Neil YoungHeart Of Gold (3:08)

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Neil Young’s only number one hit single in his long musical career. The song is one of a series of soft, acoustic pieces which were written partly as a result of a back injury. Unable to stand for long periods of time, he could not play his electric guitar and so returned to his acoustic guitar, which he could play sitting down,

According to the Heart of Gold Songfacts, Young handed guest star James Taylor a banjo to play on this song. Turns out, that was the first time Taylor had ever touched one!

Originally, this song was meant to segue with the song “A Man Needs a Maid”, and was therefore played on piano. It was played in this manner during Young’s solo shows in 1971, but he abandoned this approach midway through the tour and began to play it on guitar as it is now known. Additionally, one line that was cut when the two songs became separate entities was “Afraid/A man feels afraid” [6] An example of the segued version appears on Young’s Live at Massey Hall 1971 release.

Young wrote in the liner notes of his compilation album Decade: “This song put me in the middle of the road. Traveling there soon became a bore so I headed for the ditch.” This statement was in response to the mainstream popularity that he gained as a result of “Heart of Gold“‘s number-one status.
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  • Metal-Kathy86

    Wäre ich professionelle Sängerin wäre dieser Song bei jedem Konzert meine Zugabe ;)

    Sunday morning
  • MusicGarage

    Perhaps we will find the Golden Heart after his death, when it's for us to eternal rest ...

    16 days ago
  • MusicGarage

    This breaks the most beautiful song of the soul, Neil, thank you very much!!

    16 days ago
  • swordboy8861

    timeless

    18 days ago
  • wildtony40

    they both are great songs.

    last month
  • TWHsr

    Great guy. Once bought Lionel Train for sob. Had a very hard life

    last month
  • klpra

    No way is J. Cash version better!

    last month
  • oldiesfanjohn

    "Keeps me searchin' for a heart of gold".. Cue up the harmonica,Neil !

    last month
  • fank19

    As much as I love this one, Johnny Cash version is even a bit better.

    last month
  • eqsmetal

    Everything that Glitter aint Gold :P :P

    last month
  • robbydylan

    1000 mal gehört, 1000 mal gespieli. ist und bleibt das beste

    last month
  • TWHsr

    Me too. So good.

    last month
  • JackieRawal

    what a wonderful timeless song-sounds as good as the first time I heard it

    last month
  • daniels_arc

    makes me sway every time. eyes closed.

    last month
  • memekiwii

    Neil Young is my Husband!!

    April 2012
  • escarabat94

    *<3*

    April 2012
  • Dolphena

    I'm alway searching for a Heart of Gold.

    April 2012
  • MikesDmusic

    Neil has always had that ability to put words together in a way that sings - even when you just speak the words.

    April 2012
  • davidmills71

    <3

    April 2012
  • CityGirl245

    I can hear this song over and over again.

    April 2012
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