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Sign In Register. Artist: Neil Young. Album: Harvest Remastered Version. My life is changing in so many ways I don't know who to trust anymore There's a shadow running thru my days Like a beggar going from door to door. I was thinking that maybe I'd get a maid Find a place nearby for her to stay. Just someone to keep my house clean, Fix my meals and go away.

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Separating the wheat from the chaff since Great point about the Heart of Gold insertion in the Massey Hall version of this song. I read a "Man Needs a Maid" as someone whether it's Neil, who knows -- poets often create alternate personas trying to convince himself that he needs only material support when, in all actuality, the narrative is that of someone who is truly wounded and needs much more.

In other words, he is trying to convince himself that having a person cook and clean for him is enough. This is a coping mechanism so that he can disengage and not feel wounded from what may be his realization of a failed attempt to engage with another person in the past. Therefore, the chorus A Man Needs a Maid is not the reliable true voice of the persona Neil has created in the tune. The real voice is the person who says: "To live a love, you have to be part of.

How do we know which is the true feeling and which sentiment is "all talk"? Look at the phrasing. Neil uses language like "I was thinking that maybe Can the language be any less resolute? Meanwhile, the other sentiments "To live a love" are spoken with so much more certitude. The song as a whole reflects a struggle between engagement and disengagement. The thought that "all a man needs is a maid" is merely a method for convincing one's self that material support is all one needs, that detachment is the best course for dealing with "relationships," so as not to get hurt, even though what the narrator really knows is that it takes engagement and giving of one's self to make the relationship work.

It's a much more complex song than people give Neil credit for -- largely for their failure to see the psychological dynamic that is going on.

To read this as a sexist song is to disregard Neil's artistic skill at creating a voice that seems to be saying one thing on the surface, but really means another thing altogether. Anyone who has gone through a tough time in a relationship will be able to relate to the mood of this piece -- and how it shows the way we try to convince ourselves of one sentiment, even when we know the opposite is true.

Thanks Roger! More lyrics analysis of Neil Young songs. Great point Roger! A man needs a maid is sooo far from sexist and if you hear people say it is, then they don't know the song nor do they know Neil. Neil has so many tunes, so many classics, and so many sounds that some can easily get lost for a moment here and there. This tune, when you haven't heard it in a while and you put it on, you find yourself wondering how? How after so much time, and hours and hours of listening, can Neil still give you shivers down your spine and make the hairs on your arms stand up straight.

You marvel at how simplistic and raw and yet so emotionally complicated his sound and his writing are. When its over you sigh and smile to yourself. What an amazing guy! What a great song! How did someone write this? Just Amazing! Did anyone read the Neil interview in Guitar world? Neil kinda says about Archives Vol. And he talk about Time Fades away 2, anyone hear of that?

Its gonna be on Vol. Great interview! Rock on brother! Wow, that's a great analysis. It never occurred to me that the song is a lie we tell ourselves when we're hurt and hiding from loneliness, trying to convince ourselves that we don't need "love", only someone to help out around the house, 'cause it's a damn mess.

This has so much more meaning to me now, as I had pretty much the same psychological reaction to a breakup. I guess it's a pretty universal thing, actually. Anyway, brilliant analysis. I love the idea that when he's singing "maaaaiiiid, a man needs a maid," he's actually wounded and pining for love, but trying to hide from it. And very perceptive, noting the connection between the unsure voice in one part and the very certain voice in the other. Best NY song analysis I've read in awhile.

TW: Thanks for featuring this post. Shittyhorse: Good point about the alternate lyrics "A Man Feels Afraid" , which give a stronger indication of what Neil meant.

Thanks, Matthew, for your response as well. I too feel very strongly about this song. Just to cap the thought, in closing: Any song that instructively conveys the struggle men have with being giving partners in a relationship -- whether Neil intended this or not with AMNAM -- is actually the absolute inverse of sexist. This is one of those songs that has always been simultaneously moving and baffling to me. Hence the mistake of viewing the song as sexist, as well as the need to look a little further into the lyrics, which everyone here has done so well.

To live a love, you gotta be part of. The superficial introduction of a maid into the household could be viewed as an attempt to establish a temporary order to cleanup the mess, all in the service of a simple interlude.

But as I write, and think about the points everyone has made, even this makes sense to me now. What could be more superficial than an identification with a fictional character to come to grips with a very real life loss?

What better than a movie to wallow in the pain? Neil must have been feeling a little mad himself. But man, it never gets old, and like shittyhorse said, it still sends chills up my spine.

I just remembered another thing- being in the den listening to Harvest over and over after it had just come out. What about "When will I see you again? And Roger has it spot on. This song was explained in the book "Shakey" as a response to Neal's break up with actress Carrie Snodgrass. He was reflecting on that failed relationship. It's hard to make sense of criticism that the song is sexist. If he'd sung 'Just someone to keep my house clean, fix my meals, have sex and go away', that could be construed as sexist.

But the guy's not talking about using a woman for sex and housekeeping; he's just talking about hiring someone to look after him while he recovers emotionally. If you use a woman for sex you're sexist; if you don't use her for sex you're still sexist. You can't win! Perhaps he should have sung 'A man needs a professional cooking and cleaning service while he's getting over his emotional crises', but I doubt that would shut the critics up.

I think it is an old man's lament for his lost life partner the heart of gold. The lyric "when will I see you again" are his wishing to die soon and go to heaven to finally be reunited with his love.

The lyric "it's hard to make that change The chorus is him saying that all he needs to survive what's left of his life is a maid, and to be left alone.

It's such a beautiful song In love with a lovely man I'm a woman , who was at the same time brilliant, flawed, and in the early stages of emotional development. Maybe me too? I couldn't understand his explanation of this song, but I loved him desperately and trusted there was a deeper layer than the sexist veneer, even if I couldn't at all see it.

Fast forward 15 years. We are now with other partners. I have two babies. I am a stay at home mom with no family nearby. We have one car. I make 4 different dinners every night. I get to take 3 showers a week.

I wake up at 4am everyday. It's a hard time. We got a babysitter who cleans the house one day a week. All these years later, I get it. It's not just "a man needs a maid". Everybody needs a maid! It's a universal. I "perform" for my husband, my kids. And I'm brought to tears, literally, to have someone wipe my counters. It's like she's giving my soul love. Such a simple thing. This is my thank you - to that lovely man and the universe for giving me the experience of both sides.

The actress, the audience, the maid, the "man". He sings the verse twice: "When will I see you again? What was had and lost, but he now has the courage to ask to see himself be in love again.

A Man Needs A Maid

Separating the wheat from the chaff since Great point about the Heart of Gold insertion in the Massey Hall version of this song. I read a "Man Needs a Maid" as someone whether it's Neil, who knows -- poets often create alternate personas trying to convince himself that he needs only material support when, in all actuality, the narrative is that of someone who is truly wounded and needs much more. In other words, he is trying to convince himself that having a person cook and clean for him is enough.

My life is changing in so many ways I don't know who to trust anymore There's a shadow running thru my days Like a beggar going from door to door. I was thinking that maybe I'd get a maid Find a place nearby for her to stay Just someone to keep my house clean Fix my meals and go away. It's hard to make that change When life and love turns strange and old To give a love you gotta live a love To live a love, you gotta be part of.

Sign In Register. Artist: Neil Young. Album: Decade. My life is changing in so many ways I don't know who to trust anymore There's a shadow running thru my days Like a beggar going from door to door.

A Man Needs a Maid

My life is changin' in so many ways I don't know who to trust anymore There's a shadow runnin' through my days Like a beggar goin' from door to door. I was thinking that maybe I'd get a maid Find a place nearby for her to stay Just someone to keep my house clean Fix my meals and go away. It's hard to make that change When life and love turns strange and cold To give a love, you gotta live a love To live a love, you gotta be part of' When will I see you again? A while ago somewhere, I don't know when I was watchin' a movie with a friend I fell in love with the actress She was playin' a part that I could understand. Please click here if you are not redirected within a few seconds. My life is changin' in so many ways I don't know who to trust anymore There's a shadow runnin' through my days Like a beggar goin' from door to door I was thinking that maybe I'd get a maid Find a place nearby for her to stay Just someone to keep my house clean Fix my meals and go away A maid, a man needs a maid A maid. You gotta check out.

A Man Needs a Maid (German translation)

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My life is changing in so many ways I don't know who to trust anymore There's a shadow running through my days Like a beggar going from door to door. I was thinking that maybe I'd get a maid Find a place nearby for her to stay Just someone to keep my house clean Fix my meals and go away.

It has appeared on several of Young's live and compilation albums. The lyrics of "A Man Needs a Maid" have generated controversy due to interpretations that they are chauvinistic. Perhaps anticipating such criticism, Young stated the following at an early performance of the song at the Boston Music Hall on January 21, [8] :.

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