April 13, 2024

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Neil Young – a classic – Needle and the Damage Done


OK this isn’t exactly electric, but acoustic. But it’s a live recording

This song was recorded live at Royce Hall UCLA in 1971 and appeared on the album Harvest in 1972. This song was written about Neil’s close friends Danny Whitten (Crazy Horse) and Bruce Berry (his roadie) heroin addictions. This was recorded before their deaths.


I caught you knockin’
at my cellar door
I love you, baby,
can I have some more
Ooh, ooh, the damage done.

I hit the city and
I lost my band
I watched the needle
take another man
Gone, gone, the damage done.

I sing the song
because I love the man
I know that some
of you don’t understand
to keep from running out.

I’ve seen the needle
and the damage done
A little part of it in everyone
But every junkie’s
like a settin’ sun.