WATCH: 26-year-old Neil Young performs a powerful rendition of "Old Man" live in 1971

live 11/02/2019

Neil Young once took the stage on the BBC on 23rd of February, 1971 and performed "Old Man".

The song was written for his 1972 album, "Harvest", about the caretaker of a North Californian ranch owned by Young. It compares the lives of a young man and an old man, proving that a young man has the same needs as an old man to a certain extent.

You can watch his performance above.

In the film "Heart of Gold, Young expresses that when he was on tour for "Heart of Gold", he was "a rich hippie for the first time" and decided to purchase a $350,000 ranch, which he still lives in today. 

Well, that's the darnedest thing I ever heard.

"And there was a couple living on it that were the caretakers, an old gentleman named Louis Avila and his wife Clara," he says. "And there was this old blue Jeep there, and Louis took me for a ride in this blue Jeep. He gets me up there on the top side of the place, and there's this lake up there that fed all the pastures, and he says, "Well, tell me, how does a young man like yourself have enough money to buy a place like this?" And I said, "Well, just lucky, Louis, just real lucky." And he said, "Well, that's the darnedest thing I ever heard." And I wrote this song for him."

When performing this song for the BBC in 1971, you can hear him tell a similar story in the beginning, saying that he bought the ranch from two lawyers.