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Neil Young - Needle And The Damage Done

This song is about heroin use and what it will do to you in the end. Young wrote it about Danny Whitten, one of the original members of his band Crazy Horse. In 1971, Young went on tour and hired Crazy Horse and Nils Lofgren as backup.

During rehearsals, Whitten was so high on heroin that he couldn't even hold up his guitar. Young fired him, gave Whitten 50 bucks (for rehab) and a plane ticket back to Los Angeles. Upon reaching LA, Whitten overdosed on alcohol and Valium, which killed him.


I caught you knockin'

at my cellar door

I love you, baby,

can I have some more

Ooh, ooh, the damage done.

I hit the city and

I lost my band

I watched the needle

take another man

Gone, gone, the damage done.

I sing the song

because I love the man

I know that some

of you don't understand


to keep from running out.

I've seen the needle

and the damage done

A little part of it in everyone

But every junkie's

like a settin' sun.

Neil Young

1 Comment

Brenda Counceller
Brenda Counceller
Nov 15, 2021

Man, the best music, the best artist, and bands. I thank my Grandfather for his music studio, I swear, grandpa Gordon Sr. Had every album ,any song, every kind of music all times. He thought me that music was the soul. I was lucky, Because I was able to feel, what he ment. I truly believe, Grandfather and I was the Rock stars of the world in our passed lives.. 😆 Music is still in my soul. So is my Hero, I love you and miss you Grandpa Counceller.

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