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I Don't Want To Talk About It


Rod Stewart

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This was originally recorded by Neil Young & Crazy Horse in 1971. Sadly the writer of the song, Danny Whitten, a member of Crazy Horse, did not live to see this become a hit. He died of a drug overdose in November 1972. Nils Lofgren, who was also in Crazy Horse recalls in the book 1000 UK #1 Hits by Jon Kutner and Spencer Leigh: "Danny was a very soulful man and a good man and he was the one who got me in Crazy Horse. I loved his song, 'I Don't Want To Talk About It,' and I think it is one of the greatest ballads ever. It has a very haunting lyric and put two lines into the song because Danny was so ill when he recorded it. He could still sing and play but he wasn't bothered with much else. We said, 'Danny, we've got to do this song, it's a great song' and he said, 'It needs a second verse' and this went on for months. He never could get it together and then we were in the studio and got in an argument, and he said, 'Okay, well, one of you write it.' I left the studio and wrote a couple of lines quickly and I said,'What about these'' and he said, 'Fine, let's do it'. Danny and I sat opposite each other with acoustic guitars and Ry Cooder was playing slide on his lap and it came out beautifully."
This song originally appeared on the album Atlantic Crossing. The massive success of "Sailing" and "This Old Heart Of Mine" from the album tended to obscure the remaining material and Stewart's new label Riva began issuing singles from the following album Night On The Town in the summer of 1976. However, at the Christmas concerts Stewart gave in London that year, he was taken aback when his fans started singing the chorus to this song, even continuing when he dropped out to watch them. Because of their obvious enthusiasm for this his label decided to issue it as his next single. Since so many of Rod's followers already had Atlantic Crossing, a track from Night On The Town, "First Cut Is The Deepest" was made part of a double-A disc. The single went to #1 for four weeks.
Although on the week of the Queen's Golden Jubilee, the Sex Pistols topped the charts of most major British music publications with "God Save The Queen," it suspiciously stalled at #2 on the official list to this song. There were many accusations that the chart was rigged to avoid embarrassment in the week of the jubilee.
In 1988 the duo Everything But The Girl recorded a cover version which bought them their first UK Top 10 hit. (thanks, Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England, for all above)
Stewart sang this song as a duet in his concert One Night Only! Live at Royal Albert Hall, with Amy Belle. Stewart tells the audience that, "A week ago this girl was busking the streets of Glasgow," and he felt that it was his right to bring her into the limelight because "I was discovered busking at a train stop." (thanks, Stacy - Sunbury, Australia)
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Comments (8):

Greg of Edmonton Alberta. There is a tribute done by LittleRaggie on You Tube of Danny Singing this song. Goto
- Michael, Barrack Heights, Australia
This song had no input from Neil Young at all. The band was called Crazy Horse. The only input Neil Young had on this, their self titled debut album was a co-written song with Danny Whitten called Downtown and Dance Dance Dance, written solely by Young.
- Michael, Barrack Heights, Australia
Has to be one of the best songs ever written. It's a shame that Danny isn't more widely known. I wish there was a video somewhere of Danny doing this song.
Look At All the Things and Carolay are also great. Thanks Danny we won't forget you...

Buy the Crazy Horse CD NOW!!!
- Greg, edmonton, AB
I love this song. It touches my heart!!!
- susan, Melvindale, MI
Except for contributing one or two songs, I believe Neil Young had nothing to do with Crazy Horse's first album, which included this gem. Nevertheless, Danny Whitten can be heard singing together with Neil on their joint effort 'Downtown' on 'Tonight's The Night', an album posthumously dedicated to Whitten.
- walter, Antwerp, Belgium
man i prefer the crazy horse version
- elie, london
plus i love to see hotties dance with barly any cloths. And i loooove girls that love blck
- Andrew Roach, Florida, CA
This song sucks. I like songs by hot chicks
- Andrew Roach, Florida, CA
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