Oh, to live on Sugar Mountain
With the barkers and the colored balloons
You can't be twenty on Sugar Mountain
Though you're thinking that you're leaving there too soon
You're leaving there too soon

It's so noisy at the fair
But all your friends are there
And the candy floss you had
And your mother and your dad

Oh, to live on Sugar Mountain
With the barkers and the colored balloons
You can't be twenty on Sugar Mountain
Though you're thinking that you're leaving there too soon
You're leaving there too soon

There's a girl just down the aisle
Oh, to turn and see her smile
You can hear the words she wrote
As you read the hidden note

Oh, to live on Sugar Mountain
With the barkers and the colored balloons
You can't be twenty on Sugar Mountain
Though you're thinking that you're leaving there too soon
You're leaving there too soon

Now you're underneath the stairs
And you're givin' back some glares
To the people who you met
And it's your first cigarette

Oh, to live on Sugar Mountain
With the barkers and the colored balloons
You can't be twenty on Sugar Mountain
Though you're thinking that you're leaving there too soon
You're leaving there too soon

Now you say you're leavin' home
'Cause you want to be alone
Ain't it funny how you feel
When you're findin' out it's real

Oh, to live on Sugar Mountain
With the barkers and the colored balloons
You can't be twenty on Sugar Mountain
Though you're thinking that you're leaving there too soon
You're leaving there too soon


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  • +2
    General Commentdparks is getting to the point.

    There was indeed a club in Canada the Neil and his friends used to frequent. After he turned 21 he was no longer allowed to enter the club.

    However this songs goes well beyond that incident which mearly acted as a catalyst for this song.

    This song is a lament for childhood and the innocense lost. Something I think we can all relate to in one way or another.

    Neil speaks of Young Romance, Days at the Fair, Your First Smoke, and Moving out with such passionte and heartache.

    It just doesn't get any better than this.
    This song embodies all things that make Neil great.
    Meaningful Lyrics, Colorful Imagry, Storytelling at it's finest and killer guitar.

    Screw American Idol!
    This is REAL musical talent.

    Tons of people can get on stage and sing someone elses song.

    You take a man who writes/sings his own song, give him an accoutic guitar and harmonica and he sits down and bust out something this poetic and powerful: One in every few million can do that and very few can it do it like Neil.

    Plain and Simple: Neil is a musical master.
    mrMojoRisenon May 25, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMan, I love this fucking song. Never gets old.
    doesntevenmatteron May 31, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentNeil deserves a statue erected for him in commeration of this brilliant song (along with his countless other ones) though I'm preety sure he probably already has some sort of monument in his honor.
    floydian18on July 27, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmaybe this one's about growing up...

    you never appreciate your teen years and when you gotta leave them behind, you don't wanna.

    you can't be 20 on sugar mountain
    jehosefaton July 06, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is the unofficial theme song of the camp that I've been attending for half of my life. Sugar Mountain is the place that we go where eventually we grow out of, even if we don't want to or aren't ready to. This song talks about realizing when it is your time to go.
    boomagneton August 17, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHey, this song is about the good times. The times when you were growing up and learning things for yourself. The age when you were most impressionable. It was the spot where you hung out with your best friends, where your most vivid memories reside. Sooner or later you gotta leave, but the images and memories of what once was will never always be there
    Roland Ripleyon February 22, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYou're all right, but I can reveal a little more. I believe that Joni Mitchell (who knew neil back in canada to) once said that neil and his friends used to hang out at this place, club or something called sugar mountain. The agelimit was 20, so when he turned twenty he was out on the streets alone. Joni actually wrote her song "the circle game" about this song.
    powderfingeron March 06, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti thought this song was about cocaine
    dustpan86on April 11, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe song seems to be about enjoying your childhood and not wanting to get older. I have also heard the same background story as powderfinger did.
    kfe2on December 07, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is about a club in Canada. After you turn 21, you're not allowed back into the club. Jonie Mitchell sings a song called Circle Game wich is about Neil Young and this club.
    dparkson December 24, 2005   Link

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