Saturday, February 24, 2018

Neil Young: Heart of Gold (1985)

Neil Young sings "Heart of Gold" at Farm Aid in Champaign, Illinois on September 22, 1985.

Other performers that day were Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, B.B. King, Loretta Lynn, Roy Orbison and Tom Petty. The purpose of Farm Aid since this inaugural performance in 1985 is “to raise funds to keep farm families on the land.” Is this important? I think so, because it is important to have small family-run farms to counterbalance the large agri-businesses, chiefly because diversity and choice are good for democracy. The song dates to the early 1970s, the fourth track on the 1972 album, Harvest; you can view an earlier performance of it [here]. Keep me searchin' for a heart of gold/And I'm getting old.