"Heart of a Girl" as written by Daniel Roland Lanois, Brandon Flowers, Dave Brent Keuning, Mark August Stoermer and Ronnie Jr. Vannucci....
Looking out my window
An angel in robes appeared and nearly pulled me apart
A million miles of freedom, a million miles of road,
But I still don't know where to start

She wrote her number down
And she gave it to me
They had to scrape me off the floor
In this transient town, waiters and dealers
Trying to get their foot in the door

That night I called her and she said
"Daddy daddy daddy, all my life
I've been trying to find my place in the world"
And I said to her
"Baby baby babe, I got all night to listen to the heart of a girl"

I can see the time drippin' down the clock,
We've been trying to hear that ancient refrain
It's the one that knows just when our heads are down
And reminds us of the place from where we came
Where we came

"Daddy daddy daddy, all my life
I've been trying to find my place in this world"
"Baby baby babe, I got all night to listen to the heart of a girl"

What happened here, what is this world?
It's too far from the heart of a girl
A ripple in the water
From the drop of a pearl
I'm on the shore waitin'
For the heart of a girl

Many doors, knock on one
Standin' still, time is raging
Staring down the mouth of a hundred thousand guns
And you're still here, you're still here

I believe that we never have to be alone
Yes I believe it's just around the bend
You can hold it in
Or you can scream it on a microphone
There is no end (there is no end)
There is no end (there is no end)

And, deep in the night, I feel the presence
Of something that was long ago told to me
There is a hand, guiding the river
The river to wide open sea
And deep in my heart, in and again
On any mountain, no I'm not afraid
Standing on stone, you stand beside me
And honor the plans that were made


Lyrics submitted by phoebe9261, edited by Drknight16

"Heart of a Girl" as written by Daniel Roland Lanois Brandon Flowers

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  • +8
    Song MeaningThe story of how Brandon met his wife, Tana.

    I think it's just about how he appreciates that his wife has stuck by him through everything. It starts with their meeting and skips through the years. He's "see[n] the time drippin' down the clock" and "[she's] still here" and she'll continue to sick by him "Standing on stone, you stand beside me and honour the plans that were made."

    In terms of the actual music though, I just have to say wow. Such a beautiful song! Lanois did it again. I love the sampling/alteration of Lou Reed's 'Walk on the Wild Side' -Mark is great- and the way in which Brandon speak-sings the first couple of verses (especially the "and she said" and "and I said to her."
    phoebe9261on September 12, 2012   Link
  • +3
    General CommentIt's defo about his wife sticking with him.
    I like how brandon flowers has his both feet on the ground. He's making wise decisions to keep his family life strong. I love his interviews, I love the way he thinks, i love his music, i love the man!
    grownon March 23, 2013   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationVery reminiscent of Fitzgerald, especially 'The Great Gatsby'.
    -When he met his wife, he had no real aims, only vague aspirations lost at the cross-roads. He was one of many waiters and dealers without direction in their dreams- America as a whole is symbolised in them; the whole of America seems to be 'standing still'.
    - His wife confesses the same, but Mr Flowers says that he will 'listen to the heart of a girl', and together their lives will find something to aspire to- some reason to run faster, stretch out further etc. Eventually, they do this by hearing the 'ancient refrain'- the song of the founding fathers. But as time 'drips down the clock', such music drifts further and further into the past. And 'time is raging' like never before.
    - Mr Flowers mourns for the lost America so far from his wife's earnest grief- modern America is just a ripple made by the pearl that fell into the ocean; lost seemingly forever. But the hands of the founding fathers are reaching now, steering the meandering river of America back into that ocean, and the pearl that lies within. And the hand is a heart, too- the heart Flowers was waiting for; the heart that is his wife's heart, and everyone else's heart as well.
    -In this vision of the future, everyone 'honours the plans that were made' in America's conception. And no-one is alone, because they have dreams- real dreams, with direction and purpose. With such dreams, in such a future, we will never truly be alone- and whether one shouts about such a future or not, it will come.
    -And Flowers, though part of an America currently lost in the vale of the night, still feels the presence of the forefathers in America- that's how he knows such a future will come. We might compare Mr Flowers to Jay Gatsby, in such a limited extent. Because Gatsby was in a similar boat- everyone around him wanted only to be rich, not to be accompanied with soul-fuelling dreams. The difference was that while Mr Flowers has his wife, Gatsby only really had Nick to share his vision with- Mr Flowers seems to be happier. Perhaps that's why.
    TheJuggleron May 25, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song gets more and more Mormon the more I listen to it.

    melissa107on May 01, 2015   Link

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