Neil Diamond: Shiloh Meaning
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anonymous Jul 14th, 7:19pm report
This song is an artist's bitter response to blogs that claim "We have the answer" when they do not. It was especially bitter because they even spelled the name wrong by adding an "h" to the name that he wrote. Sort of like the classic Woody Allen bit in his movie when he had an author behind people heading into a movie he had written and he claimed the people were wrong about what they claimed his movie meant.
anonymous Oct 19th, 2017 10:39pm report
I think the friend he's talking about (Shiloh) was a girl and he eventually fell in love with her and she "had other plans" and he still longed for his childhood friend even after she left.
I believe Shiloh was his imaginary playmate. Someone he beckoned when he needed a loyal, loving friend. This song has special meaning for me. My siblings and I had a very troubled childhood. My brother ended his journey by hanging himself at a place called Shiloh Ridge not far from where we lived. I believe he went to the "only friend he could find" (his maker) he is finally at peace. I just came from a drive in the country on a beautiful warm spring day, playing Shiloh on cd and bawling my eyes out. Something in Neil's words in that song and his soothing voice gets me every time.
anonymous Nov 17th, 2015 11:04am report
Shilo was his dog. The best friend a boy could have. Always there when you need him(her). God bless
anonymous Sep 20th, 2014 9:53am report
Shiloh was his puppy.
anonymous Nov 13th, 2012 11:45pm report
"Shiloh" tells the story of a shy, lonely little boy whose only friend was an imaginary playmate named Shiloh. When no one else wanted him around, Shiloh was always around to keep him company and make him happy.
YEars went by, the boy grew up, and he gradually forgot about Shiloh. He met and fell deeply in love with a wonderful woman, one who inspired him. He hoped they'd be together forever, but she left him.
Now that he's heartbroken, as alone and depressed as he was in his childhood, he remembers Shiloh and wishes he still had his old imaginary friend to comfort him.
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