Week 126 // Take To Heart

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I had two ideas up at night:
1) That love’s a delusion you gotta fight
2) Or a gift if you get it right

And one idea’s dressed in black
All serious, grim like a heart attack
The other’s all dressed in white

Take to heart
It ain’t too late to love someone
Deep inside you
You’re in love with everyone
Take to heart
It ain’t too late to love someone
Deep inside you
You’re in love with everyone

So that’s the calm?
So that’s the courage to believe
That everyone will not be left alone

Am I finished with counting ways
That I let myself down, that I’ve gone astray?
So cynical, such malaise

My heart is an open book
And passing it by you could take a look
And I’m begging don’t look away
No

Take to heart
It ain’t too late to love someone
Deep inside you
You’re in love with everyone
Take to heart
It ain’t too late to love someone
Deep inside you
You’re in love with everyone

Notes
This is a song about the heart and its struggle to open itself up. I don’t write a lot of songs about love. I tend to feel like it is territory that has been plenty covered in the history of music. But every now and then I have a song that just sounds like it should address it, or a lyric that just doesn’t fit into a song that isn’t unselfconsciously about it. Perhaps I don’t write a lot of love songs because I’m not in love, and truthfully while this song is about love it isn’t a love song. It is a longing song. It is about trying not to decide to give up on the entire institution. But it is also a hopeful song. It acknowledges that finding one’s self in a place where one can love requires adopting a new optimism. Not loving at all is a self-fulfilling prophecy. It sends you around in circles. Perhaps if one acknowledges that one could potentially love anybody, one could love somebody in particular. This song is also full of awesome robots and love-lazers, and some grooves that I haven’t returned to in a little while. If I’m being honest, I really love this one.

Here’s hoping your Monday doesn’t totally suck.
~M.E.

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