Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

American Dream

Composed by Neil Young

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The opening title track to the long-awaited CSN&Y "reunion" album American Dream, this song attempted to give the group a modern, late-'80s sheen while not compromising the band's political consciousness. For the most part, it succeeds, although it is a bit dated now. Opening with a friendly blues/R&B-inspired shuffle rhythm and melody, it seems like a continuation of what Neil Young had been recording with his band, the Bluenotes. However, Young's own electric guitar comes in midway through the song, giving the song some much needed rock muscle. Lyrically, the song is filled with black humor and is aimed directly at political and religious figures, particularly Ronald Reagan and Jerry Fallwell, who at the time was in the middle of his sex scandal. The overall effect of the lyrics points fingers at the antics of these "leaders" yet does so with a sense of humanity and compassion.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
American Dream 1988 Atlantic 3:15