Beautiful Music Incarnate: In The Shape Of A Heart

JBDear Beautiful Song Lovers:

I hope everyone enjoyed an explosively fun last week of July.  Meanwhile, I ran across this new video posting of Jackson Browne’s incomparable torch song “In The Shape Of A Heart.”  Not only is it an amazing live version of the song (from the 1980’s) that mirrors in exactitude the original recording from his near-perfect album Lives In The Balance, but the live concert recording sound is superb.  And hereinbelow I’ve included the lyrics to this beautifully sensitive, heart-wrenching ballad.  If you appreciate a beautifully written song, both lyrically and musically, and perfectly rhyming lyrics and depth and metaphor, this song is it.  Enjoy!

PaTricK ThE PoeT

IN THE SHAPE OF A HEART: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJxSj-wu1jY

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
Never know what breaches and faults are concealed
In the shape of a heart
In the shape of a heart
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
Dropped it into the wall
And 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
Never know the shallows and the unseen reefs
That are there from the start

In the shape of a heart

In the shape of a heart
In the shape of a heart
In the shape of a heart
In the shape of a heart
In the shape of a heart

Songwriters
BROWNE, JACKSON

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Lyrics © Jackson Browne/Swallow Turn Music/Night Kitchen Music/Open Window Music

 

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