Neil Young's Falsetto Impeachment
By James L. Hirsen, J.D., Ph.D.
One old rocker has apparently taken a look at his life and decided that he needs more attention.
Woodstock refugee Neil Young has written a song that calls for the impeachment of George W. Bush. It will be featured on his upcoming album, "Living With War."
The tune's title says it all. It's called "Impeach the President," and unless it's a retro Bubba song, Young would apparently prefer to see the free world rock under a new leader.
Over the past several years it has been somewhat difficult to pin Young down, politically speaking.
For instance, he was criticized by some on the Left when he made public his fondness for Ronald Reagan. But in 2001 he reportedly dedicated to President Bush a song that he had recorded with his band, Crazy Horse. The dedication was meant as an insult. Its title: "Piece of Crap."
Then again in 2001, using the words of Flight 93's Todd Beamer, Young penned a post-9/11 patriotic song called "Let's Roll." When Norman Lear's People for the American Way went to honor him in December of the same year, he sounded decidedly pro-Bush, much to the chagrin of assembled Hollywood libs. "We can't forget what brought us together and what we're living for, what makes us who we are, even though to protect freedom it seems that we're going to have to relinquish some of our freedoms for a short period of time," Young said.
But then in March 2004 he told Canada's Now Web site: "The war with Iraq and the occupation were obviously done for oil and revenge. Those are the American motives, controlling the flow of oil, which is now miraculously stronger than it was before the invasion. Yet they destroyed the museums, lost all the art and had no plans for protecting the culture."
Young made clear his party preference at that time, saying, "It doesn't matter who the hell they vote for as long as they vote Democratic."
Hollywood director Jonathon Demme ("The Silence of the Lambs") filmed a documentary on Young titled "Heart of Gold," which was released in February of 2006.
Demme recently sent an e-mail to Harp Magazine in which he admiringly referenced Young's latest work. "Neil just finished writing and recording with no warning a new album called Living With War. It all happened in three days." How rock ‘n' roll is that?" Demme wrote.
Demme went on to gush, "It is a brilliant electric assault, accompanied by a 100-voice choir, on Bush and the war in Iraq. ... Truly mind blowing. Will be in stores soon. Details are pretty scarce, but the featured track, titled ‘Impeach the President,' features a rap with Bush's voice set to the choir chanting ‘flip/flop' and the like."
Southern California singer Alicia Morgan corroborated the Demme account in her blog. Morgan was one of the background singers invited to a local recording studio for the Young session.
"I'm not going to give the whole thing away, but the first line of one of the songs was ‘Let's impeach the President for lyin'!' Turns out the whole thing is a classic beautiful protest record," Morgan recounted. "The session was like being at a 12-hour peace rally. Every time new lyrics would come up on the screen, there were cheers, tears and applause."
Evidently, the mere mention of "impeachment" and "Bush" in the same breath is enough to induce hanky hysteria on the Left.
Young once offended half the population in the South with the tune "Southern Man," prompting a musical response from Lynyrd Skynyrd:
"I hope Neil Young will remember A Southern Man don't need him around, anyhow."
Maybe that response shouldn't be confined to the South.
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