Bettye LaVette, Neil Young, George Harrison, And The Road To Nowhere

Nowhere wasn't the preferred desperation but at least there's a fabulous soundtrack for it...
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There's not one Neil Young record in my voluminous collection and it's because his voice absolutely bugs the shit out of me and I can't get around that. It's a shame because the man is obviously one of the finest songwriters of any era and yet I'm on the outside because his voice makes me stabby. I know plenty of people who feel that way about Dylan. I know someone who feels that way about Springsteen. For me, it's Neil and that's why I'm always glad when an artist I do like covers him and gives me an access road to his songs.

I'm especially glad Bettye LaVette gave me her interpretation of "Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere" because the title resonates with me as deeply as any lyric ever penned and it's never felt truer than it does these days.

Everybody seems to wonder
What it's like down here
I gotta get away
from this day-to-day
running around,
Everybody knows
this is nowhere.

We've all felt what he's expressing in the chorus and I like the song as written but it's the title that gets me every time and LaVette's vocal gives it all the more weight. She is one of the finest song interpreters working today (and you're missing out if you don't have her Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook in your collection).

George Harrison penned a song with the beautiful, brilliant insight that "if you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there." That's me only it's worse than that. These days I feel an awful lot like the Chicago Cubs after the June swoon, like I'm playing out the string. I'm only one of 6 billion people whose life didn't turn out the way they wanted. There's nothing particularly remarkable about that. I didn't get the life I wanted so I'm trying to want the life I've got, even though everybody knows this is nowhere and that's where all roads seem headed.