Neil Young/Prelude: After the Goldrush

PDF    QR Code    Add to Class   
+2 0
After The Goldrush

Well, I dreamed I saw the knights in armour come
Saying something about a queen
There were peasants singing and drummers drumming
And the archer split the tree
There was a fanfare blowing to the sun
That was floating on the breeze
Look at Mother Nature on the run in the 1970s

I was lying in a burnt out basement
With the full moon in my eyes
I was hoping for a replacement
When the sun burst through the skies
There was a band playing in my head
And I felt like getting high
Thinking about what a friend had said
I was hoping it was a lie

Well, I dreamed I saw the silver spaceships flying
In the yellow haze of the sun
There were children crying and banners flying
All around the The Chosen One

All in a dream, all in a dream, the loading had
begun
Flying Mother Nature's silver seed to a new home in the sun
Flying Mother Nature's silver seed to a new home in the sun










songwriter: Neil Young

performed by: Prelude (a female acapella group from Newcastle, U.K.)

date released: 1970 by Neil Young; re-released by Prelude in 1973

There has been endless speculation as to the meaning of Neil Young's haunting and surreal lyrics of "After the Gold Rush." Some think that mankind has upset the delicate balance of nature with pollution, runaway technology and threats of war. Others argue "the day after" imagery where civilians experience the aftermath of a nuclear Holocaust and seek to escape in spacecraft to a new planet to colonize. The video suggests this notion with the image of the earth cracked and lanced by spears. And what of the title itself---After The Goldrush? What does it mean? After human exploitation of the earth's resources, is rehabitation possible? Open to many interpretations, the song's artistry lies in its mystery and infinite possibilities. The medieval imagery of "knights and archers" suggests the timelessness of this dystopian view which still resonates in these modern times.










After The Goldrush

Well, I dreamed I saw the knights in armour come
Saying something about a queen
There were peasants singing and drummers drumming
And the archer split the tree
There was a fanfare blowing to the sun
That was floating on the breeze
Look at Mother Nature on the run in the 1970s

I was lying in a burnt out basement
With the full moon in my eyes
I was hoping for a replacement
When the sun burst through the skies
There was a band playing in my head
And I felt like getting high
Thinking about what a friend had said
I was hoping it was a lie

Well, I dreamed I saw the silver spaceships flying
In the yellow haze of the sun
There were children crying and banners flying
All around the The Chosen One

All in a dream, all in a dream, the loading had
begun
Flying Mother Nature's silver seed to a new home in the sun
Flying Mother Nature's silver seed to a new home in the sun










songwriter: Neil Young

performed by: Prelude (a female acapella group from Newcastle, U.K.)

date released: 1970 by Neil Young; re-released by Prelude in 1973

There has been endless speculation as to the meaning of Neil Young's haunting and surreal lyrics of "After the Gold Rush." Some think that mankind has upset the delicate balance of nature with pollution, runaway technology and threats of war. Others argue "the day after" imagery where civilians experience the aftermath of a nuclear Holocaust and seek to escape in spacecraft to a new planet to colonize. The video suggests this notion with the image of the earth cracked and lanced by spears. And what of the title itself---After The Goldrush? What does it mean? After human exploitation of the earth's resources, is rehabitation possible? Open to many interpretations, the song's artistry lies in its mystery and infinite possibilities. The medieval imagery of "knights and archers" suggests the timelessness of this dystopian view which still resonates in these modern times.










+2 0
Quiz #: 3626
Among the many covers of Neil Young's classic, Prelude shines forth as simply the best.
Quiz by: Sharon Michiko Yoneda
High Intermediate

Dictionary

Powered by Oxford



Dictionary

Powered by Oxford