What does The Needle and the Damage Done mean?

Neil Young: The Needle and the Damage Done Meaning

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Song Released: 1993


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  1. kooljohn176
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    Jun 27th 2016 !⃝

    A empathetic song for the soul to endure when the pain and sorrow are felt for someone who was overtaken by heroin addiction that brought about his death, along with the damage that will be done to his loved ones left behind. Unfortunatenly we lost many friends and loved ones to death by heroin overdose that Neil also experienced personally a year or so later when losing his Roadie friend Bruce Berry[r.i.p] and band mate Danny Whitten[r.i.p] to this ''Junk''[a street name for heroin] that played with Crazy Horse. Where ''Tonight's The Night'' was influenced by the tragedies. A time when Neil painfully lost his drummer and a friend who became a broken Junkie to this ''Junk'', but Neil I believed always hoped he would eventually get the ''Junk'' out of his system to be a healthy productive individual for himself, his family and for the band. Once he even send him several hundred dollars for a bus ride 'cause he was so broke to pay for the trip in order to get together with the band somewhere for a gig, but instead he used the money to buy more ''Junk'' to shoot up, where he accidently died that night like a ''every Junkie is a setting sun'' for our minds thinking, where Neil felt some guilt,pain and anger for years to come.

  2. anonymous
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    Jun 23rd 2016 !⃝

    I had heard, at some point Neil's drummer had a drinking and drug problem, to the point that he couldn't tour with the band. They went on tour without him, meanwhile Neil had heard that he cleaned himself up and decided to wire him $200 to come and join the band on tour. He spent the money on heroin and overdosed. Neil then wrote this song about him.


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