March 28, 2015 · Neil Young 2000s Britney Spears Crowded House

Girl Gone Wild

The girl's gone wild, the neighbors say
She climbs the trees when I'm not looking
She must be trapped under the influence of something so strong[1]
And I'll be damned if I can find it

The neighbors look at me as if there's something I should do
"The girl's gone wild," I think
"What would Neil Young do?"

If she was smoking something funny
I think old Neil would sit her down
He'd sing to her about the Goldrush[2]
And have her pass the bowl around

The neighbors look at me as if there's something I should do
"The girl's gone wild," I think
"What would Neil Young do?"

One thing Neil Young would never think to do is change the key[3]
The girl may have gone wild but
she is still the same tree-hugging, pea-corn-and-granola-eating
Goofy girl to me

If she was doing something so completely dangerous
Like playing with a good man's heart[4]
I still contend that, when a girl's gone wild,
There is no Marshall stack on earth loud enough to drive the message through

The neighbors look at me as if there's something I should do
"The girl's gone wild," I think
"What would Neil Young do?"


  1. Crowded House's second big stateside hit. ↩︎

  2. Track #2, in particular. ↩︎

  3. Going to the minor (ii) or (iii) in the bridge is a big adventure for ol' Neil. ↩︎

  4. Talking to you, Ms. Spears. ↩︎