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The Harvest Trilogy

Prairie Wind
The Harvest Trilogy
Neil Young
Harvest
Harvest Moon
Prairie Wind
Heart of Gold
At The Ryman
Old Ways
Four Strong Winds


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 "If there is a beacon or a bastion of an artist who has maintained his integrity and his uncompromising vision and purity, it is Neil Young.
- k.d lang at the 2005 Juno Awards in Winnipeg

Out On The Prairies

Neil in baseball cap

It's not really a trilogy, but rather three albums dealing with alot of the same subject matter, all influenced partly by Neil Young's growing up in Manitoba, Canada. Though Winnipeg is a largish city, you can never forget that it and you are on the prairie. This site like many of our others grew from a single page entitled Harvest Moon, which can be found on our Prairie Dog Guide website, the link to which can be found here and elsewhere on this website. There'll be Manitoba places linked to as well, but, we'll let the albums and the lyrics, and their writer do the talking, for after all, that is what it's all about.....

Prairie Wind

Trying to remember what my daddy said
Before too much time took away his head
He said we're going back and I'll show you what I'm talking about
Going back to Cypress River, back to the old farmhouse

(Prairie wind blowing through my head)
(Prairie wind blowing through my head)
(Trying to remember what Daddy said)
(Prairie wind blowing through my head)

I tried to tell the people but they never heard a word I say
They say there's nothing out there but wheat fields anyway
Just a farmer's wife hanging laundry in her back yard
Out on the prairie where the winds blow long and hard

(Prairie wind blowing through my head)
(Prairie wind blowing through my head)
(Trying to remember what Daddy said)
(Prairie wind blowing through my head)

Late at night, lights dancing in the northern sky
Like the Indian spirits trying to show me how to fly
You can see into the future but it may be a mirage
Like a new car sitting there in your old garage

(Prairie wind blowing through my head)
(Prairie wind blowing through my head)
(Prairie wind blowing through my head)
(Trying to remember what Daddy said)

There's a place on the prairie where evil and goodness play
Daddy told me all about it but I don't remember what he said
It might be afternoon and it might be the dead of night
But you'll know when you see it 'cause it sure is a hell of a sight

(Prairie wind blowing through my head)
(Prairie wind blowing through my head)
(Prairie wind blowing through my head)
(Prairie wind blowing through my head)

(Prairie wind blowing through my head)
(Prairie wind blowing through my head)

Prairie wind blowing through my head
(Prairie wind blowing through my head)
Trying to remember what Daddy said
(Prairie wind blowing through my head)
Before too much time took away his head
(Prairie wind blowing through my head)
He said we're going back and I'll show you what I'm talking about
(Prairie wind blowing through my head)

(Prairie wind blowing through my head)
Going back to Cypress River, back to the old farmhouse
(Prairie wind blowing through my head)
(Prairie wind blowing through my head)
(Prairie wind blowing through my head)

(Prairie wind blowing through my head)
(Trying to remember what Daddy said)
(Prairie wind blowing through my head)...

Neil

Harvest 1972 [click for larger image]
Reprise 2032 1972

Harvest Moon 1992 [click for larger image]
Reprise 9 45057-4 1992

Prairie Wind 2005 [click for larger image]
Reprise Records WEA 494942C 2005

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After The Gold Rush 1970 [click for larger image]
Reprise 6383 1970

Time Fades Away 1973 [click for larger image]
Reprise 2 - 2151 1973

Old Ways 1985 [click for larger image]
Geffen GHS 24068 1985

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