Tell Me Why (2:58)

Cover of After the Gold Rush

From After the Gold Rush and 36 other releases

“Tell Me Why” is the opening track on Neil Young’s album After the Gold Rush. Written by Young, it was first introduced during the Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young shows of 1970 prior to the release of Déjà Vu.

Musically, the song marks a shift from the hard rock of 1969’s Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere and bears more folk and country influences, which would continue onto 1972’s Harvest. The only instruments are two acoustic guitars, played by Young and Nils Lofgren. He is, however, backed by the vocal harmonies of Crazy Horse during the choruses. ‘Tell Me Why’ has a simple lyrical structure, with 2 verses each followed by a bridge then chorus, and one final bridge and chorus before a short instrumental outro. The chorus line “Tell me why, tell me why/Is it hard to make arrangements with yourself/When you’re old enough to repay/but young enough to sell?” is the most famous from the song, typifying the introspective and melancholic nature of not just this song, but the whole album.


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Sailing heart-ships through broken harbors
Out on the waves in the night
Still the searcher must ride the dark horse
Racing alone in his fright

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