Heart of the Matter (Live)

In the mood for a beautiful song?  Here is The Heart of the Matter, one of my favorites.  This is a live performance by Don Henley at Farm Aid, 1990.  The best performances, however, are with the Eagles.  Sadly, those versions seem to be promptly removed from the internet.  (Please stop fighting, you guys!)  Lyrics and credits, below.  Story to follow.

I got the call today that I didn’t want to hear,
but I knew that it would come.
An old true friend of ours was talkin’ on the phone,
she said you found someone.
And I thought of all the bad luck
and the struggles we went through,
and how I lost me and you lost you.
What are these voices outside love’s open door,
make us throw off our contentment
and beg for something more?

I’m learning to live without you now,
but I miss you sometimes.
And the more I know, the less I understand,
all the things I thought I knew, I’m learning again.
I’ve been tryin’ to get down
to the heart of the matter
but my will gets weak,
and my thoughts seem to scatter,
but I think it’s about forgiveness,
forgiveness,
even if, even if you don’t love me anymore.

These times are so uncertain,
there’s a yearning undefined
and people filled with rage.
We all need a little tenderness,
how can love survive in such a graceless age?
The trust and self-assurance that lead to happiness
they’re the very things we kill, I guess.
Pride and competition
cannot fill these empty arms,
and the work I put between us, you know, it doesn’t keep me warm.

I’m learning to live without you now,
but I miss you, baby.
And the more I know, the less I understand,
all the things I thought I’d figured out
I have to learn again.
I’ve been trying to get down
to the heart of the matter,
but everything changes
and my friends seem to scatter,
but I think it’s about forgiveness,
forgiveness,
even if, even if you don’t love me anymore.

There are people in your life
who’ve come and gone.
They let you down,
you know they hurt your pride.
You better put it all behind you, baby,
’cause life goes on.
You keep carryin’ that anger,
it’ll eat you up inside, baby.

I’ve been trying to get down
to the heart of the matter,
but my will gets weak
and my thoughts seem to scatter,
but I think it’s about forgiveness,
forgiveness,
even if, even if you don’t love me.

I’ve been tryin’ to get down
to the heart of the matter
because the flesh will get weak
and the ashes will scatter,
so I’m thinkin’ about forgiveness,
forgiveness,
even if, even if you don’t love me.

Forgiveness, forgiveness, baby,
forgiveness, forgiveness,
forgiveness, oh, forgiveness,
even if you don’t love me anymore.

 

[“The Heart of the Matter,” by Don Henley. Written by Mike Campbell, Don Henley, and J.D. Souther. Produced by Mike Campbell, Don Henley, and Danny Kortchmar. Original release: The End of the Innocence, 1989.]

 

Video posted to youtube by user farmaid

 

 

9 thoughts on “Heart of the Matter (Live)

  1. I *LOVE* this song!

    I’m learning to live without you now,
    but I miss you sometimes.
    And the more I know, the less I understand,
    all the things I thought I knew, I’m learning again.

    These lines always seem to be edited out of the radio versions I hear, but they’re my favorite part of the whole song! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. It’s amazing, isn’t it? I’ve listened to it hundreds of times and still love it. Radio edits are the worst! The best version I’ve heard is by the Eagles, from their Hell Freezes Over tour. The song is on the DVD but not on CD, as far as I know. Thanks so much for reading and commenting! I’m glad you liked it 🙂

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  2. Wow! I lost a true friend less than two months ago to Cancer 44 years old, single mom,10 children home schooled all of them. For the last year plus–every day on the phone–good morning–good night–we both played the roll–Listener –she told me more than once don’t leave me–A relationship of “Trust” The in tent and some lyrics hit me Thanks
    Thank You Lord “Amen”

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