Harvest Moon Songs Ranked

Harvest Moon” is a song written by Neil Young and was the first single released on his 1992 album, Harvest Moon. It reached 36 on the UK singles chart. The song uses a moon motif, which Young has mentioned as being very important to him and having quasi-religious undertones. It is a tribute to his wife Pegi Young, and the two are dancing in a bar in the music video. Linda Ronstadt provides the backing vocals. According to the sheet music published at Musicnotes.com by Sony/ATV Music Publishing, the song is composed in the key of D Major with Young’s vocal range spanning from D3 to F#4. Here are all of Harvest Moon songs ranked.

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10. Unknown Legend

“In “Unknown Legend” he relates the tale of a woman who was really something in her youth but, reality and life set in. Still, in that perfect memory, she still rides that Harley Davidson and is an unknown legend in Neil’s mind. Who are we really? What other’s tell us? What we believe to be so? Or what dreams tell us? I warned you that Neil would test your brain cells, and mine are screaming now!”

9. You and Me

“You And Me”, which intentionally recalls Young’s own “Old Man”, is an arresting minor-keyed tune where the late Nicolette Larson harmonizes with Neil, backed Neil’s solely by Young’s acoustic guitar. Young’s acoustic picking on it is a tad sloppy, but it’s a minor distraction.”

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8. War of Man

“The edgy “War Of Man” is another excellently melodic tune, with haunting acoustic guitar parts. (It starts off, perhaps intentionally, sounding exactly like “Goin’ Back”.) Taylor, Ronstadt, and Larson are all featured on this song, as is Young’s half-sister Astrid Young.”

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7. Such a Woman

“A mature and gentle album of country/folk featuring slow-tempo, laid back songs with acoustic and slide guitars and signature harmonica. The lyrics are largely reflective in nature, looking back over a career spanning 35 years or more.”

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6. Dreamin’ Man

“Dreamin’ Man” is similar in feel to “Unknown Legend”, and it’s highly enjoyable in its own right, with cleverly amusing lyrics and masterfully-placed counterpoint backing vocals from Nicolette and Astrid.”

5. From Hank to Hendrix

 “From Hank To Hendrix” has a terrific harmonica line that’s masterfully ‘thickened’ by organ and by what sounds like an accordian, plus it features superb, instantly recognizable harmony vocals from James Taylor.”

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4. Harvest Moon

“Harvest Moon” is a Neil Young record, which means it is something of acquired taste. Young’s high, reedy vocals are every bit as unusual as Bob Dylan’s nasal croak…but if this is your thing, that is, if you have good taste, go get it”

3. One of These Days

 “One of These Days” finds Neil writing a letter to friends who have become disconnected over time. I especially like the double meaning of “it won’t be long”. Does he mean the day, the letter, or both? With Neil, alot of the time it’s left up to your own interpretation.”

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2. Old King

“The banjo-laden tribute to a deceased dog “Old King” has undeniably slight lyrics, but it’s still much fun with a really catchy chorus. Nicolette unleashes her full-blown country-western accent on this one.”

1. Natural Beauty

“Natural Beauty is the one Great song on the disc. Its haunting melancholy beauty tinged with just the slightest bit of hope exemplifies the whole effect of this album. Too bad this song is scratched on my copy.”