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Half Heart

from Through Waking Eyes by Matthew Ellis

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You think we could heal each other
Combine our broken hearts
To make them full again
To live forever, happily

Well I’ve learned the hard way
That’s not how it works
Two half hearts don’t make a whole
you can try putting them together
but all you have are two wounded souls

and you think it’ll make things better for the both of us,
but it’ll only make things worse
you’ll burn each other out
you’ll cry, you’ll curse
that half heart you guarded turns to ashes in your hands
and you’re alone, again

years later you start to wonder if you could ever love someone like before
when you do, just walk away
just walk away
no one wants what’s left of a wrecked up heart
your ashes, they’re cast into the wind
and you’re left with nothing, nothing
where your heart used to be, just a hollow shell
and you’re alone, again

Then you’ll spend your days clouding your mind with distractions
And spend your nights wondering why no one would love you
Your demons and insecurities, they grab you by the throat
It’s not poetic, suffocating hurts
And they won’t let go, they won’t let go

So listen when I tell you, keep that half heart safe
Save it for someone who can love you right
Someone with a whole heart
and not whatever it is I have left inside this bleeding chest

you don’t understand now, but you’ll thank me

Maybe I could help you, but I’m beyond repair
And I’ve told you how the story ends

Keep what remains of your love and innocence,
Leave me to fade
I’ve told you how the story ends

You don’t understand now, but you’ll thank me


from Through Waking Eyes, released November 1, 2016


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