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#SLS — “Heart of Gold,” by Neil Young

Jim Adams is the harp-loving host of Song Lyric Sunday.  Jim says:
This week we have something totally different where you are supposed to find a song with a harmonica in it and hopefully this will fit for everyone.

Here are the “rules”:
• Post the lyrics to the song of your choice, whether it fits the theme or not. If it does not fit, then please explain why you chose this song.
• Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due.
• Make sure you also credit the singer/band and if you desire you can provide a link to where you found the lyrics.
• Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song.
• Ping back to this post or place your link in the comments section below.
• Read at least one other person’s blog, so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process.
• Feel free to suggest future prompts.
• Have fun and enjoy the music.

 

"Old Man" (1972)
Neil Young image link

Amazingly, this song was Neil Young’s only U.S. #1 single. He was also the first Canadian to have a #1 album in the US with it. When you think of his discography that simply boggles my mind. His next highest on the chart was “Old Man” at #31 on the Hot 100.

From wikipedia:
Heart of Gold” was released from the 1972 album Harvest. In Canada, it reached No. 1 on the RPM national singles chart for the first time on April 8, 1972, on which date Young held the top spot on both the singles and albums charts. Billboard ranked it as the No. 17 song for 1972. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked it No. 297 on their list of the 500 greatest songs of all time, and No. 303 in an updated 2010 list.

The harmonica dominates. James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt, who just happened to be in Nashville for The Johnny Cash Show, were enlisted to sing backup vocals (at the end of the song.) Other musicians who were enlisted for the Saturday recording day were drummer Kenny Buttrey, guitarist Teddy Irwin, bass player Tim Drummond, and pedal steel player Ben Keith.

The song has been covered by a lot of well-known musicians and has been featured in several movies.

Young wrote about the popularity of the song in the liner notes of his 1977 compilation album Decade:

This song put me in the middle of the road. Traveling there soon became a bore so I headed for the ditch. A rougher ride but I saw more interesting people there.

 

I want to live
I want to give
I’ve been a miner for a heart of gold
It’s these expressions
I never give
That keep me searching for a heart of gold

And I’m getting old
Keep me searching for a heart of gold
And I’m getting old

I’ve been to Hollywood
I’ve been to Redwood
I crossed the ocean for a heart of gold
I’ve been in my mind
It’s such a fine line
That keeps me searching for a heart of gold

And I’m getting old
Keeps me searching for a heart of gold
And I’m getting old

Keep me searching for a heart of gold
You keep me searching and I’m growing old
Keep me searching for a heart of gold
I’ve been a miner for a heart of gold
Songwriter:  Neil Young

42 thoughts on “#SLS — “Heart of Gold,” by Neil Young

  1. Great choice! It is mind boggling to know that this was his only #1 hit. He will go down as one of the best songwriters in history though. Part of it could be because of him joining Crosby, Stills & Nash and some of his songs were hits for them. That would be interesting to research. 🙂

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      1. Intriguing! 🙂

        If compilations are allowed, which I guess is not the case, I would go with Neil’s first greatest hits album “Decade,” a fantastic collection of his work from the late ’60s to the mid ’70s.

        In case only regular studio albums can be picked, I would either go with “Harvest” or “Harvest Moon”.

        Not that I want to influence you, of course! 🙂

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