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Christina Perri: Jar of Hearts Meaning

Song Released: 2010

Jar of Hearts Lyrics

I know I can’t take one more step towards you,
Cause all that's waiting is regret.
Don’t you know I’m not your ghost anymore?
You lost the love I loved the most.

I learned to live, half alive,
And now you want me one more time.

And who...


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    Apr 16th, 2011 4:21pm report

    Basically, the woman is saying that she doesn't wanna get back together with the other guy, because he cheated on her and now he wants her back. She is saying that she won't come back because she's got too many scars from the love that they had. She is also saying that he has a cold soul - bad person ;) and that he shouldn't bother try to come back for her. The guy is kinda like a person who goes around with other girls breaking their hearts as well (Who do you think you are,| Going 'round leaving scars|Collecting your jar of hearts)

    So basics, a guy cheated on her and broke her heart and continued to cheat on her and this time when he asked to get back together, she finally said no because she has finally moved on and she doesn't want him in her life at all anymore.

    At least that's what I got from the song ;) ♥


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    Mar 8th, 2011 3:54pm report

    Make no mistake, this is a song of her breaking away from a man who is a Narcissist--the total, psychological definition of the disorder, not the common use of just a self-centered man.

    If you had personal experience with a narcissist, as I have, you will recognize many lines that resonate in a way applicable to no other relationship.


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    Apr 2nd, 2011 4:54pm report

    The saddest thing is, narcissists do this in all relationships. This doesn't necessarily mean it was a love from a boyfriend relationship but about a parent with this disorder or a best friend.


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    Aug 5th, 8:52pm report

    This song speaks to me as it describes how I feel about an ex. This song can apply to women as well. For over a year we were together. I was in a very vulnerable place when I met her. And she toyed with me over that time, every time she walked away (literally), just leaving me sitting in a bar, I would always just take her back. It was odd behavior on both of our parts, but I was in love. When you're in love you do some pretty stupid things. Then she convinced me to leave my life behind in Atlanta and follow her to Florida. I took a teaching job in Camden County 3 miles North of the Florida border because she said she wanted to marry me, and was making all of these references to getting married, and the need to get a bigger house. 2 weeks after arriving in St. Mary's GA, she decided to say that she didn't love me anymore. I was left in a small town not knowing anyone and having to start from scratch. I've never suffered from mental illness, but I fell into a deep deep depression, and had to be admitted to a mental hospital or lose my job. As I fought through the depression I met some friends, and lovers but was never whole. I even put a .38 in my mouth one night. A few weeks later over Thanksgiving I visited Atlanta for a wedding, and resolved to return as soon as possible. I fought a lot of demons in South Georgia/North Florida but I fought and fought, returned home to a immediate need teaching job in the middle of the school year. If she ever tries to enter my life again, this is the song I with which I would answer her. I swam in a lot of bottles in Camden County, but I survived. During my healing I discovered her Narcissist and Sociopathic personality disorder. She was a "Reputation Defending Sociopath". After talking with a mutual friend who had spoken to her about what went down that August 5th 2016, he said that she was disturbingly cold about the whole situation. I shared the discussion with my Therapist, and he pulled out the ICD 10 WHO book on mental illness. She hit 5 of the 6 markers for Antisocial Personality Disorder, Sociopathy. Her subtype was Reputation Defending. I truly spent 5 months learning to live half alive. Now a year later I have a new job, a new girlfriend, and a new life. But the stain of my time in Camden County is still there.


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    Dec 9th, 2016 12:45pm report

    It's about me, but I'm misunderstood, quite shy around a new guy. And yes, he is the one that doesn't see the error in his ways.


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    Aug 17th, 2016 8:34pm report

    This is a song about a woman who kept going back to a man who kept hurting her and she decided she can't move forward in their relationship. She learned to get over him and he promised to never hurt her again. She's moved on from him. He's cold hearted and she doesn't need that. Though she's moved on a first heartbreak always hurts and remains as a scar. She likens her ex to a serial killer killing all of the girls he's dated and keeping a collection of their hearts in a jar. Of course one could argue that she is talking about depression. Though I feel it also includes a hint of overcoming depression.


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    Apr 11th, 2016 4:30am report

    To me, this song is about depression, and overcoming it. Depression often comes back in waves, and she's saying she's not going back. As someone with depression this is what it means to me.


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    Feb 18th, 2016 2:52am report

    It's about a man who cried wolf about being in love then would cheat then get her back then cheat again.Eventually it came back to bite him in the ass.Sounds like a real douche with a real lonely existence


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    Feb 18th, 2016 2:49am report

    It's about a man who cried wolf about being in love then would cheat then get her back then cheat again.Eventually it came back to bite him in the ass.Sounds like a real douche with a real lonely existence


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    Dec 14th, 2015 12:45pm report

    Men must know what they truly want in a woman. Until they know what their likes and dislikes about themselves and when it comes to the opposite gender, they will have issues in their relationships. Unless they reveal who they truly are, a woman will not understand them. Like men, women can't read a mind. They will not know how you truly are if mwn will not be open and will not communicate. Perhaps these types of men who collect the jar of hearts are broken mentally and emotionally. That they feel it's their right to collect the hearts of girls and break their hearts. It's truly a matter of principles and priorities. I still believe men can stick to only one woman if she really gets him and they are free to talk about anything without being reprimanded. The right woman will be the only woman a man can give truly his heart and soul. Until then, he will have difficulty when dealing with women and in his relationships. Good luck to all gals and guys.


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    Dec 14th, 2015 12:24pm report

    Jar of hearts. No need for an interpretation. These kinds of guys really exist. But there are a lot of men who can stick to one woman. It's only a matter of principles and what you truly are will show in the outside even if you don't reveal who you truly are. Actions are more important. Words has no meaning. Men who truly loves a woman will be able to stick to only one woman no matter what the circumstances. Good luck to all the women and good luck to all the men.


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    Dec 14th, 2015 12:13am report

    Correction to earlier post:
    It's about a guy with a sex/love addiction (not addition:) ).
    The focus is on her, though I feel for him too as he is unlikely to know why he has issues with his relationships and can't stick to one woman. There is always another side to every story.


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    Dec 14th, 2015 12:08am report

    It's about a guy with a Sex/love addition. Sad for her but also sad for him.
    He probably doesn't even know what's wrong with him...


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    May 27th, 2015 5:54am report

    Its about a girl who broke up with a guy because he cheated on her and know he wants her back. That is my opinion though yours may b different, but that is what I think. Also that guy who cheated on her is a big narcissist.

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    May 22nd, 2015 5:20pm report

    I think it means that a man cheated on her and she broke up with him but now he wants her back and she has moved on.


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    Feb 23rd, 2015 2:50pm report

    A man dumped her and many other girls. He begs for Christina's love but she won't risk getting her heart broken again.


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    Oct 9th, 2014 10:01pm report

    For me this is about Eating Disorders. That's my opinion, and I guess only people with an eating disorder can understand. Love this song!

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    Jul 27th, 2014 7:54am report

    Absolutely about a narcissistic man. There's no dismantling this song he's a pathetic narcissist.

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