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Only Love Can Break Your Heart

Written by Neil YoungUnreleased song

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Song facts

Paul McCartney performed this song live, along with Neil Young, during the 18th Annual Bridge School Benefit concert, on October 23rd 2004 – an event organised by Neil Young.

From Wikipedia:

Only Love Can Break Your Heart” is a song written by Neil Young. It has been covered by many bands, including a 1990 single by Saint Etienne.

Genesis and recording

The song is the third track on Neil Young’s album After the Gold Rush. The song was supposedly written for Graham Nash after Nash’s split from Joni Mitchell, though Young in interviews has been somewhat tentative in admitting or remembering this. Released as a single in October 1970, it became Young’s first top 40 hit as a solo artist, peaking at number 33 in the U.S. The single was issued with a Crazy Horse version of “Birds” (rather than the solo piano version of the album) on the B-side, apparently accidentally. The song is praised as a “seemingly simple song which display[s] considerable attention to detail in the deployment of instruments.” […]

Last updated on November 30, 2016

Lyrics

When you were young and on your own
How did it feel to be alone?
I was always thinking of games that I was playing.
Trying to make the best of my time.
But only love can break your heart
Try to be sure right from the start
Yes only love can break your heart
What if your world should fall apart?

I have a friend I've never seen
He hides his head inside a dream
Someone should call him and see if he can come out.
Try to lose the down that he's found.

But only love can break your heart
Try to be sure right from the start
Yes only love can break your heart
What if your world should fall apart?

I have a friend I've never seen
He hides his head inside a dream
Yes, only love can break your heart
Yes, only love can break your heart

Bootlegs



Together On Stage 2004

Unofficial live • Released in 2004

4:02 • Live • By Paul McCartney & Neil Young

Concert From "4th Annual Adopt-A-Minefield Gala" in Los Angeles, USA on Oct 15, 2004



Live Archives Vol. 4 (2001-2006)

Unofficial live • Released in 2017

Live

Live performances

“Only Love Can Break Your Heart” has been played in 2 concerts.

Latest concerts where “Only Love Can Break Your Heart” has been played


18th Annual Bridge School Benefit Concert

Oct 23, 2004 • USA • Mountain View • Shoreline Ampitheatre


4th Annual Adopt-A-Minefield Gala

Oct 15, 2004 • USA • Los Angeles • Century Plaza Hotel


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