"Clean Heart" as written by Stuart Matthewman, Helen Adu and Andrew Hale....
Clean heart
Clean and sharp
Clean dream
Bad start

He loved his brother and his sister
Luke and Tony called him Mister
They made him feel much more
Like a man
He loved his daddy though he never told him
And how he loved his mama
He loved
He loved her like an Italian

Little Janet said you look so fine
So fine
Something in his smile
Made them feel like strangers
And then he straightened his belt
With a lover's touch
And he said I'm gonna bring home
The things that are out of your clutch, ooh

Seemed like the hottest night in summer
A heat that makes you feel like dying
Somewhere in the next block
There's a baby crying
Finger on the trigger for the years to come
Finger on the trigger for the years to come

And as the moon slid up over the restless streets
Sirens mocking and people stop to see
Their greedy eyes don't realize
He's someone's son
Finger on the trigger for the years to come

Finger on the trigger for the years to come


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"Clean Heart" as written by Helen Adu Andrew Hale

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    General CommentClean heart
    Clean and sharp
    Clean dream
    Bad start
    He loved his brother and his sister
    Luke and tony called him mister
    They made him feel much more
    Like a man
    He loved his daddy though he never told him
    And he loved his mother
    He loved
    He loved her like an italian

    *She's saying that this man has a good heart...and his dream was a pure dream, but he started it off wrong. He got caught up in the mafia. He was high up which is why his associates call him "Mister". It also validated his sense of worth to have power. he was a REAL Italian man..the kind who respected his father but loved his mother beyond all reason*

    Little jane said, you look so fine
    So fine
    Something in his smile
    Made them feel like strangers
    And then he straightened his belt
    With a lover's touch
    And he said I'm gonna bring home
    The things that are out of your clutch

    *I think here she's saying that his girlfriend is telling him how goo he looks, but there is something behind his eyes that is different. he is becoming someone she doesn't know because of his activity. However, all he sees is that he is providing her with things. Pretty baubles that she or he would otherwise ever be able to afford, if it wasn't for his illicit activities.*

    Seemed like the hottest night in summer
    A heat that makes you feel like dying

    Somewhere in the next block
    There was a baby crying
    Finger on the trigger for the years to come

    *She's saying that it was a night like any other summer night...but the repercussions of it would ring out for years*

    Finger on the trigger for the years to come

    And as the moon slid up over the restless streets
    Sirens mocking and people stop to see
    Their greedy eyes don't realise
    He's someone else's son
    Finger on the trigger for the years to come

    *The man is dead. The sirens are sounding off and people are gathering around like it is the sound of a dinner bell. they are looking at him like he's another casualty of violence and not like he was a person..someone's son.*


    I'm pretty sure I think that's what that song means. :)
    Finger on the trigger for the years to come
    DarqBeautyon December 05, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI agree with DarqBeauty for the most part. Although the song could technically apply to any gang activity, not just the Mafia. I guess the Italian line would make that make sense, but really anyone can love their mother deeply and I think that is put there just as a way of saying that-- not to specify his ethnicity. Otherwise, I think that was a great interpretation of powerful song unlike all other Sade songs. I do think that the most important part of it is when she sings, "Their greedy eyes don't realize he someone's son". Her voice changes so beautifully on 'son', almost in anguish.
    cardonad258on March 26, 2009   Link

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