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Saturday, February 13, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day Because Only Love Can Break Your Heart


Happy Valentine's Day!

We like to wish every day is Valentine's Day. So there comes a time such as the delightfully heart-warming story of Matthew and Melinda which we posted on recently.

In a follow-up comment by Greg M (A Friend Of Yours), another Neil story ... because only love can break your heart. Love and only love.
What a great story, so honest and real. I was on the edge of my seat, wondering how and when you were going to blurt it out, Matthew! Nice to see two people “Take a chance on love”, and have it happen with Neil’s music as a backdrop. Very beautiful.

When I first read this thread, I thought you were putting it out there for people to tell their own stories, and immediately wrote my own version of a crucial period of my life, and how it all became tied up with Neil’s music. After rereading what you wrote, I’m not sure that’s what you meant, but here goes anyhow.

"Only Love Can Break Your Heart" was the one that got me.

My parents were in the midst of a divorce, and the house I loved was being put on the market. I was just coming of age, and about to start high school. My father was mostly out of town, and my mother for understandable reasons was out of reach. Within a year my Dad was dead. A turbulent time, my world really was “falling apart”.

I didn't know who Neil Young was until the day I was walking down the hallway outside my sister's bedroom, and first heard that unmistakable voice. She had "After The Gold Rush" on the record player, and I just sat down and listened without saying a word. It was all over but the shouting, I was hooked. The LP was everything- acoustic, electric, melodic, evocative, shot through with imagery, poignant, strident- you name it. It was raw, immediate, real. Maybe more than anything, it was honest and forthright, uncompromising- this is who I am and what I do, and I want the whole world to know it. It became a part of me, I became a part of it, and there was no getting away from it. Some alchemy had taken place. The voice, the feeling, the directness, I could imagine that he was singing directly to me, even though I knew he wasn’t. To this day through all the music that has followed, I can still imagine that.

AM radio was still at the forefront in Detroit, only the lucky few were there when underground FM was happening. But still and all, there was the voice that I had found singing "Only Love Can Break Your Heart” (“over and over”!). It stood out from all the rest, like a “ruby in a black man’s ear”. It was the first song I’d ever heard that found me just where I was: "Someone should call him, and see if he can come out. Try to lose the down that he's found". I didn't fully realize it then, but that was my truth. I was alone in the world, and someone knew it. Someone was singing about me, someone who understood.

Next thing I know, "Heart Of Gold" hits the charts, and I’m dragging my friends off to Cobo Hall in downtown Detroit to see Neil and the Stray Gators, and it’s off to the races, lo these forty years, and thirty some concerts later. "After The Gold Rush" and “Only Love Can Break Your Heart” was just the start.

Since then, Neil Young has been the guy to speak the things I didn’t know were there to be spoken, or give voice to the things I did know, but couldn’t speak about coherently. Neil Young was the first guy I ever heard be vulnerable, and self deprecating, the first guy to speak about things that in my macho world guys just didn’t speak about.

And the music just kept coming. In the end, Neil has been an example: say what you mean, mean what you say, and do it with your own voice, in your own unique way. Even right now, at this latter stage of my life, in the midst of reinventing myself, I am being inspired yet again by the words of Neil Young, speaking directly to me: “Just do what you want to do. Don’t listen to anyone else.” Sorry to blather, just my attempt at trying to define the essence of Neil’s music for me.

Greg M (A Friend Of Yours)

Thanks Greg M! Happy Valentine's Day.


When you were young and on your own
How did it feel to be alone?
I was always thinking of games that I was playing.
Trying to make the best of my time.

But only love can break your heart
Try to be sure right from the start
Yes only love can break your heart
What if your world should fall apart?

I have a friend I've never seen
He hides his head inside a dream
Someone should call him and see if he can come out.
Try to lose the down that he's found.

But only love can break your heart
Try to be sure right from the start
Yes only love can break your heart
What if your world should fall apart?

I have a friend I've never seen
He hides his head inside a dream
Yes, only love can break your heart
Yes, only love can break your heart

Matthew and Melinda

And thanks Matthew and Melinda for capturing the essence of Neil Young's music.


At 2/14/2010 02:23:00 AM, Anonymous Mr Henry said...

Happy Valentines Day
to Matthew and Melinda!!!!
This Note's for You:

"Her name was Hope
her hair was blacker
than the sky
She had a smile
to make the devil cry
She held his hand and
looked him in the eye
She said believe
Believe and everything
Will be fine"
Alejandro Escovedo
Five Hearts Breaking

"Light of the World
Shine on me
Love is the answer"
Todd Rundgren
Love Is The Answer

"I've got faith in you
it's a razor love
that cuts clean through"
Neil Young
Razor Love

"Oh my love
for the first time
in my life
My eyes are
wide open"
John Lennon
Oh My Love

Suggestions for Valentines Day:

Watch Fred Knittles sing "Fix You" in the movie Young at Heart.

Watch Rear Window...especially the scene with the closeup of Jimmy Stewart staring at Grace Kelly.

Read chapter 19 of Neil and Me, "A Bright Little Boy Named Ben"

Remember the end of Neil's speech for the Hall of Fame induction speech

luv my sweetums

At 2/14/2010 02:56:00 AM, Blogger doc said...

I can read these sought of posts all day....
Its coming from the people!..The ordinary people!
the feelgood people!

Thrash, just an observation, nothing critical;

Why did you put the "Dreamin' Man" album cover up on the head of this topic thread instead of the "After the Goldrush" cover?

Just thought it would put it in perspective.

Curious doc

At 2/14/2010 03:01:00 AM, Anonymous Mr Henry said...

"Life is a continuous ribbon of frames that shape our movements,decisions, results, and end. These images spring from those around us, who inspire, advise, cajole, trick, delude,and misinform us to influence our passage. What is life and its experiences but an endless line of accidents? These misadventures, while providing some entertainment, are told here because they testify to the universal flaws in all of us."

Frank Daignault
Eastern Tides: A Surfcaster's Life

At 2/14/2010 03:44:00 AM, Anonymous Mr Henry said...

Valentines Day Songlist

Comes A Time
Neil Young

Autumn Sweater
Yo La Tengo

Wonderful World
Joey Ramone

World of Miracles
Carlene Carter

Lady Jane
Rolling Stones

She's So Heavy
The Beatles

I Want You
Marvin Gaye

Like a Hurricane
Neil & Horse (Stars version)

I Cover the Waterfront
Rosemary Clooney

Forever Young
Bob Dylan Last Waltz version

Forever Young
Yount at Heart Chorus

You Call It Madness, I Call It Love
Russ Colombo

On and On

Fearless Heart
Steve Earle

Harvest Moon
Neil Young

At 2/14/2010 09:17:00 AM, Blogger Marilyn M said...

And the music just kept coming. In the end, Neil has been an example: say what you mean, mean what you say, and do it with your own voice, in your own unique way. Even right now, at this latter stage of my life, in the midst of reinventing myself, I am being inspired yet again by the words of Neil Young, speaking directly to me: “Just do what you want to do. Don’t listen to anyone else.” Sorry to blather, just my attempt at trying to define the essence of Neil’s music for me.

this says it all for me too!!! thank you for putting it so very very well....

At 2/14/2010 10:19:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Docter Dipster,

See that heart shape on the cover of DM? That's a heart shape. Often symbolic of love , i.e. Valentines.

Maybe that's why Thrashers used instead of ATGR?


At 2/14/2010 10:25:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

FEB 14
Flowers flying cross the room
Vases smashed against the floor
Said "I'd rather be alone
Take your chocolates and go home"

Be my valentine

They say time makes things easier but only time will tell
You said we'd go the distance but I guess it's just as well
You're blossoming all over while I whither on the line
I just called to tell you that "I hope you're doing fine"

Be my valentine

Patterson Hood
Drive By Truckers

At 2/14/2010 12:01:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

how many times do we have to keep looking at that photo of Matt and Melinda.

enough, Thrasher.

this is a Neil Young board, not friggin' Reader's Digest.

At 2/14/2010 01:45:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

just like Neil, this site has become a bit sappy over the years.

More Trash please!

At 2/14/2010 02:36:00 PM, Blogger doc said...

Wow, how dumb am I!..the "heart" of vourse..and it was lookin' me straight in the face!

Must learn to take things more literally instead of finding the hidden meaning..always learning!

dumb doc

At 2/14/2010 04:24:00 PM, Anonymous nanogrammy said...

Mr Henry wrote:

Watch Fred Knittles sing "Fix You" in the movie Young at Heart.

Tears stream down my face....

At 2/14/2010 04:59:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's Valentines Day.

Let's all get sappy!


At 2/14/2010 10:41:00 PM, Anonymous Mr Henry said...

More Songs for Valentine's Day

Please Don't Make Me Love You
Hank Williams

Cottage By The Sea
Dock Boggs

The Girl from the Red River Shore
Bob Dylan

Two of Us
The Beatles

Man Needs a Maid/Heart of Gold Suite
Neil Young

Sonny Sharrock & Nicky Skopelitis

Carlos Santana & John McLaughlin

Little Wing
Neil Young

Little Wing
Jimi Hendrix

Little Wing
Derek and the Dominoes

I'm in Love with a Girl
Big Star

Where the Streets Have No Name

Racing in the Street
Bruce Sprinsteen

The Replacements

Some Kind of Love
Velvet Underground

God Only Knows
The Beach Boys

Box of Rain
The Grateful Dead

That Winding Stream
The Carter Family

My Dixie Darling
Carlene Carter

Mother Rose
Patti Smith

Lose My Breath
My Bloody Valentine

The Wagon
Dinosaur Jr

Let's Get Lost

Massage the History
Sonic Youth

At 2/14/2010 10:43:00 PM, Anonymous Mr Henry said...

Even More Songs for Valentine's Day

Barstool Blues
Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Year of the Horse Version

Down By the Well

You're Innocent When You Dream
Tom Waits

Needles and Pins
The Ramones

Big Hard Sun
Eddie Vedder and Corin Tucker

Let's Call It Love
Sleater Kinney

Great Salt Lake
Band of Horses

Black Star

You and I
Dennis Wilson

Neil Young and Crazy Horse

The Hardest Time
Los Lobos

Yes We Can Can
Young at Heart Chorus

Cinnamon Girl
Neil Young and Crazy Horse
Year of the Horse Version

All Night Long
Junior Kimbrough

How Many More Times
Led Zeppelin

Wichita Lineman
Freedy Johnston

So Long My Mom
Bill Harley

Love and Only Love
Neil Young and Crazy Horse

Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands
Bob Dylan

On the Roof
Laura Nyro

Slipping Into Something
The Feelies

My Heart
Neil Young and Crazy Horse

At 2/15/2010 06:49:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

-John Lennon

Sweet Joni
- Neil Young

Loving You is the Sweetest Thing I Know
- Pegi Young

XXOO - Not Rotten Johnny

At 2/15/2010 10:13:00 AM, Anonymous Matt said...

i was hoping for some new bd-live... :-(
come on!!

At 2/15/2010 12:23:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neil has abandoned the BluRay Live releases.

He sold us a bill of goods.

Go figure.

At 2/15/2010 12:43:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

"Neil has abandoned the BluRay Live releases."


On exactly what basis do you make that statement? Evidence? Proof?

At 2/15/2010 01:43:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Trasher -

the Archives have been out for nearly 8 months...

we've had VERY FEW actual BluRay Live releases in that time.

Are you happy with the output, did you expect more?

Or are you simply content because you're a Neil toadie?

Tell the truth.

As for myself, I had great expectations when Neil highlighted BluRay Live....Now, 8 months later, and it would hardly surprise if Neil doesn't provide any more content via that format.

Live and Learn.

I won't be buying future versions of the Archives. I'll find a way to get the TRUE unreleased stuff, and not worry about purchasing anything from here on out.

I've learned my lesson.

At 2/15/2010 01:53:00 PM, Anonymous Matt said...

I don't think so.

"[...] there’s selections. It’s not every song. But there’s a lot of selections from different -- from different periods and some, a lot of unknown ones and unreleased ones and different versions of things. But the thing that makes it interesting is the chronological order that it’s in. [...]"
(NY, 2000)

At 2/15/2010 02:02:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

You know, we've been thru this a 1000 x's before on BD.

btw, don't think you answered my q so not sure I should bother with yours.

Always good to see you in the spirit of things. Like Valentine's day going around harshin' mellows. Or xmas, etc.

You must be a real barrel of laughs to hang with.

peace & love, man

At 2/15/2010 02:15:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


i did answer your question.

I'm not surprised, however, that you failed to reply to mine.

We know what you really think about the BluRay Live releases, but if it means criticizing your boy neil you'll keep your mouth shot.

You're an authentic Toadie, thrash, i'll give you that much.

have a good day, bud.

At 2/15/2010 02:25:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...


"I won't be buying future versions of the Archives. "


here's a q for you.

Why do you visit?

ps - you didn't answer the q or the last one.

Here's another q for you... What did you do for your sweetheart on V's Day?

At 2/15/2010 02:30:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i asked you the question first. why do you refuse to answer?

you are an authority on neil young, the least you could do is provide an opinion on an important aspect of the Archives when asked.

Q - 8 months into this experiment, did you think the Archives wouldve had more BluRay Live releases at this point? Have your expectations been met?

It's a legitimate question, Toady Boy.

Your non-answers tell me all i need to know.

Enjoy it, Toad.

At 2/15/2010 03:28:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...


A couple of thing.

First, I'm about delete everything here. It has nothing to do with valentine's day.

2nd, you have a serious attitude issue.

3rd, I asked you a specific question about your statement which is absolutely & completely unfounded. It is nothing but rumor & conjecture. You have nothing to back your claims up with.

lastly, for the 100th time, if this site is so much of a problem, why do you constantly return? Often, within minutes of your previous visit?

Might you secretly find toadies to be attractive and fulfill something missing in your life?

Happy day after valentine's day!

ps - find somewhere else to spread your falsely defamaing rumors and speculation.

At 2/15/2010 05:33:00 PM, Anonymous SONY said...

cut that idiot loose, better down the road without that load

At 2/15/2010 05:34:00 PM, Blogger doc said...

Thrash, do you know how enjoyable "banter" and difference of opinion is to read?

I think I'd speak for a lot of the wheat when I say that "trolls" and "snarks" visiting and making comment is half the fun!

Yeah, I know this is a "serious" blog site and the information and gossip of anything Neil is first and foremost, but honestly a bit of chaff weavel gettin' into the silo, is fine...not all weavels are bad weavels! lol

Hey,they're only words...between the lines of age!

luv doc

At 2/15/2010 05:52:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

C'mon Trash, time to "Man-up"...

Q - 8 months into this experiment, did you think the Archives wouldve had more BluRay Live releases at this point? Have your BRL expectations been met?

Answer please....

Anonymous, Vers1.0

At 2/16/2010 11:23:00 AM, Anonymous Mr Henry said...

People say that practicing Zen is difficult, but there is a misunderstanding as to why. It is not difficult because it is hard to sit in the cross-legged position, or to attain enlightenment. It is difficult because it is hard to keep our mind pure and our practice pure in its fundamental sense.

In Japan we have the phrase "Shoshin", which means "beginner's mind". The goal of practice is always to keep our beginner's mind.
Suzuki Roshi
from Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind

At 2/20/2010 08:01:00 PM, Anonymous BigChief said...

In the U.S.A. we have a phrase "shut the f@#k up"!

At 2/22/2010 02:25:00 PM, Anonymous Mr Henry said...

a) Nothing good lasts forever
b) All Things Must Pass
c) Gravity always wins
d) All of the above

"Don't let the bastards get you down"
Kris Kristofferson

Ten Four


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