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Neil Young: When Does a Dinosaur Cut Off Its Tail?

Richard Cook, New Musical Express, 9 October 1982

"I don't know if I can be classed as a contemporary songwriter. I'm like a dinosaur with a large tail – I'm so big I have to keep eating all the time. I look around, there's not many dinosaurs left, just a lot of smaller animals moving very fast. And it's their vibrant energy that I need to stay alive. Sometimes I think I might have to cut off my tail because I can't afford to keep feeding myself."

In this exclusive interview, NEIL YOUNG talks about his prehistoric music, the condition of America and his hope that he and his family will emigrate to another planet.

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