Ohio By Neil Young
Example Tone Analysis

Tin soldiers and Nixon coming,
We're finally on our own.
This summer I hear the drumming,
Four dead in Ohio.

Gotta get down to it
Soldiers are cutting us down
Should have been done long ago.
What if you knew her
And found her dead on the ground
How can you run when you know?

Gotta get down to it
Soldiers are cutting us down
Should have been done long ago.
What if you knew her
And found her dead on the ground
How can you run when you know?

Tin soldiers and Nixon coming,
We're finally on our own.
This summer I hear the drumming,

Four dead in Ohio.

Tone

The tone of the song could be seen as pitiful because it asks, “how can you run if you know?” The writer of this song used a rhetorical question about a dead person, asking people to put themselves in the shoes of those who lost family members during the war. It also is a pitiful tone because the writer says how the war should have been done long ago, meaning the death of those people should not have happened.

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