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In the Shape of a Heart

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

 

Hat tip to David Holmes for this, written by Jackson Browne for his first wife, who committed suicide. 

 

It was a ruby that she wore
On a chain around her neck
In the shape of a heart
In the shape of a heart
It was a time I won’t forget
For the sorrow and regret
And the shape of a heart
And the shape of a heart
I guess I never knew
What she was talking about
I guess I never knew
What she was living without

People speak of love don’t know what they’re thinking of
Wait around for the one who fits just like a glove
Speak in terms of belief and belonging
Try to fit some name to their longing
People speak of love

There was a hole left in the wall
From some ancient fight
About the size of a fist
Or something thrown that had missed
And there were other holes as well
In the house where our nights fell
Far too many to repair
In the time that we were there
People speak of love don’t know what they’re thinking of
Reach out to each other though the push and shove
Speak in terms of a life and the learning
Try to think of a word for the burning

You keep it up
You try so hard
To keep a life from coming apart
And never know
What breaches and faults are concealed
In the shape of a heart

It was the ruby that she wore
On a stand beside the bed
In the hour before dawn
When I knew she was gone
And I held it in my hand
For a little while
And dropped it into the wall
Let it go, heard it fall

I guess I never knew
What she was talking about
I guess I never knew
What she was living without
People speak of love don’t know what they’re thinking of
Wait around for the one who fits just like a glove
Speak in terms of a life and the living
Try to find the word for forgiving

You keep it up
You try so hard
To keep a life from coming apart
And never know
The shallows and the unseen reefs
That are there from the start
In the shape of a heart

2 comments on “In the Shape of a Heart

  1. Saturday 14th January 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Wow! Thank you Charles. Just reading the lyric gave me goosebumps. It’s a brilliant, moving song.

    Jackson Browne is a very under-rated musician – Bruce Springsteen (no less) inducted him into the Rock n Roll Hall of fame. People who know music love him.

    He’s currently a big supporter of the anti-capitalist movement too – thinking there has to be a better way.

  2. Al

    Tuesday 10th January 2012 at 8:42 pm

    Hey that’s a great post – I love the poem!

    Al

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