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Re: About 'Shape of My Heart'

Posted by ESC on October 08, 2003

In Reply to: About 'Shape of My Heart' posted by sphinx on October 08, 2003

: In this song of BSB, I have some difficulties:

: 1.'...don't put out the glow.'
: Could you explain this figurative language?

: 2.'hold me now,don't bother, if every minute it makes me weaker, you can save me from the man that i've become.'
: Why 'hold' me? What kind of man 'I' have become?

: 3.'i was trying to be someone, I played my part and kept you in the dark.'
: How to explain 'kept you in the dark'?

: 4.'so help me I can't win this war'
: Is it a 'war'?

: And could you introduce briefly about the major idea, the theme of it? What kind of boy is 'I' in the song?
: What does 'shape' refer to in its title?

: Great thanks for your attention! I know these may be troubling but I really need a hand!

And could you introduce briefly about the major idea, the theme of it?
The theme is the idea that women have a civilizing effect on men that the "love of a good woman" can change a man. Women are responsible for men's behavior. It is a common theme but not true in most cases. Many women have come to grief trying to change a reprobate. Anyway, sermon over.

What kind of boy is 'I' in the song?
He's confused. Struggle with who he wants to be, what the wants to do.

What does 'shape' refer to in its title? "Now let me show you the shape of my heart,"
The singer wants to reveal his true self, the inner man, to the woman. It's kind of a play on the two meanings of shape. Shape = "surface configuration" and also "condition."

1.'...don't put out the glow.'
Don't do anything to damage or put an end to romantic feelings.

2.'hold me now,don't bother, if every minute it makes me weaker, you can save me from the man that i've become.'
See paragraph above on the theme. Women are responsible for men's behavior, happiness, etc.

3.'i was trying to be someone, I played my part and kept you in the dark.'
Keeping someone in the dark is not telling him or her the truth. Having secrets.

4.'so help me I can't win this war'
Is it a 'war'?
The singer is having some sort of inner struggle.