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    General CommentI own every Neil Young album that's been officially released, and have about 60-70 additional songs of his that never were released on various bootleg tapes and CDs.

    The only reason I mention that is because of all the great songs that Neil Young has given the world, this is probably one of my top 5 favorites of his, and I feel it gets unfairly overlooked simply because it's a "Trans" song with the vocoder.

    There's such raw emotion in this song. It's obvious that he wrote this completely with his son in mind --- a quadriplegic, non-oral cerebral palsy victim who he couldn't communicate with normally.

    I see the first three verses as Neil trying to change himself in order to become close to his son --- he slows down time (Cars and trucks fly by me on the corner), exposes himself to unnatural environments (But I'm alright Standing out here in the hot sun), and even attempts to internalize the passage of time in order to approximate his experience to his son's experience.

    Yet by the last verse, he realizes the fruitlessness of his efforts, and is reduced to simply stating that he needs his son to know that he's alive, but that his son's particular problems makes his presence unnecessary (And you need me / Like ugly needs a mirror).

    And that just makes the song even more heartbreaking.
    thermo4on January 08, 2007   Link
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    General Commentgreat song with a brilliant riff; agree wholeheartedly thermo.

    Also this stuff undoubtedly gets unfairly overlooked, there's some great stuff on Trans
    alioflyon April 12, 2009   Link

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