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Neil Young lyrics

Album: Hawks & Doves [1980]

Tracks9
 01  Little Wing
 02  The Old Homestead
 03  Lost in Space
 04  Captain Kennedy
 05  Stayin' Power
 06  Coastline
 07  Union Man
 08  Comin' Apart at Every Nail
 09  Hawks & Doves
all Neil Young lyrics



Little Wing
All her friends call her little wing
But she flies rings around them all
She comes to town when the children sing
And leaves them feathers if they fall
She leaves her feathers if they fall

Little wing, don't fly away
When the summer turns to fall
Don't you know some people say
The winter is the best time of them all
Winter is the best of all.back to top
The Old Homestead
Up and down the old homestead
The naked rider gallops through his head
And although the moon isn't full
He still feels the pull.

Out on the floor where the cowboys dance
Approaching slowly at a glance
Here comes the shadow of his stance
The reins are fallin' from his hands.

Why do you ride that crazy horse?
Inquires the shadow with little remorse
Just then a priest comes down the stairs
With a sack of dreams and old nightmares.

Who are you, the rider says
You dress in black but you talk like a fed
You spout ideas from books that you read
Don't you care about this guy's head?

Just then the sound of hoofbeats was heard
And the sky was darkened by a prehistoric bird
Who flew between the unfulfilled moon
And the naked rider, to a telephone booth.

We'll call the moon and see what's up
I've got some change in this little tin cup
We'll say that the shadow is growin' dim
And we need some light to get back to him
Just one call should do it all
I'll carve this number on the wall
With my beak.

Flying feathers were all around
The air was filled with a ringing sound.
Two more birds, the second and the third
Came down from the sky to deliver the word.

Where have you been, they said to the first
Get back to the clouds, we're dying of thirst
There's not enough time to make that call
Let's ditch this rider, shadow and all.

The sky was filled with the beautiful birds
Still on the ground some crying was heard
With his dime in his hand and his hand on the dial
His ears were sweating as he forced a smile.

Hoofbeats beating across the range
He rode through the night with his cup of change
Tired and beaten he fell into slumber
But up in the sky they still had his number.

Up and down the old homestead
The naked rider gallops through his head
And although the moon isn't full
He still feels the pull,
Still feels the pull.back to top
Lost in Space
Live with me, live with me
Live with me, live with me
Live with me.

Lost in space
I heard you were lost in space
That's such a lonely place for you to be.

Out of control
Singin' with too much soul
I heard you got out on parole
Workin' for the queen.

Gardening again
Landscape again
Keepin' all the grounds around her clean
Workin' for the queen.

Don't take out the magic pen
Don't draw on the infinity board
Your buildings, if they rise again
Would do much better on the ocean floor
They'll never feel the way they did before
They did before.

Out on the ocean floor, out on the ocean floor
What could be stranger than the unknown danger
That lies on the ocean floor?

Breakers crash on the beach
I count them like lambs in my sleep
They come at me steady
They know I'm not ready
They pound on my mattress door
Have they got a big one in store.

Losing you
I heard I was losing you
That's not the only thing that I got to lose
I got to lose
The deep see blues
Look at these blues
The deep see blues

Live with me, live with me.back to top
Captain Kennedy
I am a young mariner headed to war
I'm thinkin' 'bout my family and what it was for
There's water on the wood and the sails feel good
And when I get to shore I hope that I can kill good.

My father was a sailor named captain kennedy
He lost his wooden schooner to the germans on the sea
Exploded on the water for everyone to see
And humiliate that american captain kennedy.

I saw him in nassau in 1971
His strength was failin' but he still ran a run
He worked 'til his fingers wore to the bone
To buy that wooden schooner and sail on his own.

He was known in the islands as hundred foot iron
That steel hull freighter was passin' it's time
And time flew by faster with life on the sea
And the days grew shorter for captain kennedy.

I am a young mariner headed to war
I'm thinkin' 'bout my family and what it was for
There's water on the wood and the sails feel good
And when I get to shore I hope that I can kill good.back to top
Stayin' Power
Our love, baby, feels so right
When you're smilin' in the morning light
I ain't leavin' no way

'cause we got stayin' power
You and i
Stayin' power through thick and thin.

Stayin' power
You and i
Stayin' power through thick and thin.

Gold and diamonds say you're mine
But true love opens the gates of time
And as we go on our way

We got stayin' power
You and i
Stayin' power through thick and thin

Stayin' power
You and i
Stayin' power through thick and thin.back to top
Coastline
Down on the coastline, highway one
People headin' out for the sun
That's where I found you, long time ago.

You're my angel, you're my queen
You're my best friends in between
We don't back down from no trouble
We do get up in the mornin'.

Oooweee, baby, what a night
That old moon sure is shinin' bright
We'll be dancin' 'til the mornin' comes.

High on the mountain top above the clouds
No wonder we get a little loud
We don't back down from no trouble
We do get up in the mornin'.back to top
Union Man
I'm proud to a union man
I make those meetings when I can, yeah
I pay my dues ahead of time
When the benefits come I'm last in line, yeah.

I'm proud to be a union man.

Every fourth friday at 10 am
There's a local meeting of the a f of m, yeah!

This meeting will now come to order
Is there any new business?

Yeah, I think 'live music are better'
Bumper stickers should be issued.

What was that?

'live music is better' bumper stickers
Should be issued

The gentleman says
'live music is better' bumper stickers
Should be issued
All in favor of what he said
Signify by sayin' ay

Ay!

If, however, you are opposed
Signify by saying no.

I'm proud to be a union man.back to top
Comin' Apart at Every Nail
It's awful hard to find a job
On one side the government, the other the mob
Hey, hey ain't that right
The workin' man's in for a hell of a fight.

Oh, this country sure looks good to me
But these fences are comin' apart at every nail.

Way up on the old dew line
Some of the boys were feelin' fine
A big light flashed across the sky
But somethin' else went slippin' by
Meanwhile at the pentagon
The brass was a wonderin' what went wrong.

Oh, this country sure looks good to me
But these fences are comin' apart at every nail.

Hey hey, ain't that right
The workin' man's in for a hell of a fight.

Oh, this country sure looks good to me
But these fences are comin' apart at every nail.back to top
Hawks & Doves
Ain't getting old, ain't getting younger though
Just getting used to the lay of the land
I ain't tongue-tied, just don't got nothin' to say
I'm proud to be livin' in the u.s.a.

Ready to go, willin' to stay and pay
U.s.a., u.s.a.
So my sweet love can dance another free day
U.s.a., u.s.a.

In history we painted pictures grim
The devil knows we might feel that way again
The big wind blows, so the tall grass bends
But for you don't push too hard my friend.

Ready to go, willin' to stay and pay
U.s.a., u.s.a.
So my sweet wife can dance another free day
U.s.a., u.s.a.

Got people here down on their knees and prayin'
Hawks and doves are circlin' in the rain
Got rock and roll, got country music playin'
If you hate us, you just don't know what you're sayin'.

Ready to go, willin' to stay and pay
U.s.a., u.s.a.
So my sweet love can dance another free day
U.s.a., u.s.a.back to top
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