We go our separate ways
Looking for better days
Sharing our little boy
Who grew from joy back then
There's no ambiguity with this one.
Actress Carrie Snodgress was the mother of Neil Young's first child. Her biggest role was Tina Balser in Diary of a Mad Housewife
, which won her a 1971 Golden Globe Award for Best Actress and earned her an Academy Award nomination (she lost out to Glenda Jackson for her role in Women in Love
) for the same category. She passed away in 2004 at the age of 58.
Young was deeply in love with Snodgress throughout a relationship lasting from late 1970 to 1975. He's written other songs about her, including "A Man Needs A Maid
" and "Motion Pictures
." He was devastated when he discovered that she'd been sleeping around while he was on the road (though in the book Shakey
by Jimmy Mcdonough, Young admits that he'd been hypocritical and self-righteous because he'd been cheating, too).