"Harvest" as written by Eliza H Gilkyson and Andreas Vollenweider....
Did I see you down in a young girl's town
With your mother in so much pain?
I was almost there at the top of the stairs
With her screamin' in the rain.

Did she wake you up to tell you that
It was only a change of plan?
Dream up, dream up, let me fill your cup
With the promise of a man.

Did I see you walking with the boys
Though it was not hand in hand?
And was some black face in a lonely place
When you could understand?

Did she wake you up to tell you that
It was only a change of plan?
Dream up, dream up, let me fill your cup
With the promise of a man.

Will I see you give more than I can take?
Will I only harvest some?
As the days fly past will we lose our grasp
Or fuse it in the sun?

Did she wake you up to tell you that
It was only a change of plan?
Dream up, dream up, let me fill your cup
With the promise of a man.


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"Harvest" as written by Eliza H Gilkyson, Andreas Vollenweider

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    General Commentwhat the hell, no comments. and now its 2005??
    fuck people, this is one of the best damn Neil songs out there. I think it has something to do with a girl who might me cheating on him, or he is not giving her enough attention.
    NeilYoungMAnon February 28, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI spent all summer listening and singing this song, it's so beautifully sad. I'm not too sure what it's about, and I'm not sure I wanna know (for once) - it means a lot to me anyway
    HateSaikoon March 15, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti dont know what its about either......maybe about a man growing up.......its a great song though
    dasquien!on May 07, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI'm surprised that there aren't more comments about such an amazing song either... It means a lot to me too, its amazingly beautiful. I think its just a song about giving your promise of love to someone, and hoping that everything will work out. ' as the days fly past, will we lose our grasp, or fuse it in the sun?' Will we drift apart or become stronger with time? Its got so many great lyrics, its a little piece of perfection.
    reidoon May 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentYeah Neil is amazing. So are these lyrics.
    Thommeson July 12, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti'll say up front, im just as unsure as anyone else, but i been giving a lot of thought on this piece. first, im not sure the above lyrics are entirely correct, but even with the slightly different words ive considered, the general message feels the same to me... just as Reido and NeilYoungMan mentioned above, only more specific i think...

    I read it as a man's perspective on his family: wife and child specifically... the marraige is teeter-tottering between hanging on ("will we lose our grasp, or fuse it in the sun?") and divorce ("a change of plan"). i see their child referenced as a kid sleeping in bed ("did she wake you up to tell you")... "she" being the mom, it would read something like, 'did mom wake you up to tell you things arent doing so good'... and his reply ("dream up, dream up, let me fill your cup with the promise of a man")... meaning something like 'dont worry, it will be ok'...

    the most melancholy feeling in this song stems from how the father is comforting his child (promising to stick it out, maybe more to himself than her) despite the feeling that the love between he and his wife is fleeting... because even if he "olny harvest[s] some", his child's love is enough for him to stay.

    *shrugs* that's my take on it...
    raiuson August 14, 2005   Link
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    General Commentnot sure how much any of you folks like The Shins... but an amazing new eclectic band, with a brilliant lyricist/songwriter, James Mercer. he's done a cover of "harvest" at a couple live shows of his 10-10-2004 is one of them... its an excellent rendition... the way he sings the last verse is:

    "will i see you give more than i can take?
    will we only harvest some?
    and as days fly past, will we lose our grasp,
    or fuse it in the sun?"

    he also sings "sad face" instead of "black face"... whats your take on the second verse? i feel like ive got a solid idea about the song, but not sure entirely about that verse and how it fits.
    raiuson August 14, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthe lyrics in this song is really sad i am lead to beleive he used to go out with a girl who's mother tryed to commit suicide by jumping down the stairs. read the start of the song again. in there relationship neil tryed to say to her i will be there for you hence the line "Dream up, dream up,
    let me fill your cup
    With the promise of a man" but he did not love her as much as she loved him thats why its says "Will I see you give
    more than I can take?
    Will I only harvest some?"
    craigscotlandon September 14, 2005   Link
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    General CommentShe has left in her mind, he knows it but is in denial - the song means STAY, I'll try to work it our
    vasnmoGoon March 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis was actually about a girlfriend Neil had whose mother didn't like him. Also they'd been dropping a lot of acid, and the girl said a lot of stuff about her mother as a result and this was what gave Neil the influence for the song. Read Shakey, his biography, it's brilliant.
    alfiebabyon May 08, 2006   Link

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