It takes most musicians until the later parts of their career to throw off the shackles of commercial and critical expectations and declare, "I'm gonna do whatever I want, even if it means writing a nine minute ode to delicious T-bones." But not so for Neil Young, who has been giving the middle finger to the public and doing whatever the hell he's wanted his entire career. If that meant doing a rockabilly album in the '80s and getting sued by his record label, so be it. If it meant making a concept album all about his love of electric cars, sure why not. And if it means putting out a new record (backed by Willie Nelson's sons) filled with tunes criticizing food industry giant Monsanto, then that's just what Neil Young thinks 2015 calls for.
Young premiered the first tune from his upcoming album, The Monsanto Years, on Democracy Now yesterday. It's called "Rock Starbucks," and is a direct complaint about the company's alleged connection to Monsanto, (along with allegations that Starbucks isn't labeling genetically-modified products).
Quartz has the full lyrics, but here's a taste—let's just say Young is still channeling his blunt, Living With War writing style. "When the people of Vermont voted to label food with GMOs/ So they can find out what was in what the farmer grows/ Monsanto and Starbucks through the grocery manufacturers alliance/ Sued the state of Vermont to overturn the people’s will."
Late last year, Young called on fans to boycott Starbucks due to the alleged ties with Monsanto. "I used to line up and get my latte everyday, but yesterday was my last one," Young wrote at the time.
The record will be out June 16th.