"Black Tangled Heart" as written by and Johns....
Maybe your luck has changed
Settle down
Maybe I'm just deranged
And on the rebound

Maybe love was the thing
Holding me back from all
Maybe I'm just the thing
To break my own fall

Take the rope to my heart and fall
You may just be the last before you
See the black tangled heart fall

Maybe departure's good
Makes room for more
Start to mass produce
For a chance to ignore

Maybe you'll kill yourself
Before I get a turn
Maybe I'll fall in love
And never learn

Take the rope to my heart and fall
You may just be the last before you
See the black tangled heart fall

Take the rope to my heart and fall you
You may just be the last before you
See the black tangled heart fall


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"Black Tangled Heart" as written by Daniel Johns

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    General CommentThis song is really dark to me. More about suicide than love...
    Adrienneon May 14, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI like this song, but its very depressing.
    ColdKornGirl16on June 30, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"Maybe I'm just the thing
    To break my own fall "
    hes the only one who can stop this pain hes going through...
    silentmboon March 07, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti really love the first verse, i don't know, but i think it might be about being suicidal after going through a break up. especillay withthe line "maybe i'm just deranged and on the rebound"
    Summerlily_215on May 30, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTheir best song imho...

    I always thought that this was the opposite of a love song a hate song maybe?

    The lyrics are very bitter and directed towards someone in particular.

    Funny i never saw the suicidal references before an simply thought the image Daniel was after was the idea of someone messing with his heart, puling his heartstrings or something...
    Dressed2Depresson September 05, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti always thought it was about being depressed, and bringing people that love you down with you, or something.

    but yeah, that makes sense.
    mel-luvs-tleon May 19, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is about suicide and the letdown that comes along with suicide and/or slow death (you know you're on the path to killing yourself, you're just not there yet).

    "you may just be the last BEFORE YOU"

    Add on the next line.
    "You may just be the last before you see the black tangled heart fall" makes more sense.

    The receiver is the last person to be let down, to be loved/in the relationship, before he kills himself.
    rimiskaon January 28, 2009   Link
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    General Comment
    I agree with rimiska that this song is about the path to suicide, but I always thought of the heart as in "the heart of the manner", as the core of someone's life, rotting from the inside out. maybe not. Still a beautiful, sad song.


    aquaflavouron May 29, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI always flet, that hes dividing up his self into different layers in this song, like his `normal` self ("heard"?) is bound by the anorexic self, which controlls everything and takes it whith it to the ground. Like he becomes a "thing", his body wont allow as much weight loss as the anorexic self would want and so it "breaks" his "fall" somehow.
    And on the other hand at the point he wrote this song the falling hat its attractions like "maybe departure`s good / Makes room for more".......
    I dont know, but i dont think the "love" hes speaking about is love to another person..... but i don know, might be all rubbish.
    cornflakeon August 28, 2002   Link
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    General Commentoh well. the last comment was made 1 or 2 weeks ago? it's a really old CD, but anyway... i think it's about being sucidal and falling in love. like all listeners, the lyrics of a song won't mean as much to you as Daniel Johns himself.
    rummerson September 05, 2002   Link

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