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World’s oldest song sounds like Neil Young

073660-ebec8c94-4676-11e3-b366-b430cfe3cfddThe world’s oldest known complete song sounds like it could have been performed by Neil Young.

The piece of music was a Grecian ode written by a man called Seikilos between the 2nd century BC and the 1st century AD, according to news.com.au.

Intended to make a woman named Euterpe immortal, it was carved on a column of marble.

The song contains  “live for the day” lyrics, carrying a message that has echoed through music to this very day.

One version of the song, including the lyrics – sounds like something that could be written by Neil Young.

“While you live, shine

have no grief at all

life exists only for a short while

and time demands its toll.”

A Turkish railroad engineer uncovered the column in 1883. It is now housed in the National Museum of Denmark.

Listen for yourself and see if it sounds like Neil.

Maybe a little more barn?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7KRnAKzFMhk&feature=youtu.be

Read more about this ancient find at: http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/music/ancient-seikilos-column-brings-worlds-oldest-song-back-to-life/story-e6frfn09-1226754073689

 

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Oh, absolutely. I read a review of my record and someone said, \"She sounds like Lucinda Williams fronting Crazy Horse.\" I thought, wow, I never really thought that Neil Young was a big influence, but I guess in some way he\'s a subconscious one. It\'s a huge compliment. Not only is he a great musician and artist, but I have a lot of respect for the way he leads his life and takes a stand on things that are personally important to him.
by Kathleen Edwards on comparisons of her to Neil, Calgary Herald, Aug \\\'03.

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