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Neil Young — Cowgirl In The Sand
Album: Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
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Total ratings: 2268









Released: 1969
Length: 9:51
Plays (last 30 days): 0
Hello cowgirl in the sand
Is this place at your command
Can I stay here for a while
Can I see your sweet sweet smile
Old enough now to change your name
When so many love you is it the same?
It's the woman in you that makes you want to play this game.

Hello ruby in the dust
Has your band begun to rust
After all the sin we've had
I was hopin' that we turn back
Old enough now to change your name
When so many love you is it the same
It's the woman in you that makes you want to play this game.

Hello woman of my dreams
Is this not the way it seems?
Purple words on a grey background
To be a woman and to be turned down
Old enough now to change your name
When so many love you is it the same
It's the woman in you that makes you want to play this game.
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 macpeck wrote:
Best piece he ever did...
 
One of the "best piece(s) he ever did...". 
I really  prefer this non-audience version; no clapping, longer, with a great job by the band!
Thanks Bill.
raw and rainy Sunday morning. This is a very solid choice to jam to as I have my coffee and read the paper and hope that in 9 days the country snaps out of it.
Thank you to Uncle Neil for having such a great sound on his guitar. I love every note and chord.
 kh808 wrote:
I have Lisen to this Song every since it was released and still marvel at Neil's finger and cord work a very underrated guitar player
 

Saw Neil doing an Acoustic Solo show promoting "Freedom" in 89'.  A few acoustics and a piano on stage.  Hadn't realized until that point what a great guitarist Neil is.  Growing up in Scarborough, Ontario in the 70's, if you weren't a fan you sure weren't one of the cool kids.  Although Neil was branded as the king of the one note solo for a long time we all idolized him.  Anyone interested in a good read about Neil, check out the book "Shakey" by James McDonough.  He lived at the ranch with Neil and family and was never sure if Neil would let him publish his writing.  Neil must be an Ogre as he has so many layers.
Don't  know why but when I first heard Neil Young I've instantly become a fan. Love his crying voice and raw guitar fuzzes so much. Simple and listener digest music.
I have Lisen to this Song every since it was released and still marvel at Neil's finger and cord work a very underrated guitar player
I'm catching a whiff of Californications. 
 hbm wrote:
Hah! Young isn't free of the chopping block either. 3-minute attention spans on FM, too. Which leads to, this must be one of the few times I've heard the full version...
 
Only on RP!
This brings me back to my bedroom in our basement when I was 16 years old and had the whole blacklight and velvet posters all over the walls. Neil captivated me with his great deep meaning of simple things and the great guitar sound along with amazing background harmony vocals that we're mostly him. I really miss my burned out basement.
One of the greatest rock'n'roll anthems ever recorded.  The guitar work is amazing, as are the backing vocals; the rhythm section never falters, and the lyrics are so very 1960s.

As noted below, how can this ever be less than a ten?
50 Jahre alt, aber mmer noch volle punktzahl: 10. Live in München am 6. Juli. 
How could this ever possibly be anything less than a 10? 
Hah! Young isn't free of the chopping block either. 3-minute attention spans on FM, too. Which leads to, this must be one of the few times I've heard the full version...
Have heard the entire first side of Thick As A Brick and Cowgirl in The Sand gets cuts off??
 michaelmuller wrote:
I'm starting to hear lots of repeats on this hipper, "more upbeat" version of RP. I love the mix, and am hoping the library is expanded so there's less repeats.
 

But the library is huge already. Way too much REM for my taste, but I rarely hear the same songs too often.
More feedback: when a song has a long outro (extended fade) the player starts the next song early in the fade, so for a while there are two songs playing at the same time. In this case, Cowgirl in the Sand was overlapped with Joe Cocker's Cry Me a River.

Keep on rockin' on!
... and then again, 22 hours later.

I'm starting to hear lots of repeats on this hipper, "more upbeat" version of RP. I love the mix, and am hoping the library is expanded so there's less repeats.
Have heard this a few times this week. NO COMPLAINTS. Thanks Bill. Never get tired of this.   NEVAH! 
Always dug this album and especially this song from it.
I think NY is not playing the axe like that because he was constrained by skill, ears, discipline or other. I think he played it like that and always exactly the way he wanted to play it.  That's the sound and aesthetic he developed.  And you know it's NY by the first or second note, which is part of the artistry. 
Almost half a century since release and still sounds as good as anything coming out today.
Among the best EVER!!
My first "10" on RP!!
 
I'm not a massive Neil Young fan.  But the lyrics to this song!! ♡ they take my breath away!
 Dosequis wrote:
I always get a kick out of Neil Young trying to play lead guitar. The worst.

 
Tsk!  Listen to Alabama?
 LowPhreak wrote:

Nah, actually he uses 3 or 4 notes, and a lot of bending. But it works.



{#Wink}

I've loved his guitar-work since I was 13..... Now I'm 57 it's a maturer less hormone-directed thang but still think he's one of the best.  It's gotta be more about feeling not just technique. Cannay stand Clapton.  

 

 kcar wrote:
Also from that era: Neil and The Shocking Pinks.

"Wonderin' ": 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6a6A6oTFdcw (see link below)

When you watch the video you get the feeling that Neil was experimenting with glue at the time.
 
Brilliant video. This was about the time when many bands were taking their videos very seriously, hiring big name directors and spending boatloads of money, usually with ghastly, overblown results. "Wonderin' was Neil's lo-fi, tongue in cheek response.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIVZNlJYZlA
 Ag3nt0rang3 wrote:

Hmm, link's dead now. No matter, if you search for Trans on Youtube or whatever, you can find it. 

 
Also from that era: Neil and The Shocking Pinks. 

still from Neil Young video "Wonderin'"

"Wonderin' ": 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6a6A6oTFdcw

When you watch the video you get the feeling that Neil was experimenting with glue at the time. 


 capandjudy wrote:
 Whether Neil Young is a good or bad guitar player is a debate that is without end. When I was in college back in the early seventies someone that I was talking to called him "one note Neil." In a technical sense you are right but he really connects with those who like him. 

 
Nah, actually he uses 3 or 4 notes, and a lot of bending. But it works.



{#Wink}



8 ==> 9, outstanding!!
{#Bananajam} 
Neil Young is forever and always a BADA$$!!
oh, and neil is just neil ...
do you smell the sweet pungent fragrance of burning cannabis?
Best piece he ever did...
 Ag3nt0rang3 wrote:

that's Ironic, because there are few artists who've been as experimental and risky in their musical directions as Neil Young. I think that for the most part, people know Young for his ballady, pedal-steel and acoustic guitar songs, which do tend to sound alike. A smaller group adore and worship his harder rocking, feedback and pounding-on-the-fretboard electric guitar playing. But not many people at all know about his rockabilly stuff, straight-out country songs, bluesy pop tunes, or his (really horrible) electronic music.

He has a stunningly broad range of music (not all of it very good), but even here on RP we mostly just get Harvest and maybe a few tunes from his Crazy Horse era. 

Here, have a listen. Skip through to the electronic stuff.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSNQhLm1V84 

 
Hmm, link's dead now. No matter, if you search for Trans on Youtube or whatever, you can find it. 
 Dosequis wrote:
I always get a kick out of Neil Young trying to play lead guitar. The worst.

 
{#No}  {#No}  {#No}
 Dosequis wrote:
I always get a kick out of Neil Young trying to play lead guitar. The worst.

  Whether Neil Young is a good or bad guitar player is a debate that is without end. When I was in college back in the early seventies someone that I was talking to called him "one note Neil." In a technical sense you are right but he really connects with those who like him. 
This song makes me want to contribute. Please, a little less sappy folksy stuff and a little more sophisticated rock and roll.
Cowpie in the sky!   {#Lol}
 musicology wrote:
easy 10

 
Without question.  "Down By the River" and "Cinnamon Girl" tend to get much more press and airplay, but for my money this is NY w/ CH's very best cut.  Incredible, awesome guitar work, terrific lyrics.  An 11, if there was such a category, it's one of RnR's all time great works.
I always get a kick out of Neil Young trying to play lead guitar. The worst.
 rdo wrote:
I can't help getting over the feeling that Neil Young's songs are the exact same songs played over and over and over and over.............

 
that's Ironic, because there are few artists who've been as experimental and risky in their musical directions as Neil Young. I think that for the most part, people know Young for his ballady, pedal-steel and acoustic guitar songs, which do tend to sound alike. A smaller group adore and worship his harder rocking, feedback and pounding-on-the-fretboard electric guitar playing. But not many people at all know about his rockabilly stuff, straight-out country songs, bluesy pop tunes, or his (really horrible) electronic music.

He has a stunningly broad range of music (not all of it very good), but even here on RP we mostly just get Harvest and maybe a few tunes from his Crazy Horse era. 

Here, have a listen. Skip through to the electronic stuff.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSNQhLm1V84 
This Song makes me wanna go Snowboarding right now. Its really stormy here in Interlaken / Swiss Alps the Snow is coming..uuuuuhhhhh
Something of note involving this artist

https://www.lincvolt.com

 

Great song by a great artist.

 
 musicology wrote:
easy 10

 
I'm with you there

I couldn't help myself - here

Headphones on my desk
a sound far away
listening for it

a familiar thing
my ears put them on
magic surrounds me

 
As the late, great Joe Strummer said: "f*ckin' long, innit?" ;-(
awesome ! what a delight !
Perfect.
Classic Song from a Classic Album!!
I can't help getting over the feeling that Neil Young's songs are the exact same songs played over and over and over and over.............
easy 10
Though this song is undeniably classic - with a 7-minute guitar solo that my 15-year-old daughter has been trying to figure out by ear - I am still partial to the acoustic live version off of "Four Way Street".  Don't like how they smoothed out Neil's vocals on the studio version.  It's much more unvarnished and real on the live version.  Side note - studio version is arguably Neil's most rockin tune and acoustic version is among his most sweet/plaintive.  All in one tune.  The dude is versatile.
The 1969 gift that keeps on giving  :-)
This one's on my desert island list.
Awesome song.
Nobody, but NOBODY, plays guitar solos like this man.  Nobody.  Before you were even born.   {#Notworthy}
I had the pleasure of seeing Neil with Booker T and the MGs in SF.

Ho m'Lord !!! A better time could not have been had. Indeed :-)
 oldfart48 wrote:
next to sugar mtn.this has to be the worst crap squeel ever forced down our throats. crap, crap, crap.{#Frustrated}{#Wall}
 
Please wall slam your head to Adele and leave appreciation of the classics to the connoisseurs. Thank you for calling but our menu has changed. 
 rockpommel16 wrote:
 

it's 1 more
Hello Cowgirl in the Sand.  Can I see your sweet, sweet smile?  Some of Neil's best three-note guitar solos ever recorded!
Wow, flashback; 1980 to Rampart's Creek Hostel in the Canadian Rockies.  Snow, woodfire, mushrooms and making love.
I've often dissed the latter-day NY.  This cut and most of this album are God-like.
I went to school with Neil Young.  If that doesn't say son of a hippie then I guess the prize went to the girl in the year below called Rainbow Waterfall Something or other.
just great


Neil Young and Crazy Horse – Americana (2012)




This song is a test as to how much noodling I can take in any one sitting. I'm beginning to feel like Kobayashi.
i never get tired of this one.
 wlpendley wrote:

Try listening to this song with your heart first and ears second.  It's truly superb.
 
As much as I love Neil Young's music, I have to say that I think this kind of comment is off-base and comes off as being patronizing. Maybe someone has listened with their heart, and heard nothing interesting; a song can have different effects on different people, and if someone isn't moved by a song, it's not that person who is to blame.  
 I really enjoyed him in the 70s but it grates on me now..vanmas wrote:
I want to like Neil, its an icon, but mostly I don't...
Bad singer and very annoying guitar playing...
 


 wlpendley wrote:

Try listening to this song with your heart first and ears second.  It's truly superb.
 
I Want to like the trash bin.  its really helpful.
would you tell me to smell all the different flavours?

trash is trash, if it aint good....... aw forget it PSD!.
Not my favorite Neil Young song, but any Neil Young is great to hear........
 vanmas wrote:
I want to like Neil, its an icon, but mostly I don't...
Bad singer and very annoying guitar playing...
 
Try listening to this song with your heart first and ears second.  It's truly superb.
I want to like Neil, its an icon, but mostly I don't...
Bad singer and very annoying guitar playing...

le_colonel wrote:

I keep forgetting how much I like Neil Young.

9.
 
Ditto. 
I guess to go from the last track straight into Powderfinger would have been a little too "on the nose".
Agreed.  Neil is so good with Crazy Horse. 
 
daoist56 wrote:
I think this should be billed as Neil Young AND Crazy Horse. That band contributed a lot to this album.
 


 Stingray wrote:


Disappointing ending to your poetry.
 
Write your own, then...on second thought...

I keep forgetting how much I like Neil Young.

9.
 Baketown wrote:
Nice, Bill!  But you should have gone one step further and played Powderfinger by Neil!
 
oh, good call. i love this song, but powderfinger...awesome.

Nice, Bill!  But you should have gone one step further and played Powderfinger by Neil!
Spent some time with him in Santa Cruz,Ca..Angry man..He hated his voice.
A lot of history with this artist.  
> 40 years old. heard it 1000 times. still rocks like hell.
Neil Young is the Godfather of Grunge,....  noodling,..  is from 1969,.... remember how early his innovative work was.
I like a lot of this, but some of the guitar noodling is tedious. {#Rolleyes}

Neil Young + Crazy Horse = Awesome


Why don't I have this CD?
What's wrong with me??


Nice!
I think this should be billed as Neil Young AND Crazy Horse. That band contributed a lot to this album.

My left speaker was off for Aretha... (three tracks before this)  Glad I jiggled the connection before this started!



 hoppin_bob wrote:
he's old

I'm old

he whines too much

I'll avoid that trap

always was amazing... still is
 

Disappointing ending to your poetry.
Ruby in the dust
DO IT WITH HEADPHONES ON!  YEAH!  The corpus callosum can barely maintain insulation between the two hemispheres when the guitars really get chugging and dueling madly on this one!  Sonic ecstasy!

 Frater_Kork wrote:
Aahhh.. One of the few NY tracks that truly get me there.

 
Yeah. Was just coming on to say the same. You beat me to it.
Aahhh.. One of the few NY tracks that truly get me there.



after all these years, still love it!
thank you so much!!
aahhhhhh....
rated 50.
 helgigermany wrote:

Yes , i am with you! Great music!

 
Funny thing is I just played the vinyl LP of this all the way through and posted it in the vinyl play list thread and minutes later Bill played a song from it....

 DaveInVA wrote:
Cool! two great songs from this album in one day!{#Music}
 
Yes , i am with you! Great music!

Cool! two great songs from this album in one day!{#Music}
he's old

I'm old

he whines too much

I'll avoid that trap

always was amazing... still is
 lmic wrote:
Man, no one else even comes close. Just effin a. Simply the definition of Rock.
 
Thank You..thank you very much ! {#Notworthy}
it's not how many notes you play...
Can't help but like this one, even though Neil mostly bores me.  Would like to hear Last Trip to Tulsa again, too.
 westslope wrote:
Does it get more raw than this?
Rawful.


third

 
lmic wrote:
Man, no one else even comes close. Just effin a. Simply the definition of Rock.
 


 plaice3 wrote:
If only he wouldn't play the guitar ...
 

I HOPE YOU GET BIT BY A LOBSTER
 lmic wrote:
Man, no one else even comes close. Just effin a. Simply the definition of Rock.
 
seconded.

Does it get more raw than this?
Man, no one else even comes close. Just effin a. Simply the definition of Rock.
Long time ago i heared this, so very nice tune of Neil!! Thanks for another great Set this morning!!
From a frosty and snowy day in Germany!!
Always about Neil,,,,
Hows about a Big {#Clap}  for   200px-CrazyHorseCD

Simply. Awesome.

{#Cowboy}
My absolute favorite Neil Young song - and the acoustic version off "Four Way Street" is equally amazing.

This album plus the "Neil Young" album that the preceded it and "After the Gold Rush" that followed it make a great trilogy. If you were around in the late 60s and turned on to music, they certainly have a place in your heart and memory.
 acidreflucks wrote:
  Gotta keep moving on, if we don't grow we die.


 News flash: we're gonna die anyhow—so we might as well grow as much as we can, eh? 


 plaice3 wrote:
If only he wouldn't play the guitar ...
 
or his name was Neil Young .. Play on Neil, too bad it didn't last a little longer, I think he was just warming up
If only he wouldn't play the guitar ...
 countyman wrote:
FORTY years old and still relevant....to some of us.
 
You got that right!

 AdyMiles wrote:
annoying music. too noisy
 
"noisy" music....  imagine that.  is that like "colorful" painting?  or "active" dance?