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Neil Young — The Old Laughing Lady
Album: Neil Young
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Total ratings: 1024








Released: 1968
Length: 5:37
Plays (last 30 days): 2
Don't call pretty Peggy,
she can't hear you no more
Don't leave no message
'round her back door.
They say the old laughing lady
been here before
She don't keep time,
she don't count score.

You can't have a cupboard
if there ain't no wall.
You got to move there's
no time left to stall.
They say the old laughing lady
dropped by to call
And when she leaves,
she leaves nothing at all.

See the drunkard of the village
falling on the street.
Can't tell his ankles
from the rest of his feet.
He loves his old laughing lady
'cause her taste is so sweet.
But his laughing lady's loving
ain't the kind he can keep.

There's a fever on the freeway,
blacks out the night.
There's a slipping on the stairway,
just don't feel right
And there's a rumbling
in the bedroom
and a flashing of light
There's the old laughing lady,
everything is all right.
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I have to say that the frequency of Neil on RP has turned me off of him, which is a pretty big deal since I've liked him quite a lot since the 70s. He's just not wearing well with me. But this song is an exception. There's something really special about this song - the sweetness of the melody, the fabulous BG vox, and the understated closing. 
So cool to hear after all these years. I remember going into Kingston-upon-Thames' Bentalls to buy the LP a few days after release. John Peel had played "I Had A Dream" on his BBC radio show. I bought it, first ever, along with Pentangle's, Colosseum's and Incredible String Band's latest. Thank you for playing..xx
He should be ashamed for appropriating black culture!  That gospel in the background is from white Canadians!  Shameful!!!
Bumped it to 9 because it is neil young
   SO    the old laughing lady    is....
So much emotion... This never gets old...
Nice!
 justin4kick wrote:
There are so many Neils. I love them all but this LP was my first love.
 
"...so many Neils"

"Is it strange I should change?
why don't you ask me?".

The many many facets of Ol' Neil have been  what has kept him such a gem all these years for me.
Neil. Ha ha
Niel
Always love Noel the poet musician
I forgot about this song.. it has a Nick Drake vibe, tender and groovy. I always loved the BG vox on this song. Refreshing, as I've tired of most of Neil's stuff from his prevalence here.
What are the background singers singing in the interlude?  It almost sounds like "O-hi-o o o o".   But if my timeline is correct, that was 2 years after this release.
Wish there was something above 10 bill
Love love love this album and this track in particular.
Nope. As I thought 4 decades ago; I just can't get past the whine. 
 On_The_Beach wrote:

The artist's name is Roland Diehl (1940-2006).
Cover depicted above was the original release.
Later pressings had "Neil Young" in large letters across the top.
Joni did the CSNY "So Far" album artwork.
 
Joni is a better artist than that. :-)
My older brother had this LP. I must have been 9 or 10 years old first hearing it, but I really loved it, even at that young age. And what's better, I still do.

Neil is my life time hero.
Neil Young's a great songwriter, but he can't sing for toffee (to use an old British expression) and his voice hurt my ears. I'm a big fan of covers of Young's work, though.
The highest rating of any of my favorites. Still stuns me all these years later. Genius. 
There are so many Neils. I love them all but this LP was my first love.
This song was perfect for me this morning. Thanks!
too bad there's not a higher rating than "Godlike"!:)
great to hear vintage Neil. thank you, Bill.
 On_The_Beach wrote:

The artist's name is Roland Diehl (1940-2006).
Cover depicted above was the original release.
Later pressings had "Neil Young" in large letters across the top.
Joni did the CSNY "So Far" album artwork.

 
Indeed - it's always been a favorite cover of mine. In between the initial release and the second release the original artwork was lost, so the subsequent release is second-generation and suffers color loss. Compare them side-by-side and you'll see the original is much more vibrant.

Ah, for the days of 12" x12" cover space and the clever artists hired to fill that space. I know I'm not the only one who stood for hours in the record shop, flipping albums and looking at the art.
 thewiseking wrote:
just beautiful. love Old Neil

 
{#Yes}
This is actually kind of trippy and out there for 1968. Expect nothing less from Neil.    
 Bat wrote:
I'm a big Neil Young fan but must admit that I tend to overlook this album and think of "Everyone Knows This Is Nowhere" as his debut solo album.

 
I tend to agree with what you said but I really like this LP. It is more disciplined or polished. It feels that it is somewhere between Buffalo Springfield and his later stuff.
just beautiful. love Old Neil
One of my ALL time favorite NY tunes. Great LP. 10 {#Notworthy}
the Unplugged album version of this song is great
Have not heard this in ages, it's a happy surprise.

This album lived on my turntable my freshman year in college. Good memories.
 Antigone wrote:
Correct me if I'm wrong but I believe the cover portrait is by Joni.
 
The artist's name is Roland Diehl (1940-2006).
Cover depicted above was the original release.
Later pressings had "Neil Young" in large letters across the top.
Joni did the CSNY "So Far" album artwork.
Correct me if I'm wrong but I believe the cover portrait is by Joni.
I'm a big Neil Young fan but must admit that I tend to overlook this album and think of "Everyone Knows This Is Nowhere" as his debut solo album.
Do not remember this tune -  New to me.
How can this be new?  One of best old Neil tunes.