Revolution Blues (4:02)

Cover of 1974-05-16: New York, NY, USA - Citizen Kane Junior Blues

From 1974-05-16: New York, NY, USA - Citizen Kane Junior Blues and 1 other release

Neil Young encountered Charles Manson when he was a “player” in the California music scene. After Manson and his “Family” committed their awful crime, Neil wrote “Revolution Blues.” The line, “10 million dune buggies” is a reference to Manson’s plan to assemble ample forces in the Mojave desert to carry out his race war.

Neil Young recalled the time he spent mixing with the Manson Family to The Observer Music Monthly October 2008: “Spooky times. I knew Charlie Manson. A few people were at this house on Sunset Boulevard and the people were different. I didn’t know what it was; I was meeting them and he was not a happy guy but he seemed to have a hold on girls. It was the ugly side of the Maharishi. You know, there’s one side of the light, nice flowers and white robes and everything, and then there’s something that looks a lot like it but just isn’t it at all.”

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