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Neil Young - Greendale II - 2004 (review)




Greendale II

The tribe is settled itself in the shade, the tale slices through the half-light. The torch muddles up the ideas, brings the black ice in heavy shower. Closed horizon. Some relics in proximity and the seeing is in refining. The headlamp is fed with pictures of everything that damages us. Dawned destiny. To be sitting authorizes, in drifting, a come back to the last Spring. Games, cares and attentions, and kisses seal the pacified contacts. Conflicts  absolved. Ever have stammering, was true before. Tiny intimate secrets, in the dale of the illusion, estimate to drunken memory. The pious hope broke the screen, no need a lot of guts. A mirror is not enough to see our soul glistening in the Ledger. To try a direction through the test and the though. Red moccasins, making their way across the hollow of the dump, straining the dreadful sower. Quietness aids the well-being, then, widens our windows. The cold reporters bombard and trample your entrails. Sea in the distance. Dumb moment in suspension, bubble towards THE dimension. Wan headlights, gently, slip close to old engines in ultramarine black colour. Rust buttons the autumn, blue buries it - black gropes. The exposure harms seriously. Truth is even so lover so remarkable. The naked shoulders swings towards funny turbulences. To save water, earth is a fighting to install commotion in relentless way. The apotheosis well provided with blood - transfusion of genius.

Denis Between The Rusty Words (June 07, 2004)
© IDDN 2005

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My original poem is into verse




Setlists : (intro) / Leave The Driving / Double E / Falling From Above / Carmichael / Bandit / Devil's Sidewalk / Grandpa's Interview / Bringin' Down Dinner / Sun Green / Be The Rain




By curiosity, the initial review, round and warm but less canicular :

Greendale II

The tribe is settled itself in the shade
The tale slices through the half-light

The torch muddles up the ideas
Brings the black ice in heavy shower
Closed horizon

Some relics in proximity
And the seeing is in refining

The headlamp is fed with pictures
Of everything that damages us
Dawned destiny

To be sitting authorizes in drifting
A come back to the last Spring

Games, cares and attentions, and kisses
Seal the pacified contacts
Conflicts  absolved

Ever have stammering
Was true before

Tiny intimate secrets
In the dale of the illusion estimate to
Drunken memory

The pious hope broke the screen
No need a lot of guts

A mirror is not enough
To see our soul glistening
In the Ledger

To try a direction
Through the test and the though

Red moccasins making their way
Across the hollow of the dump straining
The dreadful sower

Quietness aids the well-being
Then widens our windows

The cold reporters bombard
And trample your entrails
Sea in the distance

Dumb moment in suspension
Bubble towards THE dimension

Wan headlights gently
Slip close to old engines
in ultramarine black colour

Rust buttons the autumn
Blue buries it - black gropes

The exposure harms seriously
Truth is even so lover
So remarkable

The naked shoulders swings
Towards funny turbulences

To save water, earth is a fighting
To install commotion
In relentless way

The apotheosis well provided
With blood - transfusion of genius

Denis Between The Rusty Words (June 07, 2004)
© IDDN 2005

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My original poem is into verse




Greendale II : At the heart of my review

I took you to the limits of the comprehension.
"This text is quite pretty and then ?", you could think this. Why Greendale ? What is the connection with this story and even with Neil ? None characters of Greendale is mentioned, nor no member of Horse band ! ! ! !
It is a voluntary act ;-)),  in order to show the universal impact with the Greendale content ! ! ! Moreover, which doesnít contribute to comprehension, I juxtaposed the two Greendale II movies (clip-movie + making of the film soundtrack).

The rule is (available for my original french text) the first stanza is for the clip-movie : 2 lines with 8 feet + 1 to 4 feet. And then the stanza from the same song comes but telling the making of the soundtrack in lines with 8 feet.

The lines with eight feet are warm and the one with four feet brings the necessary roundness to feel really well and is thus the most adapted for the clip-movie because it is the principal subject all the same. The two lines for the making of the soundtrack is there in a secondary importance (?).

The root of the text (after the two first lines which correspond to the making of soundtrack introduction because it doesnít exist an introduction for the clip-movie) rhymes in french language as follows : AAB CC DDB EE, etc . . .

If you followed me well (and if my explanation is not clearly), we have in the order : The introduction (soundtrack) / Leave The Driving (film) / Leave The Driving (soundtrack) / Double E (film) / Double E (soundtrack) / Falling From Above (film) / Falling From Above (soundtrack) / etc . . .

Here, now, my text explanation and I think it is a good thing to have written that, I donít know if I can be also precise about my text in only three months for example, without at least seeing again entirely the two films.

Give way to the light !

*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*

0. Introduction (soundtrack) : On the music of the Neil Young website, a continuous tracking in : sunny weather, we enter in a shed, itís very dark there, there are wells of light which bring light inside, we cross a "hall" and we see Neil and Ralph slumped in an armchair, we continue going through the shed, we pass Billy and we arrive at the studio itself, the sound engineer (is it well Tim Mulligan ?) checking the material so that Horse tells us the story of Greendale :

The tribe is settled itself in the shade
The tale slices through the half-light

1.a. Leave The Driving (film) : On the road, Jed gets himself arrested by Carmichael who points his lamp in Jedís face, Jed doesnít know what he does and itís the big unexpected thing which is happening, Jed shoots Carmichael, and end up in prison :

The torch muddles up the ideas
Brings the black ice in heavy shower
Closed horizon

1.b. Leave The Driving (soundtrack) : Neil, Billy and Ralph, play this song, some known elements are around them (the big mike from Rust Never Sleeps) but also some incredible ones (a hand-saw, number plates), finally all things which can remember the history of Neil and the Horse, the special effects come : a part of the walls projects the clip but the Horse is in foreground :

Some relics in proximity
And the seeing is in refining

2.a. Double E (film) : Sun Green looks at the TV, in the programm there is only ecological disasters, Sun is very concentrated and interested, she takes notes :

The headlamp is fed with pictures
Of everything that damages us
Dawned destiny

2.b. Double E (soundtrack) : Neil sat on an amplifier, plays with his electric guitar, and among the ecological disasters showed on Sun Green TV, we see Neil sitted and playing this song with his acoustic guitar, this extract is taken from the Dublin DVD performed in Spring 2003 :

To be sitting authorizes in drifting
A come back to the last Spring

3.a. Falling From Above (film) : Meeting between friends or unknown person : dice game in a bar gathering a fireman, a painter (?), a girl wipes the beer on the moustache of this man having the beret, elsewhere family Green gathering : breakfast, thoughtful gestures, kisses, love & affection, some real short moments in parenthesis :

Games, cares and attentions, and kisses
Seal the pacified contacts
Conflicts  absolved

3.b. Falling From Above (sountrack) : The legend says the Horse takes only one recording, well there it is not really the case, the Horse starts the song then stops, and begins again, and we see Neil with different clothes indicating the recording lasted some time, therefore we see Neil playing with his guitar and singing, singing without guitar, playing with his harmonica without having guitar ! ! ! ! And it is the occurrence for all the songs ! ! ! !

Ever have stammering
Was true before

4.a. Carmichael (film) : Carmichael died, two girlfriends discover he had a mistress, they decide to hide that to his widow, to do an outward show is of utmost importance, only the amusing and roundness souvenirs must remain in our memory :
Note : In this clip, we see the shade of Carmichael passed in their bedroom whereas his wife, restless, looks for the sleep. And I have writing what follows one year ago in connection with this chapter (June 9, 2003 - Greendale_Paris 2003) : "But now, the present is without your presence close to me. I can now only speak to the walls. She want to rest and close slowly their bedroom door." Funny this coincidence ! ! ! ! ! We're really on the same wavelength ! ! !

Tiny intimate secrets
In the dale of the illusion estimate to
Drunken memory

4.b. Carmichael (soundtrack) : In a moor, at the roadside, a huge dominating TV set is disused there, the screen is broken, two flashes and Neil appears on top of the TV set, sitted as Buddha position, praying, an image appears on the shattered TV, it is the Horse playing in the studio, Neil leans towards the screen, yes, TV is only a good think to diffuse musical images from the Horse, if not we must throw it away :

The pious hope broke the screen
No need a lot of guts

5.a. Bandit (film) : Earl Green (the Sun father) is in a room in a motel, he "didn't find yet" his artistic way (what they say), thatís the questions about his art, about himself, about his existence, he looks at himself in the mirror seeking to fathom who is this Earl Green, what is it written in the Big Book about his life ! ! !

A mirror is not enough
To see our soul glistening
In the Ledger

5.b. Bandit (soundtrack) : At the end of the song, Neil adresses Ralph, speaks to him about his playing way, to try differently, Neil analyzes the play of Ralph compared to the other performances, Ralph spends his time agreeing while listenning attentively about all that Neil says :

To try a direction
Through the test and the though

6.a. Devil's Sidewalk (film) : The devil, in red shoes, walks well in all the Greendale as Capitaine John Green says to his two sailors, the devil as much as possible seeks to corrupt this city, he has access to every places except the church :

Red moccasins making their way
Across the hollow of the dump straining
The dreadful sower

6.b. Devil's Sidewalk (soundtrack) : The Horse chews chewing-gum, Ralph walks in the studio, Neil starts the song, Ralph, very cool, goes to the battery, catches the drumsticks and starts, this peace and quiet is enough incredible :

Quietness aids the well-being
Then widens our windows

7.a. Grandpa's Interview (film) : Susan Carol, reporter, is venturesome, her heart is cold and she isnít disturbed about the Grandpa turmoil facing up to the attack of the media wanting his feeling on the fact that cousin Jed is a murderer, nor when Grandpa passes away, a real professional, work comes before everything, we donít attend the last breath of Grandpa, some images of seashore indicates to us decency, meditation to take up in this circumstance :

The cold reporters bombard
And trample your entrails
Sea in the distance

7.b. Grandpa's Interview (soundtrack) : At the end of the song, the Horse remains static, motionless, fixed, listening to the silence, thinking, analyzing what has just occurred, about the performance which he played, for undoubtedly tending towards the perfection :

Dumb moment in suspension
Bubble towards THE dimension

8.a. Bringin' Down Dinner (film) : By a misty weather, Grandma comes at the Double E where sheíll hear the death of her husband, she drives her old white car her own way, that is in very slowly way, later the burial of Grandpa gets ready with a full of imagery with a great reserve (it isnít like in a bad lachrymal movie) with a shot on cars in parking in front of the house, the car of Grandma is there and also a line of black collectorís Cadillacs (Neil got all (?) his cars out his garage) :

Wan headlights gently
Slip close to old engines
in ultramarine black colour

8.b. Bringin' Down Dinner (soundtrack) : Neil goes to the organ, the clip is showing in his music rest, itís very dark in the studio, it is bathed with an orange light, when the moment of the burial of Grandpa comes (winter of the life), the light of the studio goes in blue colour :

Rust buttons the autumn
Blue buries it - black gropes

9.a. Sun Green (film) : Sun exposes herself to the world, to the media with her act to besiege the eagle of Power Co, Sun says everything what isnít necessary to say in public, is the truth sometimes best left unsaid ?, by that the nuisances come to voluntarily harm Sun, her cat is killed, drug are put in her room, but she will be discharged all the same :

The exposure harms seriously
Truth is even so lover
So remarkable

9.b. Sun Green (soundtrack) : The Neil open shirt shows his shoulder during the well-known "Neil dance" that Neil always does when he plays with his guitar, the recordings with Neil and his megaphone are made separately, Neil has the megaphone in his hand, the song is finished and Neil has fun to make odd noises with his mike and his megaphone, Neil ends up bursting out laughing :

The naked shoulders swings
Towards funny turbulences

10.a. Be The Rain (film) : Sun Green and Earth Brown go to Alaska saving the planet, Sun goes towards the ocean, dips her feet into, it is undoubtedly her element, as for Earth, half naked, he flies by the mountain, behaving like a primitive being, an animal, a bear (?), I have the feeling that his mission as saviour of the planet got him crazy :

To save water, earth is a fighting
To install commotion
In relentless way

10.b. Be The Rain (soundtrack) : For this energetic final, everyone puts all their heart in voices, the recordings always are made separately, the Horse and/or the four Mountainettes gather round one/many mikes in a circle, this cordial and alive final is only worthy of a genius :

The apotheosis well provided
With blood - transfusion of genius

Denis Between The Rusty Words (June 07, 2004)
and for the explanations : June 10, 2004
© IDDN 2005

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