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This Old Heart Of Mine
The Isley Brothers Lyrics


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This old heart of mine been broke a thousand times
Each time you break away, I fear you've gone to stay
Lonely nights that come, memories that flow, bringing you back again
Hurting me more and more

Maybe it's my mistake to show this love I feel inside
'Cause each day that passes by you got me
Never knowing if I'm coming or going, but I, I love you
This old heart darling, is weak for you
I love you, yes, I do
These old arms of mine miss having you around
Makes these tears inside start a-falling down

Always with half a kiss
You remind me of what I miss
Though I try to control myself
Like a fool I start grinnin' 'cause my head starts spinnin' 'cause I

I love you
This is old heart, darling is weak for you
I love you, yes I do, yes I do

Ooh, I try hard to hide, my hurt inside
This old heart of mine always keeps me cryin'
The way you're treating me, leaves me incomplete
You're here for the day, gone for the week now

But if you leave me a hundred times
A hundred times I'll take you back
I'm yours whenever you want me
I'm not too proud to shout it, tell the world about it 'cause I

I love you
This is old heart, darling is weak for you
I love you
This is old heart, darling is weak for you

I love you
This is old heart, darling is weak for you
I love you, yes I do, yes I do
I love you, yes I do, darling is weak for you

Overall Meaning

The Isley Brothers’ “This Old Heart of Mine” is a classic soulful song with a pained confessional message. The song is about a man whose heart has been broken many times and he acknowledges that he had made the mistake of showing the love he feels inside, which leaves him vulnerable to heartbreak. He is always hoping that his love will return to him, making his nights lonely as memories flow back, hurting him even more. Despite all this, he admits that he loves her and is weak for her. He also admits to being a fool, grinning like one when he sees her again after the break, and always with half a kiss, she reminds him of what he misses.


The lyrics of “This Old Heart of Mine” tell of the turbulent emotions that are present when someone is in love with someone who doesn’t love him back in the same measure. The singer is desperate for his love to be returned, no matter how many times his lover leaves him, he will always take her back. The song is a soulful plea for the lover who has left and a confession of the singer’s love that will never die.


Interesting facts about “This Old Heart of Mine” include that a young Jimi Hendrix played on the track and also co-wrote the song. The song was released in 1966 by Tamla Motown and was originally a hit in the UK before being released in America. It peaked at number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the US in 1968. The song has been covered by many artists over the years, including Rod Stewart and Ronan Keating. The song was later sampled in the 1999 hit “We Can’t Be Friends” by Deborah Cox featuring RL. The Isley Brothers’ “This Old Heart of Mine” has remained an enduring classic and is still played on radio stations and at events today.


Chords: The chords for “This Old Heart of Mine” are A, Bm, Dmaj7, and E.


Line by Line Meaning

This old heart of mine been broke a thousand times
My heart has been broken many times before.


Each time you break away, I fear you've gone to stay
Whenever you leave me, I worry that you won't come back.


Lonely nights that come, memories that flow, bringing you back again
My memories of you make me miss you even more during lonely nights.


Hurting me more and more
Your actions are causing me more and more pain.


Maybe it's my mistake to show this love I feel inside
I regret showing you how much I love you.


'Cause each day that passes by you got me
Your presence in my life consumes me more each day.


Never knowing if I'm coming or going, but I, I love you
I'm uncertain about our relationship, but I still love you.


This old heart darling, is weak for you
My heart is vulnerable to you.


I love you, yes, I do
I truly love you.


These old arms of mine miss having you around
I miss your presence and touch.


Makes these tears inside start a-falling down
The thought of you not being here makes me cry.


Always with half a kiss
Your kisses are never enough for me.


You remind me of what I miss
Being with you reminds me of what I am missing.


Though I try to control myself
I try to hide my feelings for you.


Like a fool I start grinnin' 'cause my head starts spinnin' 'cause I
I can't help but smile like a fool when I'm around you.


Ooh, I try hard to hide, my hurt inside
I try to conceal the pain that you cause me.


This old heart of mine always keeps me cryin'
My heart is always in pain, causing me to cry.


The way you're treating me, leaves me incomplete
Your treatment of me makes me feel like something is missing.


You're here for the day, gone for the week now
Your presence in my life is inconsistent and fleeting.


But if you leave me a hundred times
Even if you leave me numerous times.


A hundred times I'll take you back
I will forgive you and take you back every time.


I'm yours whenever you want me
I will always be ready for you.


I'm not too proud to shout it, tell the world about it 'cause I
I'm not ashamed to admit my love for you to anyone.


I love you
I love you with all of my heart.


This is old heart, darling is weak for you
My old and fragile heart belongs to you.


I love you, yes I do, yes I do
I truly love you, without any doubt.




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Edward Jr. Holland, Lamont Dozier, Sylvia Moy, Brian Holland

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One of the most underrated songs of all time that has stood the test of time and always will, forever.

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@PGTransformed

The Isleys are one of the greatest, iconic and best family groups EVER!!

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Rev. Rudolph Isley - Rest In Peace and Power !
God Bless your Family and your Memory !
LONG LIVE The Isley Brothers !

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One of the greatest songs ever

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