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  •  I'd nominate Neil Young as a missing artist (9+ / 0-)

    for your poll. Many wonderful pieces.

    Just one, for instance - Cortez, the Killer

    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.

    Hate was just a legend
    And war was never known
    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 can't do today.

    And I know she's living there
    And she loves me to this day
    I still can't remember when
    Or how I lost my way.

    He came dancing across the water
    Cortez, Cortez
    What a killer.

    Though I could just as easily have tipped a hat to Hurricane - or a dozen others
    Once I thought I saw you
    in a crowded hazy bar,
    Dancing on the light
    from star to star.
    Far across the moonbeam
    I know that's who you are,
    I saw your brown eyes
    turning once to fire.

    You are like a hurricane
    There's calm in your eye.
    And I'm gettin' blown away
    To somewhere safer
    where the feeling stays.
    I want to love you but
    I'm getting blown away.

    I am just a dreamer,
    but you are just a dream,
    You could have been
    anyone to me.
    Before that moment
    you touched my lips
    That perfect feeling
    when time just slips
    Away between us
    on our foggy trip.

    You are like a hurricane
    There's calm in your eye.
    And I'm gettin' blown away
    To somewhere safer
    where the feeling stays.
    I want to love you but
    I'm getting blown away.

    •  Not to mention this one (6+ / 0-)
      City lights at a country fair
      Never shine but always glare
      If I'm bright enough to see you
      You're just too dark to care
      (By the way, can you say which song these lines come from, without resorting to Google? I'm testing you to see how much of a Neil Young fan you really are.)

      And they’'ll drink 'til their eyes are red with hate for those of a different kind. -Richard Thompson

      by lazybum on Sat May 25, 2013 at 06:45:18 AM PDT

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    •  When he was stretching out epically in the '70s, (2+ / 0-)
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      RiveroftheWest, Monsieur Georges

      which I think of as his Imperial Phase. Though he's never lacked confidence (well, he did get a bit confused in the '80s - as so many did).

      He has an enormous amount of poetry in his guitar. As does Dave Gilmour, though very different stylistically in how he conveys emotion: Young is so raw, and Gilmour so polished (though Animals has some nice raging).

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

      by Brecht on Sat May 25, 2013 at 11:52:42 AM PDT

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

      If you want to start a long argument among Neil Young fans, just ask them why the white boat is coming up the river.

      The thing about quotes on the internet is you cannot confirm their validity. ~Abraham Lincoln

      by raboof on Sun May 26, 2013 at 05:38:51 AM PDT

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      •  That's a very fine album, throughout. (1+ / 0-)
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        Monsieur Georges

        Of course, being Neil, he saw punk as a breath of fresh air. This was the man who said he preferred Skynyrd's angry reply (Sweet Home Alabama) to his song which inspired it (Southern Man).

        "The king is gone but he's not forgotten,
        This is the story of Johnny Rotten . . ."

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

        by Brecht on Sun May 26, 2013 at 10:32:45 AM PDT

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