"Hearts a mess" as written by Walter Andre De Backer, Irving Burgie and William A Attaway....
Pick apart
The pieces of your heart
And let me peer inside
Let me in
Where only your thoughts have been
Let me occupy your mind
As you do mine

You have lost
Too much love
To fear, doubt and distrust
Its not enough
You just threw away the key
To your heart

You don't get burned
'Cause nothing gets through
It makes it easier
Easier on you
But that much more difficult for me
To make you see

Love ain't fair
So there you are
My love

Your heart's a mess
You won't admit to it
It makes no sense
But I'm desperate to connect
And you, you can't live like this

Your heart's a mess
You won't admit to it
It makes no sense
But I'm desperate to connect
And you, you can't live like this

Your heart's a mess
You won't admit to it
It makes no sense
But I'm desperate to connect
And you can't live like this

Love ain't safe
You won't get hurt if you stay chaste
So you can wait
But I don't wanna waste my love


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"Hearts a Mess" as written by Walter Andre De Backer, Irving Burgie, William A Attaway

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  • +8
    Song MeaningIt never ceases to amaze me how much people read into crap that's not even there. The meaning of this song is quite clear:

    The singer is in love with someone who's been burned in relationships so many times that he or she has locked their heart up and thrown away the key. He's desperately trying to get through to the person, to help them heal, because you can't survive without love. But it's getting harder and harder to deal with, so he's pleading with her to give in, the alternative being that he will leave and find someone else, because he has so much love to give but can no longer waste it on someone who can't give it back.

    Pretty straight-forward.
    Lerxston March 31, 2013   Link
  • +3
    General Commentthis song
    gives all those who have given up in their hearts
    a reason not
    to
    frontrowview369on May 09, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General CommentIn my opinion , this song is about a little of everything.
    For exemple, the clip.
    The clip has such a deep meaning, the first thing that follows him represents the effects of war, the injured and blind pelican represents our treatment of the animals we share the planet with, that thing that has wood on his back represents deforestation, the wrecking ball monster represents our need to destroy and create, the serpent in the business suit is his views on capitalism, the skeleton represents our life being sucked from us and there's spider web that connects them all.

    So I think this song it's about what we humans did/are doing with the world, it's really sad when we think about it, isn't it?
    Discoversongmeaningson May 16, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentCant believe no record company would do this guy, this album was recorded entirely in his flat...

    this songs so brilliant...
    The Zainon September 15, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentSince this is art, and damn good art at that, this can be about any relationship you care to imagine.

    For example, imagine this is a love song sung by God to the entirety of humanity. I don't care if you are a Christian, atheist, Buddhist, etc. just do it as a thought exercise. Start reading the lyrics and imagine God does exist, and he's just like anyone else in a relationship with another entity that has free will, etc.

    It's beautiful. :)
    JasonBuntingon May 17, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe girl he wants to love has been hurt by a bad breakup previously, he wants her to open up to him but shes closed her heart to anything meaningfull. i love this song
    caramelprisoneron July 23, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis is song is just so beautiful...you don't actually realise how beautiful it really is untill you listen to the lyrics.
    what an amazing song!
    Lotus_9on August 25, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think you've got it pegged D.S.M. . I think he's telling us all our hearts are a mess. we won't admit to it, and it makes no sense cause we easily point out others flaws. we need to work on ourselves. i think he wants us to wake up. I feel that's why there is so much emphasis on the word "CONNECT".
    middlemcbrizzleon May 29, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMy opinion might be a little too biased right now. I only just discovered this song through the soundtrack to the 2013 film rendition of "The Great Gatsby". And in relationship to the film's story/characters, this song fits brilliantly.

    On first glance, this is just a sad romantic song about loving someone who won't open up. If you're a young romantic, I think its ok to see it as nothing more than that. But if you're a mature romantic, you've probably been through some intense shit and done some self reflection, and you can see why this song is not appropriate, it's a reflection of how we fuck up in love.

    If Gotye is intentionally wording his songs to be ironic (and I'm pretty sure he is...) then this song has a lot of depth. At least, I hope he is. Otherwise, we kind of need to look at this with the same creepy feelings we do with iconic 'Every Breath You Take - The Police'. In its era, hit single...now...beautiful sounding, but creepy chilling inappropriate stalker song. I'm pretty sure Gotye is aware...(he better be)...but I feel more certain when we compare to his break out hit...

    In "Somebody that I used to Know"...the pain is real, but the lyrics he chose reflect a selfish, manipulative emo boy. He doesn't say "I miss you, I loved you", he whines saying he doesn't really need her, that the breakup feels 'rough' (not unbearable, just uncomfortable), he thinks of her 'now and then', but mostly he's just hung up on how he didn't deserve to be dumped. In the end, we feel way more connected to Kimbra's persona, especially in the video, she's trying to reach him, she's trying to explain her needs, but he won't acknowledge/look at her, he's trapped in his own misery, and it's HIS doing.

    This leads me to believe the same applies to this song. This is about boundaries, how relationships need to be about giving willingly and not trying to force someone to open up. The valid part that we empathize with most is 'the desperation to connect'...that is something we all feel and need, and it is the one thing that leads us to depression, loneliness, despair, and unfortunately bitterness, transference, madness. Living beings, but especially humans, long for connection and understanding like nothing else, and when we can't achieve it, we experience heartbreak, the most painful feeling a person can feel (as musicians and artists have always, and will always bring to our attention).

    But this song is teaching us that projecting our needs and feelings on someone else is what makes us lonely. All you have to do is re-direct all the lyrics to the TELLER of the story, not the desired person. Change the pronouns...'My heart's a mess, I won't admit to it.' We can tell by the mood and tone of the song, the SINGER is the victim of a messy heart. Because when relationships start to fall apart, it's usually because we've become obsessed with, or plagued by the beliefs we've projected on them, the romantic story we've woven ourselves into. This doesn't happen in happy, healthy relationships. This happens in relationships where someone is mixed up in pride, expectations, arrogance, need, and objectifying a person rather than respecting them and letting them unfold who they are. This is begging someone to let down THEIR boundaries, this is pressure and force. If someone occupies your mind, that is your choice, and it is their choice to let you occupy theirs. Treating someone like a mess you can fix denies them the ability to not be seen as a mess in your eyes. If you want love to work, give a person a reason to trust you and commit to that trust, don't try to crawl into someone's heart if they haven't invited you. This is wrong, and I think Gotye is implying it indirectly, especially since sensitive romantic guys fall for this over and over again, trying to save hopelessly beautiful women from their plight, instead of simply experiencing them and honouring their choice to be in your company.

    If Gotye isn't implying this, and is still unaware of what he's singing, then we have a situation of very creepy, inappropriate song. And if you're mooning over someone in your life while listening to this, I highly suggest you do some soul searching and evaluation of what this song means to you. Because it isn't them, its you, and you have a mess to clean up.
    NoDivorceon September 11, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is enchanting. &beautiful. the meaning is pretty clear. his voice compliments the music very nicely.
    circa_survive_greenon March 09, 2007   Link

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