Song Lyric Sunday – Jar of Hearts by Christina Perri

This song has nothing to do with Mother’s Day, but it pretty accurately represents how I felt for many years in a very abusive relationship.  When I first heard this song, I ugly cried.  I still cry when I listen to it.  There’s just something about the lyrics that I’m drawn to.  As much as it is about the abuse, there is also that element of growing strong and finding that you no longer believe the lies you were told so many times.

I think that’s one of the hardest parts about abuse.  As much as you tell yourself what they’re saying isn’t true, you hear it often enough and you start to believe it.  I honestly didn’t realize how much of those lies were embedded deep within me, tearing me apart bit by bit.  It’s hard to look back on that time of my life, but I’m so happy I found a way out.

Christina Perri’s voice only adds to the sincerity, grief and ultimate strength in my opinion.

So, if I were you, I’d grab some kleenex and dive in.  I hope you enjoy.

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
Who do you think you are?
Runnin’ ’round leaving scars
Collecting your jar of hearts
And tearing love apart
You’re gonna catch a cold
From the ice inside your soul
So don’t come back for me
Who do you think you are?
I hear you’re asking all around
If I am anywhere to be found
But I have grown too strong
To ever fall back in your arms
I’ve learned to live, half alive
And now you want me one more time
Who do you think you are?
Runnin’ ’round leaving scars
Collecting your jar of hearts
And tearing love apart
You’re gonna catch a cold
From the ice inside your soul
So don’t come back for me
Who do you think you are?
It took so long just to feel alright
Remember how to put back the light in my eyes
I wish I had missed the first time that we kissed
‘Cause you broke all your promises
And now you’re back
You don’t get to get me back
Who do you think you are?
Runnin’ ’round leaving scars
Collecting your jar of hearts
And tearing love apart
You’re gonna catch a cold
From the ice inside your soul
Don’t come back for me
Don’t come back at all
Who do you think you are?
Runnin’ ’round leaving scars
Collecting your jar of hearts
Tearing love apart
You’re gonna catch a cold
From the ice inside your soul
Don’t come back for me
Don’t come back at all
Who do you think you are?
Who do you think you are?
Who do you think you are?
Songwriters: Drew C. Lawrence / Christina Judith Perri / Barrett Noubar Yeretsian
Jar of Hearts lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., BMG Rights Management US, LLC

The Song Lyric Sunday theme for this week was “heart”.  Please feel free to click the link, read the rules and post one of your own.

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31 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday – Jar of Hearts by Christina Perri

  1. Always welcomed, a song for ultimate female empowerment. I love this one and just heard it recently too. Happy to listen again. She poses an excellent question in this one. There are many I’d like to pose it too myself.

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  2. I can’t listen to this song without it tearing me up either. Though I won’t say my ex was abusive (she wasn’t) she did lie to me about a crucial aspect of a relationship for so long. We were practically best friends for two years before we started dating. During that time she knew I did not want children and she agreed at the outset. Turns out she secretly did and had a plan to try to change my mind. Though we were a storybook couple in every other way, I felt betrayed.

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