Neil Young, "Campaigner"

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I always loved this song. It was never released on any album, and was never released as a single either, but he started playing it live in 1976. It finally appeared on the greatest hits “Decade” album. I never liked Nixon; always hated him. I came of age in the 1970’s, and in between chasing every surf chick and hippie chick with a pair of tits, living in a cloud of pot smoke and dropping the strongest LSD you’ve even tasted, one of our fetishes was hating Richard Nixon.
If you were young and hip in the 1970’s (yes there were many hippies still in the 1970’s), you hated Nixon, hated the draft and hated the war. I remember once I was sitting on the lawn on campus with a bunch of chicks and my acidhead friend David. Someone said Nixon and David looked up and shook his head. “Nixon always looks like he hasn’t shit in a month!” he said. Well, that was Richard Nixon! Nevertheless, at age 15, I worked for the Committee to Re-elect the President (CREEP) of Watergate fame.
After it was all over, there was a photo of Nixon walking alone down the beach at his beach house in San Clemente. My next door neighbor said she saw that picture and felt sorry for him. Even after all he did, so did I.
Lyrics to The Campaigner
I am a lonely visitor
I came to late to cause a stir
Though I campaigned all my life towards that goal
I hardly slept the night you wept
Our secret’s safe and still well kept
Where even Richard Nixon has got soul
Even Richard Nixon has got soul
The podium rocks in the crowded waves
The speaker talks of the beautiful saves
That went down long before he played this role
For the hotel queens and the magazines
Test tube genes and slot machines
Where even Richard Nixon got soul
Even Richard Nixon has got it – soul
Hospitals have made him cry
But there’s always a freeway in his eye
Though his beach just got too crowded for his stroll
Roads stretch out like healthy veins
And wild gift horses strain the reins
Where even Richard Nixon has got soul
Even Richard Nixon has got soul
I am a lonely visitor
I came to late to cause a stir
Though I campaigned all my life towards that goal

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0 thoughts on “Neil Young, "Campaigner"”

  1. He got caught doing what a lot of people have done:)
    I have always had a soft spot for Dicky, even though I was taught that he was the most eeeevil man (next to Hitler of course.) His form of antisemitism is more benign and I can find myself laughing along sometimes. He even admitted that Ethel should not have received the death penalty. Pat Nixon was a beautiful bitch who was not fully appreciated.

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