"Heartshine" as written by Andrew Wood, Stone C. Gossard, Jeffrey Allen Ament, Greg A. Gilmore and Bruce Ian Fairweather....
I waste away my tears
Cause I can't cry no more
No more no less
I said, my brothers drowning
Like a star, baby, like a slower suicide,
Me I gave mine away.

[Chorus]
I give to you my heartshine
I give to you my heartshine
I give to you my heartshine only for you

A sad hello to death
I'm a stubborn goat on trial:
No more no less.
I said time will tell
If love is gonna have the strength to push it
The strength to push my pain away.

I give to you my heartshine
I give to you my heartshine

Love flourishes
Love flourishes,
You've gotta value love supreme


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"Heartshine" as written by Bruce Ian Fairweather Andrew Wood

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    General CommentMaybe the most powerful song of the album, certainly the most urgent. There's so much pain and anger crammed into it - his voice, the atonal guitar duet break, the relentless drumming - and I don't feel it to be about lost love or drug problems, rather it could be about the massacre on Tiananmen square, Peking, a few months before the recording, or about young men sheeped out into war. Got nothing to put against the shit except my love, he seems to call out. Unforgettable song.
    tinderboxon February 28, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWood talked about this song in an interview once. It is mainly about his brother's drug struggle and the people in his life he care about, as well as his flaws and problems.
    NoSleepon March 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThere seems to be some connection throughout the album of stars and shining and in this song there's heartshine. So it seems that stars represent love and when Xana's a stargazer, she's gazing at Wood's love, or his star. Then in this song he's giving these people his heartshine, which is his love. It's pretty obvious once you actually look at a few of the lyric but it's a cool metaphor coz it's like when you're loved you're in the light so I thought I'd point it out.
    I can't believe more people don't comment on Mother Love Bone.
    ---twigs---on September 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt's about how Love heals.
    dark_eyez_666on August 03, 2011   Link
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    General CommentIt is about UNCONDITIONAL LOVE.... If you give someone your HEARTSHINE you are entrusting them the most vulnerable part of your existence. To be able to see past our faults as humans, to be able to see into the souls of each other and still be able to see the beauty that remains behind all of our ugliness is the message of LOVE ROCK... I believe anyway.....
    seattlesirenon November 05, 2013   Link

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