Don't Let It Bring You Down
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|"Don't Let It Bring You Down"|
|Song by Neil Young and Crazy Horse|
|from the album After the Gold Rush|
|Released||September 19, 1970|
|Recorded||Winter 1969 – June 1970|
|Genre||Roots rock, folk rock|
|Producer(s)||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 C tuning, which is similar to double drop D; however, the whole guitar is down tuned a whole step first, making the guitar strings C, G, C, F, A, and C.
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 alternative rock band Q And Not U covered the song for the compilation album Don't Know When I'll Be Back Again]].
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.
Andy Pratt covered the song on his 2011 release All That Glitters.
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.
Cristian Rosemary covered the song on September 2016.
Everything Everything covered the song on a Radio 1 session on 25th July 2017.
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