Losing the star without a sky
Losing the reasons why
You're losing the calling that you've been faking
And I'm not kidding

It's damned if you don't
And it's damned if you do
Be true 'cause they'll lock you up
In a sad sad zoo
Oh hidy hidy hidy what cha tryin' to prove
By hidy hidy hiding you're not worth a thing

Sew your fortunes on a string
And hold them up to light
Blue smoke will take
A very violent flight
And you will be changed
Sand everything
And you will be in a very sad sad zoo.

I once was lost but now I'm found was blind
But now I see you
How selfish of you to believe
In the meaning of all the bad dreaming

Metal heart you're not hiding
Metal heart you're not worth a thing

Metal heart you're not hiding
Metal heart you're not worth a thing

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"Metal Heart" as written by Cat Power Marshall


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    General CommentA lot of people seem to have found their meaning in this song as something introspective. For me though, this is a song being sung to someone else. It's like, when you are in a relationship, or starting to get into a relationship, the way people complicate things.

    The voice is directed towards a part of someone else that is stopping them from giving themselves fully to you, even though it is what you both want. The part of someone that holds them back, maybe out of fear, sometimes fear of being hurt themselves, but more often, fear of hurting or disappointing the other person. The song is saying, please, surrender yourself, there is no need to hold anything back. If you keep a part of you just for yourself, then some part of you will never be fully realised.

    It's saying that, by holding back, so as not to hurt me, all you are really doing is denying me from fully realising myself in you, denying us from finding ourselves in each other. To the metal heart, you are selfish because you are standing in the way of the love that could be between these two, living, beating hearts.

    It's a love song, it's a plea. It's a happy song because it is full of hope for a love that is so close, you can almost reach out and touch it. It is a beautiful song.
    dd528on January 21, 2009   Link

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