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Neil Young: Music Can Actually Save the World, Sort Of

February 11, 2008 1:51 PM ET

Neil Young raised some eyebrows at the Berlin Film Festival last week when he told reporters that music can't save the world. "The time when music could change the world is past," he said. "I think it would be very naive to think that in this day and age. The world today is a different place, and that it's time for science and physics and spirituality to make a difference in this world and to try to save the planet." Since then, the man who wrote "Ohio" and "Rockin' in the Free World" decided to elaborate on his views. Click below to read his statement:

 

A Song Alone.
By Neil Young

 

No one song can change the world. But that doesn't mean its time to stop singing. Somewhere on Earth a scientist is alone working. No one knows what he or she is thinking. The secret is just within reach. If I knew that answer I would be singing the song.

This is the Age of innovation. Hope matters. But not hope alone. In the age of innovation, the people's fuel must be found. That is the biggest challenge. Who is up to the challenge? Who is searching today? All day. All night. Every hour that goes by. I know I am.

My friends write to me don't give up. I am not giving up. I know this is the time for change. But I know that it's not a song. Maybe it was. But it isn't now. It's an action, an accomplishment, a revelation, a new way. I am searching for the people's fuel. Will I find it? Yes. I think so. I don't know why I may have been chosen to help enable a discovery of this magnitude. I know I can only write a song about it when I find it. Until then I can write a song about the search or spend all my time looking. But a song alone will not change the world. Even so, I will keep on singing.

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