Apart from enjoying his music for nigh on 50 years I have been so impressed with Neil Young’s environmental work and contribution to ‘Farm Aid’ over many years that one day recently I was inspired to write;
Ode to Neil
“Remember when you were Young,
You shone like the sun.”
In those days a distant star;
A crazy diamond from afar.
That galaxy of other worldly gifts,
Where you were ever true.
We loved you and your kind;
Unreachable, untouchable too.
Now older, wiser growing closer
Youth and times kept us apart.
Age brings old souls together,
Before too soon we do depart.
Ideals we have may not have changed,
Though mellowed now and much more tame.
And now, to you, the people listen
The message though is still the same.
Unlike you I have no voice,
But same as you I’ve now grown old.
My ear in songs I still rejoice
In you and your heart of gold.
There is no time yet for a pause
Our lives are not so near the end.
Do not you now desert the cause
Go well my dear and distant friend
Children need to know
We have no need for their applause.
Enough we helped the earth to grow.
We did not desert the cause.
When time comes to take our leave
And we can say we did our best
To keep them rockin’ in a free world,
Which in their hands it doth now rest.
Deny Americans the Right to Know (DARK)
The American House of Representatives passed legislation, known as the ‘Dark Act’, on 23rd July 2015, by 275 to 150 votes. If it gets through the Senate Americans will be denied the right to know what is in their food. Anyone who cares about genetic engineering and what we and our families are being fed by the giants of the food industry will be mightily concerned by this.
On the same day, 23rd July 2015, Neil posted “A Message from Neil Young” on Facebook.
As I write this, the DARK ACT is up for a vote in the House of Representatives; representatives of the people. The DARK ACT takes away the rights of those people to vote for or against things like GMO labelling in their states. It does seem ironic. If the act is passed, it will truly be a dark day for America.
Monsanto is a corporation with great wealth, now controlling over 90% of soybean and corn growth in America. Family farms have been replaced by giant agri-corp farms across this great vast country we call home. Farm aid and other organizations have been fighting the losing battle against this for 30 years now.
Dairy and meat farming is done in those white sheds you see from the freeway, no longer on the green pastures of home with the old farmhouses and barns. Those beautiful buildings now stand in ruin across the country. This has happened on our watch while the country slept, distracted by advertising and false information from the corporations. Monsanto and others simply pay the politicians for voting their way. This is because of “Citizens United”, a legislation that has made it possible for corporations to have the same rights as people, while remaining immune to people’s laws.
Both Democratic and Republican front runners are in bed with Monsanto, from Clinton to Bush, as many government branches are and have been for years. This presidential election could further cement the dominance of corporation’s rights over people’s rights in America. If you have a voice you have a choice. Use it.
On the human side, the film I would like you to see tells the story of a farming family in America, but the same thing is happening around the world. It is a story that takes 10 minutes of your time to see. It is a simple human one, telling the heart-breaking story of one man who fought the corporate behemoth Monsanto, and it illustrates why I was moved to write The Monsanto Years.
The film presents a rare opportunity to hear from the source as Mr. White is one of only four farmers who is still legally allowed to speak about his case as all the others have been effectively silenced.
Thanks for reading this and I hope you look at this simple and powerful film, “Seeding Fear”.
The Monsanto Years
Neil’s 36th and latest album ‘The Monsanto Years’ was reviewed by the Guardian on 28th June 2015.
Now watch the making of ‘The Monsanto Years’ film and listen to the music
Top Ten Musicians
Neil was one of my Top Ten musicians who have influenced social change and featured in my post on 5th February 2015.