Metal Heart
Cat Power Lyrics


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Losing the star without a sky
Losing the reasons why
You're losing the calling that you've been faking
And I'm not kidding

It's damned if you don't
And it's damned if you do
Be true 'cause they'll lock you up
In a sad sad zoo
Oh hidy hidy hidy what cha tryin' to prove
By hidy hidy hiding you're not worth a thing

Sew your fortunes on a string
And hold them up to light
Blue smoke will take
A very violent flight
And you will be changed
Sand everything
And you will be in a very sad sad zoo.

I once was lost but now I'm found was blind
But now I see you
How selfish of you to believe
In the meaning of all the bad dreaming

Metal heart you're not hiding
Metal heart you're not worth a thing





Metal heart you're not hiding
Metal heart you're not worth a thing

Overall Meaning

Cat Power's "Metal Heart" is a haunting song that reflects her struggles with identity, self-worth, and purpose. The song's opening lines, "Losing the star without a sky, losing the reasons why," suggest a sense of disillusionment and confusion. The next line, "You're losing the calling that you've been faking," speaks to the weight of societal expectations and pressures to conform. The singer is saying that they have been pretending to be someone they're not, and now they're losing the ability to keep up the act.


The chorus is a warning to those who dare to be true to themselves. "It's damned if you don't, and it's damned if you do. Be true 'cause they'll lock you up in a sad, sad zoo," the lyrics say. Cat Power seems to be saying that no matter what you do, someone will judge you or try to control you. But if you hide who you really are, you're not worth anything. In the second verse, the lyrics take a surreal turn as the singer suggests sewing one's fortunes on a string and holding them up to the light. The blue smoke will take a violent flight, and everything will change, the singer says. Finally, the song concludes with a plea to a "metal heart" that is not hiding, suggesting that we should be brave and show our true selves.


Line by Line Meaning

Losing the star without a sky
Losing something so fundamental that it has left a gaping void


Losing the reasons why
Losing the purpose behind your actions and decisions


You're losing the calling that you've been faking
You're losing touch with the person you pretended to be all along


And I'm not kidding
And I'm not joking around or exaggerating the severity of the situation


It's damned if you don't
You're screwed if you don't do something


And it's damned if you do
You're screwed if you do something


Be true 'cause they'll lock you up
Be genuine since people will condemn you regardless


In a sad sad zoo
In a pitiful situation where you feel trapped


Oh hidy hidy hidy what cha tryin' to prove
Oh why are you even trying to prove anything


By hidy hidy hiding you're not worth a thing
By hiding your true self, you're not valuable or authentic


Sew your fortunes on a string
Hope for the best but be prepared for the worst


And hold them up to light
Examine your hopes and expectations carefully


Blue smoke will take
Your hopes will vanish


A very violent flight
In a dramatic, explosive way


And you will be changed
And you will be transformed in the process


Sand everything
Erase everything and start over


And you will be in a very sad sad zoo.
And you will be in a pitiful situation, feeling trapped


I once was lost but now I'm found was blind
I was once ignorant but now I have clarity


But now I see you
But now I see through your lies and pretense


How selfish of you to believe
How self-centered of you to think


In the meaning of all the bad dreaming
That there is a purpose or significance in your negative experiences


Metal heart you're not hiding
Your tough exterior can't hide your true self


Metal heart you're not worth a thing
Your inauthenticity makes you worthless


Metal heart you're not hiding
You can't conceal your real emotions or motives


Metal heart you're not worth a thing
Your insincerity devalues you




Lyrics © O/B/O APRA AMCOS
Written by: Chan Marshall, Cat Power

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