A Man Needs a Maid (5:38)

Cover of Harvest

From Harvest and 16 other releases

A song wailing and bursting with the pain of a wounded heart, from the loss of love, driving one on to bestow value, ironically, on replacing a lover with a maid, who will merely concern herself with meeting ‘banale’ needs - to sustain existence, without emotional connection, and without the risks associated with being ‘high’ on love e.g. the risks of having further to fall when love collapses.


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My life is changin' in so many ways
I don't know who to trust anymore
There's a shadow runnin' thru my days
Like a beggar goin' from door to door

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  • kgkeller

    BTW people, look a little deeper into the lyrics of this for the true meaning.....

    26 Jan 3:26pm Reply
  • Oppressotron

    If this was a hip hop song, it would presented in a much different light. 'Yeah cook that and clean this... get money.' Seriously though, great song off a terrific disc.

    2 Dec 2014 Reply
  • kgkeller

    I LOVE THIS !!!!!

    22 Jul 2014 Reply
  • bleedscoldwater


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  • md1163


    28 Apr 2014 Reply
  • lupinehorror

    best song on a wonderful album.

    27 Mar 2014 Reply
  • oldirtyvillain

    Not feeling this one.

    17 Mar 2014 Reply
  • marjo47

    What can I say, love this song even the tittle. Neil Young is just fab.So many man can not do it themselves. That is why woman are getting older now days. because they can.

    15 Mar 2014 Reply
  • ad_nauseam

    Needs to fix his own meals and shit.

    18 Jan 2014 Reply


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  • lnmlas


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  • tresfoufou

    true love people, no dimension, no time, just love.

    23 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Dysrianism

    it's hard to make that change, when life and love turn strange, and cold

    29 Sep 2012 Reply
  • GT3x24x7


    10 Aug 2012 Reply
  • oldiesfanjohn

    Companion follow-up to Lennon's "Woman Is The Nigger Of The World "

    12 May 2012 Reply
  • Druid66

    Melancholy stuff, but I think we can relate, can't we, fellas? I like the piano on this.

    12 Apr 2012 Reply
  • tomfarcie

    I don't know why this track takes me to near meditation level but it does. It has ever since I first heard it way back when..... Good musician, Neil Young. Real good ♥♥♥♥♥

    21 Feb 2012 Reply
  • creepingdeathv2

    pretty strong music ... good lyrics ... and ... nothing but the truth...

    21 Jan 2012 Reply
  • iamholgerczukay

    I made the mistake of driving while listening to Harvest for the first time (on cassette, strangely enough), this song hit me hard. I actually had to pull the car over so I could tear up and stare at my radio. I'm such a pussy sometimes...

    21 Jan 2012 Reply
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