Three tracks have already been released from Neil Young & Crazy Horse’s soon-to-be-released ‘Americana’, including Oh Susanna, Jesus Chariot (think ‘She’ll Be Coming Round The Mountain’ but with attitude) and Clementine. However, the latest track from the highly anticipated return of Young and the entire Crazy Horse band, God Save The Queen (the actual national anthem version, not the much better Sex Pistols version) has added a bit more of a British feel to the track list, dominated with American classics.
Young justified his choice of song in an interview with Q The Music: “Written in the 18th century with possible melodic roots in the 17th century, this anthem has been sung throughout the British Commonwealth and may have been sung in North America before the American Revolution and Declaration of Independence in 1776, which rejected British sovereignty. [Plus] ‘God Save the Queen’ provided a melodic foundation for ‘My Country ‘Tis of Thee’.”
So, I suppose it all sort of makes sense! You can check out the clip for the track below.