"How My Heart Behaves" as written by Leslie Feist and Andrew Whiteman....
What grew
What grew
What grew and inside who
First so simple was the vow
Then the chorus sang about
Your shoulder
The mooring for me
Like water lost in the sea

The cold heart will burst
If mistrusted first
And a calm heart will break
When given a shake

I'm a stem now
Pushing the draught aside
Opening up
Fanning my yellow eye
On the ferry
That's making the waves wave
Illumination
This is how my heart behaves

The cold heart will burst
If mistrusted first
And a calm heart will break
When given a shake

(How her heart behaves)
The rain, rain making me cry
(How her heart behaves)
Then the wind comes
Fanning my yellow eye
(How her heart behaves)
The waves wave, the waves wave
(How her heart behaves)
This is how my heart behaves

A cold heart will burst
If mistrusted first
And a calm heart will break
When given a shake
The cold heart will burst
If mistrusted first
And a calm heart will break
When given a shake

And what grew
What grew
What grew and inside who


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"How My Heart Behaves" as written by Leslie Feist Andrew Whiteman

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    General CommentOk.. this is what i think of the song.

    i think the metaphors are being used to describe someone's heart that has been detached for a long time. She has gone through a lot of either heart break or let downs. She finally meets someone that has instilled something beautiful in them. Hence the opening verse. (what grew, what grew..)

    When describing her new love, she describes their shoulder as a mooring for them. in other words, this new love/person has come in and gave her stability. Again, the sea is a metaphor for how lost she was when it came to love and matters of the heart.

    But, since past experiences exist, its hard to trust this beautiful feeling. This is where the chorus sets in. Anything can cause this her to run, to be let down. Based on experience and resilience, she can either have a cold heart (depending how he/she has reacted to those past experiences) or a calm heart that can be easily broken.

    The second verse describes her rebirth. She uses the earth and the elements to describe how long she has gone on without love. "drought" becomes a strong metaphor.. the new love that is growing, is now pushing aside her past.. i.e;. end of the road relationships, ones that go nowhere and are empty (drought).
    She is now growing and has become the flower that has been brought to life by love, she basks in her nature as someone does when they fall in love.

    She no longer is lost in the sea but is now on a ferry - she can watch the waves wave. when someone knows they are in love or have found love, they become more conscious of their surroundings. Everything becomes heightened. This is where illumination sets in. this is when she is conscious of her feelings and how strong she feels and how much more hurtful it can be now that she feels this way.

    Unfortunately, it seems that there is trouble within the love affair, the following verse uses winds, waves, and rain.

    OR it can be describing her past and situations that have made her the way she is... (i prefer this interpretation)

    Lesson: if you find someone who is vulnerable because of their past - and you have fed them hope that this affair will be different from the rest - be more cautious. You do not want to hurt a person such as this one, you can ultimately make them bitter.
    jovi5jovson September 05, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI wrote these, I hope they are correct!
    heyjessimarieon April 30, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentvery good! much better than whoever did my moon, my man :) im not sure on 'fanning my yellow eye'...it sounds right, but what does that mean??

    i think this song is gorgeous. with feist, it's not so much about the lyrics as it is the way she sings them.
    fursoftasfuron April 30, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"fanning my yellow eye" is correct say the liner notes!

    Maybe it's to do with being cowardly? When one is a coward they are sometimes said to be "yellow"

    This is SUCH a gorgeous song. AH.
    aammiieeon May 01, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"fanning my yellow eye" is correct say the liner notes!

    Maybe it's to do with being cowardly? When one is a coward they are sometimes said to be "yellow"

    This is SUCH a gorgeous song. AH.
    aammiieeon May 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentShe also sings about growth. fanning my yellow eye. she is referring to herself as a plant. you know, the yellow/black centre of a flowering plant.......Perhaps a lily, a plant that grows in water.
    pragmaticon May 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe song to me is Feist's take on the matters of the heart. The heart is delicate: with one shake it can shatter. The smallest thing can affect you emotionally. Just as the gentlest of wind will fan her yellow eye, a ferry making waves by disturbing still waters......... Even just a little distrust will break the heart.
    pragmaticon May 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWho is the male vocalist on this song?
    Fuzzman07on May 15, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAlmost sounds like the lead singer from Snow Patrol. It's not though, is it?
    Fuzzman07on May 15, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAhh, should've known it was the lead singer from KoC, Eirik Glambek Boe. Guess he's returning the favor...
    Fuzzman07on May 15, 2007   Link

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