Neil Young – “Campaigner” from Decade (1977)
Forgive me if I return to Neil Young more often than you might like.
Neil wrote this song on the bus while touring with Stephen Stills and “The Stills-Young Band” in 1976. The tour was conceived as 30 dates but lasted only 8 before Young quit.
The lyrics for “Campaigner” are some of Neil’s more beautiful and melancholy abstractions, akin to earlier songs like “Broken Arrow” or “Expecting to Fly.” It also features his terrifically percussive guitar playing. Of all songs where it’s just Neil and a guitar, this is far and away my favorite.
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