Easily one of Neil Young's most ambitious early compositions, "Broken Arrow" is, on the surface, a collection of meditations on stardom (a brief snippet of "Mr. Soul" -- recorded live in the studio opens the recording), exhaustion, and hopelessness. Like Stephen Stills' songs of this period, Young explores arrangement ideas as part of the songwriting process here, and the result is a bona fide suite lasting more than six minutes. Lyrically, Young's sense of surrealism (a trademark of his early work, especially) reaches its zenith here. Without mentioning names directly, the Springfield, John F. Kennedy, and Young himself are referred to throughout the song. Musically, throughout the shifts in tempo, the song remains a true folk ballad, and the fact that Young is able to firmly keep this intact is a feat in itself.