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Music Cannot Change the World, Says Neil Young
Breitbard ^ | AFP

Posted on 02/08/2008 1:09:01 PM PST by KevinB

Canadian folk rock legend Neil Young said he has lost all hope that music can change the world, as he presented a documentary about his 2006 anti-war concert tour at the Berlin film festival on Friday.

"I know that the time when music could change the world is past. I really doubt that a single song can make a difference. It is a reality," Young told reporters.

"I don't think the tour had any impact on voters."

But the silver-haired frontman of the sixties supergroup Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young nonetheless dealt US President George W. Bush a stinging, back-handed insult and said his own "naive" urge to make people think remains intact.

"What is wrong with George Bush? That would take a really long time. Let's talk about what is right with him, it is a much shorter answer.

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1 posted on 02/08/2008 1:09:02 PM PST by KevinB
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To: KevinB

Not even “Sugar Mountain”?


2 posted on 02/08/2008 1:09:42 PM PST by Rocko ( "Where's the global warming? It's freezing in here." -- Bob Dylan)
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To: KevinB

I always knew he was a genius.

Welcome to reality, Neil. We’ve missed you.


3 posted on 02/08/2008 1:09:54 PM PST by IncPen (Elect Barack and it's an Obama-Nation !!)
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To: KevinB

(MY) Music Cannot Change the World, Says Neil Young

There. Fixed it.


4 posted on 02/08/2008 1:10:37 PM PST by Secret Agent Man
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To: KevinB
Canadian folk rock legend Neil Young said he has lost all hope that music can change the world

Boy, Coke is gonna be pi$$ed.

5 posted on 02/08/2008 1:10:48 PM PST by TADSLOS (Estoy Juan McCain y apruebo este mensaje!)
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To: KevinB

He’s a loon, but I still like his music.


6 posted on 02/08/2008 1:10:53 PM PST by the gillman@blacklagoon.com (And close the damned borders!)
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To: 537cant be wrong; Aeronaut; bassmaner; Bella_Bru; Big Guy and Rusty 99; Brian Allen; cgk; ...

Rock and Roll PING!


7 posted on 02/08/2008 1:11:26 PM PST by KevinB
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To: KevinB
Yes it can!!! Just ask WYLD STALLYNS!


8 posted on 02/08/2008 1:11:47 PM PST by infidel29 (Santorum 2012..)
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To: TADSLOS

Now THAT’S funny, right there... I don’t care who ya are.


9 posted on 02/08/2008 1:12:12 PM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: KevinB
"Canadian folk rock legend ... dealt US President George W. Bush a stinging, back-handed insult"

Point, then?

10 posted on 02/08/2008 1:12:28 PM PST by Disturbin (Liberals: buying votes with your money)
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To: KevinB

Yes.


11 posted on 02/08/2008 1:12:32 PM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: KevinB

Music never could change the world, but it can make livin’ here better...


12 posted on 02/08/2008 1:12:53 PM PST by Edgerunner (At the heart of every absurdity, lies a liberal.)
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To: KevinB
Somebody (David Byrne?) once said that "singing is a trick to get people to pay attention to you longer than they would if you were just talking."
13 posted on 02/08/2008 1:13:02 PM PST by snarkpup (We need to replace our politicians before they replace us.)
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To: the gillman@blacklagoon.com

Sorry, the YES! was for your post.

He IS a loon, but I love his music.


14 posted on 02/08/2008 1:13:45 PM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: Rocko

Oh to live on,
Liberal Mountain
With the moonbats and the nitrous balloons

You can’t be 20
On liberal mountain ....


15 posted on 02/08/2008 1:13:56 PM PST by Disturbin (Liberals: buying votes with your money)
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To: KevinB
GREAT!
Neil Young's political acumen, Patti Smith's vocals, and Madonna speaking about "Wisdom", ALL IN ONE PLACE!

It's enough to gag a maggot.

16 posted on 02/08/2008 1:14:03 PM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: KevinB

This is from a guy who whines instead of sings.


17 posted on 02/08/2008 1:14:09 PM PST by SmithL (My tagline dropped out)
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To: KevinB

A lonely brain cell fired a synapse.

LLS


18 posted on 02/08/2008 1:14:19 PM PST by LibLieSlayer ("There is no conservative alternative in the race. It's just that simple." Rush Limbaugh)
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To: Rocko

Our military will keep him safe so he can

KEEP ON ROCKIN’ IN THE FREE WORLD.........


19 posted on 02/08/2008 1:14:43 PM PST by yobid (Tax tax tax tax tax tax tax tax tax tax tax tax tax tax tax tax tax tax RETREAT- Vote Democrat)
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To: KevinB

It took him this looooooooooooooooong to figure that out?

what an idiot


20 posted on 02/08/2008 1:15:13 PM PST by Fox_Mulder77
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To: KevinB

Is THAT what he’s been up to all this time?

Changing the World?

“Hey, how well did that work out for ya, Neil?”
LOL!

(Idiot)


21 posted on 02/08/2008 1:15:30 PM PST by Redbob (WWJBD: "What Would Jack Bauer Do?")
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To: KevinB

What about the thousands of tons of carbon emitted from your mega-concerts over 30 years? That would count as a “change” in the world, wouldn’t it?


22 posted on 02/08/2008 1:15:45 PM PST by Antioch (Benedikt Gott Geschickt)
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To: KevinB
But music did change the world, didn't it?

23 posted on 02/08/2008 1:16:04 PM PST by littlehouse36 (Or was it the Coke?)
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To: KevinB

It hasn’t been 1968 for a long time, Neil. Welcome to adulthood.


25 posted on 02/08/2008 1:16:04 PM PST by Tallguy (Tagline is offline till something better comes along...)
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To: the gillman@blacklagoon.com

lyrics to Cortez the Killer, extolling the virtues of child sacrifice, etc.

He came dancing across the water
With his galleons and guns
Looking for the new world
In that palace in the sun.

On the shore lay montezuma
With his coca leaves and pearls
In his halls he often wondered
With the secrets of the worlds.

And his subjects gathered round him
Like the leaves around a tree
In their clothes of many colors
For the angry gods to see.

And the women all were beautiful
And the men stood straight and strong
They offered life in sacrifice
So that others could go on. [oh, how nice!]

Hate was just a legend [of course not]
And war was never known [nope, never]
The people worked together
And they lifted many stones.

They carried them to the flatlands
And they died along the way
But they built up with their bare hands
What we still cant do today. [really?]

And I know shes living there
And she loves me to this day
I still cant remember when
Or how I lost my way. [what does this have to do with romanticising Montezuma? i think it was all the acid and bong hits, Neil..... ]


26 posted on 02/08/2008 1:16:08 PM PST by mbarker12474 (United Methodist Church: Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Legs, Open to Anything)
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To: Disturbin
You can’t be have an IQ over 20
On liberal mountain ....
27 posted on 02/08/2008 1:16:15 PM PST by Rocko ( "Where's the global warming? It's freezing in here." -- Bob Dylan)
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To: KevinB

Down by the river
Neil shot his baby


28 posted on 02/08/2008 1:16:18 PM PST by LRS (It's time to put Hillary on the 3:10 to Yuma...)
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To: KevinB

Southern man don’t need him around anyhow.


29 posted on 02/08/2008 1:16:37 PM PST by VR-21
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To: KevinB

Does this mean I should delete “We Are The World” from my cell phone ring tones?


30 posted on 02/08/2008 1:16:47 PM PST by ConservaTexan (February 6, 1911)
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To: KevinB

That’s right, Neil. Forget about changing the world and just get the boys from Crazy Horse together, plug your ‘53 Gibson Les Paul into your ‘59 (tweed) Fender Deluxe, dime the volume knob, and jam “Down By the River,” “Powderfinger,” and “My My Hey Hey” until the cows come home.


31 posted on 02/08/2008 1:17:11 PM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: KevinB

A rusted mind never sleeps....


32 posted on 02/08/2008 1:18:35 PM PST by Rocko ( "Where's the global warming? It's freezing in here." -- Bob Dylan)
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To: KevinB

I can’t believe nobody’s posted this yet. It should be mandatory every time Neil Young opens his mouth (and I’m not a fan of Alabama):

Big wheels keep on turning
Carry me home to see my kin
Singing songs about the Southland
I miss Alabamy once again
And I think its a sin, yes

Well I heard mister Young sing about her
Well, I heard ole Neil put her down
Well, I hope Neil Young will remember
A Southern man don’t need him around anyhow

Lynyrd Skynyrd - Sweet Home Alabama


33 posted on 02/08/2008 1:20:29 PM PST by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: KevinB

Somebody better call the wha-wha-whamublance.


34 posted on 02/08/2008 1:20:47 PM PST by ClaudiusI
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To: KevinB

Southern WOMEN don’t need him around anyhow, either.


36 posted on 02/08/2008 1:21:21 PM PST by nina0113 (If fences don't work, why does the White House have one?)
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To: ClaudiusI

Damn, that should’ve been whambulance.


37 posted on 02/08/2008 1:21:22 PM PST by ClaudiusI
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To: KevinB

Only an idiot would ever think that songs could change the world.


38 posted on 02/08/2008 1:22:15 PM PST by vpintheak (Like a muddied spring or a polluted well is a righteous man who gives way to the wicked. Prov. 25:26)
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To: KevinB
Young's a real weird guy politically/musically.

I remember him, back in the 80s, saying that he could see voting for Reagan because "we need to keep America strong," and right after 9/11 he recorded "Let's Roll," which was as close to a "pro war" anthem as I've ever heard from a rock singer:

No one has the answer,
But one thing is true,
You've got to turn on evil,
When it's coming after you,
You've gota face it down,
And when it tries to hide,
You've gota go in after it,
And never be denied,
Time is runnin' out,
Let's roll.
Let's not let our children,
Grow up fearfull in there youth.
Time is runnin' out,
Let's roll.

But then, after the war started, he want all "war is evil" and "impeach Bush" again.

Personally, I think the poor guy just fried his brain with drugs so bad in the past that he can't make up his mind from one day to another.

Too bad. I do like a lot of his music.

39 posted on 02/08/2008 1:22:25 PM PST by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: KevinB

You just figuring that out NOW, Neil?


40 posted on 02/08/2008 1:22:26 PM PST by Scarchin (Anyone but Hillary or Huckabee)
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To: KevinB

It would appear that the naivete of the hippie generation is on its’ last leg. Good riddance.


41 posted on 02/08/2008 1:23:08 PM PST by ChocChipCookie (Homeschool like your kids' lives depend on it.)
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To: KevinB
Psalm 19:7 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul;The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple;

Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole. This is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.’ Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

42 posted on 02/08/2008 1:24:02 PM PST by Rodm (Seest thou a man diligent in his business? He shall stand before kings)
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To: Mr. Mojo

I wanna live with the Hillary Girl
I could be happy
the rest of my life
With the Hillary Girl

A screamer at Billy
running to the right
I see us together
Chasing the moon(bat) light

My Hillary Girl


43 posted on 02/08/2008 1:24:46 PM PST by mbarker12474 (United Methodist Church: Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Legs, Open to Anything)
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To: KevinB

Another 60’s child gets a revelation in his old age.......


44 posted on 02/08/2008 1:24:51 PM PST by Red Badger ( We don't have science, but we do have consensus.......)
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To: KevinB

Keep on Rockin’ in the Free World, Neil...ignoring the reasons why we’re free.

Moron.


45 posted on 02/08/2008 1:25:11 PM PST by Slapshot68
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To: KevinB

Yeah but Cinnamon Girl is still a great riff and song.


46 posted on 02/08/2008 1:25:17 PM PST by swain_forkbeard (Rationality may not be sufficient, but it is necessary.)
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To: KevinB

...and what did Lynyrd Skynyrd say about Neil Young?


47 posted on 02/08/2008 1:25:54 PM PST by gitmogrunt
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To: Izzy Dunne

Southern Man don’t need him around anyhow................


48 posted on 02/08/2008 1:26:06 PM PST by Red Badger ( We don't have science, but we do have consensus.......)
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To: KevinB
I think Nothing is Perfect did.

I'm still a little bit of a Neil fan because I saw him play it at Live Aid, as did about a billion others including in the Soviet Union.

I guess, Neil, it's the message and the timing and not the medium.

49 posted on 02/08/2008 1:26:50 PM PST by Tribune7 (How is inflicting pain and death on an innocent, helpless human being for profit, moral?)
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To: KevinB

It was the drug infused haze that allowed the world to change......behind our backs.

The Music just kept us from listening to talk radio.


50 posted on 02/08/2008 1:27:16 PM PST by wolfcreek (Powers that be will lie like Clintons and spend like drunken McCains to push their Globalist agenda.)
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