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Neil Young

Neil Young “The Needle and the Damage Done” written by Neil Young and released February 1, 1972. This song has been covered 34 times to date. There has been much talk about safe-injection sites here in London, Ontario, and elsewhere not to mention the opioid crisis, so this song seems to be as relevant now as it was 46 years ago.
Here is Neil with a live version https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0t0EW6z8a0
The lyrics are simple and the message quite direct, you can read them here http://www.lyricsfreak.com/n/neil+young/the+needle+the+damage+done_20099058.html I've read that the term "milk blood" refers to the act of drawing out heroin saturated blood to save for another "fix" in case you can't get a hold of more soon enough.  
As with most songs, particularly of this nature there is a personal connection to the writer and or the performer, Neil of course being both in this instance.

As I understand the story, Neil had lost a bandmate and a roadie to heroin overd…

Bohemian Rhapsody

“Bohemian Rhapsody” -by Queen released Oct 1975 written by Freddie Mercury and there are 116 cover versions according to Secondhandsongs.com (Not withstanding the version by Døsty Cåwshit in 1995, that’s Dusty Cowshit in English) most of them are pretty good!

From the album "A Night at the Opera", ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ stayed at the top of the UK singles chart for nine weeks. It is the third best-selling British single of all time, beaten only by Band Aid’s ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ and Elton John’s ‘Candle In The Wind’ 1997. It peaked at number 9 in the U.S. but reached number one in Canada. 
Read more at http://www.nme.com/photos/50-geeky-facts-about-queen-1419950#eb0R6Lj8WZvDXQcu.99
A timely post for me as there's just been announced a Freddie Mercury/Queen Biopic coming out apparently this fall. Here is a bit of a primer I guess to that movie which I am looking forward to seeing!

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2018/may/15/bohemian-rhapsody-first-trailer-queen-fr…

Historic titles from my Library

Here are some songs based on originals that are quite old, I’ve traced some songs back to the late 1800’s that I have in my library and other’s the recordings are from the early 1900’s. Ever since Leon Scott de Martinville invented a device for recording sound in Paris 1857, developments by Charles Cross, Edison and Alexander Graham Bell pushed forward the ability to record sound and eventually of course-music.


The Gramophone was invented by Emile Berliner in 1887, and by 1902 cylinder molding developments made mass production of recorded music possible. By 1929 Flat discs became popular and the old cylinders became obsolete.
"Sloop John B." as I knew it through the Beach Boys was a favorite of mine, seems its been around for quite some time.
It was a Bahamian Sailing song from what I can gather, the late 1800’s to early 1900’s. First documented in 1923 by American poet-Carl Sandburg​, in what was called the American Songbag, a collection of songs from all corners of the …