Folk legend and his band have put their own spin on the UK national anthem
Neil Young and Crazy Horse have unveiled their cover of the UK national anthem ‘God Save The Queen’ – scroll down to the bottom of the page and click to hear it.
The track is taken from the Neil Young And Crazy Horse‘s new album, ‘Americana’, which is due for release on June 4.
The record is Young’s first with Crazy Horse since 2003 and the first album with the full Crazy Horse line-up of Billy Talbot, Ralph Molina and Frank Sampedro since 1996’s ‘Broken Arrow’.
The record has been produced by Neil Young and John Hanlon and is entirely comprised of new versions of classic folk songs, with ‘Clementine’, ‘Gallows Pole’ and ‘She’ll Be Comin’ Round The Mountain’ featuring as well as ‘God Save The Queen’.
Speaking about the track, Young said: “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. The ‘Americana’ arrangement draws from the original melody and changes some melody and lyrics in the folk process.”
‘God Save The Queen’ is the closing track on ‘Americana’, which contains 11 tracks in all.