"Hear or Your Heart" as written by and Mat Kearney....
Choose one, baby, your head or your heart
Is this the game that I have played from start?
Choose one, baby, that's blinding all talk
You'll bring down the scales, break down the charts

The trains are ringing in the yard again
Tell me have I lost a friend?
Trains are ringing in the yard again
One road opens and one road ends

Choose one, baby your head or your heart
We could not of known it'd go this far
Choose one, baby, it's the hardest part
Losing one becomes the very start

The trains are ringing in the yard again
Tell me have I lost a friend?
Trains are ringing in the yard again
One road opens and one road ends

This train is bound for glory
This way to tell our stories


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    General CommentFirst of all, I don't know if this can be corrected, but the title of the song is "Head Or Your Heart" not hear or your heart.

    I'm so glad Mat included this on the deluxe edition of his new cd 'Young Love' because its's one of my new favorite Mat songs. I think the sound and instrumentation of it is really unique and the lyrics are amazing, my favorite line being
    "Choose one, baby your head or your heart
    We could not of known it'd go this far
    Choose one, baby, it's the hardest part
    Losing one becomes the bitter start."

    This song is about the simple struggle that all people go through in their lives, the civil war between the heart and the mind. I think this relates to the simple but profound quote, "The heart has reasons that reason does not understand." In an ideal world, our mind and our hearts would want the same things. However, sometimes we are put in the situation where we have to choose between what we want and what we know we should do. I understand how painful this can be, having been in this situation myself. It's a lose-lose situation because whichever one you end up choosing, you'll suffer consequences.

    For me, I choose my 'head', and lost someone I loved dearly. Although this was over 2 years ago, I still have regrets to this day and question my choice every day. On the other hand, I also know that if I had chosen love over "the right thing" I would have felt some level of guilt as well. We come to this fork in the road where we have to choose, where 'one road opens and one road ends."

    That's my personal interpretation of it, however I think it could mean something different for everyone. In some ways I think this also relates to the struggles and temptations that Christians (myself included) endure.

    One other thing I'd like to add...I love how Mat incorporates some of the same lines/phrases in his songs, because it almost trademarks his lyrics artistically. In this case, he asks "tell me have I lost a friend?" There is a similar line in "Here We Go" from city of black and white, "I know how I lost a friend."


    betweenthelines1024on November 03, 2011   Link

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