever heard. Its NY. He can do whatever he likes.
One of the worst versions i have ever heard! Awful!!
A favorite song by a least favorite artist.

(though an artist nonetheless)
 {#Roflol}ziggytrix wrote:

Not as much as a brown eye turning to fire! 

 


{#Devil_pimp}
 kylieh wrote:
Ouch! This hurts.

 
Not as much as a brown eye turning to fire! 
Lugubrious.  There's your vocabulary word of the day.
love the original and love this version...it's like a church organ version...nice that the lyrics are so clear...
Short, sweet, and with a lot of feeling.
ciarataylor wrote:
OMG He is so bad.

 
Boo. {#Beat}
What a horrible singer!
OMG He is so bad.
After Lou Reed and U2 this sounds even worse than usual. Can I endure it to the end....?
There are a LOT of people who are Neil Young fans, I know. And i am NOT one of them :-)
But this one is so goosebumbingly perverse godly good stuff I am considering buying the LP and always skip all other songs when hearing it...
There are very few bigger fans of Neil Young than me, and I like Neil's experimentation, but this is a shocker. I always skip this when I play the CD.
 Quovademus wrote:
Amen. Is that the version for the church?

 
Actually, it was Kermit's dress rehearsal for "American Idol."
Kermit the Frog singing into microphone and making peace sign 
I love Neil but this version is a bit plodding.  
Started a 4, bumped to a 3.  Just not good to me. Sorry Neil.
Ouch! This hurts.
 slandering wrote:

really? Did n´t know thanks shaun i ll check it out

 
I've been a massive Roxy fan since the early days but have never cared for their go at this. Not them at all IMO, jarred even when I heard it in concert. Quite like the original and this version though, funnily enough!
I love many Neil Young songs, but not this one...  marginal at best.
 ShaunJ wrote:

Roxy Music have a decent version recorded back in 1983

 
really? Did n´t know thanks shaun i ll check it out
 4merdj wrote:
Did not know this version. Great! {#Cheers}

 
Roxy Music have a decent version recorded back in 1983
love it or hate it....you have to appreciate bold artists like Neil who are brave and bold enough to re-invent themselves, their songs, their focus.  Thank God not everybody follows the same worn path during the entire journey!
There are so many Neil Young songs that I love, but this is my favorite song, and my favorite version. I love it when you play this!
Did not know this version. Great! {#Cheers}
Timeless and priceless.
Timeless, sad and lovely, this slow version is an exploration of the nuances of meaning in the lyrics.
And that classic NY harmonica riff, so laden with melancholy, is even better than the 'original'.  
Perfect for a rainy afternoon.     
Can't live without Neil Young, but this really puts a bummer on a great song.  Sorry Neil....
I love NY.  But this just doesn't work for me.
 mccuff wrote:
Wow! Stunned to see the average rating on this so low! People! Listen, Linda!

 
+1.....Listen Linda, listen
Wow! Stunned to see the average rating on this so low! People! Listen, Linda!
I prefer Neil's electric version but this puts a nice spin on it.. {#Smile}
Amen. Is that the version for the church?
Come on you RP listeners - update yourselves! 

                                    How wonderful to hear an alternative version of this masterpiece - sung by Neil

                                                                                                                   {#Wave}  {#Wave}  {#Wave}
                                                                                                                                                      ..love the fairground  melancholy in this version
Proof you can ruin a good song.....even if you happen to have written it!  Performed with his band Crazy Horse, it's outstanding.

It's an acquired taste! Neil is out there...and we need people out there to create great music.

I think version is trippy and spacey and the lyrics are sheer poetry and it has some nice melodics.

FYI: Go back to his Buffalo Springfield days. What came first: the Beatles playing trippy vibes on Sgt Pepper....they took from Neil or Neil taking from the Beatles....or both arriving at the same point at the same time?   
Makes me gnash my teeth in horror and agony.  No pitch, worst singer ever.
Prefer the original version!
I always thought my dream NY gig would be just a handful of people around the open fire of a snowed-in hut somewhere in the Canadian wilderness. That album is probably the closest I can get, realistically ;-) The video of this gig is quite impressive too, it feels like a condensed version of NY, and it shows the songs as the beautifully written masterpieces they are. Went to the tour (Crazy Horse) last year and frankly hated it. 20 minutes of banging a wrist on an open guitar is not my idea of a solo.
My favorite version of this by some ways.  Stark and beautiful.  Yeah, I gave it a 10, despite my usual contempt for "unplugged" product.
Great song. Don't care for this version (at all). I guess Neil knows what he's doing with this artistic exploration. I'll stick with base camp.
13% of the 859 votes on this song are for Sucko-Barfo -- very impressive!

I wonder if anyone else on RP has a higher Sucko-Barfo percentage than Neil Old?  

Only a 9, rather than a ten, because the rusty version is so amazing - this version, haunting & beautiful, is also amazing.  So simple & pure.
Of course, the original song and especially the live version on live rust are better... but Neil's voice! So fragile, the emotion will live forever!
The accordion? lol Nice try... your obvious lack of an ear for music is proven on your opinion of his voice too...  0 for 2.. maybe commenting on music isn't your thing {#Shhh}

AndyMcc wrote:
I find Neil's voice grating, and the accordion just makes it worse...  I find this to be a whine, not a song.
 


Well, Bill, I like it too.........{#Dance}
I'll buck popular opinion with you, Bill- this is truly beautiful to me. I puts me in an expansive, yet empty, state of mind. Wait, that might be the weed.
 CalOF wrote:
Yuck.  I love NY, wouldn't think he could ruin his own work.  Where's Crazy Horse?
 
Yes, I too love the original, but this is pretty bad.  : (
I saw the album title & acted accordingly - I unglugged it & waited for the next song.