Neil Young Admits He Can’t Stop Trump Using His Song - Noise11.com
NeilYoung at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl by Ros O'Gorman

Neil Young at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl by Ros O'Gorman

Neil Young Admits He Can’t Stop Trump Using His Song

by Paul Cashmere on November 7, 2018

in News

Neil Young has once again taken to task American President Donald Trump for using his song ‘Rocking In The Free World’ at his rallies but admits there is nothing he can do about it.

In a statement Young made it clear that Trump does not have his permission to use the song but Trump does have a legal right to play it.

“DT does not have my permission to use the song ‘Rockin’ in the Free World’ at his appearances,” Young posted to Instagram. “Legally, he has the right to, however it goes against my wishes. I made this perfectly clear, after he played it in a media moment to announce his candidacy. I asked him then, in a widely shared, public letter to cease and desist. However, he chose not to listen to my request, just as he chooses not to listen to the many American voices who ask him to stop his constant lies, to stop his petty, nasty name calling and bullying, to stop pushing his dangerous, vilifying and hateful rhetoric. This man does not represent the character of the people in the USA that I have come to know and love”.

Young also says he cannot vote but if you can, you should. “I’m Canadian so I can’t vote in the states, but if you can, take this great opportunity to make your voice heard,
and Vote”!

“Keep on Rocking in the Free World!,” he concluded.

View this post on Instagram

DT does not have my permission to use the song ‘Rockin' in the Free World’ at his appearances. Legally, he has the right to, however it goes against my wishes. I made this perfectly clear, after he played it in a media moment to announce his candidacy. I asked him then, in a widely shared, public letter to cease and desist. However, he chose not to listen to my request, just as he chooses not to listen to the many American voices who ask him to stop his constant lies, to stop his petty, nasty name calling and bullying, to stop pushing his dangerous, vilifying and hateful rhetoric. This man does not represent the character of the people in the USA that I have come to know and love. I’m Canadian so I can’t vote in the states, but if you can, Take this great opportunity to make your voice heard, and Vote! Keep on Rocking in the Free World! Neil Young

A post shared by Neil Young Archives (@neilyoungarchives) on

Trump’s choice of ‘Rockin’ in the Free World’ is misjudged. Young wrote the song as a criticism of the Republican Party and the first Bush administration, even using the line ‘thousand points of light’ said by Bush Sr in his inauguration speech.

Trump also misses the point of the lyrics “There’s a lot of people saying we’d be better off dead” and “don’t feel like Satan but I am to them”.

‘Rockin’ in the Free World’ bookends the 1989 Young album ‘Freedom’ much like ‘Hey Hey My My’ was placed on ‘Rust Never Sleeps’.

For news as it happens follow Noise11 on Facebook

Noise11.com

Listen to the Noise11 Music News channel now at iHeartRadio

Comments

comments

Related Posts

The Hollies Bobby Elliott
Here’s why The Hollies Too Young To Be Married isn’t on their greatest hits album

In 1970 The Hollies had a number one hit in Australia and New Zealand with ‘Too Young To Be Married’ but the song never makes it to their greatest hits compilations.

21 hours ago
Mick Jagger, The Rolling Stones image by Ros O'Gorman, Noise11, photo
Mick Jagger jams a new song to announce The Rolling Stones 2019 dates

Mick Jagger has crafted a little ditty to sing up the Rolling Stones 2019 US tour dates.

1 day ago
Eric Clapton Happy Xmas
Check out Eric Clapton’s new White Christmas video

The Christmas album of 2018 is Eric Clapton’s ‘Happy Xmas’ but a mile.

4 days ago
PP Arnold
PP Arnold has Ike & Tina Turner to thank for her career

PP Arnold says she started her career with thanks to Ike and Tina Turner when she became an Ikette for Ike and Tina Turner in 1964.

5 days ago
Tony Iommi, Black Sabbath, Noise11, 2013, Ros O'Gorman, Photo
Black Sabbath to he honoured with Metal Bench in Birmingham

The city of Birmingham UK is planning to honour its loudest sons Black Sabbath with a metal bench and also possibly name a bridge after the band.

6 days ago
Neil Young Malibu home
Neil Young and Miley Cyrus have lost homes in the California fires

Neil Young and Miley Cyrus have confirmed their houses have burnt to the ground in the fires raging Southern California.

November 13, 2018
The Scorpions, music news, music
Scorpions Cancel Sydney Show Tonight

Scorpions will be a no-show in Sydney tonight after cancelling their Melbourne show with Def Leppard just two days earlier.

November 10, 2018