I was born in the arms of imaginary friends
Free to roam, made a home out of everywhere I've been
Then you come crashing in, like the realest thing
Trying my best to understand all that your love can bring

Oh, half of my heart's got a grip on the situation
Half of my heart takes time
Half of my heart's got a right mind to tell you
That I can't keep loving you (can't keep loving you)
Oh, with half of my heart

I was made to believe I'd never love somebody else
Made a plan, stay the man who can only love himself
Lonely was the song I sang, until the day you came
Showing me another way and all that my love can bring

Oh, half of my heart's got a grip on the situation
Half of my heart takes time
Half of my heart's got a right mind to tell you
That I can't keep loving you (can't keep loving you)
Oh, with half of my heart
With half of my heart

Your faith is strong
But I can only fall short for so long
Down the road, later on
You will hate that I never gave more to you
Than half of my heart
But I can't stop loving you
I can't stop loving you
I can't stop loving you
I can't stop loving you
I can't stop loving you
With half of my . . .

Half of my heart
Oh, half of my heart

Half of my heart's got a real good imagination
Half of my heart's got you
Half of my heart's got a right mind to tell you
That half of my heart won't do

Half of my heart is a shotgun wedding to a bride with a paper ring
And half of my heart is the part of a man who's never truly loved anything

Half of my heart, oh, half of my heart
Half of my heart, oh, half of my heart
Half of my heart, oh, half of my heart
Half of my heart . . .


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  • +4
    Song MeaningI think the meaning of this song its very simple, it's about a man who's divided because one part of him love this woman, but the other part doesn't.


    "I was born in the arms of imaginary friends
    Free to roam, made a home out of everywhere I've been"

    He was a free and lonely man, that do whatever he wants to do.

    "Then you come crashing in, like the realest thing
    Trying my best to understand all that your love can bring"

    Then this woman appears and change everything, leaving him confused...

    "Oh, half of my heart's got a grip on the situation
    Half of my heart takes time
    Half of my heart's got a right mind to tell you
    That I can't keep loving you
    Oh, with half of my heart"

    And a part of him is rational and know that he can't love her completely.

    "I was made to believe I'd never love somebody else
    Made a plan, stay the man who can only love himself"

    He thinks that he never would love somebody, and would be always lonely and just love himself.

    "Lonely was the song I sang, until the day you came
    Showing me another way and all that my love can bring"

    Then this woman showed him that it don't have to be this way, and he discovered that he could love somebody else.

    "Your faith is strong
    But I can only fall short for so long
    Down the road, later on
    You will hate that I never gave more to you
    Than half of my heart"

    But he can only give her a part of his love, he can't completely fall in love whit her.

    "But I can't stop loving you
    With half of my . . ."

    But this part cannot stop loving her.

    "Half of my heart's got a real good imagination
    Half of my heart's got you
    Half of my heart's got a right mind to tell you
    That half of my heart won't do
    Half of my heart is a shotgun wedding to a bride with a paper ring"

    This part of him is impulsive and passionate.

    "And half of my heart is the part of a man who's never truly loved anything"

    And the other part will always be the lonely man who can't love.


    Sorry if I wrote something wrong, english is not my language...
    JuciRodrigueson August 10, 2011   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationI will break it down by stanza with what I think it means.

    I was born in the arms of imaginary friends
    free to roam, made a home out of everywhere I've been
    then you come crashing in, like the realest thing
    trying my best to understand all that your love can bring

    he is saying that nothing has been real to him and hes settled throughout his life for whatever came along
    until she came into his life and everything became real to him and nothing like he's ever experienced before
    he was trying to figure out why she was with him and why she believed in him and how much her love can bring to him

    I was made to believe I'd never love somebody else
    made a plan, stay the man who can only love himself
    lonely was the song I sang, 'til the day you came
    showing me another way and all that my love can bring

    this is pretty self explanatory he thought he wouldnt be capable of loving another person
    and spent his time alone until it became habit but the loneliness only came into perspective when he found out what he was missing
    she showed him another way to think about things and himself and believe in what he has to offer in a relationship

    your faith is strong
    but I can only fall short for so long
    down the road, later on
    you will hate that I never gave more to you than half of my heart

    she believed that he could eventually love with his whole heart and that he would get to that point so she believed in him and what he had to offer
    but he always felt like he was falling short for her and felt that she deserved better so he was tired of feeling like he was disappointing her
    but he could only love with half of his heart because he was afraid of what giving his whole heart would do to him if he truly loved and lost so he gave her up
    and she will hate that he gave up, but he believes hes doing the best thing for her
    but he cant truly give her up because he cant let her go

    half of my heart is a shot gun wedding to a bride with a paper ring
    and half of my heart is the part of a man who's never truly loved anything

    this is just saying that half of his heart is not worthy of her and basically is just crappy, like a shot gun wedding with a paper ring, totally inferior and not fit for someone he loves, so there is a part of him that thinks he isn't good enough for her

    and then he looks inside himself and wonders if he's ever truly loved anything and what it all means

    its a truly beautiful song that has a strong meaning to me



    lyricsgrldmon November 25, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General CommentReally, no one got this song but "xoxotinaxoxo"? I thought the song is awesome and pretty self-explanatory. Here's what I got from it:

    "I was born in the arms of imaginary friends
    free to roam, made a home out of everywhere I've been
    then you come crashing in, like the realest thing
    trying my best to understand all that your love can bring"

    He was by himself, don't have to worry about anything, go anywhere, does anything.
    Then he met her, and he gave it a shot to see maybe her love will change him.

    "oh, half of my heart's got a grip on the situation
    half of my heart takes time
    half of my heart's got a right mind to tell you
    that I can't keep loving you (can't keep loving you)
    oh with half of my heart"

    Oh but only half of his heart really figured it out, that this is a good thing,
    and the other half is slow on the uptake, still has no idea what's going on.
    The smart half of his heart, which understood this love, and understand that he can't lie to her,
    and has to tell her that he could never lover her "fully".

    "I was made to believe I'd never love somebody else
    made a plan, stay the man who can only love himself
    lonely was the song I sang, 'til the day you came
    showing me another way and all that my love can bring"

    He never thought he could love anyone, but himself.
    He was lonely, and then she came, and she shows him that it's possible for him to love,
    and he would be good at it.

    "your faith is strong
    but I can only fall short for so long"

    She believes in him, but sooner or later he'll screw up so bad,
    and she won't be able to let it go anymore (or so he thinks).

    "down the road, later on
    you will hate that I never gave more to you than half of my heart"

    and sooner or later, she will hates that she loves him (or so he thinks),
    because he could never love her fully.

    but I can't stop loving you
    I can't stop loving you
    I can't stop loving you
    I can't stop loving you
    I can't stop loving you
    with half of my...

    But he wants out, because he feels she deserves more than just half of his heart
    (he's still struggling to get away from his past self),
    and he doesn't feel right to love her with only half his heart.

    "half of my heart's got a real good imagination
    half of my heart's got you"

    Half of him is full of $*** because he was alone and got nothing (imaginary friends),
    and half of him found her.

    "half of my heart is a shot gun wedding to a bride with a paper ring
    and half of my heart is the part of a man who's never truly loved anything"

    Half of him will "marry her on a whim" (like a shotgun that just goes off),
    even if he only has a paper ring.
    And the other half of him never learn to love.
    pfiremanon November 26, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentJohn's and Taylor's voice work really well together. The blend is very subtle.
    Fiasco777on March 07, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentEveryone's missed the point:

    I can't keep loving you (can't keep loving you)
    Oh, with half of my heart

    He can only love her with his WHOLE heart - half (the rational half) will no longer do. It's all or nothing.

    Listen to the way it's sung.
    nobodynowherenohowon February 07, 2011   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationMy interpretation is that he's in love with a girl , who's bad for him . "Half of my heart's got a right mind to tell you , That I CAN'T keep loving you . "
    iRobosexualon October 13, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think the meaning behind "Half of my Heart" is that he hasn't ever fully loved anyone or anything. And he feels that he can only give half of his heart to her, nd he keeps fighting himself to whether really giving himself to her or just half. I think that especially with the "half of my heart is a shotgun wedding to a bride with a paper ring" is a clear explaination that he knows she deserve soo much more than he's putting in, and she deserves more than a "shotgun wedding" which is what he's giving her.

    "half of my heart's got a right mind to tell you that half of my heart won't do".. He wants to let her know that what he give isn't good enouugh for her, but he can't because he actually does love her
    mayermusicon August 13, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentso basically this song's saying that maybe he once loved a girl and he had fully given her his whole heart to, but she took it for granted and now he's fallen in love with someone else, but he feels bad because he can't give the new girl his entire heart because he had already given it away. and she deserves more than only half of his heart.
    greeneyes1901on November 19, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI feel like John Mayer's song deals with his heart being completely split and he cannot figure out how to deal with the situation. One part of his heart is saying he wants to always be with this girl but the other part of his heart cannot get over his past. The begining of the song most likely explain how he was innocent and carefree with past relationships. These past relationships, he perhaps would always put himself first and never really cared about the other person. Then, this girl came into his life and shook it up and for the first time in his entire life, he knows what it feels like to be in love with someone. From my personal stance, I feel like he cannot love this girl entirely because she or someone from his past badly hurt him before. Now, he has forgiven her or the previous girl for her wrongs to him and the current girl and him are trying to get back together. He knows he still loves her but the feelings are not as strong as before. This causes him to question if he really does love her or if he will never actually be able to deal with all the hurt this girl/ his past has caused him. He hopes that in time, he will fully love her again but currently, he is waiting for it and the wait to find out if your suppose to be with someone your entire life or your suppose to just let this person go and move on, is the hardest wait in the world. This is just my personal interpretation of the song. It may not be what John Mayer thought when he wrote this. It is just what I am currently going through.
    Fireflies4on December 23, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYou've gotta be a moron if you think taylor swift isnt in the song. She is in the background all throughout it!
    Nonetheless, great song. Taylor and Johns voice work great together.
    diddleon April 29, 2010   Link

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