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Live At The Riverboat 1969 (live album) by Neil Young

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Live At The Riverboat 1969 is ranked 53rd best out of 91 albums by Neil Young on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Neil Young is After The Gold Rush which is ranked number 82 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 16,289.

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  05/16/2024 17:49      81/100
  11/10/2022 04:33      72/100
  06/01/2021 10:18      75/100
  12/24/2020 22:05      95/100
  06/19/2020 15:07      94/100

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Meaning of The Old Laughing Lady (Live at The Riverboat 1969) by Neil Young

"The Old Laughing Lady" is a captivating and enigmatic song by Neil Young, recorded live at The Riverboat in 1969. Like many of Young's songs, it delves into themes of time, loss, and human connection with a poetic and introspective lens. Let's explore the lyrics and uncover the underlying meaning and symbolism embedded within them.

The song opens with the plea, "Don't call pretty Peggy, she can't hear you no more, don't leave no message 'round her back door." This line sets a somber tone, suggesting that the subject of the song, Peggy, is no longer able to hear or respond to the outside world. The use of the name Peggy could potentially be a symbolic representation of innocence or purity, highlighting the theme of lost and untouchable beauty. Peggy becomes an elusive figure, withdrawn and disconnected.

"They say the old laughing lady been here before, she don't keep time, she don't count score." Here, the "old laughing lady" is introduced, a mysterious character who has seemingly visited this place before. This could refer to the cyclical nature of life or even a metaphor for the passage of time. Unlike others, she does not concern herself with keeping track of time or worrying about superficial accomplishments. Her presence is beyond the realm of conventional measures of success.

"You can't have a cupboard if there ain't no wall, you got to move, there's no time left to stall." These lines suggest the importance of a solid foundation in life. Without a wall, the cupboard has no support and is useless. The metaphorical wall represents stability and structure, while the cupboard symbolizes our desires, dreams, and goals. At this moment, Young reminds us that time is finite and we must take action rather than idly waiting or procrastinating.

The drunkard falling on the street in the next verse further adds depth to the song's themes. Young sings, "Can't tell his ankles from the rest of his feet, he loves his old laughing lady 'cause her taste is so sweet, but the laughing lady's loving ain't the kind he can keep." This verse explores the complexities of human relationships and desires. The drunkard, lost and disconnected, confuses body parts, reflecting his inner turmoil. Although he seeks solace in the enigmatic laughing lady, her love is elusive and temporary, unable to fulfill his lasting needs. It speaks to the idea that one cannot hold onto fleeting pleasures or expect them to be the solution to one's deeper issues.

In the instrumental break, the absence of vocals allows for introspection and contemplation. It serves as a transitional moment, preparing the listener for the final verse.

"There's a fever on the freeway, blacks out the night, there's a slippin' on the stairway just don't feel right, and there's a rumbling in the bedroom and a flashing of light, there's the old laughing lady, everything is all right." This verse presents a sequence of unsettling events. The fever on the freeway and the slipping on the stairway suggest chaos and unease, while the rumbling in the bedroom and flashing light imply an imminent disturbance or awakening. However, amidst the disarray, the old laughing lady is present, and Young suggests that everything is all right. This could be interpreted as a reminder to find comfort and stability within ourselves, even when surrounded by uncertainty and upheaval.

Overall, "The Old Laughing Lady" is a profound and introspective song by Neil Young, exploring themes of time, loss, and human connection. Through vivid imagery and symbolic representations, Young creates a contemplative atmosphere that invites listeners to reflect on the transient nature of life and the importance of finding inner solace. The enigmatic laughing lady becomes a figure representing both the fleeting pleasures we seek and a reminder to find contentment within ourselves.

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Neil Young: Live at the Riverboat - Toronto

Neil Young: Live at the Riverboat - Toronto captures a 1969 show by the soon-to-be living legend. The eleven song setlist includes "Sugar Mountain," "The Old Laughing Lady," and "Expecting to Fly."

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    This live album captures Young's residency at the Riverboat in February of 1969 - smack in the middle of the Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere sessions with Crazy Horse. There's no hint of that coming sonic revolution in his sound here, though - it's a solo acoustic set that feels a lot like the one on Sugar Mountain, right down to the excessive ...

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    "The Old Laughing Lady" is a captivating and enigmatic song by Neil Young, recorded live at The Riverboat in 1969. Like many of Young's songs, it delves into themes of time, loss, and human connection with a poetic and introspective lens. Let's explore the lyrics and uncover the underlying meaning and symbolism embedded within them.

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