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Lyric of the Week: PRECIOUS HEART

A heart like hers is hard to find

Until you do, you can lose your mind

A heart like hers is easy to break

So good care of her you gotta take

Ooh yeah, she’s got a heart of gold

She’s so special, she can’t be bought or sold

Ooh yeah, she’s got a heart of glass

Crystal clear, with style and class


Oh, she’s got a precious heart

A precious heart, so fragile and pure

Ooh, she’s got a precious heart

A heart so precious, to protect and insure

She’s got a precious heart.


A precious heart is like a precious stone

So priceless, you can’t just leave it alone

A precious heart is with a precious few

Consider yourself honored if one is offered to you

Ooh yeah, she’s got a heart of flesh

No stone for her, but a spirit fresh

Ooh yeah, she’s got a heart of oak

Stout and sturdy, and won’t be provoked


Oh, she’s got a precious heart

She’ll push right back when push comes to shove

Ooh, she’s got a precious heart

Tough when needed, but tender with love

She’s got a precious heart.


And when the clouds of war darken the air

Her precious heart shines through and reminds me she’s there

Her firm resolve stands strong and true

When I feel lost she’ll show me what I need to do

Ooh yeah, she’s got a heart of steel

An iron will and an even keel

Ooh yeah, she’s got a heart of light

To chase away the darkness of encroaching night


Oh, she’s got a precious heart

More precious than any metal or stone

Ooh, she’s got a precious heart

And she saves a place in it for me alone

She’s got a precious heart.


©2023 The Hesh Inc.

Cheryl & Heshy at SSCM
Ooh, she’s got a precious heart / and she saves a place in it for me alone.

I started writing this in the mid-1980s during my army service in Israel, thinking of no one in particular but wanting to write a song in the vein of "Live it Up" by Mental As Anything from the Crocodile Dundee soundtrack, which was all over the radio at some point during that era. I also imagined there would be some elements of John Cafferty's "Down on My Knees" (from the Eddie and the Cruisers soundtrack) and Van Halen's "Dance the Night Away" ... like an '80s time capsule. In the summer of 2022, in the wake of my father's passing, I began to sense my own mortality looming ahead, and, feeling like I didn't want to leave anything unfinished when my inevitable time comes, I began revisiting all my old songs that had been languishing in my notebooks. When I came to this one roughly about a year later, I realized I wanted to make it about my beloved wife, Cheryl, for whom (believe it or not) I had not written a song the entire time we've been together.


The last verse came about in October 2023, in the days after the horrible Hamas terror attack on Israel. I was feeling lost, and that my creative endeavors that I had hitherto been working on now seemed pointless. It was Cheryl who reminded me that I needed to keep working on my music. And I realized that it is these very things that keep me sane and stable in an increasingly insane and unstable world.


So ... to Cheryl I say ... here is your song. With love.

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