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Neil Young Debuts Hilarious Clip for New "Fork in the Road"

January 13, 2009 12:43 PM ET

Neil Young was frantically writing songs about the economic meltdown and his LincVolt project during his 2008 world tour, playing as many as ten per show by the time the trek wrapped last month (click here to check out a live report). Just a few days ago he posted another new one on YouTube and his website with virtually no fanfare. Wearing a blue "Tube Amp Repair" T-shirt and eating an apple (with headphones plugged into it), Young sings about the economic collapse against a basic blues beat. "I'm a big rock star," Donald Trump's favorite rocker sings in the hysterical single camera video. "My sales have tanked, but I still got you. Download this, it sounds like shit."

Near the end he plays some mean air guitar while a flat screen TV is repossessed in the background. A spokesman for Young confirms the song is the title track to a forthcoming studio album. What does that mean for the perpetually delayed Archives box set that was due out in March, and the Crazy Horse album Toast? "It seem logical in light of the timeliness of the subject matter that it will preempt Archives and Toast for the time being," the spokesperson says. "But that hasn't been confirmed yet." With Neil Young, very few things ever are.

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