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 razorblade

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

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

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

To call for hands of above, to lean on
Wouldn't be good enough

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

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

To call for hands of above, to lean on
Wouldn't be good enough



Lyrics submitted by Elin, edited by sorchale, Dressed2Depress, Whimsye, LazyAfternoons, xypotion

"Heartbeats" as written by Niladri Kumar

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  • +6
    General Comment:Bah. José González have nothing on the original, this version is superior in every way.
    Varulfon December 08, 2005   Link
  • +5
    General Comment:This song is a confessional about the situation and after-effects of an encounter between two people.

    The initial verse is about the meeting. We learn that she is already disoriented and "confused" about what happened from the meeting and that this was the one chance to "speed up" the truth and to act upon their attraction for one another. We also understand that she and him knew one another prior to their meeting due to them having "a promise made" to simply be physical. Both of them are "under influence" which could either mean they are either drunk on love/lust/alcohol, all of which are enhancers of emotions and can disorient. In this state of drunkenness they "know what to say" to one another because they knew how the other felt; however, she refuses to think about the situation and the "promise made" of simply being physical because the "mind is a razor blade" and can cut and ruin the magic of the encounter.

    The second verse is about the encounter itself and the after effects. To her the one night was "a magic rush" that was started by a "simple touch" from him. This physical discourse eventually leads to them having sex where they "push and scream" and are finally have "relief" either sexual orgasm or mental relief knowing the night was over. Afterwords we find out that she is so "in love" that she is seeing everything more vividly and wildly, in what she states as being "red and blue". We also find out the couple made another promise after ten days that they are "in love".

    Sadly we find out things don't go according to plan. She finds out that he was stealthy and cunning in wooing her that she believes him to know "the hand of the devil". Even after all of their intense sex which she compares to "wolves teeth" she realizes that he was "sharing different heartbeats in one night". You can either take this as he is A) seeing another woman or B) Simply not in love with her b/c his heartbeat (aka: his intentions) wasn't the same as hers.

    And for the chorus, she feels so awful and low that she believes that not even God, himself can help her woes from heartbreak and rejection from this man.

    Overall a great song with EXTREMELY deep lyrical content. My interpretation of course. :)
    danielp1on October 26, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General Comment:Great song, enjoyed reading some of the interpretations posted.

    Not sure if it's correct, but Legolas' idea of a breakup after a 10-day passionate relationship, that kicked off when they were "both under influence," sounds appealing to me... the sad fatalist, that I am.

    "Push and scream" could be them pushing and screaming at each other.
    "and then release" could mean them "letting go" (... not just orgasm ;^)

    I can understand the idea of it being "anti-religion," but it seems "anti-religion" is too strong a description.

    "... hands of above to lean on" reminds of an old gospel lyric, "leaning on the everlasting arms," but all she's saying is that it wouldn't be enough; She needs hands from down here (a person) to lean on too.

    So many views, only they know what they meant.

    The "birth" idea is pretty cool too.
    rrrrrrrushon April 04, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:in my opinion, jose gonzales' cover is beutiful, but, the original is unbeatable.

    love it =]
    luce88on April 05, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:bupples - no it's the knife's version that's original. and they do it waayy better.
    clapclapon May 13, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:Arguing which version is better is pointless, because they're two different styles of music...

    But this song is definitely a hit in my book. Love all the electronic beats and the hand claps =)
    The_Variableon September 07, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:As corny as it sounds I think this song is about falling in love with a drug addict; the way she sings, "both under influence" suggests that they're under different influences--she's in love, he's on drugs. And near the end: "You knew the hands of a devil."
    owennnnnnnnnnon October 20, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:Hah, Looking around the lyrics, I found another plausible thought...

    I think the song is about birth...

    Especially with the second verse and whatnot..
    AlexisMcafooson July 03, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:I believe the main meaning of this song to be in the relationship paradigm rather than musings on drug trips. The second verse lends itself much more easily to the relationship context than the drug context. I dont know what type of drug makes you push and scream, but I sure as hell wouldn't want to take it. The chorus line "To call for hands of above to lean on, wouldnt be good enough for me" is the artist's expression of the futility of searching for comfort in God, when dealing with a broken heart and a broken "promise" of a lover's tryst. The "red and blue" could be a color metaphor for the mixed emotions the person experiencing this heartbreak has towards the night: red for passion, blue for sorrow. Also i would suggest that the line is we had "Divine sense", not scent, as humans actually have poor sense of smell relative to other organisms and rely much more heavily on the cognitive power of their brains. I would attribute the sound of the word in the song to the artists accent ( And a sexy, edgy one it is :) ) I would enjoy a thorough rebuttal on the side of the drug interpretations, because i would never have arrived at that meaning and am curious as to the compelling evidence for that side.
    seacurlon January 27, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretation:My take? This song is about a break-up actually one person breaking up while the other one thought nothing was wrong… a bad break-up during a night of a lot of drinking “one night to be confused one night to speed the truth… one night under the influence we had divine scent”. One thing led to another bad thing, finally the truth about the relation comes out and the “mind is a razor blade” it totally cuts you, you thought the relation was ok “10 days of perfect tunes the colors red and blue… we were in love” you made a promise “we were in love” … and after things happen and you realize the pain you try to find something to hold up you know at times to look for support from even religion, God, but the pain is so hard that even “to call fro hands of above to lean on wouldn’t be good enough for me nooo”…

    BTW, I have the concert DVD Silent Shout and their version there is AMAZING!
    legolas07on August 17, 2009   Link

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