Today, just in time for Fourth of July, Neil Young released a new protest anthem with patriotic overtones called “Children of Destiny.”
The folk-rock legend recorded the track with his current touring band Promise of the Real, which features Willie Nelson‘s sons Lukas and Micah, along with a 56-piece orchestra.
In a short video clip posted on Facebook, Neil explains, “We made a record we wanted to share with you. We played with a bunch of people…maybe two weeks ago…65 of us. It was very great.”
The video for the song begins with a montage of patriotic images, including a boy riding a bicycle with an American flag attached to its back wheel, military jets flying in formation, another U.S. flag blowing in the wind and a group of children and adults marching in an apparent Fourth of July parade.
Musically, the song begins with blasting horns and overdriven guitar as Young and a chorus of other voices sing, “Stand up for what you believe, resist the powers that be/ Preserve the land and save the seas for the children of destiny/ The children of you and me.”
As the tune progresses, it alternates back and forth between the horn-driven section and an introspective segment sung by Neil alone and featuring string accompaniment.
The clip also features footage of protest marches; a city devastated by war; a ticker tape parade; a family enjoying a July 4 barbecue; various cities around the world; naturalistic scenes including mountains, wheat fields and oceans; and finally, fireworks displays viewed from the air high above a city.
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