"Here is a Heart" as written by and Jenny Owen Youngs Bess Rogers....
Here is a heart
Here is a heart
I made it for you so take it
Battered and braised
Grilled and saut??ed
Just how you like it
Like it
You know I live to fill you up

Blood of my blood
Dripping with love
I bring you a thing you need most
Silent between supplies and machines
I hang in the corners like a ghost
You know I live to be seen through

No better way that I can see to spend all the time
While you're asleep
When holding your hands inside of mine
Mmm
I wanna be here and nowhere else
Rationing off bits of myself so I can crumble at your side

Sleep like the dead through the noise in your head
Wile monitors click and whirr and glow
I'm with you all day and I still would stay tomorrow and onward
Just this close
You know I live to keep you safe
Oh

No better way that I can see to spend all the time
While you're asleep
When holding your hands inside of mine
Mmm
I wanna be here and nowhere else
Rationing off bits of myself so I can crumble at your side

I can't explain it but I have to try
If you evaporate the seas will rise 'til they devour the sky

Here is a heart
Here is a heart
I made it for you so take it
Battered and braised
Grilled and saut??ed
Just how you like it
Like it

No better way that I can see to spend all the time
While you're asleep
When holding your hands inside of mine
Mmm
I wanna be here and nowhere else
Rationing off bits of myself so I can crumble at your side


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"Here Is a Heart" as written by Dan Romer Jennifer Owen Youngs

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  • +1
    General CommentJenny never fails to disappoint me. "blood of my blood, dripping with love" amazing.
    PaintMeAnythingon August 12, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI know this could easiley be about a romantic relationship, but have any of you thought of it as literally her taking care of a dying loved one? Seems like maybe the song is taking place in a hospital room. "Sleep like the dead through the noise in your head/My monitors click and whir and glow" Maybe Jenny is watching someone (parent? family member?) dying and wants to go with them, or "crumble at your feet."
    aemitton November 30, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis song is simply amazing.. I wish there were more comments.

    Ah well, everytime I listen to this song, without fail it manages to make me tear up and cry. A friend who I haven't really spoken to for quite some while--since we're fighting--had texted me randomly a few days ago sending me this entire song. Just the raw emotion from my friend's reason (and seeing myself in this lyrics as well) for sending it made me want to fall to my knees and cry because I know my friend only wants to make me happy, and while fighting, neither of us can be. And while this song can have so many meanings, my own personal meanings to me fits it pretty well..

    Basically Jenny Owen Lewis is awesome.
    hetalialovesyouon April 15, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationI think Jenny Owens is singing about a dying man she loves. He's hooked up to all these machines, and he probably is not conscious because she says she's with him all day and she "hangs in the corners like a ghost". she "brings [him] the thing he needs the most" which is love- "a heart... battered and braised"
    Ssaxplayeron December 07, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI heard jenny play this when supporting Regina Spektor in Manchester, she introduced it as 'this is a song about cancer' so it must be about that :)
    aimeejaneyon December 24, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI can't help but think of an IV drip when I hear this song
    janepion February 08, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI can't help but think of my tulpa. I work with IT machinery on a day-to-day basis, and I created her out of curiosity. Now I can't imagine living without her. I feel safe in her presence. She brings me the love that I need the most, just the way I like it. She's with me all day as my monitor whirs and glows, and lives to be seen through like a ghost in the corner, but at the same time, she easily puts me to sleep and makes me feel unusually comfortable, holding my hands close.
    FedeLasseon April 04, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationI think it's a family member like a daughter or a parent (cuz it said blood of my blood) and she (in my head its a daughter or mother) is offering her heart to a sick dying person (machines and sounds). She clearly love this person and would do anything. she even says if she could she would sacrifice herself is she could (by giving her heart), and saying it's ok because in away she will always be with that person and there is nothing else that would matter if that person lives (which is all she wants for her). If she succeeds in giving her heart she can save him and keep him save, and they could be together forever.
    thekulagirlon October 27, 2015   Link

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