Powderfinger (5:29)

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Look out, Mama, there's a white boat comin' up the river
With a big red beacon and a flag and a man on the rail
I think you'd better call John
'Cause it don't look like they're here to deliver the mail

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  • Druid66

    Yeah, the Junkies do it great. This is one of those "Gothic folk" things he does so well, mystic and creepy.

    3 Nov 2014 Reply
  • BuzzKillTroy

    Love the Cowboy Junkies version of this song...

    2 Nov 2013 Reply
  • discmann

    Thanks Kris :-)

    29 Mar 2013 Reply
  • petross85

    Certainly one of the finest

    8 Dec 2012 Reply
  • oldiesfanjohn

    Neil Young fuckin' rawks!..That's all I got to say.

    13 Oct 2012 Reply
  • deeandy77

    what an great song

    25 Jul 2012 Reply
  • NorthernExile

    One of my absolute favourites of Neil's along with Hurricane & Cortez the Killer. Can imagine a live version of this with an extended guitar jamming on for seemingly ever - pure bliss !!!

    7 Jun 2012 Reply
  • petross85

    Just when I think I can't love this song more, I go and find the Chrome Dreams version [2]

    9 Oct 2011 Reply
  • PartySanCTG

    Is it me or does at points the vocal melody seem reminiscent of the chorus of "Sounds of Silence"?

    23 Aug 2011 Reply
  • edridge

    Just when I think I can't love this song more, I go and find the Chrome Dreams version

    5 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Glauberspheric

    The Weld version is fucking gorgeous. Neil Young is god.

    26 Jun 2011 Reply
  • CybrKhatru

    quite possibly his best song. Genius.

    20 Mar 2011 Reply
  • mycarneiro

    Just think of me as one you never figured.

    1 Dec 2010 Reply
  • Weelo89

    Very Nice

    13 Jun 2010 Reply
  • pepganzo

    coretti alla eagles.

    26 May 2010 Reply
  • progjunky

    neil does have some silly lyrics--but surely not on this song!

    14 Mar 2010 Reply
  • thegiggallery

    absolutely one of my favorite Neil songs. Long live Ronnie Van Zandt!

    15 Jan 2010 Reply
  • benjaminroosien

    my favorite of his

    16 Nov 2009 Reply
  • djboe11

    "Shelter me from the powder and the finger. Cover me with the thought that pulled the trigger." No damn idea what it means, but I love it.

    28 May 2009 Reply
  • Crustclock

    skipspence, the lyrics on RNS are some of the best he's written - which is saying something. "I saw black and my face splashed in the sky" is poetry. My favourite line is "just think of me as one you never figured", just because of how he breaks off on the word 'figured'.

    22 May 2009 Reply
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