Don't Let It Bring You Down
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|"Don't Let It Bring You Down"|
|Song by Neil Young from the album After the Gold Rush|
|Released||September 19, 1970|
|Recorded||Winter 1969-June 1970|
|Genre||Roots rock, folk rock|
|Producer||David Briggs, Neil Young|
|After the Gold Rush track listing|
"Don't Let It Bring You Down" is the seventh track on Neil Young's album After the Gold Rush. It was written by Young. It also appears on the 1971 Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young live album 4 Way Street as well as Young's 2007 album Live at Massey Hall 1971, which was recorded in 1971 and Young's 2013 album Live at the Cellar Door, which was recorded in 1970. John Reed wrote an arrangement of this for The Hampton String Quartet in 2006.
The song is played in double drop D tuning, however the whole guitar is down tuned a whole step first, therefore the guitar is tuned CGCFAC.
On 4 Way Street, Young says, "Here is a new song, it's guaranteed to bring you right down, it's called 'Don't Let It Bring You Down'. It sorta starts off real slow and then fizzles out altogether." The crowd then roars with laughter.
The 1990s alternative rock band Weeping Tile covered the song on their first album, "eePee".
Australian electronic artist Apell covered the song in drum'n'bass style on his 2008 album "Reconstituted".
American saxophonist Adam Kolker arranged the song on his 2008 CD "Flag Day". It is an elegy for the sixties.
Alexa Ray Joel covered the song on her 2006 EP entitled "Sketches."
The Danish band Kellermensch covered the song in a hard rock/metal version on the 2009 album Kellermensch.
Manfred Mann's Earth Band often performs the song live in an up-tempo arrangement. One such version can be found on the collection Odds & Sods – Mis-takes & Out-takes and another one, in a slightly different arrangement, on the DVD Angel Station In Moscow.
The Hold Steady covered it live on August 30, 2011 at Variety Playhouse in Atlanta, Georgia.
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