Sacred Heart

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"Sacred Heart"
60 Watt Silver Lining cover
Song by Mark Eitzel from the album 60 Watt Silver Lining
Released 1996
Format CS / CD
Length 3:57
Label Warner Bros. / Virgin Records (UK)
Writer(s) Mark Eitzel
Producer(s) Mark Eitzel
60 Watt Silver Lining track listing
  1. "No Easy Way Down"
  2. "Sacred Heart"
  3. "Always Turn Away"
  4. "Saved"
  5. "Cleopatra Jones"
  6. "When My Plane Finally Goes Down"
  7. "Mission Rock Resort"
  8. "Wild Sea"
  9. "Aspirin"
  10. "Some Bartenders Have The Gift Of Pardon"
  11. "Southend On Sea"
  12. "Everything Is Beautiful"

"Sacred Heart" is the 2nd song on Mark Eitzel's 3rd album, 1996’s 60 Watt Silver Lining. In 1998 Eitzel told Hearsay, "I walked into this church and they were playing a piece by Messiaen. It was in the Sacré-Cœur and I was like 'man, this is so cool'. It was on Maundy Saturday and it was really beautiful – it was packed, it was really dark and it was gorgeous. In any major city they'll be playing Messiaen. I had to namecheck him. I have a few of his records. It's really old-fashioned sounding now but it's just beautiful. I just have this one which is basically a series of masses: Quartet for the End of Time. I bought it for the title. I didn't know anything about it, but I knew it was Messiaen playing 'cause I've heard it before."[1]


Now I'm out walking on Saturday morning
without a direction, I'm a dime a dozen,
a worthless tourist - a walking target
with his eyes stuck on glue and paper
no roof to crawl under
but with a heart full of rain
a heart full of rain

Full as the clouds
my throwaway map should throw me away
and where does it take me
streets long since flooded
raindrops and heartbeats
though Noah doesn't want me
you won't let me drown

I don't need to see you
I just need to feel you
when we make love
feel you in the dark
feel you in the future
when we make love
Up in heaven do we make 'em burn up
or do they ignore us, bigger fish to fry
waiting with the others at the Sacré-Cœur
many different colors from all over the world
here in the City of Love
no one wants me here
but I remember
the sweet things we did together
when we made love

Saturday morning waiting with the others
listening to Messiaen waiting in the dark
at the Sacré-Cœur the future doesn't matter
nothing lasts but the dark
where we feel love
track me down and I'll give you
my pomegranate heart, my throwaway heart
track me down and stop me
I'm ripe enough for the terror
that lies at the center of my heart's desire

I'm always alone, I'm always alone
I'm always alone, I'm always alone
and I don't want to be always alone


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  1. Pete Pawsey (1998). "The Accidental Tourist". Hearsay Magazine. Retrieved June 16, 2017.