Released: November, 1981
Later in the album, there’s mo-tor cit-y, a lament on the decline of interest in American-made automobiles (“There’s already too many Datsun’s in this town”). The song is patriotic, and reminiscent of Bob Dylan’s Union Sundown off of 1983’s ‘Infidels’ (another album with Right-leaning convictions, including Zionism). Then there’s the aforementioned rap-id transit, which comes across to me as a druggies veiled regret. Was Neil Young flipping a mirror on his audience? Was he flipping it on himself? Two years earlier, The Band released ‘The Last Waltz’. Young’s performance in this monumental event was erratic, cocaine fueled, and somewhat disturbing. It must have had him second guessing his priorities, which is one of many things to consider - in terms of Young’s morphing character - during the time of the release of ‘Re-ac-tor’ as well as over the ensuing decade.