Give Me Strength Lyrics - Neil Young

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A lonely man I know myself to be
It's not as bad
as some things I have seen.
The picture painted here
is not a dream
The only reality
is the way it seems.

The happier you fly
The sadder you fall
The laughter in your eyes
Is never all.

Give me strength to move along.
Give me strength
to leave my sweetheart.

I'm riding down this wet road
in my old car
The moon is almost full
except for stars.
The party ended
long before the night
She made me feel alive
and that's all right.

The happier you fly
The sadder you fall
The laughter in your eyes
Is never all.

Give me strength to move along.
Give me strength
to leave while she's gone.

The happier you fly
The sadder you fall
The laughter in your eyes
Is never all.

Give me strength to move along.
Give me strength to move along.
Give me strength to move along.







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The Big Slide, the Full Moon, and the Will to Carry-On. | Reviewer: dave brewer | 5/7/09

When I was a kid, about six or seven I think, my brother and I went to this miniature golf place, and they had a superslide. Well for whatever reason the guy taking the tickets got mad at me and my brother, and we didn't go on the slide. I didn't cry, but obviously I wasn't very happy either. Most of all I was just dismayed, perhaps for the first time. To this day even though I realize there could have been a thousand other reasons this guy got mad at us which had nothing to do with us, the thought of it and this guys attitude still play a part in my memory.
The point is there's a significant amount of pain and dismay in life you're just going to run into ("the moon") and you're meant to carry it with you for the rest of your life("is almost full") because your psyche sees and knows this as a significant truth of living no matter what else you can know, happy or otherwise(except for the stars").

I also sense from lines like "the laughter in her eyes is never all" that Mr. Young is expressing his own inabilities to experience something without a world of other thoughts and feelings jumping onto it. Certainly, Neil isn't telling us anything new that "the happier you fly, the sadder you fall." What I gathered here was more my connection to the truth of such a statement and that it's in knowing such things that our strength gets sapped and we are brought down much past what the event itself should have taken us.

So is there anything positive to be gained from such sad and desolate lyrics. Of course. Why else would we be drawn to such things. The strength we are all looking for is hidden in the struggle. When we identify with someone else's pain, we bond. In that bonding, we are taken to a place outside ourselves and there seems to be a natural tendency to gather strength from such places whether you want to call it cosmic energy or compassion (even for the self.) The true beauty of this song is its transcendence from the juvenile belief that we will eventually get past our pain and that as we travel down this cold and lonely road we can find inside the pain of the afflicted human spirit in all its imperfections and with all its burdens that there lies within us all a will that seeks to carry on.

Thanks again Neil for getting me past,





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