I’ve always wondered exactly what Neil meant by the line “Milk blood to keep from running out”. I have an idea, Which I think is obvious, but having never been a junkie or done any hard drugs, coupled with the fact that I’ve never heard a similar line, I can’t be sure. What is your opinion? If your are unfamiliar with the song or God forbid, Neil Young, the lyrics are below.
THE NEEDLE AND THE DAMAGE DONE
I caught you knockin’ at my cellar door
I love you, baby, can I have some more
Ooh, ooh, the damage done.
I hit the city and I lost my band
I watched the needle take another man
Gone, gone, the damage done.
I sing the song because I love the man
I know that some of you don’t understand
Milk blood to keep from running out.
I’ve seen the needle and the damage done
A little part of it in everyone
But every junkie’s like a settin’ sun.