Reprise RecordsNeil Young has introduced “Wolf Moon,” a brand-new song from his upcoming album, The Monsanto Years, via an official video posted on his official YouTube channel. The clip shows Young performing the song with Willie Nelson‘s sons Lukas and Micah, and their band, Promise of the Real, which served as Neil’s backing group on The Monsanto Years.

The song is a mournful, delicate acoustic homage to the Earth that addresses the damage mankind has done to the environment. The tune features such lyrics as “Less fish swimming in your ocean/ Old ice floating in your sea/ Still you hold against the constant plundering, Wolf Moon.”

On his Facebook page, Young has posted a message about the song.

“Earth is not ours. We are of the Earth. That’s how I feel,” he writes. “When we plunder our own home we hurt our children and their children after them. I feel responsible. I like to say thank you for the precious gift we have, so when the Wolf Moon rose, I said thank you with this little song.”

According to, the Wolf Moon is the full moon that takes place during the month of January.

Rolling Stone reports that the “Wolf Moon” video was shot at the Teatro Theatre in Oxnard, California, where Young and Promise of the Real recorded The Monsanto Years. The album, which will be released on June 29, is a collection of environmental protest songs, with a particular negative focus on the agrochemical company Monsanto.

Neil will hit the road with Promise of the Real for a summer tour in support of The Monsanto Years that kicks off July 5 in Milwaukee and runs through a July 24 concert in Oro-Medonte, Canada. Young also will give a solo performance on July 3 in Edmonton, Canada, at a benefit show for the Honor the Treaties organization.

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