"Heartbeats" as written by and Niladri Kumar....
One night to be confused
One night to speed up truth
We had a promise made
Four hands and then away
Both under influence
We had divine scent
To know what to say
Mind is a razor blade

To call for hands from above to lean on
Would that be good enough for me?

One night of magic rush
The start: a simple touch
One night to push and scream
And then relief
Ten days of perfect tunes
The colors red and blue
We had a promise made
We were in love

To call for hands from above to lean on
Would that be good enough for me?

To call for hands from above to lean on
Would that be good enough?

And you
You knew the hand of the devil
And you
Kept us awake with wolves teeth
Sharing different heartbeats in one night

To call for hands from above to lean on
Would that be good enough for me now?

To call for hands from above to lean on
Would that be good enough?


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"Heartbeats" as written by Niladri Kumar

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  • +4
    General CommentI think this song is beautiful. Haunting.

    What I take from this is the situation of being with someone for one night, someone that you love but for what ever reason you can't be with. You both knew it was there, and whilst its sad that it can't be, theres relief in finally realising that it was real, if even just for a moment, he was not alone in those feelings.

    'One night to be confused
    One night to speed up truth
    We had a promise made
    Four hands and then away
    Both under influence
    We had divine scent'

    or is that way off?
    Cariadon January 27, 2006   Link
  • +4
    General CommentLooking through the comments on here i think a lot of people need to listen to the original song.
    The original was sung by The Knife and is an amazing version... Jose Gonzalez has changed the style dramatically and done a briliiant job, but changing the style does not change the meaning.

    The song is not a beautiful song like his version is leading you too believe.
    The song is about a 1 night stand that was never intended as anything more... The girl in the relationship falls in love without meaning too but unfortunately the guy does not.

    She had no intention to fall in love, and the song leads you through the stages until the inevitable realisation that the guy still considers it just a one night stand as is continuing similar nights with different people (heartbeats)... The girl therefore is missing out on what she thought was her perfect love (her Deus Ex Machina) which leads to a sad ending to the song. Not necessarily a beautiful one.

    Please listen to the original because its a brilliant song, and i think its unfortunate that Jose Gonzalez seems to have paid little attention to the true meaning of the song, and innevitably lost its true meaning in his treanslation.
    Moulds0904on May 26, 2009   Link
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    General CommentOne night to be confused
    One night to speed up truth
    We had a promise made
    Four hands and then away
    Both under influence
    We had divine sense
    To know what to say
    Mind is a razor blade

    Two minds were stimulated and engaged on a level they have never experienced with another. There was an openness and they both easily spoke their truth. They were confused, attracted to the connection, but not wanting to mess things up by taking it to the next level. They are alive, in tune, in the moment! Two very different people meeting minds.

    To call for hands of above
    To lean on
    Wouldn't be good enough
    For me, no

    This part has different meanings throughout the song. At this point, the person is trying not to be tempted into lust/sin. He/she is trying to do the right thing, but knows that the temptation has exceeded and distracted too much, it is too late to pray for help!

    One night of magic rush
    The start, a simple touch

    One is initiating the intimacy and slowly moving in and the writer is confused and not sure if he/she wants to mess things up and take it to the next level, but the moment is so magical, that it would seem wrong not to see where it goes.

    One night to push and scream
    And then relief

    .They succumb to the pleasure and give up on trying to control and safe guard their emotions. They allow themselves to feel the intimacy and see each other on a deeper level. They open the window that leads to attachment.

    Ten days of perfect tunes
    The colors red and blue
    We had a promise made
    We were in love

    They are in the high of exploring a new lover. They are hot and cold (red and blue) because within, they are still battling the need to control and protect themselves from the inevitable. They natural gravitate towards attachment and feelings to the other, while at the same time, battle against that closeness that can lead to pain.

    And you
    You knew the hand of the devil
    And you
    Kept us awake with wolves' teeth
    Sharing different heartbeats
    In one night

    They began to trust each other and get familiar and open up... there was passionate, hot, Wild, primitive (wolves) sex the two very different beings shared. Both their hearts against each other: although they are having a wild night, their hearts are aligned and they know things will never be the same, they can't go back now, yet they are both scared and know they are walking the fine line that leads to hurt (hand of the devil)

    To call for hands of above
    To lean on
    Wouldn't be good enough
    For me, no

    Nothing can distract from this euphoric state that is occupying this persons mind all the time...it is like an addiction/drug.

    The affair is short, eventually one calls it because he/she can't deal with knowing the pain that could come later should they allow themselves to fall deeper.

    To call for hands of above
    To lean on
    Wouldn't be good enough
    For me, no

    Now this means that not even God is a refuge for rest for this broken heart, nothing can stop the repeat and thoughts and the what could of/should of's.

    JaneSays007on April 27, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentL-Kyne,

    Are you fucking deaf?
    EL BASTARDDOon January 25, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIt's a beautiful song, haunting guitar and he has an oddity of a wonderful calm voice.
    As for meaning, i think it goes something like this.

    "One night to be confused
    One night to speed up truth"
    In my opinion this is reference to the night hes spent with his cheating lover, hes confused why hes with her after shes hurt him, and hes confused why she did it. Speeding up the truth, maybe this means shes came clean to him about her affair.
    "We had a promise made" stressing the loving past they shared before she did this. (the use of the word 'had'- its in the past. it wont be retained.
    "Four hands and then away" again showing how it was just the two of them and now thats gone "away" as another person is involved (due to adultery).
    "Both under influence" influence of alcohol. he could be referring to his girlfriend and her accompanist having a drunken one night stand, or himself and his girlfriend getting back together the night they try and sort things out.
    "We had divine scent" divine is a word meaning to guess(divination), and scent can mean to suspect. All guessing and suspecting of his girlfriend cheating, i think this line means.
    "To know what to say" only makes sense if you refer the last line to this one. I think he means the words he said where his suspisions.
    "Mind is a razor blade" This could mean 2 things. 1) the mind is sharp, he has many accurate assumptions of his girlfriend cheating. 2) he finds it hard to think about thoughts. razorblade = pain. in his mind he thinks about images that hurt him. like a razor would hurt him. alternatively, he could mean both of those.

    "To call for hands from above to lean on
    Would that be good enough for me?"
    hands from above, does he mean the hands of God? maybe hes just asking for comfort to help him through.

    "One night of magic rush
    The start: a simple touch"
    description of himself reuniting with his girlfriend.? (sexual refernce)
    "One night to push and scream" their quarrels also in the night.
    "And then relief" the quarrels finally stop, he starts to look for a way forward to get over his girlfriend.
    "Ten days of perfect tunes
    The colors red and blue" after the split with his girl, he has time alone thinking. spending time listening to music. red and blue colour reference to the poem 'roses are red, violets are blue'. again thinking about his lost love.
    "We had a promise made
    We were in love" pretty self explanitary, that bit.

    "And you
    You knew the hand of the devil" the metaphorical hand he was earlier talking about, the hand he was reaching out for was 'from above', but his girlfriend held the hand of the devil, she betrayed him.
    "And you Kept us awake with wolves teeth" how he cant sleep, its just pain to think that while she should be in bed with him, shes sharing her bed (and herself?) with someone else.
    "Sharing different heartbeats in one night" again refernece to adultery, sharing different love.

    Alot of biblic reference i think. "10 days of perfect tunes" 10 commandments? (7th Commandment: do not commit adultery)
    "To call for hands from above to lean on" the hands of god? and...
    "You knew the hand of the devil"
    wordsandbirdson January 29, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General Commentand im not really sure about the original.
    yes, this is a cover. but much much better in my opinion.
    remember?on November 07, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentDivine sense, to know what to say

    Not divine scent, lol!

    And ten days of perfect hues, the colors red and blue

    not perfect tunes.

    Usually if the songs don't make much sense, you probably aren't hearing it correctly.

    It's: Wouldn't be good enough, for me no.

    Not: Wouldn't be good for me now?


    Sorry to sound like an arse, but now noone can really edit it and people are going to know the wrong lyrics, and they're really beautiful to not know.
    odnupson January 05, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General Commentwould i be completely off in suggesting that this song could be about one loving night, resulting in pregnancy?
    "One night to push and scream, And then relief."
    "and you kept us awake with wolves teeth sharing different heartbeats in one night.."
    naboo78on February 20, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentHi. This is my first contribution, sorry if my english is not very good. I wanted to express my interpretation because I haven't seen any that I completly agree, even there are a lot of suggesting ones. For me this song is, yeah, about a night of real love and sex, about the begining of a relationship, that can't take the "lean on" of traditional and conventional love. No God ("hands of above") or tradition can make any guaranty, and, in fact, doesn't seem to be a problem. One night, ten days, wathever time it lasts, if there is real love (and of course, good and true sex), then it's "good enough", and no "lean on" on any supernatural thing (god, "tradition", marriage, etc.") would make it better.
    Great song, confronting stupidity and predjuices, gorgeous lyric. Not that sure, but in the context of denying the hands of God to lean on a relationship, the "hand of the devil" sounds to me as taking our own decitions (maybe one night of wild sex, why not?) out of any supposed metaphysical "right way". Choosing the hand of the devil means, as standing against tradition (marriage maybe, sex represion, etc.), to be the true makers of our lives, concerning only to the realy important things (love, pleasure, sharing... humanity and not what a group of priest call "divinity")... then, we'll really have a "divinie sense".
    Well, that's my interpretation, what do you think?
    Extranhoon October 18, 2009   Link
  • +2
    Song Meaningeveryone thinks this song is about cheating lovers and sex. i mean, this song is obviously about being in love, but personally i believe it goes much deeper.
    "Sharing different heartbeats in one night
    To call for hands from above to lean on
    Would that be good enough?"
    maybe the person he loved the most had passed away, thus, to call her hand from "above" to lean on.
    "would that be good enough" because his love is not physically there.
    "We had a promise made
    Four hands and then away" - this could be how they were in love, a promise of togetherness, and then she passed away.
    "One night to push and scream
    And then relief" - this DEFIANTLY sounds like sex, no doubt. but this could also be continuing there lives together. they fell in love, had sex, got pregnant, which could be "and you, kept us awake with wolf teeths" hormones. and then one day of pushing and screaming and then relief when they had a child together.
    This could be about anything, no one really knows. but personally, i feel that he is explaining a story about how he fell in love, started something magical which led to family and a good life, until his love died. he repeats to call her hands from above twice in the last two verses of the song. my guess, he really misses her.
    :) (don't be cruel, it's just my opinion) :)
    Knate12on November 21, 2009   Link

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