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John Mayer: Half of My Heart Meaning

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Song Released: 2010


Featuring: Taylor Swift


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Half of My Heart Lyrics

I was born in the arms of imaginary friends.
Free to roam, made a home out of everywhere I've been

Then you come on crashing in
Like the realest thing
Try my best to understand
All that your love can bring

Oh, half of my heart's got a...

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    anonymous
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    Feb 15th, 2:58pm report


    I've been listening to this song quite a bit lately and I've analyzed it to try and understand it. My interpretation is that this guy (John) has always had trouble loving because maybe he was hurt and it changed his perception on love . So he learns to live being lonely and he's content with it. But then a girl (taylor) comes along unexpectedly and she shows him a love he's never seen. Its alot to handle since its so real and different. Although he loves her he only loves her with half of his heart because he's still got his gaurd up and its hard for him to fully understand it. She seems to love him with all she's got but he only loves her with half of him, he knows that she'll hold it against him later on hints ( down the road later on , you will hate that I never gave you more than half of my heart ) and he seems to know that she deserves more but he can't seem to ever fully love her with all he's got.



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    anonymous
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    Jan 25th, 1:06pm report


    I can Identify with this song because i'm in a similar situation... I have someone who loves me and have given me their whole heart.. I've been trying to convince myself to give her my whole heart but i just can't.. I can't come to terms with giving someone only a piece of what they deserve.. We're supposed to get married which i was ok with at first but every time i think of telling her I can only imagine the sadness that it will bring her. Maybe that was his inspiration because it fits my story like a puzzle piece..



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    anonymous
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    Feb 23rd, 2016 2:53pm report


    Going through the song, it feels like as if its about a guy who doesn't want to believe in love. Why? there can be a lot of reasons. Maybe he was cheated by someone, and now he doesn't want to give his all to someone. Maybe he's always been a player, or maybe he's been a real selfish guy. And then out of the blue, she comes into his life. And she brings love into his life. He knows she's different and that he loves her as well. But he can only love her with half of his heart. Again why? Maybe he's hurt so he doesn't want to give out his all. Maybe He has never loved anyone so he's guarded. But inside him he knows its wrong. To keep her this way, give her half when she gives him his all. So even though half of him has fallen for her, he realizes she deserves better and with the other half of himself, he somehow convinces himself that he needs to let her go.



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    anonymous
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    May 7th, 2015 5:58am report


    I've listened to this song so many times but never really heard it until now. I believe that this song is about someone who has always been a player; a bachelor who didn't have many people that cared about him (thus 'imaginary friends'). He promised himself he'd never tie himself down in a relationship - until this girl came along. He knows he loves her but only with half of his heart - if he gives her his 'whole heart' he loses himself and everything he's known. But at the same time he knows she can do better and doesn't want her to hate him in the future because he can only love her with half of his heart.



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    anonymous
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    Oct 2nd, 2012 10:30pm report


    I think this guy was living the life, single, carefree, roam around the world but never knew real love. Then comes the girl, he loves her but also his old life. So she gets cheated, half of the heart, because his old life will always call out to him. But half doesn't want to let go of her. He's selfish and can't not be. He wants the best of both worlds. But it's not fair to her.



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    anonymous
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    Jun 29th, 2012 6:38pm report


    To me, this is about a man who had been selfish his entire life and in an unexpected twist of fate, met a girl who opened up his eyes to what love could feel like. However, he couldn't love her with his whole heart because he always put himself first. This really was the best he could give her and that half of his heart was still the real thing. He knew she deserved more, but he couldn't give it to her, even though she hoped one day she'd see the man she thought he could be. So, because he didn't want to hurt her, he did one of the most selfless things he'd ever done and let her go.



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    anonymous
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    Jun 28th, 2012 6:55am report


    Well, as a fellow musician/artist, I interpret the song as him being split between his love for the girl, and his love for his art (in this case, the art is music).

    Artists are constantly torn between their love for their creations and the love for their significant others. It's a constant struggle, and they frequently half to divide the love, because of how difficult it is to say which one is most important.



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    anonymous
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    May 12th, 2012 5:15pm report


    I was born in the arms of imaginary friends- to me this means that he only trusts himself. From day one, he has always been for himself everything that he needs.



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    Thomas Eikelenboom
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    Oct 29th, 2011 10:45pm report


    "I was born in the arms of imaginary frieds" Could mean: I am currently in a fight with my parents, I hate them, but in my youth I thougt/imagined them to be my friends...but they turned out not to be....

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    anonymous
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    Aug 26th, 2011 8:10am report


    I understood this song in the only way I could relate to. He was cynical and didn't believe in romance and he felt like he was in love with her but always gets second thoughts..One moment he feels he should marry her and the other he thinks he doesnt love her because he isn't even able to do so.



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    anonymous
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    May 29th, 2011 5:07pm report


    Shot gun wedding means there is a pregnancy involved. I.E: the shotgun that her dad is holding to his head to get them married. He's saying half of himself is being forced into this-- but the other half really is in love with her.

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    anonymous
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    Dec 25th, 2010 12:29pm report


    It's shotgun wedding and a paper ring.
    Not planned... spontaneous romance. Love makes you crazy and carefree.
    But his logic is telling him otherwise.



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    anonymous
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    Sep 19th, 2010 9:23pm report


    Sounds like the guy's never believed in anything until the girl showed up and brought something so real to him. He is trying to open up to her love and all it could bring but he's never loved anyone but himself. He tries but he can only let go of half of his heart.
    "half of my heart is a shock on a wedding to a bride with a paper ring" I think this part means that even if he marries her, it won't last long.. Hence the paper ring. I might be wrong...




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