Veteran rocker Neil Young has recorded a protest album featuring an anti-Iraq war track with "a holy vow to never kill again" and a song titled "Let's Impeach the President."
Veteran rocker Neil Young has recorded a protest album featuring an anti-Iraq war track with "a holy vow to never kill again" and a song titled "Let's Impeach the President." The 10-track set, "Living with War," was recorded this month by a "power trio" -- electric guitar, bass and drums -- plus trumpet and a 100 voices, Young announced on his Web site.
Young's longtime manager, Elliot Roberts, told Reuters the album, which has been the subject of Internet buzz for several days, will be played tomorrow (April 18) for executives at his label, Warner Music Group's Reprise Records.
"It's devoted to the state of America, or the direction that America is moving in," Roberts said of the album.
In a message crawl along the bottom of his Web site, Young drew parallels to two of the leading protest singers of the 1960s, saying of his new record: "I think it is a metal version of Phil Ochs and Bob Dylan ... metal folk protest?"
The crawl goes on to reveal the lyrics of the album's title track, with such lines as: "I raise my hand in peace / I never bow to the laws of the thought police / I take a holy vow to never kill again / In the big hotels / in the mosques and the doors of the old museum / I take a holy vow / to never kill again."
Roberts confirmed that a separate song on the album is titled "Let's Impeach the President" but declined to disclose any further details about the record.
According to some online reports, the song accuses President George W. Bush of "lying" and features a rap with Bush's voice set against a choir singing "flip-flop." One member of that choir, a California-based musician, wrote on a blog entry last Friday that the recording session wrapped with an a cappella version of "America the Beautiful."
Young's latest offering comes just seven months after the release of his last album, "Prairie Wind. Music from that set was featured in the recent concert film "Neil Young: Heart of Gold," directed by Jonathan Demme.
"Living with War" appears to bring Young full circle from a more pro-Bush administration stance he took in the months following the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Not long after recording the song "Let's Roll," a tribute to passengers who apparently fought back against hijackers on doomed United Airlines Flight 93 over Pennsylvania, Young came out publicly in support of the U.S. Patriot Act.
The legislation, which gave law enforcement authorities broad new powers aimed at bolstering the administration's war on terror, was harshly criticized by some as threatening Americans' civil liberties.
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