Cowboy Junkies have shared a video for their Neil Young cover, “Don’t Let It Bring You Down”. The song features on their latest covers album, Songs Of The Recollection, reviewed here, which features another Young song, Love In Mind.
The video, which was made by their drummer Peter Timmins, opens with a homeless man playing the guitar on a bridge before the opening lyric ‘Old man lying by the side of the road, With the lorries rolling by…’. Timmins has done a great job with the video, balancing the song’s sentiment with inevitable sinking hope as graffitied walls, forest fires, space shuttle, armies, and protests relentlessly roll on past.
If anyone was unsure whether Young’s chorus was laced with hope or sarcasm, then this video’s interpretation makes it clear which side the Cowboy Junkies are on as it returns to the homeless man, ending on a particularly sorrowful and hopeless note.
Don’t let it bring you downIt’s only castles burningFind someone who’s turningAnd you will come around
Songs of the Recollection is out now and available everywhere: