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Neil Young Adds "A Day in the Life" Cover to European Shows

June 30, 2008 4:04 PM ET

A month after Paul McCartney performed "A Day in the Life" for the first time since the original studio recording 41 years ago, Neil Young has begun performing the Beatles song as the final encore on his summer European tour. Be warned, the version captured on YouTube is a super shakey, though the sound is quite listenable. Who do you think did it better?

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“San Francisco Mabel Joy”

Mickey Newbury | 1969

A country-folk song of epic proportions, "San Francisco Mabel Joy" tells the tale of a poor Georgia farmboy who wound up in prison after a move to the Bay Area found love turning into tragedy. First released by Mickey Newbury in 1969, it might be more familiar through covers by Waylon Jennings, Joan Baez and Kenny Rogers. "It was a five-minute song written in a two-minute world," Newbury said. "I was told it would never be cut by any artist ... I was told you could not use the term 'redneck' in a song and get it recorded."

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