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The song was first performed live on February 21, 1989 in Seattle with Young's band The Restless.

The book Shakey by Jimmy McDonough claims the song originated when Young was on tour in the late 1980s. He and Frank "Poncho" Sampedro saw newspaper photos of the Ayatollah Khomeini's body being carried to his grave as mourners were burning American flags in the street. Sampedro commented, "Whatever we do, we shouldn't go near the Mideast. It's probably better we just keep… read more

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  • Avatar for DavidSmith98
    Dude, take your tinfoil hat off and chill. Great song, insane solo.
  • Avatar for philboard
    By the way I like good music. And this song is good music. Whether it's made by a Commi or not. Fact is, music should have nothing to do with politics. But when Young interdicts a Republican from using the song, which is in his own right I guess, because he himself supports a Communist, then he crosses this border. Thereby he emphasizes the Leftist totalitarianism we're seeing more and more in the Western Hemisphere.
  • Avatar for philboard
    Salvation from what. From the Global Socialism we see everywhere ? From chaos and incompetence ? From Communism ? And what's the answer. More Communism ? Then I'm guessing Neil Young is the guy for you, in the matter of music. If you wanna see a '60-yr. old' rockin' with energy and 'attitude' here's Billy Idol for you.
  • Avatar for philboard
    More like 'Rockin' In A Communist World'. From his 1989 album 'Communism'. #Christie2016 #Trump2016 #AmericaReaganCountry
  • Avatar for marjo47
    Lets hope so, good track.
  • Avatar for apaniago
    When I see a sixties like that squandering attitude I feel there is still salvation in the world
  • Avatar for apaniago
    He is still rolling the dice, on the top of the game.
  • Avatar for TIGERSNAKEMAN
    Still rockin'
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  • Avatar for robveiga
    Rock is rock at any time and in any language


Theres colors on the street, red, white and blue
People shufflin' their feet, people sleepin' in their shoes
There's a warnin' sign on the road ahead
There's a lot of people sayin' we'd be better off dead

Neil Young - Rockin' in the Free World Lyrics



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