I came to you, when I needed a rest
You took my love, and put it to the test
I saw some things, that I never would have guessed
Feel like a railroad, I pulled a whole load behind

That old white line is friend of mine
And it's good time we've been making
Right now I'm rollin' down the open road
And the daylight will soon be breaking

I was adrift on a river of pride
It seemed like such a long easy ride
You were my raft but I let you slide
I've been down but I'm coming back up again

And I'm rollin' down the open road
Where the daylight will soon be breaking
Right now I'm thinking 'bout these things that I know
But it's good time that we've been making


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White Line Lyrics as written by Neil Young

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    General CommentCoke?
    Svedenhauson August 28, 2005   Link
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    General CommentOr the center line on the road?
    Svedenhauson August 28, 2005   Link
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    General CommentOr both?
    Buddha of Suburbiaon May 21, 2006   Link
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    General CommentDamn what a good song. The whole album is really.
    Makes you feel like going out for a drive with no destination. Even if the song really is about coke or speed, which I think it is.
    "Daylight will soon be breaking" obviously implies he's been up all night.
    "River of pride" probably referring to the almost manic state you're in when loaded
    "I've been down but I'm coming back up again" the dreaded roller coaster of addiction
    hammy02on January 02, 2007   Link
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    My InterpretationWhite Line can obviously be a reference to cocaine or speed, but I can also take the lyrics as a straight-away song about betrayed love. I wouldn't put it past Neil to write it earnestly just about lost love but intentionally making it a double-meaning to throw people in a tizzy. But I've never met the man, so maybe I. way off.
    Hartyharon September 01, 2018   Link
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    General CommentI forgot the real reason I was going to post is simply because I love this song and the feeling I get from it.
    Hartyharon September 01, 2018   Link
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    General CommentDuring those days, Cocaine was his “true love”, a “friend of mine”, enjoying the good times he was having with the stuff. It gave confidence and strength (though perhaps misperceived)—so much so he felt could “pull the whole load behind” him.
    Deepseedon August 22, 2020   Link

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