Moons and Neil Young Songs
By Anne - Lady of Northern Moons
Neil Young News
Date: Fri, 17 Nov 1995 14:47:21 +0000
Subject: Moons and Neil
Cowgirl pointed out that a moon-thread could be fun--Neil *is* kinda
occupied with moons. I let my PC do a search in its NY song files, and found
26 different moon songs. Amazing.
Not only intriguing that Neil mentions the moon so much, what's even more
intriguing is the way there might be links within Neil's use of this word.
Someone asked for an explanation of the moon-symbolism within Neil's songs.
I've sure been wondering about that myself. Though to me, it seems that
when NY mentions the moon it often either emphasizes the darker or
introspective sides of the personality -- or it seems to pertain to aspects
of femininity -- or both. ;-)
But that's not exactly a new thought, in myths and folklore our Silver Luna
has probably had very profound meanings within this range ever since
prehistoric times. :-)
For those who perhaps want to see a list of NY moon-songs:
After The Goldrush: I was lyin' in a burned out basement With the full moon
in my eyes.
Amber Jean: Every morning got sun to shine Every day got plenty of time
Every night there's a moon so fine There for you, my Amber Jean.
Berlin: Lights are shining in the German sky Cosmic walls between the
moon and I Don't know where I started from
Big Green Country: Across the plain flew the lone grey rider Leather bag
pounding on his back Above the clouds the moon was climbing higher ...
Cinnamon Girl: A dreamer of pictures, I run in the night, You see us
together, chasing the moonlight..
Coastline: Oooweee, baby, what a night That old moon sure is shinin' bright
We'll be dancin' 'til the mornin' comes
Come On Baby Let's Go Down Town: Sure enough, they'll be sellin' stuff
When the moon begins to rise. Pretty bad when you're dealin' with the man,
And the light shines in your eyes. [Chorus] Snaky eyes, French fries,
and I got lots of gas. Full moon and a jumpin' tune, now you don't have to
Don't Let It Bring You Down: Old man lying by the side of the road With the
lorries rolling by, Blue moon sinking from the weight of the load...
Give Me Strength: I'm riding down swept road in my old car The moon is
almost full except for stars.
Harvest Moon: But there's a full moon risin' Let's go dancing in the light
We know where the music's playin' Let's go out and feel the night..
Hawaiian Sunrise: Pretty Maui Mama Lying over the water With my moon in
your eyes From my hotel window in the clouds I love you right out loud..
Helpless: Blue, blue windows behind the stars, Yellow moon on the rise,
Big birds flying across the sky, Throwing shadows on our eyes.
I'm The Ocean: On the long plain See the rider in the night See the
chieftain See the braves in cool moonlight Who will love them...
Let It Shine: There's a moon roof over my head, my Lord And my Lincoln is
still the best thing built by Ford Let it roll, let it roll although...
Like a hurricane: Far across the moonbeam I know that's who you are,
I saw your brown eyes Turning once to fire.
Opera Star: Well you grew up on a corner And you never missed a moonlit
Over And Over: At night when the sky is clear and the moon is shining down
My heart goes running back to you
Sail Away: As long as we can sail away There'll be wind in the canyon
Moon on the rise As long as we can sail away
Southern Pacific: Roll on Southern Pacific On your silver rails Through
Sweet Joni: Sweet Joni from Saskatoon There's a ring for your finger
It shines like the sun But it feels like the moon.
The Old Country Waltz: Out the window the moon shines On the roofs of the
cars While I knock down tequila and salt, oh.
The Old Homestead: Up and down the old homestead The naked rider gallops
through his head And although the moon isn't full He still feels the pull
(...) And the sky was darkened by a prehistoric bird Who flew between the
unfulfilled moon And the naked rider...
This Old House: Later, we came back in the moonlight And made love right
where the kitchen is
Thrasher: They were hiding behind hay bales, they were planting in the full
moon They had given all they had for something new
Time Fades Away: All night sentries watch the moonglow All are waiting till
the time is right
Train Of Love: Sail along, sail along silver moon Don't be blue Throw
shadows in my room...
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Lady of Northern Moons
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