In Neil Young’s case, telling him to just “Shut Up and Sing” won’t work. He sings, alright. Right after 9-11, Young penned and produced a haunting tribute to the heroes of Flight 93 called “Let’s Roll.” But…Young also sang John Lennon’s “Imagine” on the 9-11 network telethon. “Imagine” imagines no heaven and no hell and envisions a peacenik kumbaya world, which undoubtedly comforted the families of 9-11 victims not at all.
So Young, who once praised President Reagan and then apologized for it when his big-time pals gave him grief, is hit or miss. “The Needle and the Damage Done” may be the best anti-drug rock song ever written. “Rockin’ in the Free World” is brilliantly executed pablum politics that made Bush-bashing an art long before all the cool kids joined in.
Young’s latest…? It lacks a “Heart of Gold.” Or a brain.
Let’s impeach the president for lying
And leading our country into war
Abusing all the power that we gave him
And shipping all our money out the door
He’s the man who hired all the criminals
The White House shadows who hide behind closed doors
And bend the facts to fit with their new stories
Of why we have to send our men to war
Let’s impeach the president for spying
On citizens inside their own homes
Breaking every law in the country
By tapping our computers and telephones
What if Al Qaeda blew up the levees
Would New Orleans have been safer that way
Sheltered by our government’s protection
Or was someone just not home that day?
Let’s impeach the president
For hijacking our religion and using it to get elected
Dividing our country into colors
And still leaving black people neglected
Thank god he’s racking down on steroids
Since he sold his old baseball team
There’s lot of people looking at big trouble
But of course the president is clean
I consider myself a fan of the once great Neil Young. After checking out these lyrics, though, all I can say is there’s something happening here. And what that is, is all too clear. Young has become a Harvest Moonbat.