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Neil Young — Long May You Run
Album: Long May You Run
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Released: 1976
Length: 3:46
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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.
Comments (61)add comment
 lmic wrote:

{#Rolleyes} If we had adopted Carter's energy policies, we wouldn't be in the deep doo-doo of oil dependency we're in. It'll happen, but meanwhile, we've lost decades, not to mention too many young lives in senseless wars.

 

Oh yeah, his energy policies.  Wear sweaters and turn down the heat.
Neil Young evokes a yearning that is so desirable. Just brilliant stuff. Always have liked Neil Young yet I own nothing.
 bbootman wrote:
Long may you run, Conan.

 

Yea, I'll forever associate this song with Conan now...
This song is now forever associated with the closing ceremonies of the 2010 Olympics for me. Long may you run, Neil.


Such a nice album cover - I have it on the wall in an album frame.

 Cynaera wrote:
I could listen to this whole album all the time and never get tired of it. It puts me in a very good place... {#Sunny}
 

The "best of"  or the album it was originally on, Stills Young Band?

Neil Young by ~xacallforbloodx
Ryan Cooke   ©2009-2010 ~xacallforbloodx

Neil Young.
Melbourne Big Day Out.
26/1/2009



I could listen to this whole album all the time and never get tired of it. It puts me in a very good place... {#Sunny}
 Hannio wrote:
People have forgotten (or never knew in the case of gen x and younger) how devastatingly horrible a president Carter was. 
 
{#Rolleyes} If we had adopted Carter's energy policies, we wouldn't be in the deep doo-doo of oil dependency we're in. It'll happen, but meanwhile, we've lost decades, not to mention too many young lives in senseless wars.

 fingerpin wrote:
 TanteJensen wrote:
Always liked this until I found out it's about his car. Makes it a solid 2, and I usually like Neil. Do you have to live in Northern America to appreciate such lyrics?
 
{#Beat} I live in North America...the Midwest to be specific. I don't own a car so I use public transportation everywhere I go. I love this song. But that's just me. Get over yourself. 
 
na.. i think tante's right
 TanteJensen wrote:
Always liked this until I found out it's about his car. Makes it a solid 2, and I usually like Neil. Do you have to live in Northern America to appreciate such lyrics?
 
{#Beat} I live in North America...the Midwest to be specific. I don't own a car so I use public transportation everywhere I go. I love this song. But that's just me. Get over yourself. 


Neil Young, the king from Canada, he rules.
When will we hear this with the Canadian Olypic Orchestra ? {#Mrgreen}
 bbootman wrote:
Long may you run, Conan.
 
Man, I had been counting the days to 2009, when we would finally be rid of that goof Leno. Alas, like an evil boomerang, he just keeps coming back.

Long may you run, Conan.

 LuvWilloughby wrote:
This was originally on a late 70's Stills/Young Band record that had a couple of good tunes on it besides this one and was mostly an effort keep busy while Crosby/Nash were out touring and recording.
 
Well said - I was searching (more) under NY for a reference to Tonight's the Night, and couldn't find one out of 86! Am i missing something Bill? That was classic NY at his best!

 Hannio wrote:


People have forgotten (or never knew in the case of gen x and younger) how devastatingly horrible a president Carter was.  So to support Reagan against Carter was really not so radical, except to the most bigoted leftist, I suppose.

 

This helps explain:

https://www.thrasherswheat.org/ptma/reagan.htm

Where's the fun if we can't simply demonize musicians, politicians, etc.?
Saw Neil for the first time earlier this year.  He was truly, truly awesome.
 Mandible wrote:

He did!?? A wha? Yikes. That surprises me.
 

People have forgotten (or never knew in the case of gen x and younger) how devastatingly horrible a president Carter was.  So to support Reagan against Carter was really not so radical, except to the most bigoted leftist, I suppose.

tried to paste the link but it didn't work.  go to nytimes.com, search neil young cars and check out "Long May You Run: Neil Young's Eco-Lincoln"
Love this AND Transformer Man. {#Music}
One of my favourite Young songs!

So good


you got to hand it to a bloke that's this freekin good, nicely, nicely, rock on dude...
 Mandible wrote:

He did!?? A wha? Yikes. That surprises me.
 
I think his brain blew a gasket for a while in the 1980s, which is how we ended up with the likes of Re-ac-tor and Trans.  Fortunately he came roaring back in 1989 with Freedom and there have been more ups than downs ever since.


 HazzeSwede wrote:
Ode to my long gone dead Bike!       {#Motor}
 
And my brainless Jaguar XJS.

(Hopefully the winning bidder was more successful in finding an ECU for it.)


I think the chorus and the arrangement is so good , that i forgave him the thing with the car.
 holborne wrote:

Beautiful song — it's almost enough to make me forgive Neil for supporting Reagan back in the 80s. Anyway, thanks for playing it.


 
He did!?? A wha? Yikes. That surprises me.
 TanteJensen wrote:
Always liked this until I found out it's about his car. Makes it a solid 2, and I usually like Neil. Do you have to live in Northern America to appreciate such lyrics?
OMG, that makes me love it even more!!!

Neil's just a car kinda guy, I guess.

Always liked this until I found out it's about his car. Makes it a solid 2, and I usually like Neil. Do you have to live in Northern America to appreciate such lyrics?
 sunny_day wrote:
Not a big NY fan, but this is good.
 

{#Yes}
 westslope wrote:

Everybody know where Blind River is?

 


  Ontario, Canada


Everybody know where Blind River is?

 


Not a big NY fan, but this is good.
Ode to my long gone dead Bike!       {#Motor}
islander wrote:

It's strange, when I listen to his voice I don't like it. When I listen to the song as a whole it's magic. I like most covers, but the covers of Neil are always missing something - without his voice it just doesn't work as well.

I think you hit it square on.  Neil's voice gives his lyrics an urgency which also gives them credibility and context.  Without him they definitely miss something.

...an ode from a boy to his car...
Oooh a Neil Fix. Thanks Bill, I needed that.
 Squirreley wrote:

I have to agree...but I used to think that of Bob Dylan too, and I've gained an appreciation, so maybe I'll learn to like Young too?
 
It's strange, when I listen to his voice I don't like it. When I listen to the song as a whole it's magic. I like most covers, but the covers of Neil are always missing something - without his voice it just doesn't work as well.
 plaid wrote:
Neil may be a great song writer, but damn, does he have to SING?
 
He's not the only one singing on this CLASSIC! All the CSN&Y are present, and thereby hangs quite a tale...................
Steven is also supplying magical guitar to this.


Love the reference to Caroline No, a great song in its own right .  How 'bout some more Beach Boys on RP?


 plaid wrote:
Neil may be a great song writer, but damn, does he have to SING?
 
I have to agree...but I used to think that of Bob Dylan too, and I've gained an appreciation, so maybe I'll learn to like Young too?

Beautiful song — it's almost enough to make me forgive Neil for supporting Reagan back in the 80s. Anyway, thanks for playing it.


This was originally on a late 70's Stills/Young Band record that had a couple of good tunes on it besides this one and was mostly an effort keep busy while Crosby/Nash were out touring and recording.
meydele wrote:
It's a fine song, but it seems kinda . . . nice, I guess. It's not very Neil-ish to me. Needs more snarkiness to be truly Neil-like.
It's an affectionate ode to a car he owned. That might be why it's snarkfree.
Another album cover ruined by the convenient, unpoetic and soon departing compact disc...
horstman wrote:
Time to pack up the bus, gas her up, and hit the road, always aiming for the setting sun.
Go west young man.
Neil Young has some amazing tunes, but this isn't one of them. Too Eagles-esque for my liking.
Perfect for today.
Time to pack up the bus, gas her up, and hit the road, always aiming for the setting sun.
slugore wrote:
All hail uncle Neil! :yes: :yes: :yes: Long may he run.
Amen!
All hail uncle Neil! :yes: :yes: :yes: Long may he run.
plaid wrote:
Neil may be a great song writer, but damn, does he have to SING?
lol - some would say the same about Cohen and Dylan. However all three have their place in music - deservedly so, imho.
lathyris wrote:
Is this the first time this song has been played? Travesty!
The "Unplugged" version gets some airtime.
Emmylou Harris does a great version of this on a live album that she put out in the late 1970s (I can't remember the name of it though.)
plaid wrote:
Neil may be a great song writer, but damn, does he have to SING?
that's part of his appeal to me. Rock On, Neil. :clap:
Neil may be a great song writer, but damn, does he have to SING?
It's a fine song, but it seems kinda . . . nice, I guess. It's not very Neil-ish to me. Needs more snarkiness to be truly Neil-like.
Is this the first time this song has been played? Travesty!
I could listen to Neil all day long. He puts me in a mellow, happy mood.
This holds up surprisingly well.
I've always liked this little ditty.