"I went lookin' for Bin Laden aboard Air Force One": Neil Young's Mideast Vacation
"I went lookin' for Bin Laden aboard Air Force One"
Neil Young with Crazy Horse performed "Mideast Vacation" from 1987's Life at the Bridge School Benefit concert on Oct. 10, 2001. This marked Neil Young's first post 9-11 performance (note NYFD hat) at the zeitgeist of 2000's paranoia.
The original key lyric "I went lookin' for Khaddafi [Libya's Muammar Gaddafi] Aboard Air Force One" was changed for the concert to "I went lookin' for Bin Laden aboard Air Force One".
So where does today's news leave Freedom v. 2011?
Are we celebrating the end of the Global War on Terror?
Or just getting ready for a repackaging of terror and the politics of fear into a kinder and gentler machine gun hand?
Well, just another song in a long line of Neil Young prophecies, 1986's "Mideast Vacation" captured at the zeigeist of 1980's paranoia.
But I never did find him
And the C.I.A. said Son,
You'll never be a hero
......Your flyin' days are done
It's time for you to go home now
Stop sniffin' that smokin' gun."
~~Neil Young, "Mideast Vacation, 1987
Thanks Morton in Norway for the timely reminder...
it's an angry world indeed,