“Damage Done” – Bio

Neil Percival Young
Born November 12, 1945
Canadian singer-songwriter, musician, producer, director and screenwriter.

“Damage Done” – Neil Young

“The Needle and the Damage Done” is a song by Neil Young that describes the destruction caused by the heroin addiction of musicians he knew.


Though the song “The Needle and the Damage Done” is not specifically about him, the song was inspired by the heroin addiction of his friend and Crazy Horse bandmate Danny Whitten.


It previews the theme of the Tonight’s the Night album that reflects Young’s grief over the heroin overdose and death of both Whitten and Bruce Berry, a roadie for Young and Crazy Horse.

“Needle and the Damage Done” -Video

… A lot of great artists get affected by it …

…A lot of great art goes down the drain”

“Needle and the Damage Done” – Origin

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 won’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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