„It's better to burn out than to fade away.“

—  Neil Young

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„My my, hey hey
Rock and roll is here to stay.
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Than to fade away.
My my, hey hey.“

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Hey Hey, My My, written with Jeff Blackburn; quoted by Kurt Cobain in his suicide note.

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