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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Video for "Powderfinger" by Neil Young: So Now Do We Finally Know What The Song Is About?

Last month, Neil Young released the Official Music Video for the song "Powderfinger" from his new album 'Hitchhiker'.

So how much has releasing an official video of "Powderfinger" changed our impressions and interpretations of this classic Neil Young song forty years on? A comment on the video from Greg, A Friend Of Yours:
Yes, confirms the images I've always imagined in the song.

"Official" video, meaning the narrative conforms to Neil's lyrical intention? I don't know that I've ever seen this sort of video presentation exactly, a mixture of portrait, still life, and animation? Empty rocking chair? Twenty-two has joined Emmy Lou. "Red men run..."- this is the first time I've ever heard that. A close to original iteration of the lyric that seemingly must give a different nuance to the story than what it became later, or a slip up? It reminds me of the variation of "Afraid, a man feels afraid" in the Massey Hall version of Heart Of Gold, it has to give the song a different nuance. Can you imagine the effect on a stoned Dean Stockwell of these and the other song lyrics? Had to have been mind blowing (no pun intended). Love everything about this video- song, stripped down acoustic, performance, art and format.

I hope there are more on the way, executed the same way.

A Friend Of Yours
We've always found the analysis of Neil Young lyrics to be quite fascinating.

And we're not the only ones. Of all the mail and comments that we receive here at Thrasher's Wheat, nothing compares with how frequently the topic of "Powderfinger" comes up.


"Powderfinger" would seem to be near the very top of Neil Young's vast catalog as one of his most enduring and beloved songs.

From the indispensable Sugar Mountain, "Powderfinger" has been played 780 times, the 2nd most played song in concert.

1.Heart Of Gold - 808

2.Powderfinger - 781

3.Cinnamon Girl - 780

4.After The Gold Rush - 672

5.The Needle And The Damage Done - 623

The first performance was 1978-05-26, Late Show, The Boarding House, San Francisco, California, USA. The last performance was 2016-10-15, Empire Polo Club, Indio, California, USA. This is a span of nearly 40 years.

A quick recap. The definitive lyrics analysis of "Powderfinger" was done by Mark "Powderfinger" Klus way back in 1995 on the rust@fish server. Mark "Powderfinger"'s original analysis was quickly dissected and expanded.

But even today, the question of what does the song "Powderfinger" mean continues to be the source of endless theories.

"Powderfinger": The International Harvesters Era Style, circa ~1984

"Powderfinger" was curiously omitted from his the 2011 album A Treasure since the song was a setlist regular during the 1984-1985 International Harvesters tours.

Also, check the hundreds of theories on 'Powderfinger' on the following TW threads:

Got a hunch on what "Powderfinger" is all about? Drop a comment below.

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

▶ Neil Young: The Raw & Uncut Interview - 1988

From VOX POP, ▶ Neil Young: The Raw & Uncut Interview - 1988.

A 56:00 minute interview in full Bluenotes era mode.

Neil Young discusses burning out vs rusting, what would Bob do?, and much, much more.

Definitely must see Neil TV.

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TONIGHT: Psychedelic Pill - Neil Young Tribute Band @ Courtneys Bar, Killarney, Ireland

Tonight, the Neil Young tribute band "Psychedelic Pill" will perform at Courtneys Bar on Plunkett St., Killarney, Ireland.

Mother nature is on the run, so get yourself down to @courtneys_bar. Starts @ 7.30pm.

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Neil Young Tweets Yet Another Message From "The Visitor": #4

Neil Young has tweeted yet another message from "The Visitor".

The latest tweet from "The Visitor" is:

I was the ocean
Washed up here
I'm your emotion
I'm your fresh beer

- The Visitor

The Visitor's latest message accompanies the NEW VIDEO: "Hitchhiker" by Neil Young (Black Balloon version) .

So what might Neil be up to with these tweets and references to the mysterious "The Visitor"? (See links below for previous tweets from "The Visitor".)

As you may recall, "The Visitor" was referenced during a track by track commentary on his new album 'Hitchhiker' which was live streamed from a radio station in Telluride, CO. (See TRANSCRIPT: Neil Young's Track by Track Commentary on New Album 'Hitchhiker').

So who might "The Visitor" be? There are many out there with thoughts on who "The Visitor" might be and their significance.

Some have speculated "The Visitor" is the title of Neil Young's next album recorded with the band Promise of the REAL. Others think "The Visitor" refers to upcoming events, BIG shifts or possibly "change" or "The Truth". Maybe "full disclosure" and "transparency"? Or maybe "awareness" and "consciousness"?

Maybe the "The Visitor" is Neil's muse returning with creative musical ideas?

Everyone has their favorite theories. As for us? See discussion on Neil Young Tweets Another Message From "The Visitor".

Still perplexed? Well consider that "The Visitor" doesn't have a Twitter account. Or Internet access. Still wondering? Then check links below. As always, use disCERNment.

“I'm not present I'm a drug that makes you dream
I'm an aerostar I'm a cutlass supreme
In the wrong lane trying to turn against the flow
I'm the ocean I'm the giant undertow ”

~~ I'm The Ocean

More on Neil Young's New Album "Hitchhiker":

Neil Young | Hitchhiker
(Click to enlarge & preview tracks)

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Friday, October 13, 2017

NEW VIDEO: "Hitchhiker" by Neil Young (Black Balloon version)

here is a new video of "Hitchhiker" by Neil Young.

This is referred to as "Black Balloon version." No further info avail on other versions at this time.


More on Neil Young's New Album "Hitchhiker":

Neil Young | Hitchhiker
(Click to enlarge & preview tracks)

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

PREVIEW: Willie Nelson and the Boys (Willie’s Stash, Vol. 2): October 20 Release

I'm Movin' On (Audio Only) by Willie Nelson and The Boys on VEVO.

Willie Nelson and the Boys (Willie’s Stash, Vol. 2), is set for an October 20 release.

Willie Nelson -- with his sons Lukas and Micah Nelson -- perform early country classics like "I'm Movin' On" on the upcoming album.

“It’s the country version of Stardust,” Willie said of the new LP, referencing his beloved 1978 album that sought to bring American pop standards to an outlaw-country audience. “You have all these great [classic country] songs and standards that young people have never heard of. And all of a sudden, you have a new audience out there.”

Willie Nelson, Lukas Nelson & Others
Farm Aid 2017 Concert: Burgettstown, PA, Saturday Sept 16
Photo by thrasher
(Click photo to enlarge)

Willie Nelson and the Boys have filmed series of live, acoustic performances at Willie’s Pedernales Studio to accompany the release.

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"an indispensable reference"

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"You can make a difference
If you really a try"

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"hailed by fans as a wonderful read"

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"The revolution will not be televised"
... it will be blogged, streamed,
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Turn Off Your TV

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So Who Really Was "The Godfather of Grunge"?

Four Dead in Ohio
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So What Really Happened at Kent State?


dissent is not treason
Dissent is the highest form of patriotism

Rockin' In The Free World

Sing Truth to Power

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What does the song mean?

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I'm Proud to Be A Union Man


When Neil Young is Playing,
You Shut the Fuck Up

Class War:
They Started It and We'll Finish It...

A battle raged on the open page...
No Fear, No Surrender. Courage

"What if Al Qaeda blew up the levees?"

"I've Got The Revolution Blues"

Willie Nelson & Neil Young
Willie Nelson for Nobel Peace Prize

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Love and Only Love

"Thinking about what a friend had said,
I was hoping it was a lie"

We're All On
A Journey Through the Past

Neil Young's Moon Songs
Tell Us The F'n TRUTH
(we can handle it... try us)

Does Anything Else Really Matter?

"Nobody's free until everybody's free."
~~ Fannie Lou Hamer

Here Comes "The Big Shift"

Maybe everything you think you know is wrong? NOTHING IS AS IT SEEMS
"It's all illusion anyway."

Propaganda = Mind Control
Guess what?
"Symbols Rule the World, not Words or Laws."
Brighter Planet's 350 Challenge
Be The Rain, Be The Change

the truth will set you free
This Machine Kills Fascists

war is not the answer
yet we are
Still Living With War

"greed is NOT good"
Occupy the Music

Hey Big Brother!
Stop Spying On Us!
Civic Duty Is Not Terrorism

The Achilles Heel
Orwell (and Grandpa) Was Right
“Emancipate yourself from mental slavery.”
~~ Bob Marley

The Essence of "The Doubters"

Yes, There's Definitely A Hole in The Sky

Even Though The Music Died 50+ Years Ago
Open Up the "Tired Eyes" & Wake up!
"consciousness is near"
What's So Funny About
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(Between the lines of age)

And in the end, the love you take
Is equal to the love you make

~~ John & Paul