The Needle And The Damage Done ~ Neil Young ~ Acoustic Cover w/ Gibson J-200 TV





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Published on Aug 1, 2012

(c)1971 Words & Music Neil Young ~ Album "Harvest" (1972)
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This song is about heroin use and what it will do to you in the end. oung wrote it about Danny Whitten, one of the original members of his band Crazy Horse. In 1971, Young went on tour and hired Crazy Horse and Nils Lofgren as backup. During rehearsals, Whitten was so high on heroin that he couldn't even hold up his guitar.
Young fired him, gave Whitten 50 bucks (for rehab) and a plane ticket back to Los Angeles. Upon reaching LA, Whitten overdosed on alcohol and Valium, which killed him.
As quoted in Neil Young: Long May You Run: The Illustrated History, Neil Young says of the tragic death of Whitten: "I felt responsible. But really there was nothing I could do.
I mean, he was responsible. But I thought I was for a long time. Danny just wasn't happy. It just all came down on him. He was engulfed by this drug. That was too bad.
Because Danny had a lot to give. boy. He was really good."
Incredibly, this wouldn't be Young's only loss from heroin to be commemorated in song.
Longtime friend and roadie Bruce Berry would also overdose on heroin just months after Whitten. Berry's song is "Tonight's The Night," on the album of the same name.
The song's first line mentions a "cellar door." Young and Crazy Horse, with Whitten, had played Washington DC's Cellar Door club in 1969.
Young's famous version was recorded live at the University Of California in January 1971, a year before it appeared on his Harvest album.
A solo, acoustic performance of this song by Young from Massey Hall in Toronto on January 19, 1971 features on his 2007 Live at Massey Hall 1971 album.
This was one of the songs that Young performed at Live Aid in 1985.
Don´t miss this wonderful documentary "Don´t Be Denied"

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