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​The Heart Is a Mirror

This song is by Ben Watt and appears on the album Hendra (2014).

Miles of flattened trees
And the river serpentine
Ribbons of wild geese
Above the cedars and the pines

You can travel to escape yourself
But the fact is you still take yourself
Feathered hopes and blackened suns
At every twist and every turn

Always set on high alert
Thinking that you will get hurt
When so much of love
Is so neutral and so misread

Wound up like a coiled spring
Will jump off at anything
But must of the stuff is just
Happening in our own head

Oh, the heart is a mirror
Where it's easy just to see yourself
Yeah, the heart is a mirror
Where it's easy just to see yourself

Rachel's friend he lost his job
And now his wife earns everything
So he cooks the food and he bathes the kids
And for the bedtime the songs he's learned to sing
But there's one thing he doesn't get
He sees his wife as a threat
When most of her love is so neutral
And so misread

He shouts and he disagrees
He can't allow her any victories
But most of the stuff is just happening
In his own head

Oh, the heart is a mirror
Where it's easy just to see your own face
Yeah, the heart is a mirror
Where it's easy just to see your own face

So come on my heart
Where do we start?
Are you that easy to outsmart?
My stupid heart

Why so foolish and why so weak?
And where did you get the selfish streak?
See the bad in everyone
Who are you trying to outrun?

Always set on high alert
Thinking that you will get hurt
When so much of her love
Is so neutral and so misread

Open up your arms tonight
Open up and hold her tight
Because must of the stuff is just happening
In your own head

Oh, the heart is a mirror
Where it's easy just to see yourself
Yeah, the heart is a mirror
Where it's easy just to see yourself
Oh, the heart is a mirror
Oh, the heart

So open your arms tonight
Yeah, open your arms tonight

Written by:

Ben Watt