IN THE SHAPE OF A HEART Lyrics - Jackson Browne

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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

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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






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Night swimming | Reviewer: Rtk | 1/18/11

I think the last verse says it best: "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"...meaning love can be a powerful motivator, but don't expect it to change people...we are who we are...embrace the differences, tolerate and forgive...night swimming is great but there has got to be a morning after...rtk



Jackson Browne | Reviewer: Damon Townley | 10/7/07

One of the most heart felt love songs and the lyrics speak to the struggles that everyone can relate too.

Jackson Browne is one of the best song writers ever , the only artist in my opinion that comes close is Ed Roland of Collective Soul...has the same ability to write such songs.



Great Lyrics | Reviewer: Tom | 7/9/07

God, what great lyrics. The pain of regret and lost opportunity set to a soft rock beat brings a tear and a tug to any heart that has ever been in his place, waiting around "for the one who fits like a glove".





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