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Friday, March 13, 2009

New Video: "Light A Candle" by Neil Young


Neil Young Performs "Light A Candle" : Neil Young: Music Videos : Rolling Stone. (Sorry, but once again, no embed capability for video to go viral?!)

This is just so wonderful that words don't even begin to touch this.

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More on "Light a Candle" performed live and lyrics.

According to's Fork In The Road (CD/DVD) pre-order listing the Fork In The Road (CD/DVD)has the following videos:
1. Fork In The Road (DVD)
2. Just Singing A Song (DVD)
3. Light A Candle (DVD)
4. A Day In The Life live concert video (DVD)

But -- as B.S.M. comments below -- the text that comes along with the album tracks on Amazon states: "The DVD in this CD+DVD package features three live, never-before-seen concert videos, and videos for four songs on the album." So either the Amazon DVD info is wrong or the DVD will have more than is currently known.

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At 3/13/2009 09:28:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

OUch, what a wonderful song. Makes me think about Eyes on the prize. Great, great sonG. But it's far away from the other songs on FITR (except Singing a song and Off The road), and it blows away the other songs... Marvelous song, anyway.

At 3/13/2009 10:44:00 AM, Anonymous Liza said...

I love this beautiful song and the video is great too. Thanks Neil!

At 3/13/2009 11:13:00 AM, Blogger Figgsrock2 said...

Wow, that's even better than I remembered from last fall's tour. Just stunning.

At 3/13/2009 11:19:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's nice.

The headstock on that guitar looks like a Martin backpacker.

At 3/13/2009 11:24:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

alright, that's more like it.

makes me sing "coupe de ville" though...funny! another car song from another era.


At 3/13/2009 11:40:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

wonderful. simply wonderful.

thank you neil

At 3/13/2009 11:43:00 AM, Blogger Mother Nature on the Run said...

Can you imagine if a gospel choir got a hold of that song?

At 3/13/2009 12:27:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful. Thanks Neil.

Davie from Scotland

At 3/13/2009 01:50:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just great

The whole discussion of Neil's ups and downs and this album and that seems pretty dumb after this

Truth is beauty and beauty truth

At 3/13/2009 01:52:00 PM, Blogger tim said...

Light a candle makes FITR worth getting

At 3/13/2009 01:54:00 PM, Anonymous AK said...

please mother nature, don't encourage neil's use of choirs.

At 3/13/2009 03:46:00 PM, Anonymous dr dip said...

Just an observation..but... Is Neil lookin more and more like the 'other" Neil as he gets older..
GOOD LORDY! and Crunchy Granola!

At 3/13/2009 03:54:00 PM, Anonymous Simpson said...

Love this video! Can't wait for the CD/DVD!

At 3/13/2009 04:15:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Every time I see another video snippet of FITR it just sounds better and better. 2 weeks to go to see if the whole matches the promise.

And a moments awed silence for the talents of Ben Keith - that slide guitar is just perfect.

Tony Hammond
Newbury UK

At 3/13/2009 05:02:00 PM, Blogger Graeme said...

I'd say I'm a big fan of Neil Young, however, I must admit I prefer his older stuff to the stuff he's putting out these days.

I've never been to see him play live so I'm thinking about going to the show in Aberdeen (UK) in June. Any idea what sort of songs he'll likely be playing?
I don't fancy forking out £50+ for his newer stuff!!!

Graeme in Dundee, Scotland

At 3/13/2009 05:05:00 PM, Blogger Michael said...

He'll be playing whatever he wants to and it will be worth far more than £50.

At 3/13/2009 05:23:00 PM, Anonymous Brianeltrains said...

I think of Neil as sort of a distant artistic brother. And like a brother, I don't agree with him on everything. I've certainly disagreed with him about things over Lionel trains. BUT I admire the guy too.

I haven't gotten all bent out of shape by FITR and to whether Neil can't write anymore or can. But this song is a nice one for sure. And I like it that Neil's involving Pegi more on his recordings. The "Heart of Gold" movie more than proved she can add a nice touch to his songs.

BTW, the new song is now on Neil's web site too.

At 3/13/2009 06:11:00 PM, Anonymous pinky brown said...

gee...the new stuff keeps eveolving for me..thats a great piece of writing elsewhere on greendale..that album keeps shifting and changing for not sure its a great record,but its greatness keeps unveiling itself..and its one reason why i love neil..the more i go back and listen and rehear his records the more i appreciate for fitr, i didnt think a lot at first.and from peter m and glenns bashing i thought this stuff would be awful..however i love the fork i t r video and clip..and light a candle is hauntingly beautiful..and now i find myself singing johnny magic this mornin..just singin a song sounds fabulous..and get around?is even better..

At 3/13/2009 11:15:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Awesome tune.
Indeed, thanks Neil!

ON, Canada

At 3/14/2009 04:06:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Come on guys, it's a nice touching tune all right, but not much more. A bit too heavy on the hope/Obama message, too, I might add. Video's great though - again. FITR might turn out to be Neil Youngs first piece of consistently good, and funny, video-work. Images get the better of music, eh?

At 3/14/2009 05:44:00 AM, Anonymous dr dip said...

Pretty amazing how age changes people's ideals,perspectives and attitudes. Although Neil wrote lyrics of hope and love back in the late sixties and early seventies, surviving the hippy days of "drugs and debauchery"(TIC),his new muse of songs and ideals have never been as strong or poignant as they are today.
So, here we are with his new song of typical, beautiful 70's Neil lyrics..
"Light a Candle"...probably would've been "Light a bong" back then hey!

At 3/14/2009 05:47:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, the doctor is right.
Light a Candle is really a good song, in the Slowpoke/Looking forward atsmosphere.

At 3/14/2009 06:37:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hyperbole Never Sleeps...

At 3/14/2009 06:52:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is just so wonderful that words don't even begin to touch this...OUch, what a wonderful song...Great, great sonG...Marvelous song...I love this beautiful song...wonderful. simply wonderful...Beautiful...Just great...The whole discussion of Neil's ups and downs and this album and that seems pretty dumb after this...light a candle is hauntingly beautiful...Wow...Awesome tune...

Give us a break! Just goes to show how low Neil's stocks have fallen, that a mediocre at best song like this gets that kind of a reaction. You started the ball rolling with that ridiculous first comment too Thrasher - I'm guessing the rest thought they better get on board if you thought so highly of it. Ridiculous. Simply ridiculous.

At 3/14/2009 07:29:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

you give us a break, dude.

At 3/14/2009 07:31:00 AM, Blogger Graeme said...

Michael - "He'll be playing whatever he wants to and it will be worth far more than £50."

Yeah, cheers mate, that's really helpful.

At 3/14/2009 09:11:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"So all you critics sit alone..."

Hmm, yeah. Everyone's entitled to their own opinion, however, I don't think it's right for all the whiners to tell people who do like the song that they actually dont like the song. Like your opinion is suddenly more valid than anyone elses. If you dont like the song, sure, say so. Just dont call anyone who does like it "ridiculous".

Damn whiners...

And Graeme, I can honestly say, go see Neil, you know you'll regret it if you don't! Recent setlists can be seen at and check nearer the time, because I think the setlists will differ from the last leg of the tour. They did in Europe last year anyway. And I promise you, it's worth £50. £50 is a bargain. I saw Neil twice last year and no other artist could ever top the show he put on.

Davie from Scotland

At 3/14/2009 10:01:00 AM, Anonymous dr dip said...

C'mon!.. Where's "Mother" when you want her?I feel a comment comin' on!

At 3/14/2009 10:14:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

For those of you, like myself, who have been listening to Neil's work for a long time now, can rest assured... he's making it happen. The guy has been working like a crazy man lately. Just take a look at his schedule from 2000 to now. Incredible! Like a naked rider, he still feels the pull.
ON, Canada

At 3/14/2009 02:41:00 PM, Anonymous dr dip said...

'On Canada'....OOOH, I luv it when ya talk dirty!

At 3/14/2009 03:09:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love this video! And it's cool that we keep talking about a "video" if somebody makes a nice little movie.
Anyway Neil made a good one and the song and specially his slow singing and timing are much better then the live performances. Okay, I have to be honest, the "video" is also much better then my December 8 video.

When the FITR video showed up I was expecting that the CD/DVD version of the new album could have a video for each and every song. So, I am surprised about the Amazon news that there are only 4 video's on the DVD. Not even the Johnny Magic clips? No Carl on the new DVD? Come on. But in the text that comes along with the album tracks on Amazon they write "The DVD in this CD+DVD package features three live, never-before-seen concert videos, and videos for four songs on the album." Maybe there still is a change we all get a lot of new "video clips". B.S.M.

At 3/14/2009 04:33:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not the fact that they 'like' the song. It's the over the top adjectives that are being piled on it. You'd think by Thrasher's opening description and the comments that have followed that this song is right up there with the best songs Neil has ever done. There's no way it is. It's the best of the recent bunch, but that's no criteria for greatness.

At 3/14/2009 04:49:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This song "simply great" or "marvelous" compared to something like uhh "People on the street" or "Pressure". I'm kidding, I think this is a good song dude. It sounds good anyway.

At 3/14/2009 04:57:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

'Good' isn't over the top. No problem with that description. That's more like it!

At 3/14/2009 05:08:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"People on the street need a place to go, lookin for a place, a place to go". Ah ah ah, it was fun, back in 1986.

At 3/14/2009 05:24:00 PM, Anonymous Endre said...

"The DVD in this CD+DVD package features three live, never-before-seen concert videos, and videos for four songs on the album."

The other live songs may be See Change and Get Around?

At 3/15/2009 04:36:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Deluxe Edition includes both the Fork In The Road CD and a special bonus DVD. The DVD features three live, never-before-seen concert videos, and videos for four songs on the album."
It turns out this will be the most likely option since it pops up on several sites and press releases.
Johnny Magic is also mentioned as one of the videos.
Plus: There is also an EXCLUSIVE Neil Young Tube Amp Repair T-Shirt available as well.

At 3/15/2009 08:19:00 AM, Anonymous Endre said...

Some british review of Fork in the road.

This one is pretty close to trash the album:

But I think Neil at least got some wit and has lots of joy on this record :)

Short and to the point.

At 3/15/2009 10:09:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Independent:

"Neil Young is in dog-like, grunge, anti-consumerist, apocalyptic, preach mode, with lardy backbeat and durrr-brain chord changes nurdled through amps cranked to 11."

That's the best thing I've heard in years!

At 3/15/2009 10:59:00 AM, Anonymous SONY said...

Is that the trailer he live's in at the edge of town? Wondering.

At 3/15/2009 12:50:00 PM, OpenID insidetherain said...

What a beautiful song. For me, it has a special meaning connected to how I view history and cultural change in my mind, and how I view Neil's work: as a fine candle glowing in the darkness.

At 3/15/2009 03:11:00 PM, Anonymous Endre said...

The Independent:

"Neil Young is in dog-like, grunge, anti-consumerist, apocalyptic, preach mode, with lardy backbeat and durrr-brain chord changes nurdled through amps cranked to 11."

In a true rustie-ear this sounds like a big recommandation. But the nex few lines from Nick Colemen revealed that he hated the record :)

At 3/17/2009 12:44:00 AM, Blogger Dave said...

What a fantastic song...I love Neil because he goes where his muse takes him, but I haven't been to interested in this album because so much of it seemed to be about his lincvolt and nothing really seemed as if he was writing some truly great stuff...but this song is just utterly great. I still want me some Toast, but I can wait...

At 3/17/2009 03:21:00 PM, Anonymous BIGCHIEF said...

I believe that the electronic media and the smothering availability of information about an otherwise reluctant media participant has overwhelmed those of us who used to hunger after anything we could find out about the man but was limited to album liner notes thus relegating his personal life to be as mysterious as the lyrics to the music it seems with all of this information made available, the mystique has evaporated to reveal a human being not much different from ourselves.The pedestal has begun to colapse under the weight of over-exposure even to those of us who thought we could never get enough information or art from who we thought was the music worlds "best kept secret".was not it the man himelf who once said "when you talk about mystique, you have none"? The negative reaction to "F.I.T.R." isnt any different than the dissapointment most of us felt upon the release of "T.F.A." after being blown away by Harvest.Only difference was back then we suffered such dissapointments alone.Now we have wonderful forums such as this site (thank you, thrasher!)to vent our feelings to like minded fans of an artistwhom, in our eye's, is still underated.Now, it seems, we are being bombarded with product and information that only time will tell where it all fits in the big picture of a carear that has , even with all the up's and down's, has been an amazing adventure that would have been pretty empty had ai never discovered the man.Believe me, on those "down time's", I searched for another artist that I could latch onto with the same passion as neil, but I've always returned to my first love. I know most of you can relate!

At 3/17/2009 03:27:00 PM, Anonymous BIGCHIEF said...

"Hey Carl, Whudduya Think"?

At 3/17/2009 05:21:00 PM, Blogger Graeme said...

Davie from Scotland, thanks very much for your comment and the link to the setlists, I appreciate it!

Graeme, Scotland

At 3/20/2009 07:12:00 AM, Anonymous Liza said...

There's another new video out today, Cough up the bucks:


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