What does Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black) mean?

Neil Young: Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black) Meaning

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Song Released: 1979

Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black) Lyrics

Hey hey, my my,
Rock and roll can never die,
There's more to the picture,
Than meets the eye.
Hey hey, my my.

Out of the blue,into the black.
They give you this but you pay for that.
Once you're gone you can't come back.
When you're...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Jan 3rd 2018 !⃝

    It's clearly about how dolphins struggle with homosexuality.

  2. anonymous
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    Mar 8th 2023 !⃝

    The Black Book of NA has recently been enshrined in Cobalt Blue, hopes need to be that people can make it out of an NA meeting alive.

  3. anonymous
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    Aug 26th 2021 !⃝

    It’s about the horrid life of a rock and roll star. How does no one get that? There’s more the the pictures than meet the eye? It’s a deal in which u get the fame money and stardom, but you pay for it. In many ways. Stress to impress, no privacy what so ever, exploited and ridiculed by the world with your every move, and you’ll be dropped by the world when the next rock star comes in. Out of the blue stardom, into the black nothing. Once you’re out of the spotlight u can’t come back. Dying in the spotlight is much better than the rust of getting old. You’ll always be remembered and your music will live on forever. If you grow old and your music will too.

  4. anonymous
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    Feb 2nd 2019 !⃝

    You guys are funny ! True a good song writer would say something so strange anyone can relate but I think out of the blue an into the black is death you can’t come back , Johnny dies , but the rock lives on the song lives as long as we don’t stop singing

    Jimmy b

  5. anonymous
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    Jan 13th 2019 !⃝

    In 1819, North Maxwell Pyke Invited Susie Randall, Ben Harper And Bruce Davidson Over To His Home In North Carolina, Part Earth, And Part Venus, Tobacco Was Later Accepted.

  6. anonymous
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    Jul 18th 2018 !⃝

    I imagine the song being about a person with depression who struggles with self harm and (out of the blue and into the black) states to me that persons struggles are worsening and are becoming a danger to themselves.

  7. anonymous
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    Jan 26th 2018 !⃝

    About making you think about the foolishness of gambling with your life and mind, by tripping on hard drugs to the point of burning yourself out into the black[ness] of space. Which could turn out to be a form of Hell. That you cannot comeback from when you die there. Overdosing on smack or whatever. Going from 'out of the blue and into the black'. Unless you think your somekind of a good gambler like was our Lord and King, Jesus Christ. Who is not forgotten in order to restore our faith and give hope to the living. A little like what the boss said once, by when ''everything dies, baby, that's a fact, but maybe everything that dies someday comes back''.

  8. anonymous
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    Aug 24th 2017 !⃝

    rock n roll will never die because its an ideology as old as mankind, the ideology that shakes its fist at God and says "Ill do it my way, not yours". Its sung about in our own lives, in our choices, in our rebellion, in our rejection of God and His ways... for ours.

  9. anonymous
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    Jul 27th 2017 !⃝

    If you go looking for the darkside you will find it. Your interpretation is not even close. Its about life and all the bullshit e face and how the average man has to struggle against the wealthy.

  10. anonymous
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    Jun 1st 2017 !⃝

    That interpretation is bullshit. It's the ups and downs of life. Just like Hotel California, Don Henley said you can interpret it any way you want, Robert Plant said to interpret Stairway To Heaven any way you want. A lot of people want to look at the darkside. Here is a thought, listen to songs you like and screw trying to figure out what they mean! Damn.

  11. DickNCider
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    Oct 28th 2013 !⃝

    The song seems to be about....prepare yourself kids....SATANISM!!!! "Out of the blue and into the black" refers to turning one's life over to the "darkside". "Rock and roll can never die/there's more to the picture than meets the eye"....this hints at the invisible (spiritual) force behind r'n'r (demonic) and suggests r'n'r will endure because of it. Why would I interpret the lyrics in that way? Because MANY of the biggest names in r'n'r are involved in the occult: Jimmy Page, Ozzy, Beatles, Stones, Elvis, Beach Boys (yes you read that right), Eagles, Bowie, etc. I do not have any info on whether or not Neil has any occult connection, but there seems to be a pattern here! Incidently, Kurt Cobain, who quoted some of the lyrics to this song in his suicide note, was involved in Satanism. Yeah, I know you don't believe any of this because your top 40 dee jays never talk about it. They ain't as hip as they think. I hope I didn't scare you kids.....don't look under your bed when you lie down to sleep tonight.

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