500 Greatest Songs of All Time

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Neil Young, 'Rockin' in the Free World'

216. Neil Young, 'Rockin' in the Free World'

Writer: Young
Niko Bolas, Young
Oct. '89, Reprise

"Don't feel like Satan/But I am to them," Young spat in this raucously ambivalent song about the pride and guilt of being an American. It was inspired by a remark from a member of Crazy Horse, who said gigs were safer in Europe than in the Middle East: "It's better to keep rockin' in the free world." "It was such a cliché," Young said. "I knew I had to use it."

Appears on: Freedom (Reprise)


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