Neil Young Joins Pipeline Protest With New Song, Video For 'Indian Givers': Watch

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Neil Young photographed on May 18, 2016.

Neil Young is speaking out against the Dakota Access Pipeline, continuing his established history as an activist against Big Oil.

The music video for his new song, "Indian Givers," includes footage from recent protests and clips of the 70-year-old singer/songwriter driving in his car.

The lyrics seem to have been written in the past few weeks, since they mention by name Native American protester Dale "Happy" American Horse Jr., who was arrested Aug. 31 after chaining himself to a large backhoe to prevent digging for the pipeline.

In 2014, Young advocated against the Keystone XL pipeline with the song "Who's Gonna Stand Up?" on his Storytone album. He linked with Willie Nelson that year for a concert in Nebraska against the expansion.

Read the complete "Indian Givers" lyrics:

There’s a battle raging on the sacred land
Our brothers and sisters have to take a stand
Against us now for what we all been doing
On the sacred land there’s a battle brewing
I wish somebody would share the news
Now it’s been about 500 years
We keep taking what we gave away
Just like what we call Indian givers
It makes you sick and gives you shivers
I wish somebody would share the news
Big money going backwards and ripping the soil
Where graves are scattered and blood was boiled
When all who look can see the truth
But they just move on and keep their groove
I wish somebody would share the news
Saw Happy locked to the big machine
They had to cut him loose and you know what that means
That’s when Happy went to jail
Behind big money justice always fails
I wish somebody would share the news
Bring back the days when good was good
Lose these imposters in our neighborhood
Across our farms and through our waters
All at the cost of our sons and daughters
Our brave songs and daughters
We're all here together fighting poison waters
Standing against the evil way
That’s what we have at the end of day
I wish somebody would share the news


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