In the land of the broken hearted
People looking
for the horseshoe man
They've been
picking up little pieces
They've been
putting them all in his hand

And the way the story started
Two lovers long ago
Took a vow to live with hearbreak
Took a chance,
but how could they know...
How could they know love?
How could they know love?

Horseshoe man's
been working his magic
Fixing heartbreak everywhere
He's the one we all can count on
When we're lost
and don't know where love is

He takes the pieces in his hands
And shakes 'em up
like he doesn't care
He says that there
will always be heartbreak
Because love is everywhere

Love, I don't know about love
Love, I don't know...

Love don't care
if you're wrong or right
Love don't know if
you're black or white
Love ain't looking
for perfection
Love's the answer,
love's the question

Love, I don't know about love
Love, I don't know

Love, I don't know about love
Love, I don't know about love

Lyrics submitted by hurricanejesus

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    General CommentI LOVE this song! Why are there no comments?? Just take any line from this song, it's like full of aphorisms. So great. I wish there was a horseshoe man that came around and fixed people. Does anybody know what he's getting at with that? What's a horseshoe man?
    pezdelon February 02, 2009   Link
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    General CommentGreat song! Don't know about the horseshoe man though!
    bbeennnon January 28, 2011   Link
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    General CommentAs is often the case with Neil Young, it's a very abstract, impressionist picture he is painting and the meaning is often obscured. However, with a little insight into his personal life, it's easy to see that he and Pegi "took a vow to live with the heartbreak" of havingg a severly handicapped son. The song is all the more poignant from this perspective, but the horseshoe man represents the hope that keeps people going even though "there will always be heartbreak." "Love ain't looking for perfection" is as much a reference to the efforts of Neil and Pegi to make things work as it is to the fact that we don't people don't need to be perfect to be loved.
    Moonmadnesson February 07, 2018   Link

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