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Neil Young — Leave The Driving
Album: Greendale
Avg rating:
5

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Total ratings: 130









Released: 2003
Length: 7:07
Plays (last 30 days): 0
Out on the old coast highway
Flying through the night
Jed got stopped by the CHP
For speedin' and no brake lights

Rolled down the driver's window
Slipped his gun down under the seat
The glove-box full of cocaine
The trunk was full of weed

"Driver's license and registration,"
Said the officer with his flashlight
Search around the floor, look hard
Smellin' like something ain't right

Jed's life flashed before him
Like a black and white super-8
He heard the sound of the future
On a scratchy old 78

Nothing was still, all was moving
When the flashlight found the gun
Then Jed pulled the trigger
In a split-second tragic blunder

"It makes you think about living
And what life has to tell"
Said Jed to Grandpa
From inside his cell

Camouflage hung in his closet
Guns all over the wall
Plans for buildings and engineers
And a book with no numbers at all

The whole town was stunned
They closed the coast highway for twelve hours
No one could get in
Jed was one of ours

Meanwhile across the ocean
Living in the internet
Is the cause of an explosion
No one has heard yet

But there's no need to worry
There's no reason to fuss
Just go on about your work now
And leave the drivin' to us

And we'll be watching you
No matter what you do
And you can do your part
By watching others too

Grandpa put down the paper
Staring in disbelief
Jed had always been good to him
Never gave him any grief

The moral of this story
Is try not to get too old
The more time you spend on earth
The more you see unfold

And as an afterthought
This must, too, be told
Some people have taken pure bullshit
And turned it into gold
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I gave it a 7 years ago and ... it's still a 7. I like it fine. Thought you should know that. 
Just go on about your work, now...
MsJudi wrote:
I love Neil, but this is dreadful and damned near tuneless.
I agree. I love him too but this is really hard to listen to.
I love Neil, but this is dreadful and damned near tuneless.
8)
I've heard enough from this dinosaur just today to last me for a whole year. Let me amend that: I've heard enough from this dinosaur during just this one, interminable song to last me for a whole year.
Tad wrote:
Let's see that rating come up folks.
Nah. Just not that good.
madtowner11 wrote:
... Maybe he's a decent guitar player,...
Nah, he's not. To his credit though, his guitar playing abilities are an even match for his vocal prowess. There are a lot of better songs from Neil than this one, IMNSHO.
PeterGriffin wrote:
Jeez, being from Alabama, you would think you could get your Skynyrd right :beat:
Hey!! Im allowed one whiskey induced mistake a day!!
bajafisher wrote:
"well, I heard Mr. Young sing about her........" Hank Williams Jr.
Jeez, being from Alabama, you would think you could get your Skynyrd right :beat:
madtowner11 wrote:
Neil Young is the most overrated "singer" in the history of the world. Maybe he's a decent guitar player, but hearing his voice is like someone running their fingernails down the chalkboard... He's the only one on RadioParadise I could do without.
"well, I heard Mr. Young sing about her........" Lynyrd Skynyrd
I saw Neil Young do this entire album live in London, and in my opinion it was the best concert I have ever attended. Judging by the reaction of the 3000 or so others in the crowd, they pretty much agreed too. I've been to an awful lot of gigs from the 60's on, so got quite a few to compare this one to. Each to his own opinion of course. Anyhow gets a rare 10 from me
madtowner11 wrote:
Neil Young is the most overrated "singer" in the history of the world.
A bold statement indeed. Too bad for you a majority of the world doesn't agree or he wouldn't have a platform to sing on.
I like Neil but sometimes I think he gets a little lazy too. I'm thinking of the "one-note" guitar solo - I think it's on Cowgirl in the Sand.
Neil Young is the most overrated "singer" in the history of the world. Maybe he's a decent guitar player, but hearing his voice is like someone running their fingernails down the chalkboard... He's the only one on RadioParadise I could do without.
To my ears the strongest songs on the album - and the ones that work well even outside the context of the storyline - are the first and last songs on Greendale: "Falling From Above" and "Be The Rain". Quite surprised that neither have been played on RP. The cd/dvd combo is a great value. And the concept/storyline is nicely fleshed out with the accompanying booklet written by Neil himself. Then, on the dvd, Neil amiably and intimately tells the story and plays the songs acoustically. I agree with others that hearing most of these songs outside the context of the story may not work too well...with the exceptions of "Falling From Above" and "Be The Rain".
It's interesting to read these comments. It's sometimes hard to appreciate the Greendale songs out of their context within the entire album. But I'm glad RP is giving Neil's Greendale some airplay. Certainly Clear Channel stations aren't playing it. Like many of Neil's songs it's often best appreciated live in concert. Certainly the density of the lyrics isn't everyone's cup of tea. Thanks RP for giving Greendale tracks some air time. I hear you saying "The critics have been universally vicious in their reviews". Well, the critics were "universally vicious" with Tonight's The Night and On The Beach, also.
lets see... chop this "song" into a third... replace the "lyrics" with random mumbling... and the score could rise a couple points...
It's a shame that such a bad song also has to be so long...
Okay... now bad harp playing
he was havin fun lyrically but he must've been too lazy to change chord patterns in this one. had to laugh a few times at the words. but hearin it once will be enough :-s
Not often that I find myself impatient for a song here on RP to be over.
Appallingly tiring.
i'm not a fan of neil young, and that's okay -- but even *i* find it hard to believe there isn't a better track to play than this... self indulgent crapola.
Sorry but there's something about his voice that just sounds whiney and annoying to me
It's not you. His voice is whiney and annoying.
Lame, lame, lame, monotonous. :sleep:
Sorry but there's something about his voice that just sounds whiney and annoying to me.
Tad wrote:
Let's see that rating come up folks.
k. it's got my rating.
To me this song seems like an extended "Last Trip to Tulsa", is that possible?......no, of course not. But it's just as cool. Let's see that rating come up folks.
KevinM wrote:
I can live without Neil.
I don't see how.
Pusherman wrote:
Pretty sure this song needs to be heard in the context of the entire album, which very few people have heard at this point. The song is pretty good on its own, but perhaps better when listened to along with the whole story. Regardless, to write a theme album is a bold step by Neil...as always.
So I went to see Neil in concert about a week ago and he performed Greendale in its entirety. It played quite well in my opinion, especially with the actors portraying the characters of the story in the background...they definataly helped explain Neil's vision. I've seen him a couple of times now and even if you can't deal with his voice...Neil is, without a doubt, one of the best performers to strap on a guitar..he plays hard and long and puts it out there for his audience. He deserves respect. and for all you Clear Channel haters...he devoted nearly a whole song to Clear Channel bashing...it was nice to see. So it goes. 8)
Pretty sure this song needs to be heard in the context of the entire album, which very few people have heard at this point. The song is pretty good on its own, but perhaps better when listened to along with the whole story. Regardless, to write a theme album is a bold step by Neil...as always.
I like it. It sounds like he just realized that the whole alt.country thing was in his honor. I give it a 7 with the understanding that I might switch to 8 later, okay? I just went to look at it on Amazon and it's No. 1 there... fwiw
Originally Posted by qosforever: Neil Young is not god neither perfect!!! He has made some incredible good songs, but this one is too long and boring... that's why it has a 3,5 and going down... .... ...
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If this is a sample of Neil\'s current work, it\'s time to hang it up. The combination of lousy guitar-playing and Neil\'s mediocre vocals is just too much for any mortal to take.
Originally Posted by lordcruloze: Hey man, I like this. How is it that this has a 4 right now?
Neil Young is not god neither perfect!!! He has made some incredible good songs, but this one is too long and boring... that's why it has a 3,5 and going down... .... ...
Crazy Horse is best when they rock. The story telling should be done on Neil's solo efforts. I'm a big Neil fan but this guitar is terrible.
KevinM wrote:
I can live without Neil.
I can't live without Neil. :mrgreen:
Hey man, I like this. How is it that this has a 4 right now?
I can live without Neil.