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Neil Young Powderfinger Lyrics

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Look out, Mama, theres white boat is coming up river. So begin Neil Youngs Powderfinger, song that has captivate, intrigued and mystified his fans ever since it was release. Its striking opening, one that might have portend something fortuitous had Young taken the song in another direction. But Powderfinger burrows mercilessly towards death, landing there even before the narrator has finished his story. Many young fans have spent the last four decades or so trying to decipher songs ' clues, hoping to put finer point on song that leave you guessing. If they were hoping for some help from author, well, that doesnt look like it will happen. Young has stayed mum on songs ' inspiration and particulars, revealing only that there was angst and anger behind it in a 1995 interview with Spin magazine. What we do know is that he originally intended Powderfinger to be recorded by Lynyrd Skynyrd, but the plane crash that claimed the lives of three band members in 1977 scuttled that plan. We also now know that Young does haunting acoustic version of the track, as evidence by its inclusion on Hitchhiker, his just-release lost album from 1976. But most of the world knows song from the take found on the 1979 album Rust Never Sleeps, with Crazy Horse loping along at a sludgy rhythmic pace while Young added elegiac electric guitar leads. While getting caught up in who, where, and when, of Powderfinger can be diverting, what ultimately makes the song such a classic is how Young brings a charismatic character telling a tale to such a vivid life, which only makes it more devastating when that life is cut short. When this kid who has just turned 22 is faced with an unwanted gunboat approaching his riverside home and making big waves, he explains how he has become man of house through tragedy and circumstance and now has to face this perilous situation on his own: powers that be leave me here to do thinkin. In the third verse, he makes his stand. Even though his father is go, his presence looms large in kids decision-making process: Daddys rifle in my hand felt reassuring / He told me, Red means run, son, numbers add up to nothing. While the meaning of that bit of advice is hard to comprehend, that such advice is even necessary seems to imply a violent world that will eventually swallow up even brave. The narrator, who instinctively raises his gun to no avail, learns this truth the hard way: Then I saw black and my face splash in the sky. Young could have ended the song there, but instead he provided an epilogue that allows the doomed protagonist the kind of reflection that he never had an opportunity to indulge while he was alive. Shelter me from powder and finger / Cover me with thought that pull trigger, He implore, seeking mercy, so cruelly deny him.

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