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Sugar Mountain song meanings
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  • +6
    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
  • +2
    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
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    General CommentIts about young man watching clouds float by in the blue sky , remembering his childhood days, the sunshine is warm and breeze is quietly moving west. The young man staring up in the sky, he can recall the good and bad time that have passed - by in his mind like - its real as the day these memories were lived. He's now almost 21years old in few days, he realizes he will never be 17,18,19,20, ever again in his life. His mind is developing into an adult, a man, and his spirit, all those combined are giving him a chance to put the past behind him though music that he makes up as he walks towards the lake to remember a old fishing spot. On the lake there is huge flock of ducks and geese it's a beautiful mid October day. He runs toward the flocks like a reliving a childhood moment and scares all the birds into fight. He keeps on running by the edge of lake until he's out breath and comes to a walk. The world around him even looks a little different, The music begins to coordinate with his activity's, and he keep repeating " you cant be 20 on surge mountain though you think your leaving there to soon" He turns around and starts walking back to the spot he stared chasing the birds. He feel a little chilly, the grass is brown, and the geese, and ducks start landing back on the lake. He keeps walking until he gets back to the house and decides to put his thoughts in words on paper. Mr. Young's is his favorite singer. One day when he's 50 years old - plus- he found his old note book of poem's and sends that particular poem to Mr. Neil Young's office. Requesting that Mr. Young reads it and could it possibly be turned in to a song. Mr. Young writes back about 3 weeks later and say's " Hey man if you don't mind - Let see what I can do" and the rest of the story is history.
    frank15091on October 23, 2013   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
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    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
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    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
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    General Commenti thought this song was about cocaine
    dustpan86on April 11, 2005   Link
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    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

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