WCSX Classic Cuts
Neil Young and Crazy Horse: Cinnamon Girl
The Hook: The drummer kept looking for his cinnamon girl, but she didn't show up for about five years -- and then only for four days.
Album: Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
Writer: Neil Young
Stats: Peaked at number-55 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Background: Not surprisingly, there was a line in Neil Young's "Cinnamon Girl" that Crazy Horse drummer Ralph Molina always waited for when they performed it. He talks about that line and the origins of the song.
Crazy Horse drummer Ralph Molina on Neil Young’s “Cinnamon Girl.” OC:...four days. :24
“ I remember we recorded up at Neil's first house up in Topanga Canyon. I think that was the first song we did when us and The Rockets parted ways to go and play with Neil. I just kept thinking about that line 'the drummer relaxes and waits between shows for his Cinnamon Girl,' and I always waited for that line and I looked around and nope, she wasn't there. Till '75, she showed up -- for four days."