If I could hold on
to just one thought
For long enough to know
Why my mind is moving so fast
And the conversation is slow.
Burn off all the fog
And let the sun
through to the snow
Let me see your face again
Before I have to go.

I have seen you in the movies
And in those magazines at night
I saw you on the barstool when
You held that glass so tight.
And I saw you in my nightmares
But I'll see you in my dreams
And I might live a thousand years
Before I know what that means.

Once there was a friend of mine
Who died a thousand deaths
His life was filled with parasites
And countless idle threats.
He trusted in a woman
And on her he made his bets
Once there was a friend of mine
Who died a thousand deaths.


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    General Commenton an album where it seemed Young was at least temporarily exorcised of his mid-70's demons, Barstool Blues provides a lyrical look over the shoulder for the still unsaddled songwriter. The musical delivery is, well, classic Crazy Horse. Immediate yet transcendent - Basic yet layered - Celebrated and underrated. A solid 3 chord masterpiece, Barstool Blues uses the unquantifiable spiritual combination of scarred past and brilliant present.
    soldioson May 31, 2006   Link
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    General CommentEloquently stated soldios.
    danger birdon July 02, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"He trusted in a woman
    And on her he made his bets
    Once there was a friend of mine
    Who died a thousand deaths"

    This last verse shows the lyrics of a young genious gambling for love. Who hasn't done that in their young lives ? Those are poerful lyrics my friends.....
    justasimpleguyon May 10, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI meant to say "powerful" Sorry.....
    justasimpleguyon May 10, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"if god we're to ask me for a definition of beauty i would play him barstool blues"
    jimmy mcdonough
    ShakeyFan2on November 07, 2009   Link
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    My Interpretation"And I saw you in my nightmares
    But I'll see you in my dreams
    And I might live a thousand years
    Before I know what that means."

    I love this one so much, especially the "Year of the Horse" version...It might have just been a throwaway by Neil because he couldn't think of anything else, but it sticks with me and it effing rocks!

    Or maybe he's saying he can't get this woman out of his mind and he will never no why,,,
    ApocalypseKurtzon June 10, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThe song was about Carrie Snodgrass.
    jerkypeteon June 13, 2012   Link
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    Link(s)Nice songs with caption zanui.com.au/barstools/">Bar stools
    ryanzanuion May 24, 2013   Link
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    General Commenti love zuma my fav neil album the emotion is overwhelming . I love the lines about the movies and barstool. conveys how his woman is a runaround! more males should listen to this!!!!
    sgtfloyd101on January 14, 2015   Link

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