Neil Young – Bad Fog of Loneliness

Bad Fog of Loneliness - Neil Young

In January of 1971 Neil Young recorded “Bad Fog of Loneliness” but did not release it until 2007 on Live at Massey Hall. He originally intended to perform it on The Johnny Cash Show, but his appearance was cancelled and the song got lost in the shuffle as Young’s career surged. The somber piece emanates an intimate, magnetic ambience that characterized much of Young’s music during the early 70s. A gently picked guitar and a life experience communicated with his moodily vulnerable high tenor are the simple ingredients to the magic of Neil Young’s presentation. His uncanny ability to offer melodies and lyrical content that cut straight to the heart of listeners with such immediacy and compelling force was an artistic dynamic that belonged solely to him. Unaccompanied, armed with only an acoustic guitar and his dreams, he offered an all encompassing musical experience that most full four piece bands were unable to capture. The song’s simplicity, heartbreak over lost love, is at the core of Young’s magic. Just as nature presents in a seemingly uncomplicated yet deeply penetrating way, like a sunset lighting the sky with wondrous pastel colors, so does the music of Neil Young take on a timelessly elegant and emotionally provocative quality.

“Bad fog of lonelinessLive at the Cellar Door- Neil Young
Put a cloud
on my single-mindedness
I dream of sweet caress from you.
What makes tomorrow guess
What makes me take from me,
and put aside the rest
I dream of sweet caress from you.
So long woman I am gone
So much pain to go through
Come back maybe I was wrong
Bad fog of loneliness
Put a cloud
on my single-mindedness
I dream of sweet caress from you.”