"Cut It Away" as written by and Jackson Browne....
Cut it away, somebody cut away this desperate heart
Cut it away and help me find my way back to the start
Yeah, before I knew what I was looking for
Yeah, when we were lovers and nothing more

I wanted you and I did everything that I could do
To capture you I let you see the part of me
You'd want to see a fantasy
I'm finding now I don't know how
To make it good I wish I could

Cut it away this crazy longing for something more
Cut it away the question I don't have an answer for
Why I hunger for something I can't see
Cut it away the dream I wanted life to be

I know I've got to let you go
I know you should have left a long time ago

Protected by the night two cities lay
Two hearts, two lives connected by our sight
World's away, two hearts, two lives inspected by the light
Two hearts, two cities in decay
Two lives repair them as we might
Two hearts just go on crumbling, now come on

Cut it away I want to cut away this thing inside
Cut it away this thing that hid from you and schemed and lied
I know I've got to let you go
I know you should have left a long time ago

Cut it away, somebody cut away this desperate heart
Cut it away before it tears my whole life apart
I love you, I always did,
I do, I always will


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    General CommentThis song is pure and real coming from the artist. Jackson Browne lost his wife to suicide in 1976 and this song reflecs the "dessperate heart" that holds in it the painful memory of his loss.

    This is about as real as songwriting gets.
    rheddaon October 29, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationI see the interpretation of the desperate heart, and his wife's suicide, but I interpret the song differently. Jackson seems to write of the struggle with wanting something more when one is in a relationship. This theme is reflected in songs such as Farther On, Hold Out, Love Needs a Heart, etc.

    In this song the singer wants to cut out that part of him that is looking for something more.

    He meets the girl, and he courts her to win her love. He becomes the man he thinks he needs to be to win her, a fantasy. Once he has her, there's a crazy longing for something more. He wants to cut out that part of him that is never content, and constantly searching for something better. He says he wishes he could return to the beginning, when they were lovers and nothing more.

    He admits that he has schemed and lied to her, but he is unsatisfied, and wishes that he could somehow be. He is pleading by the end, because he knows this "desperate heart" will tear his whole life apart.

    In the end he tells her he does love her, and always will, but there is something inside of him that makes him yarn for something else. Something he knows he will never find, or be satisfied by....
    chrisg19on July 12, 2016   Link

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