Sea Change

sea change –noun

1. a striking change, as in appearance, often for the better.
2. any major transformation or alteration.

I could be eating crow on Wednesday morning, but I think the U.S. is on the verge of a political sea change. From my decidedly liberal point of view, if this happens, it could mark our last, best chance to steer our ship of state (and, given our international influence, the world) off a disastrous course to a more economically, environmentally and socially sustainable path.

I took my 16-year-old son Jakob to see one of my musical heroes, Neil Young, play at the Xcel in St. Paul on October 14th. Neil’s performance, less than one month shy of his 63rd birthday, was as passionate as any I’ve ever seen. Though the show featured a surprising number of hits (given his predilection to confound fans and critics by following the muse rather than giving them what they want to hear), one of the evening’s highlights for me was a great new, unreleased song, Sea Change, with a powerful groove and timely lyrics (click on the photo above to see and hear an early performance of this song in Coburg, Germany this August). I think we’re ready now.

Sea Change (Neil Young, unreleased, played at Xcel October 14 2008)

Sea change

It’s a transformation of civilization

Sea change

From nation to nation, it’s the age of innovation

Sea change

You can feel it in the air everywhere you go

Sea change

Come on, come on, we got some livin’ to do

It takes love, it takes money,

We’re all in it ’cause we wanna see the light of day

It takes God, it ain’t funny

The next generation’s gonna have to pay

Sea change

Come on, come on, we’re gonna turn this thing around

Sea change

It’s not too late to make a difference right here on the ground

Sea change

I think you’re ready now to ride a sea change

Sea change

Come on, come on

We got some livin’ to do

It takes love, it takes money,

We’re all in it ’cause we wanna see the light of day

It takes God, it ain’t funny

The next generation’s gonna have to pay

Sea change

It’s a transformation of civilization

Sea change

We gotta ride the wave from nation to nation

Sea change

Come on, come on you gotta ride the wave

Sea change

Come on, come on, come on

Sea change

I think you’re ready now

To ride the sea change

Sea change

We got some livin’ to do

I think you’re ready now, ready now, ready now

Hey!

I think you’re ready now

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