In previous posts about Christina Perri, I mentioned how daunting it would be to write about today’s featured song – Jar of Hearts. Now that time has come, and I must step up to the plate. This song is my favourite ballad post 2000. I consider it one of the greatest female songs I’ve ever heard. It is fitting Jar of Hearts inaugurates the songs with titles starting ‘J’ in the music project.
Typically, when I write about a song here, I’ll listen to it and write about my reflections during the course of the performance. But here I can’t do that. I’m left speechless with this song as I hear it and I can’t summon the words to write. Every line, every intonation of voice and melodic sequence is pure magic to my senses.
This song is like the original Rocky of Music. You can’t compare anything to the original Rocky movie and the same with this song. Perri has gone out on a limb and created one of the greatest ballads of all time, but you can tell it’s all through blood, sweat and tears. It’s not pretty – dumbed down, on the contrary, this is someone in the 15th round of music who has been felled and then risen up against all odds.
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’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?
I am still umming and ahhing about which version of Jar of Hearts to present here. There is the live version on the Today Show here (which reminded me of Springsteen’s My Hometown when he did something similar) and then there is the original video version which I’m not overly fond of because of the video depiction. There is also the 10th anniversary version that I like a lot, but I think I’ll go with audio and lyrics.
The song appeared on Perri’s debut studio album, Lovestrong (2011). Perri drew inspiration for the song from a real-life experience with a love interest who wanted to rekindle a broken relationship. Perri was unsigned at the time of the song release, which created a lot of discussion between critics who favored the song. The song charted on multiple charts in the United States at 17 and peaked at number 4 on the UK Singles Chart.
|The song is so vulnerable, but she was stomping on the piano in our lobby with her combat boots. She was so confident and poised — you could visualize her at Madison Square Garden|
|—Julie Greenwald, chairman and COO of Atlantic Records|
Think of this quote when you watch Christina Perri in Sao Paulo, Brazil singing Human or in Manchester singing Jar of Hearts. Then she gives a masterclass lesson in how to deliver a song just a few months ago with Back in Time.
1. Jar of Hearts – Wikipedia