Archive | Jul 12, 2018

Certain Songs #1261: Neil Young & Crazy Horse – “Powderfinger”

Album: Rust Never Sleeps
Year: 1979

Recorded at McNichols Arena, Denver on October 19, 1978

It says here that “Powderfinger” is Neil Young’s greatest song, and one of the greatest songs of the 20th Century. That is, of course, a highly personal opinion, and Neil has loads of songs that are “one of the greatest songs of the 20th Century,” but to me, “Powderfinger” is both endlessly fascinating and the older I get, the sadder it seems.

As the song which starts the electric half of Rust Never Sleeps it’s a perfect transition from the all-acoustic side one, as “Powderfinger” feels like an ancient folksong, sporting both a melody and a story as old as America herself.