Greendale Lyrics

Neil Young and Crazy Horse 2003

 

 

 

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FALLING FROM ABOVE

Grandpa said to cousin Jed
Sitting on the porch,
"I won't retire
But I might retread."
Seems like that guy singin' this song
Been doing it for a long time
Is there anything he knows
That he ain't said?

Sing a song for freedom
Sing a song for love
Sing a song for depressed angels
Falling from above.
Grandpa held the paper
Pretending he could see
But he couldn't read
Without his glasses on
"How can all those people
Afford so many things?
When I was young we wore
What we had on."

Mamma said, "A little love and affection
In everything you do
Will make the world a better place
With or without you.
"A little love and affection
In everything you do
A better place
With or without you."

Slamming down some late night shots
The artist and the hero compare
Those envisions and afterthoughts
For the twenty first century.
But mostly came up with nothing
So the truth was never learned
And the human race just
Kept rollin' on.
Rollin' through the fighting
Rollin' through the religious wars
Rollin' down the temple walls
And the churches' exposed sores.
Rollin' through the fighting
Through religious wars
Mostly came up with nothing...

"Grandpa, here's your glasses;
You'll see much better now,"
Said that young girl
Of Edith and Earl's.
But Grandpa just kept starin'
He was lost in some distant thought
Then he turned and he said
To that young girl,

"A little love and affection
In everything you do
Will make the world a better place
With or without you.

"A little love and affection
In everything you do
A better place
With or without you."

Hear the rooster crowin'
Down on the Double E
It's a new morning
Breaking on the green.
Bouncing off the Towers,
The sun's heading for the street
The business meeting
Window shades are drawn.
Another morning edition
Is headed for the porch
Because Grandma puts down the paper
Before Grandpa raises his fork.

A little love and affection
In every thing you do
A better place
With or without you.

 

DOUBLE 'E'

Back in the country, living on the Double E
In the sunshine of her life
There's a ready young filly  but Mom and Daddy won't let her leave
Mom and Poppa won't let her go

But when they go out dancin'
She breaks out on her own
She's hot enough to burn the house down
But Mom and Poppa don't know

When Edith and Earl renamed the Double E
They nearly made history
The locals rose up, some of them were mad as hell
Cause it used to be the Double L

Change comes slow in the country
When you're new there's a lot of distrust
Years fly by uneventful
Memories turn to dust

Meanwhile Granny has got her bright colors on
And the sun's shinin' in her eyes
Cruisin' by the bars and honky-tonks where she met Grandpa
And caught that young man's eye

Dusty white El Dorado
Cruisin' through the trees
Slippin' through the shadows
Of what used to be

Back in the days, living in the summer of love
Living in the summer of love
Grandma's okay, not the same since Grandpa's gone
She's living in the summer of love

Back in the days, living in the summer of love
Living in the summer of love
Living in the summer of love
Living in the summer of love

Back in the days, living in the summer of love
Living in the summer of love

 

DEVIL's SIDEWALK

Well the red light shines
On the streets of hate
Where the devil dines
Who knows what he ate

"It's a simple thing
Trying to stay afloat"
The captain said
Without his boat

Some things are getting better
Other things a little worse
It's a situation
Much like a curse

"It's the devil's sidewalk
It's the devil's door
I've tried to avoid it"
Said the captain of the shore

There's a garden growing
And a million weeds
With no way of knowing
Who's done which deed

"That's an honest tale"
Said the helmsman to the mate
"About a woman delicious
And a matter of fate"

Big wheel keep rollin'
Down on me
"One thing I can tell you
Is you got to be free"

John Lennon said that
And "I believe in love"
But I believe in action
When push comes to shove

"Who cares what you believe,"
Said the captain, amazed
"If you stood in my shoes
Your eyes would be glazed"

So, my fair damsel
Won't you take your leave
Are you headed for the country?
Where you wear the greensleeves

And the children laugh
And the old folks sing
And the church bell tolls
For a miraculous thing

Where the big red furnace
Just blooms and glows
Where the big heart beats
Where the big wheel rolls

 

LEAVE THE DRIVING

Out on the old coast highway
Flying through the night
Jed got stopped by the CHP
For speedin' and no brake lights

Rolled down the driver's window
Slipped his gun down under his seat
The glove-box was full of cocaine
The trunk was full of weed

"Driver's license and registration,"
Said the officer with his flashlight
Search around the floor, look hard
Smellin' like something ain't right

Jed's life flashed before him
Like a scratchy old super-8
He heard the sound of the future
On an RPM 78

Nothing was still, all was moving
When the flashlight found the gun
Then Jed pulled the trigger
In a split-second tragic blunder

"It makes you think about living
What life has to tell,"
Said Jed to Grandpa
From inside his cell

Camouflage hung in his closet
Guns all over the wall
Plans for buildings and engineers
And a book with no numbers at all

The whole town was stunned
They closed the coast highway for twelve hours
No one could get in
Jed was one of ours

Meanwhile across the ocean
Living in the internet
Is the cause of an explosion
No one has heard yet

But there's no need to worry
There's no reason to fuss
Just go on about your work now
And leave the drivin' to us

And we'll be watching you
No matter what you do
And you can do your part
By watchin' others too

Grandpa put down the paper
Staring in disbelief
Jed had always been good to him
Never gave him any grief

The moral of this story
Is try not to get too old
The more time you spend on earth
The more you see unfold

And as an afterthought
This must, too, be told
Some people have taken pure bullshit
And turned it into gold

 

CARMICHAEL (after the fact)

A silk scarf and a napkin
Hidden in a drawer
Two hundred bucks in an envelope
Labeled ‘Lenore'
"Maybe she shouldn't see this.
She should never know,"
Said the widow's best friend, Ann,
"I'll just take it and go."
"I'll give her the money later
Say it was in his shoe
That way she'll never find out
That'll do."

"Carmichael was a credit to the force
In everything he did.
It's like we got a big hole in our side
Where he fit.
"If any of you officers
Would like to say a word,
Now would be the time
To be heard."

"Well, thank you, Chief, I sure would.
Carmichael was a partner of mine.
He was always very careful.
And he played it straight down the line."
One by one, the officers spoke
And the service came to a close
He had no living relatives but his wife
And she never showed
She just couldn't face the men
They all understood
They got in their cars
And drove home as directly as they could

"Carmichael, you asshole,"
the new widow sobbed beneath her veil
"Shot down in the line of duty
Is that how justice never fails?"
"I wish that things were better
When we said goodbye today
But we had our share of good times though
Along the way.

"Remember, hey Mr. Las Vegas,
You used to be so cool
We met Wayne Newton down at Pebble Beach
And you acted like a fool?
"We just couldn't stop laughing
It seemed so funny to us
We left our luggage back in the hotel
And almost missed the bus.

"That was a great vacation
Maybe the best of all
But God damn it, Carmichael, you're dead now
And I'm talkin' to the wall."
The force got back to normal
Carmichael was replaced
For one year nobody parked a car
In Carmichael's space.

 

BANDIT

Turn the pages of this old book
Sounds (Feels?) familiar, it may be worth a second look
Wrapping up dope in a paper bag
Talking to yourself taking a drag
What does it matter the things you say
They'll never hear it anyway
Gotta get past the negative things
Lawyers and business, you get what you bring
No one's sorry you did it yourself
It's time to relax now and then give it hell

Someday you'll find what you're looking for
Someday you'll find everything you're looking for

You didn't bet on the Dodgers to beat the Giants
And David came up,

Now you gotta pay up
You didn't count on that
Geez, half the money's gone
The month is still young
Where are you gonna go now?

You gotta trust someone

Trust someone

Someone to trust.

Can't go to your brother

Cause that money's all gone

Can't go to your friends


Someday you'll find what you're looking for
Someday you'll find everything you're looking for
Someday you'll find everything you're looking for
Someday you'll find everything you're looking for, yeah

Made out like a bandit for so many years
What're you looking for?
One more big score?
What're you trying to prove?
Try to get closer but not too close

(Try to get past it but not too far past it)
Try to get through but not be through
No one can touch you now

No one can touch you now
I can touch you now

(Nobody can see you now But I can see you)
You're invisible, you've got too many secrets
Bob Dylan said that
Or something like that

Someday you'll find what you're looking for
Someday you'll find everything you're looking for
Someday you'll find everything you're looking for
Someday you'll find everything you're looking for, yeah

 

GRANDPA'S INTERVIEW

"Grandpa, here's your coffee,"
said Edith, as she filled his cup.
"Nobody'll find you here,
and Earl is glad you guys showed up."
"The way things are downtown,
you might have to stay for awhile.

There was a helicopter hovering over your house
when I talked to your neighbor, Kyle."
"Who the hell do they think they are,
Invading our home like that?
Grandma and I had to leave so fast,
We couldn't even catch the cat."

"The helicopter scared the shit out of him,
and it took off down a trail,
down past the railroad track,
towards the county jail."

"Jed, you really screwed up now!
What did you have to do that for?
Everybody wants to hang your ass,
and here's a note from Lenore."
Sun touched the cold steel bars
as she pushed the paper in.
Jed took it up and read it
and he couldn't hide a grin.

Outside the jail window
a crow flew across the sky,
completely disappearing behind each bar,
then a helicopter flew by.
"Say hi to Earl and Edith.
Tell 'm I'm doing fine.
Tell 'm it's time for them to let you go now,
they should cut the line."

"Can grandma come and see me?
I got a new song to sing
it's longer than all the others combined
and it doesn't mean a thing."
The noise was unfamiliar,
generators whirling,
walkie-talkies screaming,
vans parked in the open field.

TV crews and cameras,
they wanted to interview grandpa on the porch.
They came through the gate and across the lawn
knocking down Edith's Tiki Torch.
And grandpa saw them there,
looking through the venetian blind.
"Those people don't have any respect,
so they won't get any of mine."

"I don't wanna talk about Jed.
I don't watch channel 2 or 6 or 9.
I don't have time to talk that fast,
and it ain't my crime."

"It ain't a privilege to be on TV
and it ain't a duty either.
The only good thing about TV
is shows like 'Leave it to Beaver.'"

"'Shows with love and affection',
like mama used to say.
A little Mayberry living
could go a long way."

He took Earl's shotgun down from the closet,
loaded up both barrels.
Walked out on the porch and fired 'm off,
and up walked a woman named Carol.

"Susan Carol from Early Magazine,
I got some questions to ask."
"Well you can stick 'm where the sun don't shine!"
grandpa said with a gasp.

Then he fell face first and let out a sigh,
and Edith ran out in shock.
He was looking at her from down on the floor,
Grandpa looked like he was trying to talk.

"That guy just keeps singin'!
Can somebody shut him up?
I don't know for the life of me
where he comes up with that stuff."

They laid his head on a newspaper
with a picture of Carmichael on the front page,
posing with the little league baseball team,
and a seedy shot of Jed on a motorcycle.

Grandpa died a hero.
Trying to stop the media.
Fighting for freedom of silence.
Trying to be anonymous.

Share your loving and you live so long.

Share your loving and you live so long.

Share your loving and you live so long.

Live so long.

 

BRINGIN' DOWN DINNER

The evening fog was rollin' in
It was gettin' hard to see
The old white car edged down the road
Headed for the Double ‘E'
She was bringin' down dinner for Grandpa
It was crawling with vitamins
And tender as a mother's love
Tender as a mother's love
When she saw the TV vans
The side door was open
There were three TVs
Grandpa's face was on every one
He was talkin' to a woman with a microphone
She was sexy and her hair was all done
Sun Green came down and met Grandma then

"My you're such a beautiful girl.
Mother Earth needs more like you.
You should go out now and see the world.
"What's Grandpa doin' on TV?

I got his dinner in the car.
All these vans have blocked our way
But we can carry it,
It's not too far."

 

SUN GREEN

Sun Green started makin' waves
On the day that Grandpa died
Speakin' out against anything
Unjust or packed with lies
She chained herself to a statue of an eagle
In the lobby of Power Co.

And started yelling through a megaphone,
"There's corruption on the highest floor."
Suits poured out of elevators
"You're all dirty."

Phoneheads began to speak
"You can't trust any of them."
Security couldn't get her down
She was welded to the eagle's beak.

Sun Green leaned into that megaphone, said,
"Truth is all I seek."
Security brought in some blow torches
News cameras recorded her speech,
"When the city is plunged into darkness
by an unpredicted rolling blackout

The White House always blames the governor
Saying the solution is to vote him out."
On top of that great bronze eagle
Sun's voice was loud and clear. She said,
"Power Co's working with the White House
to paralyze our state with fear."

It was a golden moment
In the history of TV news
No one could believe it
It just got great reviews

"Hey, Mr. Clean, you're dirty now, too.
Hey, Mr. Clean, you're dirty now, too.
Hey, Mr. Clean, you're dirty now, too.
Hey, Mr. Clean, you're dirty now, too."

The Imitators were playing
Down at Jon Lee's bar
When Sun went down to see ‘em
Someone followed her in a car

Now when she goes dancin'
She has to watch her back
The FBI just trashed her room
One of them kicked her cat

Damn thing scratched his leg
So he had to shoot it dead
And leave it lyin' in a puddle of blood
At the foot of Sun Green's bed

Jon Lee's was rockin'
The Imitators drove it home
Sun was dancin' up a heat wave
For awhile she was all alone

When up walked a tall stranger
Shadowed her move to move
In perfect unison
A supernatural groove

He took her by the hand
And the room began to spin
He said, "I'm Earth; Earth Brown.
You know the shape I'm in.

"I'm leavin' tonight for Alaska
And I want you to come in the spring
And be a goddess in the planet wars
And save the living things.

"I'm ready to go right now,"
Sun Green told Earth Brown
"Let's go back to my place,
pick up my cat, and leave this town behind."

"Hey, Mr. Clean, you're dirty now, too.
Hey, Mr. Clean, you're dirty now, too.
Hey, Mr. Clean, you're dirty now, too.
Hey, Mr. Clean."

Next day Sun Green got busted for pot
And it made the headline news
But then the charges all got dropped
And the story gets confused

‘I'd still like to meet Julia Butterfly
And see what remedy brings
And be a goddess in the planet wars
Try to save the living things

"But that might not be easy
Livin' on the run
Mother Earth has many enemies
There's much work to be done

"Hey, Mr. Clean, you're dirty now, too.
Hey, Mr. Clean, you're dirty now, too.
Hey, Mr. Clean, you're dirty now, too.
Hey, Mr. Clean."

 

BE THE RAIN

Save the planet for another day
Attention shoppers.
Buy with a conscience and save.
Save the planet for another day
Save Alaska!
 Let the caribou stay.

Don't care what the governments say
They're all bought
and paid for anyway.
Save the planet for another day
Hey Big Oil!
What do you say?

We were runnin' through the night
Never knowin' if we would see the light
Paranoid schizophrenic visions
Livin in fear of the wrong decisions

We got to wake up
We got to keep goin'
If they follow us
There's no way of knowin'
We got a job to do
We got to save Mother Earth

Be the ocean when it meets the sky
You can make a difference.
If you really try.
Be the magic in the Northern lights

   Six Days...
 Six nights.

Be the river as it rolls along
It has three-eyed fish.
And it's smellin' strong.
Be the rain you remember fallin'

   Be the rain.
   Be the rain.

Yeah, rain was fallin' and we're soakin' wet
Hail is beatin' down on our heads
The wind is blowin' through our hair
Faces frozen in the frigid air
We got to get there
 

Alaska

We got to be there
Before the big machines
We got a job to do
We got to save Mother Earth

Dream the hunter on the western plain
The birds are all gone.
Where did they go?

Dream the fisherman in his boat
He's comin' home empty.
He's barely afloat.

Dream the logger in the great northwest
They're runnin' out of trees.
They got to give it a rest.
(There's no other way to cut it)

Dream the farmer in the old heartland
 Corporate greed and chemicals
are killin' the land.

Next mornin' Sun was up at dawn
She looked around and Earth was gone
Dark visions he had last night
He needed peace, he needed light.

He heard the rumble and
He saw the big machines
The green army rose
It was a bad dream
He had a job to do
He had to save Mother Earth

Be the ocean when it meets the sky
Greek freighters are dumping
crap somewhere right now.

Be the magic in the northern lights
(The ice is melting!)
Be the river as it rolls along
Toxic waste dumpin'
from corporate farms.

Be the rain you remember fallin'
Be the rain.
 Be the rain.

Save the Planet for another day
Be the rain.
Be the rain.

Be the river as it rolls along
Be the rain.
Be the rain.

Be the rain, be the rain



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