This song is a harrowing, spooky comment on the murders committed by crazed hippie Charles Manson and his cult of followers in 1969. The song features Rick Danko and Levon Helm of The Band playing bass and drums, respectively.
Quite possibly the ultimate lyrical cutting away from society! I am a long admirer of Neil Young and this song is amazing (despite its connections to a lot of negativity).
Writer/s: Neil Young Well, we live in a trailer at the edge of town You never see us 'cause we don't come around We got twenty five rifles just to keep the population down But we need you now, and that's why I'm hangin' 'round So you be good to me and I'll be good to you And in this land of conditions I'm not above suspicion I won't attack you, but I won't back you Well, it's so good to be here, asleep on your lawn Remember your guard dog? Well, I'm afraid that he's gone It was such a drag to hear him whining all night long Yes, that was me with the doves, setting them free near the factory Where you built your computer, love I hope you get the connection, 'cause I can't take the rejection I won't deceive you, I just don't believe you Well, I'm a barrel of laughs, with my carbine on I keep 'em hoppin', 't my ammunition's gone But I'm still not happy, I feel like there's something wrong I got the revolution blues, I see bloody fountains And ten million dune buggies comin' down the mountains Well, I hear that Laurel Canyon is full of famous stars But I hate them worse than lepers and I'll kill them in their cars
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