I caught you knockin' at my cellar door
I love you, baby, can I have some more?
Ooh, ooh, the damage done
I hit the city and I lost my band
I watched the needle take another man
Gone, gone, the damage done
I sing the song, because I love the man
I know that some of you don't understand
Milk-blood to keep from running out
I've seen the needle and the damage done
A little part of it in everyone
But every junkie's like a settin' sun
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The Needle And The Damage Done is the ninth track off of Neil Young’s 4th album, Harvest. The song attempts to convey the addiction and pain caused by heroin, and is based on Young’s personal experiences on the road. Young was especially affected by the addiction of Crazy Horse band member and collaborator Danny Whitten who would eventually die of an overdose.
On the handwritten liner notes included in his Decade compilation, the singer-songwriter had this to say about the song:
I am not a preacher but drugs killed a lot of great men.
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