Neil Young


After the Gold Rush was originally released on Neil Young’s LP of the same name in 1970 and is now available on several compilation CDs. Broken Arrow was originally released on the 1966 LP Buffalo Springfield Again, when Young was a member of Buffalo Springfield; it is also available on some compilation CDs. Western Hero is from his 1994 CD entitled Sleeps With Angels.



After the Gold Rush

Well I dreamed I saw the knights in armor comin’
Saying somethin’ about a queen
There were peasants singin’ and drummers drummin’
And the archer split the tree
There was a fanfare blowin’ to the sun
That was floating on the breeze
Look at mother nature on the run in the 1970s
Look at mother nature on the run in the 1970s                

I was lyin’ in a burned out basement
With the full moon in my eyes
I was hopin’ for a replacement
When the sun burst through the sky
There was a band playin’ in my head
And I felt like getting high
I was thinkin’ about what a friend had said
I was hopin’ it was a lie
Thinkin’ about what a friend had said
I was hopin’ it was a lie

Well I dreamed I saw the silver spaceships flyin’
In the yellow haze of the sun
There were children cryin’ and colors flyin’
All around the chosen ones
All in a dream, all in a dream
The loading had begun
Flyin’ mother nature’s silver seed
To a new home in the sun
Flyin’ mother nature’s silver seed
To a new home




   




Broken Arrow

The lights turned on and the curtain fell down
And when it was over it felt like a dream
They stood at the stage door and begged for a scream
The agents had paid for the black limousine
That waited outside in the rain
Did you see them?
Did you see them?

      Did you see them in the river?
      They were there to wave to you.
      Could you tell that the empty-quivered
      Brown-skinned Indian on the banks
      That were crowded and narrow
      Held a broken arrow?

Eighteen years of American dream
He saw that his brother had sworn on the wall
He hung up his eyelids and ran down the hall
His mother had told him a trip was a fall
And don’t mention babies at all
Did you see him?
Did you see him?

      Did you see him in the river?
      He was there to wave to you.
      Could you tell that the empty-quivered
      Brown-skinned Indian on the banks
      That were crowded and narrow
      Held a broken arrow?

The streets were lined for the wedding parade
The queen wore the white gloves, the county of song
The black-leathered caisson her horses had drawn
Protected her king from the sunrays of dawn
They married for peace and were gone
Did you see them?
Did you see them?

      Did you see them in the river?
      They were there to wave to you.
      Could you tell that the empty-quivered
      Brown-skinned Indian on the banks
      That were crowded and narrow
      Held a broken arrow?




   




Western Hero

Frontier town, home of the Western hero
Frontier justice, dealt with the iron hand
He wore a long coat to the ground
He wore big boots that made a sound
He wore a six gun on his hip
But now he doesn’t carry it

Sure enough, he was a Western hero
On the deck, sighting an old Jap zero
And on the shores at Normandy
He fought for you, he fought for me
Across the land and on the sea
But now he’s just a memory

And in the distance, the rocket’s red glare
The bombs burst in the air
This time we’re never going back
Through the years he changed somehow
He’s different now
He’s different now

Open fire, here comes the Western hero
Standing there, big money in his hand
Sure enough, he was a Western hero, sure enough