Ordinary People - Neil Young Lyrics Analysis

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Lyrics for "Ordinary People"

Neil Young's 1988 song "Ordinary People" should never, NEVER, EVER be confused with 2003's William Shatner's 'Common People'. Furthermore, please do not confuse with the 2005 song by R&B artist John Legend on the album Get Lifted, and co-written by Will.I.Am of the Black Eyed Peas. Young's song also has nothing whatsoever to do with the Robert Redford film "Ordinary People" (1980). PLEASE don't make these common mistakes!

[Note: This is one of a series of articles which provide an explanation of the meaning of Neil Young's songs. While the interpretation of lyrics presented here is composed of several viewpoints, there is little consensus on the exact meaning of Neil's songs. The themes and symbolism of Young's songwriting provide a rich tapestry on which to project various meanings and analysis. ]

Ordinary People - Lyrics Analysis

 Subject:    The Extraordinary "Ordinary People"
   Date:         Tue, 1 Aug 1995 22:01:12 -0400 (EDT)
   From:         thrasher@cais.cais.com  

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Neil's song "Ordinary People" should never, NEVER be confused with the William Shatner's "Common People".

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