Nowadays we’re used to rock songs sung by murderers but it was new in 1974. Plus this song’s singer is no mere murderer; he’s a “revolutionary.” In fact he sounds a lot like Charles Manson—an interesting similarity given that the songwriter supposedly knew Charles Manson. Which raises the question: if you had actually met Charles Manson, would you be at all inclined to write a song from his POV? And raises another question: does any of THIS explain why this song is good? Because before I knew any of these facts I really liked this song. I liked its ferocious lyrics and raw sound. So maybe I should have started there. Oh! Did I mention the song’s by Neil Young?
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