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“After the Goldrush,” Neil Young’s solo album from 1970 is riveting and poetic and understated in many ways. While some songs like “Only Love Can Break Your Heart” and “Southern Man” are direct and powerful, there are other tracks on the album, like “When You Dance I Can Really Love” and “Tell me Why” that are less frank and clear. Tucked away at the very end of the album, which was largely recorded by Young in his Topanga Canyon home, is a tiny song with a lot of heart. It’s so light after such a meaningful album.

Yes, I’m talking about “Cripple Creek Ferry,” a simple and light-hearted song that sounds like it could be inspired by a drug-induced experience.

I’m not sure if there is any connection between this song and “Up on Cripple Creek” by The Band. Anyone know anything on that one?

Neil Young: Cripple Creek Ferry

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Neil Young: Cripple Creek Ferry