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Heaven Knows
First Aid Kit Lyrics


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You've spent a year staring into a mirror
Another one trying to figure out what you saw
Paid so much attention to what you're not
You have no idea who you are

But heaven knows, knows
That you're lying
As far as heaven goes, heaven goes
I just stopped trying

Now I can hear every word you're saying
I'm just not sure I want to know
You can play the fool and still follow the rules
If you seem like you care or you're good

But heaven knows, knows
That you're lying
As far as heaven goes, heaven goes
I just stopped trying

You've lost yourself in others'
Expectations of you
Now you prefer this caricature before being true
But you're better than that
You're so much better than that
I know you better than that

Now baby, tell me, what's your story?
Do you think it'll ever sell?
And what'll you do if it comes down to it?
If it all goes straight to hell?

But heaven knows, knows
That you're lying
As far as heaven goes, heaven goes
I just stopped trying
Heaven knows, heaven knows, heaven knows
Heaven knows, heaven knows
Heaven knows that you're lying

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of First Aid Kit's song Heaven Knows revolves around the theme of identity crisis and the struggle to find oneself amidst the chaos of society's expectations. The first verse talks about the singer spending time looking at themselves in the mirror, trying to understand who they are. However, they have been paying too much attention to what they are not and have lost track of their true identity. The chorus emphasizes that heaven knows that they are lying to themselves, but the thought of heaven does not inspire them enough to keep trying to find themselves.


The second verse talks about how the singer can hear what others are saying about them, but they are not sure they want to know. They can still conform to societal rules by putting up a facade of being good or caring, but their true self is lost in the expectations that others have of them. The chorus repeats, emphasizing that heaven may know that they are not true to themselves, but the singer has lost hope in finding their true identity.


The bridge talks about the singer being lost in the expectations that others have of them, to the point that they would rather present a caricature of themselves than be true to who they are. However, the singer knows that they are better than that and encourages the singer to be true to themselves. The final verse contemplates the singer's story and their fear of failure. The last chorus reiterates that heaven may know that they are not being true to themselves, but the singer has stopped trying to change them.


Overall, the song expresses the universal human struggle to find oneself and stand for who they truly are, amidst the expectations of society and fear of failure.


Line by Line Meaning

You've spent a year staring into a mirror
You have spent a lot of time analyzing and questioning your appearance and qualities.


Another one trying to figure out what you saw
You spent the next year trying to understand what you saw in the mirror.


Paid so much attention to what you're not
You were focused on what you lacked rather than what you possessed.


You have no idea who you are
You're unable to define or explain who you truly are as a person.


But heaven knows, knows
Despite your denial, you are aware of your lies and facades.


That you're lying
You're purposely dishonest with yourself and others.


As far as heaven goes, heaven goes
Regarding the perspective of a higher power, you're unable to hide your deceitful nature.


I just stopped trying
I gave up trying to uncover the cause of your dishonesty.


Now I can hear every word you're saying
I'm attentive to your words and actions but uncertain if I should believe them.


I'm just not sure I want to know
I'm afraid of what I'll discover about you and the truth behind your lies.


You can play the fool and still follow the rules
You're capable of pretending to be ignorant while still obeying societal norms.


If you seem like you care or you're good
If you can create the appearance of caring or goodness, you can get away with deception.


You've lost yourself in others' expectations of you
You've become so consumed with fulfilling other's desires that you've lost sight of what you truly want.


Now you prefer this caricature before being true
You've convinced yourself that your façade is better than your true self.


But you're better than that
You have the potential to be an honest and genuine person.


You're so much better than that
You have so much to offer than just pretending to be someone you're not.


I know you better than that
I believe in the good in you and know you're capable of being truthful and sincere.


Now baby, tell me, what's your story?
Tell me about your experiences, struggles, and influences that shaped you into who you are today.


Do you think it'll ever sell?
Do you believe that your story is valuable and worth sharing with others?


And what'll you do if it comes down to it?
What are you willing to do if you're confronted with the truth?


If it all goes straight to hell?
If the worst-case scenario happens, what will you do?


Heaven knows, knows
Again acknowledging that a higher power knows the truth behind your lies.


That you're lying
Reiterating that you're purposely deceitful with others and yourself.


Heaven knows, heaven knows, heaven knows
Emphasizing how much of a hypocrite you are in the eye of a higher power.


Heaven knows, heaven knows
Suggesting that your lies and facades won't go unnoticed and will ultimately catch up with you.


Heaven knows that you're lying
One final reminder that a higher power is aware of your lies and deceit.




Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: JOHANNA KAJSA SOEDERBERG, KLARA MARIA SOEDERBERG

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