This cover was recorded on 1/3/09 and was a spur of the moment decision.
I had never learned to play this song so I figured it out from a memory of the song and recorded it that way.
Found this interesting stuff on Wikipedia:
“Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)” is a rock song by Neil Young.
Combined with its acoustic counterpart
“My My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue)”, it bookends Young’s
successful 1979 album Rust Never Sleeps. Inspired by proto-new
wave group Devo, the rise of punk and what Young viewed as
his own growing irrelevance, the song today crosses
generations, inspiring admirers from punk to grunge and
significantly revitalizing Young’s then-faltering career.
The song is about the alternatives of continuing to produce similar
music (“to rust” or — in “My My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue)” —
“to fade away”) or to burn out, as John Lydon of the Sex Pistols
did by abandoning his Johnny Rotten persona.
A part of a lyric from the song,
“it’s better to burn out than to fade away,” became infamous in
modern rock after being quoted in Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain’s
suicide note. Young later said that he was so shaken that he
dedicated his 1994 album Sleeps with Angels to Cobain.
Because of Cobain’s suicide, in live concerts he now emphasizes
the line “once you’re gone you can’t come back”.
“Out of the blue and into the black” was a Vietnam War-era phrase
that originally referred to jumping out of the daylight into the darkness
of a Vietcong tunnel, and was later generalized to refer to various
situations, including death. This makes it one of Neil Young’s