"Headlock" as written by and Imogen Jennifer Heap....
Distant flickering, its greener scenery,
This weathers bringing it all back again.
Great adventures, faces and condensation,
I'm going outside and take it all in.

You say too late to start, got your heart in a headlock,
I don't believe any of it.
You say too late to start, with your heart in a headlock,
You know your better than this.

We're a different pair, just something out of step,
Throw a stranger an unexpected smile.
With big intention, still posted at your station
Always on about the day it should have flown.

You say too late to start, got your heart in a headlock,
I don't believe any of it.
You say too late to start, with your heart in a headlock,
You know your better than this.

Afraid to start, got your heart in a headlock,
I don't believe any of it.
You say too late to start, with your heart in a headlock,
You know your better than this.

I'm walking, you've been hiding,
And you look half dead half the time.
Monitoring you, like machines do,
You've still got it, I'm just keeping an eye

I've been walking, you've been hiding,
And you look half dead half the time.
Monitoring you, like machines do,
You've still got it, I'm just keeping an eye

You know you're better than this

Come back and start, got your heart in a headlock,
No I don't believe any of it.
You say too late to start, with your heart in a headlock,
You know your better than this.

Afraid to start, got your heart in a headlock,
I don't believe any of it.
You say too late to start, with your heart in a headlock,
You know your better than this.


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"Headlock" as written by Imogen Jennifer Heap

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  • +6
    General CommentFinally I created an SN.

    This song has absolutely nothing to do with relationships, NOTHING! Not as it is. You're free to take it how ever you please though.

    This song is more general than that though. Someone here said since the song contains the word "Heart" its automatically about love. NO! This song deals with heart in the sense of "Passion".

    Imogen is saying to someone she cares for, or she could be talking to herself, there is much more out there than what they've settled for "Distant flickerings, greener scenery". She's sees the person has given up on trying to fulfill their dream, whatever it may be, "With big intention, still posted at your station, Always on about the day it should have flied". Finally she says I'm calling your bluff, I know you still got it in you "You say too late to start, got your heart in a headlock, I don't believe any of it. You say too late to start, with your heart in a headlock, You know your better than this".


    Heart in a Headlock - Something is compromising your passion.

    Thanks.
    Op3nTheJaron March 21, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthis is one of my favourite songs on her new album. her voice is so amazing... as always.
    catchinstarson July 25, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI have a friend who is in a bad relationship, and one day I was listening to this song, and it made me think of her. She think's she's in love (heart in a headlock) but I know that she should know better (you know you're better than this)
    I'd say it's about being concerned about someone that is possibly making some bad decisions, and the singer is trying to look out for them, and snap them out of it.
    elegantly_wastedon January 22, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIf I ever make a film, this is going in the intro... that's just how it feels, like the song that sets the scene for a story.
    Zytheon March 10, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentDistant flickering, its greener scenery,
    This weathers bringing it all back again.
    Great adventures, faces and condensation,
    I'm going outside and take it all in.

    - Time is passing and your not acknowledging it.
    The spring is coming... metaphor for your life should come back
    with it. Get over your problems.



    We?re a different pair, just something out of step,
    Throw a stranger an unexpected smile.
    With big intention, still posted at your station
    Always on about the day it should have flown

    - There is nothing between the couple. There is nothing there,
    It's all in the head, bcuz when you smile it feels like the
    other person doesn't understand your smile. Posted at your
    station means that you are lingering and thinking about what should have happened between
    the two ppl.



    You say too late to start, got your heart in a headlock,
    I don't believe any of it.
    You say too late to start, with your heart in a headlock,
    You know your better than this.

    - You say you cant start to forget something that you've
    felt for so long she's got you in a "headlock".
    Get over it bcuz you know you can think of better and happier things.
    I don't believe any of it means I'm not thinking the same way you are (the
    person giving advice).





    I've been walking, you've been hidding,
    And you look half dead half the time.
    Monitoring you, like machines do,
    You've still got it, I'm just keeping an eye

    - Person giving advice has been there done that and over their problems.
    Now its the listeners turn to open his mind and stop feeling down
    for his own good. He needs to stop feeling and looking dead.
    The adviser can read the person "Monitoring you" , and can tell he is hurt but
    wants the best for the listener. "You've still got it" I believe in you.

    lopezna1on February 23, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think you've got a few words wrong...

    "wear a different pair, do something out of step
    throw a stranger an unexpected smile
    with big intention, still posted at your station"

    and then:

    "you've been working (she's british, it sounds like "walking" to us), you've been hiding,"

    But I could be wrong...
    ShiningOrbson October 04, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love her attitude in this song.

    It fits for me really well, cause I like this guy and he can't make up his mind whether he likes me or not. Him not making up his mind would be like "You say too late to start, got your heart in a headlock" and I don't believe him at all xD
    willa1314on March 04, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree with people who say that a reference to the heart doesn't have to refer to love but I think in this instance it does as a heart in headlock implies a heart that cannot love because it is so constrained.

    I'm with a lot of the previous comments about the desire for a relationship but I didn't think it was an ex but a long term friend who the narrator now wants to be more (and that they might want more too if they'd only open their heart). I think this because of the shared history implied in the first verse and the "big intention" in the 3rd verse that was never realised due to circumstances. Maybe they were both in different relationships that prevented them getting together before. Now the person feels too hurt to try and love again which is why it is "too late to start". The other reason I think they're close friends is because of the line "I don't believe any of it" given in response to the other person saying they're too emotionally hurt to try and love again. That's something you could only say to someone you think you know better than they know themselves.

    Just my 2 cents worth
    stitchedandstripedon May 10, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think this song is about someone beleaving in someone who doesnt beleave in themselves. She see's that the person still has it in them, even though they dont.
    Takoyarouon December 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentActually, this is more than just believing in someone. It's a specific kind of relationship between the narrator and the person they're talking to. It's about love, otherwise there would be ne no references to "hearts".

    The key line here is
    "With big intention, still posted at your station
    Always on about the day it should have flown."

    Which shows that the narrator is the one who wants something from the person, and the person can't give it to them ("too late to start") because they are pre-occupied with something else ("heart in a headlock").

    Specifically, the narrator wants a relationship with the person, but the person cannot get into it because their heart is too mangled [from past relationships?], but the narrator still has the patience to wait for them, however frustrating it may be.
    Jinxon February 26, 2006   Link

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