Behind The Song: “Red Paper Heart”

August 23, 2018

There is something about that feeling of a childhood crush that’s still relatable as an adult. It’s an exhilarating rush of emotions that drive you to do crazy things. It’s the persistent desire to tell someone that you’re falling for them and the fear of finding out they don’t feel the same way. “Red Paper Heart” is the inner monologue of a love-struck individual working up the courage to tell someone how they feel. It’s also the celebration of a starting point – the serendipity of two hearts being drawn to each other and their choosing to take a risk in hopes of finding a love that burns bright and long.

Notes
* This song was written during a month-long songwriting project in February 2016.
* I set out with the constraint of writing a Valentine’s Day-themed song that wasn’t… too sappy.

Lyrics
I’ve got a red paper heart and I’m writing
Your name down on it
I’d give it to ya, but I’m afraid that
You’d disregard it

I saw you walking down by the water
I couldn’t take my eyes off of you
I had to know just what to call you
I couldn’t bear not to know

I’ve got a red paper heart and I’m writing
Your name down on it
I’d give it to ya, but I’m afraid that
You’d disregard it

I caught up to where you were walking
I didn’t know what to say
But you spoke first, ever so sweetly
You asked me, “What’s your name?”

I’ve got a red paper heart and I’m writing
Your name down on it
I’d give it to ya, but I’m afraid that
You’d disregard it

It’s okay to be a hopeless romantic
Falling in love can be a wee bit frantic
It’s okay to be a hopeless romantic
Falling in love can be a wee bit frantic

I’ve got a red paper heart and I’m writing
Your name down on it
I’d give it to ya, but I’m afraid that
You’d disregard it

I’ve got a red paper heart and I’m writing
Your name down on it
I’d give it to ya, but I’m afraid that
You’d disregard it

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