In The Shape of a Heart

Jackson Browne

It was a ruby that she wore on a chain around her neck
In the shape of a heart
In the shape of a heart
It was a time I won't forget for the sorrow and regret
And the shape of a heart
And the shape of a heart
I guess I never knew what she was talking about
I guess I never knew what she was living without

People speak of love don't know what they're thinking of
Wait around for the one who fits just like a glove
Speak in terms of belief and belonging
Try to fit some name to their longing
People speak of love....

There was a hole left in the wall from some ancient fight
About the size of a fist or something thrown that had missed
And there were other holes as well in the house where our nights fell
Far too many to repair in the time that we were there

People speak of love don't know what they're thinking of
Reach out to each other though the push and shove
Speak in terms of a life and the learning
Try to think of a word for the burning

You keep it up
you try so hard
To keep a life from coming apart
And never know what breaches and faults are concealed in the shape of a heart

In the shape of a heart
In the shape of a heart

It was the ruby that she wore on a stand beside the bed
In the hour before dawn
when I knew she was gone
And I held it in my hand for a little while
And dropped it into the wall
Let it go, heard it fall

I....
I guess I never knew what she was talking about
I guess I never knew what she was living without

People speak of love don't know what they're thinking of
Wait around for the one who fits just like a glove
Speak in terms of a life and the living
Try to find the word for forgiving

Oh....
You keep it up you try so hard
To keep a life from coming apart
And never know
The shallows and the unseen reefs that are there from the start
In the shape of a heart

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