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  •  About time, thank you (2+ / 0-)
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    Brecht, Monsieur Georges

    As long as we're discussing the poetic talents of white men (and a few women) from Dylan's era, please don't forget Neil Young!

    I would also add my favorite song of his, Don't Let It Bring You Down. It's only castles burning . . .

    Old man lying
    by the side of the road
    With the lorries rolling by,
    Blue moon sinking
    from the weight of the load
    And the buildings scrape the sky,
    Cold wind ripping
    down the alley at dawn
    And the morning paper flies,
    Dead man lying
    by the side of the road
    With the daylight in his eyes.

    Don't let it bring you down
    It's only castles burning,
    Find someone who's turning
    And you will come around.

    Blind man running
    through the light
    of the night
    With an answer in his hand,
    Come on down
    to the river of sight
    And you can really understand,
    Red lights flashing
    through the window
    in the rain,
    Can you hear the sirens moan?
    White cane lying
    in a gutter in the lane,
    If you're walking home alone.

    Don't let it bring you down
    It's only castles burning,
    Just find someone who's turning
    And you will come around.

    Don't let it bring you down
    It's only castles burning,
    Just find someone who's turning
    And you will come around.

    •  'After the Gold Rush' is sort of his 'Blue' - (1+ / 0-)
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      Monsieur Georges

      it's such a personal album, so moving, a perfect expression of its time. Though I've grown to love the raw honesty of 'Tonight's the Night' too.

      "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

      by Brecht on Sat May 25, 2013 at 10:14:27 PM PDT

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