Neil Young opened up his second long-player Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere (1969) with this concise, yet hard driving love song. It also effectively began his relationship with the backing combo Crazy Horse. Musically the track is an uncomplicated three-chord rocker and shows off Young’s infamous one-note solo motif during the instrumental ‘middle eight’ bars between the chorus and verse. He would reprise this effective, yet deceptively simple effect on “Down By The River”, another albeit significantly lengthier and more jammed out track from the same album. Young’s lyrics are somewhat opaque, although the effervescent melody seems to indicate a generally upbeat and positive attitude as evidenced by the opening lyrics “I wanna live with a cinnamon girl/I could be happy the rest of my life/With a cinnamon girl/A dreamer of pictures I run in the night/You see us together, chasing the moonlight,
My cinnamon girl.” One of the more interesting aspects of the song can be heard at the conclusion, which sports a false ending, as Young noodles about unaccompanied on electric guitar for several additional bars. The track’s timelessness is found in the many revivals that Young has included on his concert titles Live Rust (1979), Weld (1992) as well as the In Berlin (1986) video of the 1983 European Trans (1982) tour. Among the others who have recorded their own respective versions of “Cinnamon Girl” are Type O Negative, Killdozer, Who bassist John Entwistle, Big in Iowa and the Gentrys.