Life is a 1987 album by Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Young's first with his erstwhile backing band since 1981's Re-ac-tor.
The first three tracks all handle the topic of world politics, and ponder the role of the United States in the world. "Long Walk Home," for example, empathizes with troops under deployment overseas. Though in response to the foreign policy issues of the time (Beirut, Qaddafi), Young found new meaning in these songs in the context of the war on terror and the occupation of Iraq. During his "Freedom of Speech" tour in support of Living with War, Young posted videos of these three songs on his website, . The "Mideast Vacation" and "Long Walk Home" videos were later released on the DVD included with the album Living with War: In the Beginning. The performances are from his 1986 tour with Crazy Horse and are labeled as being "From Neil Young Archives Volume 3," a highly anticipated but perennially unreleased series of box sets chronicling Young's career.
This was Young's last release on the Geffen label. The title and cover portray Young a prisoner of his own music. The number 5 is scratched into the wall of his jail cell - the very number of albums Young would release under Geffen Records.