1969 Song of the Day is King Harvest [Has Surely Come} by The Band. King Harvest is the final song on The Band’s self-titled second album [also known as The Brown Album} The song was written by Robbie Robertson although Levon Helm claimed that it was a group effort. The famous rock critic Greil Marcus has written that King Harvest might be the finest song that Robertson has ever written. The song is told from the point of view of a poverty stricken farmer- detailing everything that has happened to his farm- then a union organizer appears and makes promises that things will soon improve. Robbie Robertson says of King Harvest “It’s just a kind of character study in a time period. At the beginning, when the unions came in, they were a saving grace, a way of fighting the big money people, and they affected everybody from the people that worked in the big cities all the way around to the farm people. It’s ironic now, because now so much of it is like gangsters, assassinations, power, greed, insanity. I just thought it was incredible how it started and how it ended up.”
Richard Manuel is the singer of King Harvest. King Harvest is a great finishing track to one of the greatest albums that has ever been made.