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Listen: Three versions of Neil Young's 'Who's Gonna Stand Up?'

Listen: Three versions of Neil Young's 'Who's Gonna Stand Up?'
Neil Young, shown performing in March in Hollywood, has released three different versions of a new ecologically conscious song, "Who's Gonna Stand Up?" (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

The first single from Neil Young's forthcoming "Storeytone" album, due in November, has been released, and in characteristically idiosyncratic fashion, the two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member has simultaneously released three different renderings of the new song, "Who's Gonna Stand Up?", through his website, NeilYoung.com.

Young performed "Who's Gonna Stand Up? (and Save the Earth)" while on tour last summer with his longtime collaborators in Crazy Horse and has released that version, along with a solo acoustic rendition and a large-scale arrangement featuring a 92-piece orchestra he recorded recently with veteran producer and engineer Al Schmitt.

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The song is a screed against corporate forces and pollution, with Young spinning out questions:

Who's gonna stand up and save the Earth?

Who's gonna say that she's had enough?

Who's gonna take on the big machine?

Who's gonna stand up and save the Earth?

This all starts with you and me.

Links to each of the three tracks can be found on

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