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Gotye — Heart's A Mess
Album: Like Drawing Blood
Avg rating:
7.3

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Total ratings: 3262









Released: 2004
Length: 6:03
Plays (last 30 days): 2
Pick apart
The pieces of your heart
And let me peer inside
Let me in
Where only your thoughts have been
Let me occupy your mind
As you do mine

Your heart's a mess
You won't admit to it
It makes no sense
But I'm desperate to connect
You can't live like this

You have lost
(Too much love)
To fear, doubt and distrust
(It's not enough)
You just threw away the key
To your heart

You don't get burned
('Cause nothing gets through)
It makes it easier
(Easier on you)
But that much more difficult for me
To make you see...

Love ain't fair
So there you are
My love

Your heart's a mess
You won't admit to it
It makes no sense
But I'm desperate to connect
And you, you can't live like this

Your heart's a mess
You won't admit to it
It makes no sense
But I'm desperate to connect
And you can't live like this

Love ain't safe
You won't get hurt if you stay chaste
So you can wait
But I don't wanna waste my love
Comments (465)add comment
 unclehud wrote:

So ..... you're upset that 4 minutes of your life was "wasted"?  Whatever happened to tolerance and a thirst for new experiences?

(Four minutes is .. like ... 0.0000001% of my life, and how should I consider the 25-year marriage that dissolved overnight?)

This song is a 9.
 
and I guess the other 2 minutes were fine by them?
I too have it a 9
Go check the live rendition. Such an amazing musician Wally is. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOoR3Q0XQFk

An 11
Bumping this to 10, this has become one of my all-time favourite RP tracks.
 Boxie wrote:
I judge a song by how fast I pick up the phone to comment.  Almost record time to pick up the phone express my displeasure that RP wasted 4 minutes of my life.
 
So ..... you're upset that 4 minutes of your life was "wasted"?  Whatever happened to tolerance and a thirst for new experiences?

(Four minutes is .. like ... 0.0000001% of my life, and how should I consider the 25-year marriage that dissolved overnight?)

This song is a 9.
 Boxie wrote:
I judge a song by how fast I pick up the phone to comment.  Almost record time to pick up the phone express my displeasure that RP wasted 4 minutes of my life.
 
Given that the song is 6:03 long, which 2:03 of it didn't waste your life.
 Boxie wrote:
I judge a song by how fast I pick up the phone to comment.  Almost record time to pick up the phone express my displeasure that RP wasted 4 minutes of my life.
 
Not bad considering you probably had to pull your finger out of your ass first.
I judge a song by how fast I pick up the phone to comment.  Almost record time to pick up the phone express my displeasure that RP wasted 4 minutes of my life.
This song's a mess.
Brilliant. 'Nuff said. 9
If I remember correctly, this was my first formidable experience with RP many years ago. An amazing song that I would never hear on the radio nor find the album in any store. E-mailing Wally to get a copy of the CD. Getting blown away by the video for the song.

I'm so happy for his success (and the knowledge that I knew about him "before he was cool").
Well I like it! And the video scares me.
 mkinnan wrote:
This song is a Mess. Please take this off of your two-week playlist.
 

Totally agree w/you!  It's looooong too
This song is a Mess. Please take this off of your two-week playlist.
 zigzag wrote:
Song's a mess.

A whiney mess.
 
that may be the point, mate. a maudlin mess. 
I like this song so much more than his big hit.

Not that I don't like the hit, but this one is just aces.
Love this song, and his album. Can't believe this is 14 years old. Geez. It has a timeless feel. 
Unique sound, I'm voting yes.
This never does it for me. Rises to a low. Next
I am always primed to go hate on some Gotye. That oh-so-precious-y, elite art school thing about him/the sound. Then I just can't bring myself to follow through, as I admit to really liking the sound/songs. 
 alisathegreat wrote:
This is probably my favorite song on this album. Such a great beat. 

 
Beat is great, yet this would IMO be so much better as instrumental. I can't stand this guy's whining on this track. {#Yell}
This is probably my favorite song on this album. Such a great beat. 
 Agree 100% Bert7 wrote:
First time I heard this song...hit immediatley. I am buzzed....{#Rolleyes}

 


First time I heard this song...hit immediatley. I am buzzed....{#Rolleyes}
{#Notworthy} love
How do city fathers knew a heart could or should eclipse all the other planets. By heart?
 bc wrote:
Wow.  So many haters.  I need to provide some balance.
This whole album is excellent and diverse. 

So there.
 

 
Not that many haters with 2200 raters and an average of 7.2. I gave it an 8, cool video too.
{#Arrow} 8
Nice!
tam-ta dam tam {#Music}    {#Daisy}
 chinaski wrote:
Gotye is Sting spelled backwards in Cymraeg (Welsh)

 
...gnitS?
Gotye is Sting spelled backwards in Cymraeg (Welsh)
 stunix wrote:
Clever arrangement, good video, one man band, deserves kudos.      there are many songs more deserving of the hate shown here.

 
Quite right. I regret my earlier flippant and unnecessarily negative comment.

I don't like the song, but I can agree that it's well put together. There is a lot of artistry there. Well produced and full of ideas.

I just wish I liked the result. 
This song was the best part of that particular scene in The Great Gatsby. 
this just sounds like a song i used to know ...
 stunix wrote:
Clever arrangement, good video, one man band, deserves kudos.      there are many songs more deserving of the hate shown here.

 
Gotye-Sting?{#Cheesygrin}
Clever arrangement, good video, one man band, deserves kudos.      there are many songs more deserving of the hate shown here.
Art is Art.
Wow.  So many haters.  I need to provide some balance.
This whole album is excellent and diverse. 

So there.
 
 misterbearbaby wrote:
Did you know that with an ordinary pocket lighter you can set fire to a "Pringles" potato chip? Give off an exceedingly acrid smell that reminds me of this song somehow.

 
you should find a proper hobby...something that doesn't require lighters.
Goatse seem to be some kind of spear counterpart of Florence Welsh. Someone who sings in a overwhelmingly and ostentatiously strange manner. One could consider this to be the original style of a raw, original artist. One could also consider it an insecure young talent trying too hard to carve out a very special snowflake-niche for her/himself. 
Anyway. Florence works on me. Goatse does not.  
Once every 6 months this works for me , not more. 
11!
His heart problem has given me congestive ear failure. 

The best part for me is the Joe Morello drum break.


Blech.
Song's a mess.

A whiney mess.
 On_The_Beach wrote:

Fortunately, unlike Sting, he doesn't consider himself a deity.

 
{#Lol}
 2020sk wrote:

It's not you! Twice I thought it was over!

Let's play a game! Think of artists whose name ends with a 'y' followed by a vowel, and see if we can find anyone worth listening to.

So far we have:

Gotye

Enya

 

Hmm, it's harder than I anticipated. Help me out, please!



 

There's Goya, but he worked in a different medium...
{#Good-vibes}
Great follow-on from Choir of Young Believers 'Hollow Talk'...a.k.a. music from 'The Bridge'
love this guy :)
awesome video too!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_CM5-gel6o
 kingart wrote:
Is it me, or does this thing sound repetitive and almost interminable? 
 

 
It's not you! Twice I thought it was over!

Let's play a game! Think of artists whose name ends with a 'y' followed by a vowel, and see if we can find anyone worth listening to.

So far we have:

Gotye

Enya

 

Hmm, it's harder than I anticipated. Help me out, please!


OK, maybe he has a distinctive sound. (every song sounds the same)

But it is a great song and I love it.

Maybe it is a bit repetetive. It still is a great song.  I love it.


All right, I read some of the comments, I don't care.
i love love love this song.

thanks for playing it.  
Did you know that with an ordinary pocket lighter you can set fire to a "Pringles" potato chip? Give off an exceedingly acrid smell that reminds me of this song somehow.
Is it me, or does this thing sound repetitive and almost interminable? 
 
 LawDude wrote:
The only thing this guy has in his favor is that he sounds like Sting. . . .
 
Fortunately, unlike Sting, he doesn't consider himself a deity.
 LawDude wrote:
The only thing this guy has in his favor is that he sounds like Sting.  Beyond that, I have no use tor Got Ya.

 
Right. Though maybe there's something on the rest of the album...
The only thing this guy has in his favor is that he sounds like Sting.  Beyond that, I have no use tor Got Ya.
all my furry criters like RP

 

 

Holds up very well after years of playing...

Quiet Sunday evening type music.... or sleeping in with someone wonderful.... Not get your feet moving music...

But well worth the price of admission... I recommend

 


 tutakea wrote:
annoying and boring

 
yep. -> 2.
 Webfoot wrote:
 ico wrote:
 rplogid wrote:
This guy is a one-trick pony.  Everything I hear from him sounds the same.


absolutely true!

 

But I do enjoy the one trick.

 
lol
 ico wrote:
 rplogid wrote:
This guy is a one-trick pony.  Everything I hear from him sounds the same.


absolutely true!

 

But I do enjoy the one trick.


8 -> 3

Bored now :-( 
annoying and boring
I could listen to this song back to back for days.  It nears perfection, but with enough imperfection to make it truly beautiful. {#Music}
 rplogid wrote:
This guy is a one-trick pony.  Everything I hear from him sounds the same.


absolutely true!
 1wolfy wrote:
 sounds like the theory of evolution.{#Arrowd}  aaronm wrote:

It's said that if you give a million monkeys in front of typewriters an infinite amount of time / bananas, they'll eventually recreate the work of Shakespeare.




 





 
(1) The million monkeys thing is inherently tongue-in-cheek. It refers to a completely idealized model, where the monkeys live forever and are always typing in a random fashion. That is, obviously, not true.
(2) Computationally, though, it is meaningful. In that idealized world, it is absolutely true that the monkeys will eventually recreate Shakespeare. 
(3) In the same idealized sense, yes, evolution is actually a necessity. If you string together the letter A, C, G, and T randomly for an infinite amount of time, you will eventually recreate human DNA. And yes, it's the same mathematics which prove (2) and (3). Of course, that is still living in some slightly-idealized fiction, but the core concept is meaningful.
(4) I don't know what to say about your drive-by comment about evolution, other than that you appear to be choosing scripture and faith over the work of scientists. The thing is, you can find a wide body of literature on how the two can be compatible. You should seek it out! Knowledge doesn't have to be dangerous.

(Wow! I'm really down quite the little tangent here, aren't I?)


 1wolfy wrote:
 sounds like the theory of evolution.{#Arrowd}  aaronm wrote:

It's said that if you give a million monkeys in front of typewriters an infinite amount of time / bananas, they'll eventually recreate the work of Shakespeare.




 





 
Well, an alternate theory holds that they've only got 6,000 years to achieve that............huh?
This guy is a one-trick pony.  Everything I hear from him sounds the same.
 sounds like the theory of evolution.{#Arrowd}  aaronm wrote:

It's said that if you give a million monkeys in front of typewriters an infinite amount of time / bananas, they'll eventually recreate the work of Shakespeare.




 




 Wizzo_oz wrote:
After not hearing it for awhile, it's tipping toward a ten for me. Love this tyune.

 
Ditto here.  I started it at a 8 long ago when I first heard it, resisted moving it to an 9 because I heard it often in other places, eventually moved it to a 9 after it wasn't overplayed, and today it sounded so fresh that I've moved it up to a 10
Love the video to this song....
 nightdrive wrote:
Hey Gotye guy, shut the fuck up.

 
It's said that if you give a million monkeys in front of typewriters an infinite amount of time / bananas, they'll eventually recreate the work of Shakespeare.

Your post? 3 monkeys, 8 minutes.

(this joke was adapted from a Dilbert comic of ye olden days of yore) 
 shellbella wrote:
Sounds like circus music.  I don't like the circus.

 
What sort of circuses have you been to?
{#Heartkiss} 7 >>>>> 8
 nightdrive wrote:
Hey Gotye guy, shut the fuck up.

 
Chill out, dude.  This ain't YouTube 
I never get tired of this song. Love it so much. Thank you Bill.
Sounds like circus music.  I don't like the circus.
After not hearing it for awhile, it's tipping toward a ten for me. Love this tyune.
 midnightoil wrote:
Saw this guy live on stage at Hammersmith Apollo recently. Wow, so much energy and love of his music. He is a percussionist but plays keyboards and does vocals too. Went down a storm with the sell out audience. Apart from liking his music, I like the personality too. Heard him interviewed on radio and he is articulate and intelligent. I wish him all the best for the future.

 
I wish I'd seen him before he hit it big but never had the opportunity. I have loved him since first hearing this song here on RP. And, by the way, he's a really decent fellow. He sent me a nice email when I ordered this cd from his website.
 nightdrive wrote:
Hey Gotye guy, shut the fuck up.

 
Doodness dwacious!

(Really love the song, by the way.) 
 nightdrive wrote:
Hey Gotye guy, shut the fuck up.

 
Now that's an articulate comment.
Hey Gotye guy, shut the fuck up.
Saw this guy live on stage at Hammersmith Apollo recently. Wow, so much energy and love of his music. He is a percussionist but plays keyboards and does vocals too. Went down a storm with the sell out audience. Apart from liking his music, I like the personality too. Heard him interviewed on radio and he is articulate and intelligent. I wish him all the best for the future.
I love this song.. so much. Thank you Mr Dj.
 Poacher wrote:
milleronic wrote:
Oh, how I hate this band. Just awful.{#Razz}

 
Just so you know - its not a band it is a person working on his own using a variety of instruments and electronics found here and there and put together in a home made studio and without the benefit of a label behind him. 

OK, I can understand you not liking it - but you have to give respect for someone who can produce something this good off their own back.

 

 
I didn't know that.  Pretty impressive.  Despite my own somewhat snarky comment earlier, I actually kind of like this song.  (But I just couldn't help posting the alternate lyrics I did earlier, since they just came to me!)
It's like listening to fingernails being scraped down a blackboard. Utterly dreadful!
A great, powerful, haunting song. An ode to co-dependent infatuation and despair. Who can't relate ?

His heart's a mess.
But he won't admit to it.
He's desperate to connect.
And it's no big deal to her.
Cause it's mostly in his head.

After a couple of toxic relationships like that, you wisen up some. Hopefully
For my money, one of the great songs (and videos, for that matter) of the last ten years.


The passion --- the pure effin heartbreak --- in those lyrics is for the ages.        
11!
Still lovin' the Gotye. bump.
 Poacher wrote:
milleronic wrote:
Oh, how I hate this band. Just awful.{#Razz}

 
Just so you know - its not a band it is a person working on his own using a variety of instruments and electronics found here and there and put together in a home made studio and without the benefit of a label behind him. 

OK, I can understand you not liking it - but you have to give respect for someone who can produce something this good off their own back.

 

 
 His music still sucks. But hey, that's like, my opinion, man. :)
This song is a pure masterpiece! 
This is my favorite "new" song on RP.  Of course, that will change in a few weeks, but this guy's talent is undeniable.
Seriously love this.
I can't believe it's really been nine years since this first sent its tentacles out of my first Mac, way back when...
Excellent song.....made even more impressive that it is one musician.....
 
milleronic wrote:
Oh, how I hate this band. Just awful.{#Razz}

 
Just so you know - its not a band it is a person working on his own using a variety of instruments and electronics found here and there and put together in a home made studio and without the benefit of a label behind him. 

OK, I can understand you not liking it - but you have to give respect for someone who can produce something this good off their own back.

 
Oh, how I hate this band. Just awful.{#Razz}
spoiled by overplay!
 k8ling1114 wrote:
Hmm... an uber relaxed Sting without the heavy-handed metaphors?
 
... who shouts rather than sings and includes no literary references.  I very much like Mr. Gotye, and I very much like Mr. Sting; they create on very different levels, however.
Introduced my new partner's teenage daughter to this and the accompanying video.. and suddenly I was cool!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_CM5-gel6o
 
GreatGreatest song
 blackjackshellac wrote:
There's something autotuny about this that grates.
 
dunno... if this was auto-tuned, why are the notes in the acoustic breakdown at the end so flat?
Great song spoiled by overplay!

This song's a mess
You won't admit to it
It makes no sense
But I'm desperate to eject!


 blackjackshellac wrote:
There's something autotuny about this that grates.
 
Yes, yes...that's it!   :)
There's something autotuny about this that grates.
Wally sent me this album way back when too. That was neat. 
I get a kick from showing the cd cover to people where it says it was "recorded in bedrooms around Melbourne...."
Still the best Gotye song. RP sure knows how to spot a rising star.
 demenshea wrote:
Love this song and the video is simply awesome, from a creative artist! It's reminiscent of Sting when he was GOOD. {#Eh} 
 

Hmm... an uber relaxed Sting without the heavy-handed metaphors?
 apd wrote:
woah - good spot. It may not be an actual sample (Wally's a drummer, so he probably played it "live") but it certainly sounds similar. Let's call it "homage".
(And good for him, with all the success of his new record. Hard to believe that when I bought this cd from his website, he wrote a note thanking me!) 
 
I bought this album from his site too, and we passed a few emails back and forth. I doubt he is now that open now he has worldwide fame, but I know for certain his heart is in the right place. 
 k1j2cat wrote:
I must say, this song is just as aurally "sticky" as his bigger hit and I like the weird beats a lot more. Very nice - I stop and really listen almost unconsciously.
 
Totally agree - Someone That I Used to Know is excellent, but there's something about this...
I really dig this!
Hé, and the drumsolo near the end reminds me of "Take Five" from Dave Brubeck. Anyone?
 k1j2cat wrote:
I must say, this song is just as aurally "sticky" as his bigger hit and I like the weird beats a lot more. Very nice - I stop and really listen almost unconsciously.
 
Less is more!
I must say, this song is just as aurally "sticky" as his bigger hit and I like the weird beats a lot more. Very nice - I stop and really listen almost unconsciously.
I may have said this before but my little tube amp just loves this....
It doesn't seem like this song is EVER going to end.