I was just waiting for your phone call
When they came along to say
That a rose done changed your clear ol' way

You had said I was gamine
But we didn't mean the same thing, I think
Broke my Choux pastry heart
Guess life's no picture post-card

One for sorrow
Two for joy
Sometimes you win, ooo, sometimes you lose
Don't wanna lose ya
Don't even own ya
I just wanna stay right here
Until never dawns, yeah, ooo

I was just waiting for your answer
Still, you made your own apologies
I cried so much I had to leave

Three for a girl
Four for a boy
Sometimes you win, ooo, sometimes you lose
Don't wanna lose ya
Don't even own ya
I just wanna stay right here
Until never dawns, yeah, ooo
Ooo



Lyrics submitted by Nyra, edited by ngaio

"Choux Pastry Heart" as written by Corinne Bailey Rae, Teitur Lassen

Lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., DOWNTOWN MUSIC PUBLISHING LLC, WINDSWEPT HOLDINGS LLC

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    General Comment:I cannot believe I'm the first person to comment on this great song. Kind of made me feel sad, but still loved the song.
    yyynnnuuubbbon May 02, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:some of the words are wrong.

    Its " a rose done chased you cleared away"
    and "You had said i was gammine"

    Gammine means impish or someone who lives on the street

    Its a gd song like many of corinne baileyb raes songs its very love based, about and very fragile relationship symbolised by "choux pastry heart" choux patry is delecate and easy to break like her heart. Also the relationship is so fragile its can even be effected by little superstitions like the counting of the magpies "one for sorrow, two for joy, three for a girl four for a boy,five for silver, six for gold, seven for a secret never to be told"
    lie to meon August 26, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:i really love these lyrics. its such a great song. i listen to it all the time and just recently really listened to the lyrics. i love it.
    i_am_sheon November 23, 2007   Link
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    General Comment:this song is perfect.
    LUPINLOOPSon August 26, 2009   Link
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    General Comment:It is also "But we didn't mean the same thing, I think" ... I think :)

    Anyway I believe the title of the song 'choux pastry heart' refers to, like lie_to_me said, her fragile heart/love.

    The singer was in love with someone who didn't recipricate the feelings. Gamine can mean both a mischievious girl but also one who roams the streets. She thought when he called her that, that he was commenting on her playfulness but she comes to realise he was insulting her and it has broken her heart that she now realises that he doesn't love her the way she loves him.

    We can see, through the choux pastry heart, that the singer has opened herself to this man, and is in a state of fragility.

    She says "I cried so much I had to leave" which makes me think she is still in the relationship. She knows she has to leave but she wants to "stay right here" because she doesn't want to lose him even though she knows she doesn't 'own' him.

    This is how I interpret it at least :)

    Beautiful song.
    Jjayon October 17, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:I think this song is about, again unreciprocated love, but when she sings "Three for a girl, Four for a boy", it implies that she got pregnant, and that to the man, this was a one night stand, and to the woman, this was true love. The woman in this song is sad to leave, but knows she has to, and also knows that she must deal with the consequences of being a single parent. Just my thoughts on it. :/
    artbooksmusic77on February 07, 2011   Link
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    General Comment:"Gamine" can mean boyish, or attractive mischievous girl. She obvious though he meant the latter but now it may be the opposite. Which brings her to asking him what he meant, he never answer- "three for a girl, four for a boy".
    cbraddicton May 07, 2011   Link
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    Song Meaning:The song's about how rare and messy love it to find. The "one for sorrow, two for joy/three for a girl, four for a boy" is from the poem about magpies (the next few lines are "five for silver, six for gold/seven for a secret never to be told") - so there are direct links to superstition. The idea of trying to find meaning where there might not be any.
    That's what the song's about. A woman who thinks she might have a future with someone; who sees a different meaning to their experiences to the other half of their romance (again this plays in with "you said I was gamine/but we didn't mean the same thing, I think"). It's heart breaking to have something you really thought was going to happen blow up in front of you - seeing the man you hoped would be yours chased away (I think that rose refers to a Rose - as in, some girl called Rose (but I could be wrong here)).
    As for the reference to choux-pastry, it's a pastry that is incredibly thin, crumbly and puffed up with air; the way she feels her heart was - ready to break, and filled with air (or false expectations).

    This is one of my favourite songs. The line "I just want to stay right here.. Until never dawns" is such an honest description of how it feels to have your expectations crushed and yourself humiliated and frustrated.
    ngaioon October 11, 2012   Link

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