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Old Man - Neil Young

Old Man

Harvest
classic rock rock folk Neil Young singer-songwriter


"Old Man" is a song written and performed by Neil Young on his 1972 album Harvest. The song was written for the caretaker of the northern-California Broken Arrow Ranch, which Young purchased for $350,000 in 1970. The song compares a young man's life to an old man's and shows that the young man has, to some extent, the same needs of the old one. James Taylor played six-string banjo (tuned like a guitar) and sang on the song, and Linda Ronstadt also contributed vocals. In the movie Heart of Gold, Young introduces the song as follows: “ About that time when I wrote that song [the previously played "Heart of Gold"], and I was touring, I had also -- just, you know, being a rich hippie for the first time -- I had purchased a ranch, and I still live there today. And there was a couple living on it that were the caretakers, an old gentleman named Louis Avala and his wife Clara. And there was this old blue Jeep there, and Louis took me for a ride in this blue Jeep. He gets me up there on the top side of the place, and there's this lake up there that fed all the pastures, and he says, "Well, tell me, how does a young man like yourself have enough money to buy a place like this?" And I said, "Well, just lucky, Louie, just real lucky." And he said, "Well, that's the darndest thing I ever heard." And I wrote this song for him." He tells a similar story when introducing the song at a February 23, 1971 performance broadcast by the BBC (in which he says that he purchased the ranch from "two lawyers"). Covers Bob Dylan regularly covered this song at a number of concerts on his 2002 tour, including one at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Dylan played the keyboard on his arrangement of the song. The song was covered by American R&B/Soul singer N'Dea Davenport on her 1998 debut album, N'Dea Davenport. In 2003 Howard Stern and The Losers covered the song on his radio show. In 2004 the song was covered by Canadian folk trio The Wailin' Jennys for their debut full length album, 40 Days. In 2004 the song was covered by Pop trio Wilson Phillips for their covers album, California. In 2008, the two man internet band "Count Gilbert" covered this song for a single.


Neil Percival Young (born November 12, 1945) is a Canadian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and social activist who is widely regarded as one of the most influential musicians of his generation, particularly as Neil Young & Crazy Horse. Young was born in Toronto, but he moved to the family home of Winnipeg as a child, which is where his music career began. Young began performing as a solo artist in Canada in 1960, before moving to California in 1966, where he co-founded the band Buffalo Springfield along with Stephen Stills and Richie Furay. Show more ...

Old Man - Neil Young

[Intro]
Old man look at my life
I'm a lot like you were
Old man look at my life
I'm a lot like you were

[Verse 1]
Old man look at my life
Twenty four
And there's so much more
Live alone in a paradise
That makes me think of two

[verse 2]
Love lost, such a cost
Give me things
That don't get lost
Like a coin that won't get tossed
Rolling home to you

[Chorus]
Old man take a look at my life
I'm a lot like you
I need someone to love me
The whole day through
Ah, one look in my eyes
And you can tell that's true

[Verse 3]
Lullabies, look in your eyes
Run around the same old town
Doesn't mean that much to me
To mean that much to you

[Verse 4]
I've been first and last
Look at how the time goes past
But I'm all alone at last
Rolling home to you

[Chorus]
Old man take a look at my life
I'm a lot like you
I need someone to love me
The whole day through
Ah, one look in my eyes
And you can tell that's true

[Outro]
Old man look at my life
I'm a lot like you were
Old man look at my life
I'm a lot like you were



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