Song of the Day #2,847: ‘Half a Heart’ – Barenaked Ladies

barenaked_ladies_are_menHere’s an example of Random Weekends at their best. This track from Barenaked Ladies Are Men, the band’s final album before the departure of Steven Page, is a lovely find — one I’ve probably heard before but I sure can’t remember when.

Released in 2007 as a companion piece to the previous year’s Barenaked Ladies Are Me, this album received generally strong reviews. But for some reason, though I’m a big fan of most of the band’s catalog, I just never took to it. And when Page left a couple of years later, so did I.

This song is a nice reminder that few bands do this kind of sparkling, melancholy pop better than these guys.

[Verse 1]
Drunk on wine, I’m amazing
Bitter Pill, it’s my raising
News at five and at midnight
Caught on tape, serves me right
The crowd around me starts to grow
I can feel the undertow

[Chorus]
Anyone with a half a heart would help me out
Before they ever let the other half find out
But if they could see how far I’ve let you down
Anyone with half a heart would let me drown

[Verse 2]
Flashing lights couldn’t warn her
Paint myself in a corner
Bracing now for the impact
Losing hope, keeping track
Standing on a crumbling wall
Tethered to a cannonball

[Chorus 2]
Anyone with half a heart would help me out
Before they ever let the other half find out
But if they could see how high I’ve built this wall
Anyone with half a heart would let me fall

[Verse 3]
In the space between sleep and sleeplessness
We redress all our wounds
If we replace all this hopeless hopelessness
Then we could rest

[Chorus 3]
Anyone with half a heart would let me drown
Anyone with half a heart would pull me down
Anyone with half a heart would let me fall
Anyone with half a heart wouldn’t care at all

[Chorus]

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One thought on “Song of the Day #2,847: ‘Half a Heart’ – Barenaked Ladies

  1. Dana says:

    At their best, these guys crafted wonderful pop songs. It would be nice to see them get together again.

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