Neil Young’s After the Gold Rush release in 1970, and “Southern Man” off that album was a song perfect for that time. However, Young believes it’s just as timely now as it was then.
So Young shared a clip of his 2019 performance of the track.
“Here’s me as an old guy singin’ his 50-year-old song that was written after countless years of racism in the USA,” he captioned the video. “And look at us today! This has been going on for way too long.”
He also said big changes needed to happen including reforming the police system. “It’s not just ‘Southern Man’ now. It’s everywhere across the USA. It’s time for real change, new laws, new rules for policing.”
Like many others, Young has been spending a lot of time at home and sharing performances are known as the “Fireside Sessions” since we all went into quarantine. He also released a new version of “Shut It Down,” off his 2019 album, Colorado, in reaction the coronavirus pandemic.
Young is also gearing up to release his new archival album, Road of Plenty in 2021.
You can watch the full 2019 performance of “Southern Man” here.