We've been through
some things together
With trunks of memories
still to come
We found things to do
in stormy weather
Long may you run.

Long may you run.
Long may you run.
Although these changes
have come
With your chrome heart shining
in the sun
Long may you run.

Well, it was
back in Blind River in 1962
When I last saw you alive
But we missed that shift
on the long decline
Long may you run.

Long may you run.
Long may you run.
Although these changes
have come
With your chrome heart shining
in the sun
Long may you run.

Maybe The Beach Boys
have got you now
With those waves
singing "Caroline No"
Rollin' down
that empty ocean road
Gettin' to the surf on time.

Long may you run.
Long may you run.
Although these changes
have come
With your chrome heart shining
in the sun
Long may you run.


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  • +1
    General CommentI'm not really a Neil Young fan, but my dad is. I'm basically posting because this song was stuck in my head today and I'm from the town of Blind River (mentioned in the song.) I've always thought it was neat that he mentioned our town in his song...
    TickTockinglyon April 13, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThis is about Neil's first car, which I believe was an old funeral hearst.
    Stoneyon April 09, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI understand that the old car he had broke down in Blind River and he couldn't repair it.
    So he just left his car there and hitched a ride to his destination.
    According to the DVD's Special features the producers of the horro movie "Final Destination" wanted to play this song in the funeral scene. However, either Neil Young and/or his manager wanted to be paid US$500,000 for the privilege.
    Unfortunately, as the price was so high the song wasn't used and many potential new fans missed out on hearing a great song.
    chrisb1on April 04, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWhen I first started listening to this song. To me it meant a long and beautiful marriage. We've been through some things together. We found things to do in stormy weather. Being able to weather the storms and curve balls life can thro at u. After doing some research the song truly is about Neil's car. I don't think it really matters. It's a well written song like so many of Neil's songs the meaning is whatever it means to the listener. A good song writer has the ability to do that and Neil Young is the Master of this
    Seagull100on December 04, 2014   Link
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    General CommentThis is about Neil's first car, which I believe was an old funeral hearst.
    Stoneyon April 09, 2004   Link
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    General Commentit says on the Decade sleeve that its for his first car and his last woman. but i think its just his first car, as it doesn't have much about a woman in it. chrome heart shining, the empty ocean road, trunks full of memories. all car stuff. and also, the mentioning of the Beach Boys, who had many songs about cars.
    Kornoon September 23, 2004   Link
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    General CommentIsn't this the car that he was driving when he started Buffalo Springfield with Stephen Stills?
    elwyn5150on December 25, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIts about a car, but some people believe i is about stephen stills. Maybe it has a double meaning. Neils songs often do.
    powderfingeron March 06, 2005   Link
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    General CommentActually the song could be about both. Stephen Stills apparently saw this hearse one day and he believed it to be the car of Neil Young. I’m not sure if he waited for Neil outside of the car or if he followed it around until he stopped, but I am almost positive that’s how they met.
    Fenderstrats90on September 04, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI love this song; clearly it's about his car, but I always felt that the sentiment, "long may you run," could apply to anything. Kind of a "good luck," it's just something to say to someone to let them know you hope they have a long and happy life.

    Also reminds me of the book Watership Down. When a rabbit died, they said he had "stopped running," so to run long is to have a long life. It doesn't need to apply just to his car. :)
    AlphabetFishon April 12, 2007   Link

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