Well, I dreamed I saw the knights in armor coming
Sayin' something about a queen
There were peasants singin' and drummers drumming
And the archer split the tree
There was a fanfare blowin' to the sun
That was floating on the breeze
Look at mother nature on the run in the nineteen seventies
Look at mother nature on the run in the nineteen seventies

I was lyin' in a burned-out basement
With a full moon in my eyes
I was hopin' for replacement
When the sun burst through the sky
There was a band playin' in my head
And I felt like getting high
I was thinkin' about what a friend had said
I was hopin' it was a lie
Thinkin' about what a friend had said
I was hopin' it was a lie

Well, I dreamed I saw the silver spaceships lying
In the yellow haze of the sun
There were children crying and colors flying
All around the chosen ones
All in a dream, all in a dream
The loading had begun
Flyin' mother nature's silver seed
To a new home in the sun
Flyin' mother nature's silver seed
To a new home


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After The Gold Rush Lyrics as written by Neil Young

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    General CommentAgree with the past present future! Think the past is the most celebratory of the three verses - like it's about being at one with nature and worshipping the world around us. For me "the archer split the tree" is a recognition that even in medieval times we split the tree to make weapons. Also think the knights in armour coming might be the stars talking about a queen - the sun (or even the moon - traditionally associated with the female). my friend reckons the fanfare to the sun is the dawn chorus - sounds spot on to me. (He also reckons it's about a suicidal religious cult which I'm not sure about.)

    The middle verse is the most honest or something. The replacement definately has military undertones, as does the sun burst through the sky - definite nuclear subtext - but maybe also the balance to the full moon? Remember Neil records during a full moon - so that probably has some special meaning to him in terms of creativity.

    To me the final verse reminds me of a futuristic Noahs Ark - and I reckon the silver seed is the counterbalance to the goldrush. don't know how to interpret it more than that.

    PS love the other interpretations - shows how really good songs leave lots of scope for that without losing their strength.
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