"Keep Me in Your Heart", written by Warren Zevon and Jorge A. Calderon, is the last track on The Wind, Zevon's final album before passing away in 2003 from cancer. Upon diagnosis, Zevon gathered his...
Shadows are fallin' and I'm runnin' out of breath
Keep me in your heart for a while
If I leave you it doesn't mean I love you any less
Keep me in your heart for a while

When you get up in the mornin' and you see that crazy sun
Keep me in your heart for a while
There's a train leavin' nightly called "When All is Said and Done"
Keep me in your heart for a while

Keep me in your heart for a while

Keep me in your heart for a while

Sometimes when you're doin' simple things around the house
Maybe you'll think of me and smile
You know I'm tied to you like the buttons on your blouse
Keep me in your heart for a while

Hold me in your thoughts
Take me to your dreams
Touch me as I fall into view
When the winter comes
Keep the fires lit
And I will be right next to you

Engine driver's headed north up to Pleasant Stream
Keep me in your heart for a while
These wheels keep turnin' but they're runnin' out of steam
Keep me in your heart for a while

Keep me in your heart for a while

Keep me in your heart for a while

Keep me in your heart for a while


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"Keep Me in Your Heart" as written by Warren Zevon Jorge Calderon

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    General CommentThe song is uncharacteristic of WZ i think. i think he knew it was not one of his best songs, per se, but he had to be conscious of the power it would have over his friends and fans. it was like a final gift, a momentary tearing down of his wall of sarcasm, intellect, politics, and rock and roll savvy moments before he died. he lamented his choice to write a pity song, but he did not regret including it on the album, as his friends were many and powerful, his fans were super important, and he had a loving family.

    i believe the inclusion of "for a while" rather than just saying "keep me in your heart forever" is very characteristic of him. he was so conscious of his mortality, and the fickleness of memory. he was also conscious of the fact that it was only his doing that brought his death around. it always reminded me of the reluctant laugh in the middle of a good cry a woman would have. its a last favor he asks before a death everyone but himself would consider tragic, and i think we'd be remiss in ignoring his last request.
    scumbagstyleon February 04, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOne of the most tender of Warren's songs.
    The feeling of being completely used and abused by life to the point
    Where love is your only refuge.
    It affects me any time I listen to it.
    TheThornBirdson March 18, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI just recently lost my aunt from cancer and i played that song for myself when i learned that she died. It helped me to deal with her death and to remember her in the way that she was a kind and loving person. That song help me keep her memory alive by keeping her in my heart for a while.

    Thak you Warren for that amazing song!
    jeffd12on March 16, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General Commenteasily the most moving song ive ever heard.. his emotions are right out there on his sleeve.. even if he did say this seemed to him to be a woe is me song
    deleteme152on April 16, 2004   Link
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    General CommentShadows are fallin' and I'm runnin' out of breath
    Keep me in your heart for a while
    If I leave you it doesn't mean I love you any less
    Keep me in your heart for a while

    When you get up in the mornin' and you see that crazy sun
    Keep me in your heart for a while
    There's a train leavin' nightly called "When All is Said and Done"
    Keep me in your heart for a while

    Sha-lalala-lala-li-lalala-lo
    Keep me in your heart for a while
    Sha-lalala-lala-li-lalala-lo
    Keep me in your heart for a while

    Sometimes when you're doin' simple things around the house
    Maybe you'll think of me and smile
    You know I'm tied to you like the buttons on your blouse
    Keep me in your heart for a while

    Hold me in your thoughts
    Take me to your dreams
    Touch me as I fall into view
    When the winter comes
    Keep the fires lit
    And I will be right next to you

    Engine driver's headed north up to Pleasant Stream
    Keep me in your heart for a while
    These wheels keep turnin' but they're runnin' out of steam
    Keep me in your heart for a while

    Sha-lalala-lala-li-lalala-lo
    Keep me in your heart for a while
    Sha-lalala-lala-li-lalala-lo
    Keep me in your heart for a while

    Keep me in your heart for a while
    elninoon May 09, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHas it been almost a year and a half already? Sadly and understandably the final song of Warren Zevon's life and carreer. It was the last song on the album to be recorded. It was recorded in his living room with the rest of his family. He was holding hands with them around a table and singing his swan song into the desktop mic. Vh1 did a special on the recording of the album I think anyone should watch it. There is so much that can be said about the man and his music that "Keep Me in Your Heart" goes without needing to be said. I think this may be slightly more beautiful and poignant than "Tears in Heaven". RIP Warren Zevon. Jan 24, 1947 - Sept. 2, 2003.
    johnpauljones86on March 13, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song was so helpful this year, my family lost some greatly loved members and "Keep Me in Your Heart" helped to ease the pain. Warren Zevon's death left a hole in the songwriting world.
    kcmogirlon December 29, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"Shadows are fallin' and I'm runnin' out of breath"
    The disease that Warren died from, Pleural Mesothelioma, is a lung cancer usually caused by exposure to asbestos. If left untreated, the cancer quickly expands throughout the chest cavity, eventually crushing aside the lungs and other organs.
    It is horribly similar to being slowly suffocated over a period of months.

    This song is about the final 'acceptance' stage of dying. As he is suffering through his final breaths, he asks the people he loves to remember him fondly. He tells them he still loves them, but staying alive is becoming too difficult. Soon he will run out of steam, and the wheels will quit turning.

    My father recently passed away from his own pleural mesothelioma. If this song tears at your heart, I beg you to donate a couple bucks to marf.org in Warren's name, and maybe we can save another family from this horror.

    Finally, Warren's son Jordan sang live at MARF's last symposium. Warren would have been proud.
    mdwyeron January 15, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAbout knowing your gonna die and wanting to leave a legacy of love to all and not be forgotten easily
    kfe2on January 27, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYou'll stay with me forever warren, your songs reach me on alevel no one else can
    Tmo2199on March 06, 2006   Link

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