"You and Your Heart" as written by and Jack Hody Johnson....
Watch you when you say
What you are and when you blame
Everyone, You broken king
Watch you change the frame or
Watch you when you take your aim
At the sum of everything

Cause you and your heart
shouldn't feel so far apart
You can choose what you take
Why you gotta break and make it feel so hard

You lay there in the street
Like broken glass reflecting pieces of the sun
But you're not the flame
You got the people passing by
Because you know what you don't like
It's just so easy, it's just so easy

But you and your heart
Shouldn't feel so far apart
You can choose what you take
Why you gotta break and make it feel so hard
Oh and you and your heart
Shouldn't feel so far apart
You can choose what you take
Why you gotta break and make it feel so hard

You draw so many lines in the sand
Lost the fingernails on your hands
How you're gonna scratch any backs?
Better hope that time will take our lines away
Take all our lines and

Hope that time will take our lines and
Hope that time will take our lines away
Take all our lines away


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    General CommentI think this song is about the thoughts and actions that separate us from other people, that create lines and divisions. Lyrics like "You blame everyone," "take your aim," and "change the frame" (of reference; misinterpreting others) refer to standing in judgment of others, being harsh or critical, as does the line "You cut the people passing by
    Because you know what you don't like."
    Drawing a line in the sand often means creating an artificial boundary and implying that crossing it will cause trouble - issuing ultimatums. Some people draw so many lines in the sand they metaphorically wear their fingernails away. Such behavior not only separates us from each other, but causes estrangement from our own heart, our ability to love. We can only hope the tide washes away the divisive and destructive lines that we've drawn.
    Great song.
    littlehawkon July 29, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think that the main line of this song,"You and your heart shouldn't feel so far apart," Is related to the line "You don't always have to hold your head higher than your heart" from his song "Hope" from Sleep Through the Static. I think he's commentng on integrity and the connection between feelings and logic. I think in this song he's saying that your actions and your beliefs and feelings should be directly connected.
    lilhuskyon June 14, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI'm absolutely not saying he doesn't like Obama - nor would the song be. But there were many of us who expected a huge shift. Just watch the Yes we Can video and you'll feel it. What happened with HCR and a public option and a month before the oil spill he approved offshore drilling that he had said he was against. Obama's heart is in the right place, but he's been far apart from it on many occasions. I feel some disappointment because I expected him to take us to task for our individual personal responsibility for our future, with the chants of yes WE can, and we need it NOW more than ever with this oil spill. We're too busy blaming BP to see that we all have a responsibility in where we go from here. Jack does that in SO many of his songs.

    Sorry that I am misunderstood. I don't believe the song is contemptuous, but could be a testament to wanting so bad for him to lead us to the self determination many American's so desperately need. Instead they sit by being full of cynicism and therefore complacency, because they think there's too much they're up against so they might as well not bother. So soooo many of Jack's songs are about this, and I'm sure his hopes for what Obama could accomplish on the level of getting people's attention that YES WE CAN, are just as high as mine, and many other people's. And Obama seems to have stopped! You can't tell me the person in that Yes we can video, can't still motivate people like that! He can! Where'd it go?

    "All at once,
    The world can overwhelm me
    There's almost nothin' that you could tell me
    That could ease my mind

    Which way will you run
    When it's always all around you
    And the feelin' lost and found you again
    A feelin' that we have no control
    Around a sun
    Some say
    There's gonna be the new hell
    Some say
    It's still too early to tell
    Some say
    It really ain't no myth at all

    Keep askin' ourselves are we really
    Strong enough
    There's so many things that we got
    Too proud of
    We're too proud of
    We're too proud of

    I wanna take the preconceived
    Out from underneath your feet
    We could shake it off
    and instead we'll plant some seeds
    We'll watch em' as they grow
    And with each new beat
    From your heart the roots grow deeper
    The branches will they reach for what
    Nobody really knows
    But underneath it all
    There's this heart all alone

    What about when it's gone
    And it really won't be so long
    Sometimes it feels like a heart is no place to be singin' from at all

    There's a world we've never seen
    There's still hope between the dreams
    The weight of it all
    Could blow away with a breeze
    If you're waiting on the wind
    Don't forget to breathe
    Cause as the darkness gets deeper
    We'll sink until we reach for love
    At least somethin we can hold
    But I'll reach to you from where time just cant go

    What about when it's gone
    And it really won't be so long
    Sometimes it feels like a heart is no place to be singin' from at all "
    Phaiaon June 25, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNew Jack Johnson!
    slsnowboarder11on April 12, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDoes anyone else think "Hope that time will take our lines away" should be "tide" and not "time"? That's just what I hear and it would make since with "You draw so many lines in the sand" not to mention his love for surfing and the shore.
    Still and awesome song and I can't wait for the album to come out! :)
    cspirion April 13, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYea so basically I'm feelin like Jack's tellin us we gotta open up our hearts and love ourselves.
    It's like Mike Myers film, The Love Guru. Sometimes I feel like Jack is a love guru.
    Its in these lyrics, btw I'm totally diggin Jack's new hair style, check out the albumn he's rockin that dew.
    "Cause you and your heart
    shouldn�t feel so far apart
    You can choose what you take
    Why you gotta break and make it feel so hard

    You lay there in the street
    Like broken glass reflecting pieces of the sun
    But you�re not the flame
    You got the people passing by
    Because you know what you don�t like
    It�s just so easy, it�s just so easy
    MajesticEnlightenment661on April 27, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think that line "You and your heart shouldn't feel so far apart" means that you should do what feels right in your heart, no matter what the consequence or reprecussion is (Thus "Lost the fingernails on your hands" and just hope that the "Tide" will make all your mistakes irrelevant so you can live to the fullest.
    MichaelSG15on May 09, 2010   Link
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    General CommentPhaia.... when Obama was running for President, Jack Johnson was a huge supporter! He even had a picture of Obama surfing in Hawaii on his website. Unless he has changed hi opinion recently, then that is not what the song pertains to.
    CadillacKincaidon June 11, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentcoastalsurfing.com/ this is an article on Jack Johnsons support of Barack Obama.
    CadillacKincaidon June 11, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love the flow and message of this song. Here's my take on the story.

    The narrator (Jack) is hanging at a local beach with other surfers. One of them (King) is an aging surf champion no longer at the top of his game, who is narcissistic, loud and bitter at the world. The narrator is listening to this guy go on and on with his negativity about everything and everyone, and is really resenting his energy. I can empathize as I happen to be ultra sensitive to this dynamic and find a really hard time not taking this type of behavior personally.

    1st Verse
    "King" is going on about his surfing prowess, his women, his money. Making racist remarks, territorial complaints (surfing), and bad-mouthing rivals. Use of "broken" foreshadows "why you gotta break", and relates to "heart breaking" or "having a broken spirit".

    2nd Verse
    More of the same--he re-frames all conversations towards his agenda.

    Chorus
    You aren't struggling for survival, all of your basic human needs are met, yet you're still bitter. Your disconnectedness from your heart is breaking from what it means to be human. You're lacking compassion, and are stuck in this view that you need to relentlessly protect yourself by tearing others down.

    3rd Verse
    People cherish the flame of the sun, and you could reflect the same energy in the world. But for you, it's "just so easy" to hurt people, as if it's part of your nature and you've been doing it your whole life.

    Bridge
    King, if you stay the way you are, you'll be lonely. Perhaps time will ease the bitterness for you, because by connecting with your heart, you'll be able to experience other people in a more fulfilling way.

    Outro
    Narrator broadening the theme, acknowledging that we all have lines, and that humanity is in trouble with "all our lines" between nations, races and cultures.

    Great song Jack! I'll ride it's tide to soften our lines.
    CatharticSounderon December 20, 2010   Link

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