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Because I’m still in love with you
I want to see you dance again
Because I’m still in love with you
On this harvest moon

Could this be Neil Young’s most beautiful love song? If so, it shows that sometimes we get better with age. It’s from his 1992 album Harvest Moon, which came out when he was 47, after an already legendary career.

When we were strangers
I watched you from afar
And when we were lovers
I loved you with all my heart

Usually I like rich, deep male voices. Neil’s an alto tenor, and his voice is thin and reedy. But there is something plaintive and pure about it that thrills me every time I hear him sing.

But now it’s getting late
And the moon is climbing high
I want to celebrate
See it shining in your eyes


Neil’s not the most photogenic of guys (and wins the prize for worst hair), but I love this picture. Click for image source, and a good essay about Neil and his music.

Another charming oddity of Harvest Moon: it’s the only song I know that uses a broom as a musical instrument. You can see how it works in the video.

Many of Neil’s songs are dreamy and hypnotic. My other favorite is Helpless (1969) a truly exquisite pairing of word and melody.

Blue, blue windows behind the stars,
Yellow moon on the rise
Big birds flying across the sky
Throwing shadows on our eyes
Leave us
Helpless, helpless, helpless

Neil Young singing Helpless with The Band, in The Last Waltz:

Usually I can’t bear Joni Mitchell, but when she sings backup on this song, she’s all right!