"Heaven" as written by Emeli Sande, Mike Spencer, Hugo Chegwin, Harry Craze and Shahid Khan....
Will you recognize me
In those flashing lights?
I try to keep my heart beat
But I can't get it right

Will you recognize me
When I'm lying on my back?
Somethings gone inside me
And I can't get it back

Oh heaven, oh heaven
I wake with good intentions
But the day, it always lasts too long
Then I'm gone
Oh heaven, oh heaven
I wake with good intentions
But the day, it always lasts too long

Then I'm gone
Then I'm gone
Then I'm gone
Then I'm gone

Then I'm gone
Then I'm gone
Then I'm gone
Then I'm gone

Will you recognize me
When I'm stealing from a car
You're not gonna like me
I'm nothing like before

Will you recognize me
When I lose another friend
Will you learn to leave me
Or give me one more try again

Oh heaven, oh heaven
I wake with good intentions
But the day, it always lasts too long
Then I'm gone
Oh heaven, oh heaven
I wake with good intentions
But the day, it always lasts too long

Then I'm gone
Then I'm gone
Then I'm gone
Then I'm gone

Then I'm gone
Then I'm gone
Then I'm gone
Then I'm gone

Oh heaven, oh heaven
I wait with good intentions

Oh heaven, oh heaven
I wait with good intentions

Oh heaven, oh heaven
I wait with good intentions

You say that you're away
I try but always break
'Cause the day always lasts too long

Then I'm gone
Then I'm gone
Then I'm gone
Then I'm gone

Then I'm gone
Then I'm gone
Then I'm gone

Then I'm gone
Then I'm gone
Then I'm gone
Then I'm gone

Then I'm gone
Then I'm gone
Then I'm gone
Then I'm gone


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"Heaven" as written by Shahid Khan Michael Spencer

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  • +3
    My InterpretationVery generally, I think this is about wanting–deep down–to be a good person but realizing this is not reflected in your actions. There is a central theme of guilt or regret for not living up to your own intentions.

    People can have different sides to their personality that make them feel this way. Sides that don't necessarily fit into their self-concept, or that they want to keep hidden from certain people, or that they hate themselves for, or that make them feel like they're living a double life.

    Some specific instances are possibly implied, e.g.:

    "Will you recognize me, when I'm lying on my back?
    Something's gone inside me, and I can't get it back."

    This sounds like it could be about feeling slutty, lost innocence, or I can quote Russell Brand's description of post-coital tristesse: "After I come, it's like 'Oh my God, what have I done?' A sense of profound existential angst, a sense of loss, a sense that somehow I've let my mum down."

    The chorus, I think, generalizes to the broader meaning of the song:

    "Oh heaven, oh heaven, I wake with good intentions, but the day it always lasts too long."

    You have only good intentions but they aren't necessarily reflected in your actions and you know it. Every new day is an opportunity to change this, but you always end up not living up to your own intentions.

    "Then I'm gone!"

    Not sure what to think here. It could refer to your well-intentioned inner self getting thrown out the proverbial window time and time again, as if you can live out your ugly side off the record, a bit like when a Christian person flips a crucifix around hoping Jesus won't see what they do next. But you can't turn your conscience off and your own behavior keeps getting you down. It could also be a reference to the fear that this cycle will keep on repeating until you die, leaving only the memory of your ugly actions and not of the good person you intended to be.

    "Will you recognize me, when I'm stealing from the poor. You're not gonna like me, I'm nothing like before."

    Fear of irrevocably having become a bad person, feeling permanently 'dirty' and corrupted. Like having your own little fall of man, whatever happens next you will have to live with not always having been the good person you wished you'd be.

    "Will you recognize me, when I lose another friend? Will you learn to leave me, or give me one more try again?"

    Obvious self-hatred, being disappointed or fed up with yourself to the point of not understanding how any sane person could possibly see through your flaws and actually like you or want to be around you.

    To end this on a more positive note, the fact that the narrator still has friends (who she feels keep giving her chances despite her being a terrible person in her own eyes) is a pretty obvious indication that much of this anguish is just her being too hard on herself.

    Nobody's perfect, and one shouldn't fall for this dangerous black-and-white reasoning of "I cannot live up to my perfect inner self therefore I am a bad person."
    candlejackon February 11, 2012   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationDrug addiction.

    flashing lights/lying on back -- ambulance/OD?
    lying on back -- prostitution?
    something's gone inside me -- addiction leaves you an empty shell so to speak

    she's trying to get through the day without using, with "good intentions", but the day seems so long and eventually she caves in, and she's "gone". She doesn't think Heaven will 'have' her whilst she's using drugs.

    stealing from the poor -- drugs drive you to steal from anyone
    nothing like before -- addiction changes your personality, appearance, values, etc
    lose another friend -- drugs cause people to lose their old friends because they don't understand or you put your addiction before them, and also lose new friends through drug ODs etc
    will you learn to leave me -- like she's saying are you ever gonna learn I'm not going to change? Why do you keep giving me all these chances?

    "you say that you're awake, I try but always break" I think should be "you say that you will wait, I try but always break" -- she tried every day to beat her addiction but she always gives in in the end...then she's "gone"
    sakurablossomon February 21, 2012   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationFor me it's about depression and how to deal with it.
    The recurring ''Will you recognize me'' may be about the fact that depression changes or at least has great influence on your mental state and way of thinking. And with that change people who you know may not 'recognize' you. Some won't be able to cope and will leave;''Will you recognize me, when I lose another friend? Will you learn to leave me, or give me one more try again?''.

    In the first part of the song she's trying to fight against the depression by trying to stay positive;Oh heaven, oh heaven, I wake with good intentions''. the ''Oh heaven'' part is a cry/shout of desperation, she just doesn't know what to do about it anymore since ''the day alwayst lasts too long''.

    When she says:'' Then I'm gone'' she, unless her many attempts to fight it, basically loses against the depression and it takes over.
    Shaerpshoton January 22, 2012   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationTo me, Heaven is about a no-strings relationship with a guy whom has lots of sex with other women. The line "Will you recognise me, when I'm lying on my back?" reinforces that this guy may have frequent flings with the protagonist, but due to his numerous other conquests, he doesn't keep track of the women he meets.

    The lines "Oh Heaven, I wake with good intentions, but the day always lasts too long" may indicate that the woman doesn't necessarily want the current state she's in with the guy, but it's the best she can have. But she does look forward to it, but the day seems to last too long for their encounters (assuming it means they meet only at night).

    And the chorus may be recurring thoughts about ending the no-strings relationship they have, because she wants more than he's willing to give.
    JAMIEIncon January 17, 2012   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationThe way I'm hearing it, it's about the journey to orgasm. She's lying on her back, the 'flashing lights' in my mind is a pleasurable sort of metaphor, and then she's waiting for it to happen and then boom, she's gone. Since I got that thought in my head that's the only way I can hear it.
    Panaison September 20, 2012   Link
  • 0
    My Opinionwhen I first heard it I thought it was about being a good citizen and devotion to god or an ideal/principles. it certainly sounds profound in that sense. but reading the lyrics I think drug use is a good call.
    classifiedm10on December 09, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI thought it was very clear in its meaning. Heroin addiction. She wakes every morning hoping today she will stop. If the day was only shorter she might make it back to sleep without a fix. She just can't go that long :( then she's gone.. somethings gone inside her and she can't get it back...obvious enough...
    She's losing her friends to it. In one part it's like the drug saying to her..are you going to leave me or give me one more "TRY" again. Or it could just be her singing to her fella.
    To me she's singing about the hopelessness of heroin addiction.
    equigson October 29, 2015   Link

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