Mend your own heart

Hindsight is a great asset for those awake after the event. The challenge is to walk into things with our eyes ‘open’. As Kierkegaard lamented in his journal, this is no easy thing for life must be lived forward and comprehended retrospectively. What about risk-taking; without the benefit of hindsight how’re we ever going to know when to run and when to remain. In Laos, just outside Luang Prabang, I paid to cross a rickety rope bridge, on this occasion I had to try it and figured other people must have got across. What to regret and what not to regret? As Heidegger notes, no life is ready for assessing until it is complete; frustratingly the complete life must be assessed in one’s absence. This song explores with the benefit of hindsight the risks I never took and consequently the hearts I broke. Click on the link to listen to the music here; https://vimeo.com/88566306

MEND YOUR OWN HEART

I’ll break your heart in the morning

I come with a government health warning

‘Don’t get involved,

Don’t get entwined,

Unless you’ve got the strength to mend your own heart.’

I never met a girl I didn’t think highly of

But sometimes circumstances made me run from love

Don’t get involved

Don’t get entwined

Unless you’ve got the strength to mend you’re own heart.

And now I’m left with all this pain

circumstances made me run from love

circumstances made me run from love

I’m left remembering all these names

It serves me right just the same

What a crime against love

I trample the flowers when I dig the garden

This search for beauty is such a burden

Don’t get involved

Don’t get entwined

Unless you’ve got the strength to med you’re own heart

I break the plates when I do the dishes

I’ve  squandered love when I didn’t wish it

Don’t get involved

Don’t get entwined

Unless you’ve got the strength to mend your own heart

And now I’m left with all this pain

I’m left remembering all these names

It serves me right just the same

What a crime against love

Mend your own heart© Peter Giles

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