The Needle and the Damage Done
Strong words, beautiful melody. Another great song by Neil Young. This one is a little harder to play, it's probably going to take more time and practice but with determination I'm sure you can do this. Good luck!
Needle and the Damage Done Acoustic Performance
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Needle and the Damage Done Song Facts,every song has a story...
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This song is about heroin use and what it will do to you in the end. Young wrote it about Danny Whitten, one of the original members of his band Crazy Horse. In 1971, Young went on tour and hired Crazy Horse and Nils Lofgren as backup. During rehearsals, Whitten was so high on heroin that he couldn't even hold up his guitar. Young fired him, gave Whitten 50 bucks (for rehab) and a plane ticket back to Los Angeles. Upon reaching LA, Whitten overdosed on alcohol and Valium, which killed him , Neil felt responsible for his death for a long time.
The song has struck a long-lived chord with broad range of musicians. Over the years, it's also been covered by Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Dave Matthews, and Jewel.
This was one of the songs that Young performed at Live Aid in 1985.
Young made this statement about the song in the liner notes to his album Decade: "I am not a preacher, but drugs killed a lot of great men."
Flea, famed bassist of The Red Hot Chili Peppers, played the song frequently on a 1993 tour following the singer John Frusciante's temporary departure due to heroin addiction.
Needle and the Damage Done Lyrics
I caught you knocking at my cellar door,
I love you, baby, can I have some more?
Oh the damage done.
I hit the city and I lost my band,
I watched the needle take another man,
Gone, gone, the damage done.
I sing the song because I love the man,
I know that some of you don't understand;
milk-blood to keep from runnin' out.
I've seen The Needle And The Damage Done,
A little part of it in everyone,
But every junkie's like a settin' sun.
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