Walking alone tonight
‘Cause I’ve only got room for two
Me and my burdened black heart
It’s all we know how to do

Yet I look for a bigger bang
Than the kind I continually see
Sick of all this inertia ow
Won’t you mend me?

Lover, can you help me?
I’m a child lost in the woods
A black heart pollutes me
And I think

You’re a mountain that I’d like to climb
Not to conquer, but to share in the view

Pulled by a false inertia
Pushed out by circumstance
Pistol firing at my feet
That’s coercing me to dance

Yet I look for a bigger bang
Than the kind I’m sorry to know.
Here I am, first foot of the climb
Watch me go.

Lover, can you help me?
I’m a child lost in the woods
A lit path eludes me
And I think

You’re a mountain that I’d like to climb
Not to conquer, but to share in the view
You’re a bonfire and I’m gathered ’round you
Set this old black heart inertia aflame

Send it away (repeat)

-- guitar --

You’re a mountain
That I’d like to climb
Not to conquer, but to share in the view
You’re a bonfire
And I’m gathered ’round you
Set this old black heart inertia aflame

Set it aflame, send it away



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Black Heart Inertia song meanings
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  • +3
    General Comment:"You’re a mountain that I’d like to climb
    Not to conquer, but to share in the view"

    Such an awesome lyric. It's so true for people in relationships - it's not a competition, what matters is that you're both together, able to see the joys and greatness of life as one.
    hallockon May 05, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:One of my favorites. The lyrics are just really beautiful and well thought out. I think they key here is the word "inertia", or, as the always reliable *cough* wikipedia defines it, "the resistance of mass, i.e. any physical object, to a change in its state of motion."

    Skeptical of love, the singer needs someone to come along and change his views. He wants change, but his heart is resistant to it. "Lover, can you help me?" is a plea for this change.

    And about the mountain line, I think it's about finding a meaningful love that's above just "conquering" someone physically, but finding someone to be able to share the joys of life.

    Somehow, I relate this song to Anna Molly. He knows the one for him is out there, and he's calling out to her.



    sayyestimesthreeon June 18, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:where's the rest?
    by the way, it's a breath-taking song. i'm so glad to hear from them. it's been too long!!
    ayejessicayoon April 05, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Walking alone tonight
    ‘Cause I’ve only got room for two
    Me and my burdened black heart
    It’s all we know how to do

    Yet I look for a bigger bang
    Than the kind I continually see
    Sick of all this inertia ow
    Won’t you mend me?

    Lover, can you help me?
    I’m a child lost in the woods
    A black heart pollutes me
    And I think

    You’re a mountain that I’d like to climb
    Not to conquer, but to share in the view

    Pulled by a false inertia
    Pushed out by circumstance
    Pistol firing at my feet
    That’s coercing me to dance

    Yet I look for a bigger bang
    Than the kind I’m sorry to know.
    Here I am, first foot of the climb
    Watch me go.

    Lover, can you help me?
    I’m a child lost in the woods
    A lit path eludes me
    And I think

    You’re a mountain that I’d like to climb
    Not to conquer, but to share in the view
    You’re a bonfire and I’m gathered ’round you
    Set this old black heart inertia aflame

    Send it away (repeat)

    You’re a mountain
    That I’d like to climb
    Not to conquer, but to share in the view
    You’re a bonfire
    And I’m gathered ’round you
    Set this old black heart inertia aflame

    Set it aflame, send it away
    TFABS311INCUBUSDMBon April 09, 2009   Link
  • 0
    My Opinion:only just heard this song an it is amazing! Reminds me of the stuff from "a crow left of the murder" BOSS!!
    phil676on April 13, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:I heard this song on the radio the other day and to be honest I didn't really like it. But since its Incubus, I had to give it another chance when I got home and I'm glad I did.

    From the lyrics, it sounds like Brandon is a bit Jaded from the usual dating scene and hoping someone comes along that will make him want to willingly change his perspective on things.

    I get it, this song pretty much hits home with the average person that's been single for awhile.

    Pulled by a false inertia
    Pushed out by circumstance
    Pistol firing at my feet
    That’s coercing me to dance

    Those lines really stuck out for me, I'm really not a fan of dancing, but you have to play the game and go along with it sometimes. Awesome lyrics.

    Less greatest hits and more new songs guys!
    Rageron April 20, 2009   Link
  • 0
    My Opinion:i first heard it and i wasn't sure about it, but once i listened to the lyrics and the song over again i fell in love with it. yet another awesome song from incubus.
    enigmaticfinaltrackon April 26, 2009   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretation:i think it's about desiring a consummate kind of love.

    "Walking alone tonight
    ‘Cause I’ve only got room for two
    Me and my burdened black heart
    It’s all we know how to do"

    pretty much the first verse tells of being alone

    "Yet I look for a bigger bang
    Than the kind I continually see"

    "Yet I look for a bigger bang
    Than the kind I’m sorry to know."

    i like how he used the word bang. i guess it's talking about...how should i put it...a shallow kind of love. and he uses a contrast between conquering and sharing in the view.

    "Pulled by a false inertia
    Pushed out by circumstance
    Pistol firing at my feet
    That’s coercing me to dance"

    i believe this verse basically explains that circumstances hinder him from actually attaining the consummate love. i also like the imagery of the pistol and being forced to just go with it.

    pretty much the rest of the song tells of his desire and his actual intent in attaining it of course with the help of the 'lover.'

    "Here I am, first foot of the climb
    Watch me go."
    pundidoon May 11, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:This song is straight up awesome, the chorus is so beastly, love its message.
    RBM2154on May 11, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Does anyone else think this sounds like "Agoraphobia" off A Crow Left Of The Murder? Or is that just me
    RBM2154on May 11, 2009   Link

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