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Friday, August 17, 2012

Video of the Moment: "Ramada Inn" - Neil Young & Crazy Horse @ Red Rocks 8/6/2012

There were lots of song debuts on the 1st Leg of the Neil Young & Crazy Horse 2012 concert tour.

"Ramada Inn" is a long and intriguing song clocking in at over 15 minutes. This version is from the second night Red Rocks, CO on Aug. 6 (reviews). Here's how the one formerly known as e2f puts it:
another one to me almost as great as Walk Like A Giant, mainly for the complexities of relationships. Melancholy in some ways for sure, but a real analysis how relationships between couples are while sometimes the pinnacle of their lives but can also drop into something else. Another thought provoking tune.

Here are the lyrics: (Thanks Liza!)

Ramada Inn

So many years now together
All those good times, up’s and down
So many joys raising up those kids
They moved on now
Out of town
So many times, she tried
So many times, she cried

And every morning comes the sun
And it goes rising to the day
Holding on to what they done
She loves him so
She loves him so
She loves him so
She does what she has to
She loves him so
She loves him so
She loves him so
She does what she needs to

In the Ramada Inn near the Grapevine
They stopped to rest for the night
Travelling down south
Looking for good times
Visiting old friends, feels right
People, they haven’t seen him forever
Since High School Santa Fe times
The restaurant filled and the bottle
They had a few drinks
Now they’re feeling fine

And every morning comes the sun
And it goes rising to the day
Holding on to what they’ve done
He loves her so
He loves her so
He loves her so
He does what he has to
He loves her so
He loves her so
He loves her so
He does what he needs to

Seems like lately things are changing
Seems like lately things are going south
A few drinks now
Then she hardly knows him
He just flips away and checks out
When she says, it’s time to do somethin’
Maybe talk to his old friends, who gave it up
He just poures himself another tall one
Closes his eyes, he says, that’s enough

And every morning comes the sun
And it goes rising to the day
Going on to what they done
She loves him so
She loves him so
She loves him so
She does what she has to
He loves her so
He loves her so
He loves her so
He loves her so
He does what he needs to

And every morning comes the sun
And it was rising to the day
Holding on to what they done
He loves her so
He loves her so
He loves her so
He does what he needs to
She loves him so
She loves him so
She loves him so
She does what she has to

More tour videos on NYFAQ Video Vault: 2012 First Leg Tour Wrap – Some Past, Less Present, And A Lotta’ Future On This “Twisted Road” « Neil Young FAQ. (Thanks Glen!)

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At 8/17/2012 06:24:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

in Lake Tahoe, Neil changed the lyric to "San Jose times" which was cool,

At 8/17/2012 06:33:00 PM, Anonymous THE LONER said...

Man I love these long songs.. Just goes to show Neil writes these songs truly for himself and us the fans.... knowing well that they will never be played on the radio and he doesnt care! And neither do I... Read an article the other day where Gram Nash was putting down Neil and Americana. What a joke! Sorry gram but If you think Neil needs someone in his life to tell him no, As you said he does..Then maybe you need someone to tell you yes! Because its been quite awhile since you did anything memorable, Besides singing songs that are worn thin.

At 8/17/2012 10:43:00 PM, Blogger Jim said...

@ THE LONER - Do you have a link to that article? I'd just like to see what he had to say about it. Thanks!

- Jim

At 8/17/2012 10:49:00 PM, Blogger Kimball said...

I think this might be it.
Haven't read it yet.

At 8/17/2012 11:04:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Correct lyrics are posted here:

At 8/17/2012 11:07:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And correct show date was 8/6/2012.

At 8/17/2012 11:38:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I actually like this better than Walk like a Giant - both awesome - this has a real RG or BA vibe and would have fit in perfectly in either of those albums and tours. Somehow I see this song fitting in perfectly either before or after Hurricane - some of the guitar textures are similar and that would be stoked. The lyrics of the chorus remind me of his interview with Charlie Rose from a view years ago and his comments on his marriage and how Peggy didn't force him to change and you can just tell he is forever grateful to her for that - that is my take on the lyrics of this song - ie. "he does what he needs to" and "she does what she has to", and vice versa. I am so looking forward to the show and the album. Time machine please....

At 8/17/2012 11:51:00 PM, Blogger Kimball said...

Well I read the Graham interview. He's really bitter that Neil backed out on the Buffalo Springfield tour and what it did to Stills' psyche. Neil is as true to himself as ever. Graham is as protective of his friends as ever.

Interesting how Graham agrees with the interviewer when they're going off about how the best art is done without regard for social pressures and reception, yet right afterward Graham is so hung up on someone needing to reel in Neil's art. Graham says Americana and "A day at the Gallery" left him cold. That's one thing, but to say someone needs to tell Neil "no" is a completely different thing, and it goes against the main currents of the concepts he claims to be furthering. Graham also talks about how he wants to give the audience what they want at the CSN shows, which is fine, if connecting with the audience is what gets him off. I just think that for Neil, connecting with the audience is a bonus, connecting with himself (and in some cases, like now, his band) is the goal. The fact that the tickets are selling is probably enough feedback for him to stay right on his own path without considering it any further. I kind of expect Neil to really go out there someday, like beyond Yoko. He'll be into it, but there may be 90% walkouts. I don't think Neil would care. He'd cover the losses and move on, satisfied, like one of us covering the bar bill for a once in a lifetime vegas bachelor party or something like that.

Interesting character. I guess if everybody is happy, you're not pushing hard enough.

At 8/18/2012 06:54:00 AM, Blogger John said...

Anyone in need of a little more Crazy Horse noise might be interested in "Arc 2012" which some folks put together from bootlegs of this tour. Haven't listened to it yet but have it lined up for later.

At 8/18/2012 07:21:00 AM, Blogger Thrasher Wheat said...

doh?! Date corrected. Thanks!

At 8/18/2012 08:09:00 AM, Blogger Thrasher Wheat said...

@Kimball - thanks for comment.

That pretty well sums up our reaction to Graham's rather harsh -- but legitimate -- comments.

We have the interview queued up but never got around to posting because of all the other news. Graham's comments needed to be in context which you did nicely.

Graham wasn't saying anything that hasn't been said before. This sort of squabbling has been going on for 40 years between CSNY. They're a family that argues but always comes back together.

It's all part of the Shakey bargain.


At 8/18/2012 11:25:00 AM, Blogger Mr Henry said...

Maybe you can do Arc Night sometime on TW Radio. Play both versions (1992 and 2012) and maybe get Thurston Moore to join in with commentary about then and now...that would be pretty cool!

At 8/18/2012 11:57:00 AM, Blogger Philip said...

Ramada Inn is fabulous - incredibly emotional - when the chorus comes in after one of those totally evocative guitar breaks I am in bits - It says everything to me. Hey I have two marriages that only lasted two years a piece but there you go!
This might have already been said but it struck me that Powderfinger describes the U.S. and it's obsession with militarism, being right and killing folks..... any thoughts?

At 8/18/2012 12:29:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

innaresting double standard at work there, thrash. if anyone else said what graham nash the super douche said, you'd label them "4 percenters".

At 8/18/2012 03:45:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is by far the best of the new songs. I was underwhelmed by the others, but this is just fantastic. Its got a bit of a Sleeps With Angels it.

-Lawless Greed

At 8/18/2012 04:23:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As much as I hated Americana (and was bashed here for doing so), I love this song. Much better than walk like a giant.

At 8/18/2012 06:55:00 PM, Blogger Sandy Horne said...


I still can't believe I was there.... that sound, that only Neil Young and Crazy Horse can make, the setting, the people, everything...

I will never forget.

At 8/18/2012 08:40:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've heard this song live 3 times now. It really is a stunner. Just closed me eyes through the guitar leads at Red Rocks and let the sounds of Neil's guitar work their magic.

As for that article, I think Nash doesn't come off too badly. One thing I just can't get is these old rich guys pretending like they are just regular, struggling folk. Talking about how "financially devastating" the canned Springfield tour would be for Stills. Please, I'm sure he would survive without a BS or CSN tour.

At 8/19/2012 12:14:00 PM, Blogger Raincheck said...

Neil leaves other folks stranded in his wake, no doubt. Like most things, yin and yang. It is great for Neil's art but horrible for his friends, and doesn't say much for Neil.

What is surprising is that, after all these years, they always welcome him back. Did Stills never think, "hey, I wonder if Neil will really do a Springfield tour?". I sure did.

The Horse was Neil's logical next step. After playing an ensemble part in a highly arranged band doing old material, he lets loose as the front man in a jam band doing all new stuff.

Both are great, but Neil either needs one or the other and can't fake it if it ain't what he feels.

As for Graham, I get it. He is mad at Neil, defensive of Stills and sees the world in black and white. Hell, Neil has left Stils by the side of the road so many times before, and it clearly has damaged him.

At 8/19/2012 02:17:00 PM, Anonymous TheRealDOD said...

Saw Stills solo at a Casino In Milwaukee for $20 back in '08,I think it was.It was his solo band with Vitale on drums and Passerelli on bass. He was promoting his album 'Man Alive' at the time.A very underrated guitar player thru the years,I think.It was White Falcon nite,and once he got going after a few slow songs ,he was blistering for the rest of the concert.Black Queen especially,on accoustic.

At 8/27/2012 07:15:00 PM, Anonymous SandCowgirl said...

I was there...what a song. It has that classic Crazy Horse sound, and is incredibly moving and powerful. As I listened to it there I felt it reach me deep inside, like few songs have in a long time. Sadly beautiful.

At 10/18/2012 07:58:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The lyric is Since High School San Jose times.... Some restaurant food and a bottle ....they had a few drinks now they,re feeling fine


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