Harvest Moon (Neil Young song)

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"Harvest Moon"
Harvest Moon single.jpg
Single by Neil Young
from the album Harvest Moon
B-side"Old King"
Released2 November 1992
FormatSingle
Recorded1992
Genre
Length5:03
LabelReprise
Songwriter(s)Neil Young
Producer(s)Neil Young
Neil Young singles chronology
"War of Man"
(1992)
"Harvest Moon"
(1992)
"Unknown Legend"
(1993)

"Harvest Moon" is a song written by Neil Young that was first released on his 1992 album Harvest Moon. It reached 36 on the UK singles chart.[1]

Background and composition[edit]

The song uses a moon motif, which Young has mentioned is very important to him and has quasi-religious undertones.[1] It is a tribute to his wife Pegi Young, and the two are dancing in a bar in the music video.[2] Linda Ronstadt provides the backing vocals.[3] 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.[4]

Reception[edit]

Rolling Stone ranked "Harvest Moon" as the #37 all time Neil Young song.[5] Allmusic's Matthew Greenwald strongly praised the song, stating that the song epitomized the album and "the power of nature and music, as well as a feeling of celebrating lifetime love are the focal points here, and Young captures it all in his typically literate, artless style." Greenwald praised the melody as "positively gorgeous, and it's one that could have easily framed a heavier song."[3] "Classic Rock Review" called it an "absolute masterpiece of a title song" that "celebrates longevity in relationships and love affairs with a flawless melody backed by a perfect music arrangement." They went on to say that "from the upfront acoustic riffing to the picked steel guitar, subtleties of ethereal sounds, soft brush strokes on the drums, and beautiful background vocals, this song captures the essence of beauty and romance as well any song ever."[6]

Other versions[edit]

The song was featured in "Living the Dream", an episode of the 2017 television adaptation of the novel Big Little Lies, as well as the 2010 film Eat Pray Love and the 2018 film A Quiet Place. All three scenes feature married couples dancing romantically with each other, just like the video.

Chart performance[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Harvest Moon by Neil Young". Songfacts. Retrieved June 23, 2018.
  2. ^ "5. Harvest Moon". Rolling Stone. June 8, 2011. Retrieved June 23, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Greenwald, Matthew. "Harvest Moon - Song Review". Allmusic. Retrieved June 23, 2018.
  4. ^ "Digital Sheet Music – Neil Young – Harvest Moon". Musicnotes.com. Sony/ATV Music Publishing. 2004-04-05. Retrieved June 23, 2018.
  5. ^ "The 100 Greatest Songs". Neil Young. Rolling Stone. 2014. p. 89.
  6. ^ "Harvest Moon by Neil Young". Classic Rock Review. Retrieved June 23, 2018.
  7. ^ "Song Premere: [sic] The Mavericks Cover Neil Young's "Harvest Moon"". Relix. September 16, 2016. Retrieved June 23, 2018.
  8. ^ "RPM Top 100 Singles - February 13, 1993" (PDF).
  9. ^ "RPM 100 Hit Tracks of 1993" (PDF). RPM. Retrieved November 23, 2017.

External links[edit]

Neil Young - Harvest Moon on YouTube