"New Heart For Christmas" as written by and Matthew Devine....
Navy pier at Christmas you can go at 3am
There will be no one
The Ferris wheel still turns
As though it's a popular attraction still
And when the songs slowly play
Throw the old broken PA

A new heart for Christmas
She needs a new Christmas
"'cause you broke it all apart
Put it back together again"

Strange holiday maniquins still move
As though someone was watching besides me
Their joints are rusty
They chirp like inside
There's something alive
Oh no, somehow it strikes me

I need a new heart for Christmas
'Cause you broke it all apart
Put it back together again
You hit me oh so hard
Put me back together again


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"New Heart for Christmas" as written by Matthew Devine

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    General Commentbeing alone in the world and only one person can change that.
    killmotelkillon September 26, 2004   Link
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    General Commentsounds like his girlfriend dumped him around xmas time hence "i need a new heart for christmas."
    poodleactionon October 21, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthis band is awesome....

    The song is about someone who fell so hard for someone only to have them break their heart
    goonieloveon November 12, 2004   Link
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    General Commentfalse love. lusting after a girl who broke his heart by just not being able to love him back
    B100dredsummeron January 28, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think "the ferris wheel still turns, as though it's a popular attraction still" is his girl pretending she's still in love although she hasn't cared for him in a while. she acting although hes the only one whos watching ("as though someone was watching besides me"). So she let him know it was an act, or maybe he found out. But he wants her to fix him. I do too.
    Sarahluvsu182on January 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentEvery time I listen, I get a mental image of a mostly-abandoned pier. The kind of place where, other than employees(who are still hired for God knows why), no one really goes. But maybe it just seems that way because it's off-peak season. After all, who goes to places like that around Christmas?
    But this is one song that, for me, doesn't translate into someone dumping Matt. To me, it seems that the singer (who's point of view the song is from) lost someone in a more permanent way, like death. And all he has left is the memories of what they used to do together, like ride the ferris wheel and watch the manequins in the windows.
    Just the mental image I always get. The kind of scene I would expect in a movie playing it in the background.
    xThePicturexon April 18, 2007   Link
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    General CommentUnrequited love possibly?

    The Ferris Wheel refrence is about the ferris wheel in navy pier...because it was really popular awhile back..but now it's not.
    xoEmergencyTDMon May 31, 2007   Link
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    General Commentbreakup around the holidays
    dancekellydanceon December 21, 2007   Link
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    General CommentTo me, this song is more like how xThePicturex said it.

    It kinda reminds me of when my Grandpa died. The world just seems to stop and I was stuck in that day when they pulled me out of class to tell me. Even during Christmas the world still seems to have stopped moving forward because I couldn't accept the fact that he was gone. No matter how much times passes a piece of me is still stuck there waiting for someone to announce that it was all just some cruel joke and that everything is alright again.

    If you go to a theme park when no one is around it's almost as if the park is sad, lonely. Like its waiting for all the people to return and make everything happy once more. The Farris Wheel doesn't move because it's waiting for someone to ride it. But then, as the songs start to play, everyone comes back to life. I see ghost-like people started to walk around, laughing, playing, having fun. Life returns to the park only for it to all fade away when the off-season comes back again. It's the perfect place to go when feeling sad.

    You could look at the whole song in a wider scope instead of just some silly relationship ending. Like, in general, when someone experiences heart break or the loss of a loved one the whole world seems like an abandoned theme park. And everyone else are like mannequins: cold, hard and unfeeling.

    The lyrics actually go:

    Strange Holiday
    mannequins still move
    As though someone was watching besides me
    Their joints are rusty
    they chirp like inside there's something alive
    oh-no, somehow is strikes me


    So, in that sense it could be that someone died right before the holidays and everyone is just trying to be happy and move forward. However, it's hard so he refers to them as mannequins because mannequins are frozen in place. I'm not sure about the 'As though someone was watching besides me' part, however. Maybe, it like, again, when my Grandpa died I was focusing on myself and no one else. Like I was the only one is pain. Then, you see everyone else just trying to move on with their lives even though it's so hard. Their 'joints are rusty' and it hit me that I wasn't the only one suffering.... It's kinda like that.

    'I need a new heart for Christmas.
    cause you broke it all apart.
    put it back together again.
    you hit me oh, so hard.
    put me back together again.'

    That could be very literal, actually. Like, for Christmas, you want a new heart in order to not feel that pain of loss. And you're just screaming to someone, anyone, to just put your heart back together because you're sad during Christmas you don't want to feel like that anymore. Christmas is suppose to be a happy holiday and this one is strange because it isn't happy. At the same time you're angry at the person who made you hurt so badly because it's all their fault and they're the one who abandoned you. You just want to scream and cry and shout but you know that you shouldn't. The pain just hit you so hard that you feel like nothing will every be alright again because you're just so... Broken.
    Relmon January 06, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis is a song Mat wrote in regards to him and his fiancee, Kerry Finerty, splitting up. That came straight from the horse's mouth.
    cellarlilyon May 30, 2011   Link

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