Neil Young Hitchhiker Song Lyrics and Song Meaning

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Neil Young Hitchhiker Song Lyrics and Song Meaning

Would you believe us if we told you that Neil Young is releasing new music in 2017? Well, we wouldn't either, but it's true! Neil Young is released a "lost" 1976 album titled Hitchhiker, which will be released on August 4, 2017. The album's title track, "Hitchhiker", was actually released on Young's 2010 album *Le Noise", but he added a new verse to complete the song. Check out the new lyrics below!

Hitchhiker Song Lyrics Updated 2017:

When I was a hitchhiker on the road/ I had to count on you/ But you needed me to ease the load/ And for conversation too/ Or did you just pass on through?

You didn’t see me in Toronto/ When I first tried out some hash/ Smoked through a pen and I’ll do it again/ But I didn’t have the cash/ I didn’t have the cash.

Then I tried amphetamines/ And my head was in a glass/ Taped underneath the speedometer wires/ Of my ’48 Buick’s dash./ But I knew that wouldn’t last.

Then came California/ Where I first saw open water/ In the land of opportunity/ I knew I was getting hotter/ I knew I was getting hotter.

But the neon lights/ And the endless nights/ Fame took me by surprise/ The doctor gave me valium/ But I still couldn’t close my eyes/ I still couldn’t close my eyes.

Then came paranoia/ And it ran away with me/ I would not sign my autograph/ Or appear on TV/ Or see or be seen.

Living in the country/ Looked good to me/ Smoking grass while the summer past/ In the real organic sea/ Where everything was green.

Then we had a kid and we split apart/ I was living on the road/ A little cocaine went a long, long way/ To ease that different load/ But my head did explode/ My head did explode.

I thought I was an Aztec/ Or a runner in Peru/ I would build such beautiful buildings/ To house the chosen few/ Like an Inca from Peru.

(New Verse:)

How many years are come and gone/ Like friends and enemies/ I tried to leave my past behind/ But it’s catching up with me

I don’t know how I’m standing here/ Living in the light/ Thankful for my children/ And my faithful wife

What Does Neil Young's "Hitchhiker" Song Mean?

In an interview with American Songwriter, Neil Young said, "The song never could have been done without those verses. It’s about a memory. It’s the drug chronicles. Drug chronicles, TMI. That’s like a TV show, you know?"


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