The Heart and The Mind

Oh, What to do

My Heart has a Mind of its own …

Not the original words it seems, now that I got curious and googled it.

And found a song with that line in it.

The song is too strong for someone like me, but still – the lyrics – by Howard Greenfield and Jack Keller go like:

People try and tell me that its crazy
You and I were never meant to be
I don’t believe they know,
and even if it’s so
I’m fallen anyway, no matter what they say.

A part of me is taking me by the hand
The world can’t see
Still they can’t understand
Why can’t they understand. . . .
My heart has a mind of its own
Right or wrong its gonna do
Only what it feels is true
I’ll follow it wherever it goes
Anywhere it leads me to
My heart has a mind, mind of its own.

Maybe we won’t always be together
Maybe this’ll last a thousand year
Ain’t nobody knows, and even if they did
It wouldn’t matter now
I’d love you anyhow.

My heart knows what I’m needing
My heart knows what I’m feeling
It knows me better than I know myself
My heart knows what I’m missin’
All I have to do is listen
And listen well. . . .


55 thoughts on “The Heart and The Mind

  1. B B Gupta says:

    Ok. I think you are being too kind to him, though he keeps coming heavy at you. Am I reading too much….


  2. B B Gupta says:

    This guys is —— [edited]. He is all over.


  3. Anu says:

    I like RS’s way of writing. Hope he/she keeps writing.


  4. RS says:

    There are situations in which the feeler and the thinker in a person certainly leave no room for each other. Namo is one of those. Since you are emphatically asking “Where?” I must be mistaken. I take back my words.

    Your second para in the comment above is management sophistry.

    Good Luck.


    • Wow. Management sophistry? You might like to browse Geert Hofstede’s work. More if either you are interested in debating or if you are open to exploring something before tagging it as sophistry. Thanks, and good luck to you, too!


  5. RS says:

    Thanks. How can a ‘feeling’ type go around drumming support for Namo. I guess we all are bundles of contradictions. Or, is it the Gujarat epidemic.


    • Wait. Are you saying that I DRUMMED support for a political person? Where?

      I also want to add, that theoretically, a feeler or a thinker is not exclusively so. That cannot be. It is determined on the basis of what one does more frequently, or more intensely. One person’s attitudes cannot be aggregated for the whole state and cultural studies reveal fascinating insights into cultures of regions. I am sure Gujarat has its peculiarities just as other regions have theirs.


  6. RS says:

    Can you please translate that in English?


    • 😦 I take it literally and try again:

      According to one of the dimensions of a personality test, people can be sorted into thinking vs. feeling type. I am a Feeling type. I received education in commerce, finance and management. That did not make me Einstein of management, but after years of incubation in that field, I believe I no longer get the streams of poetic lines in my mind.


  7. RS says:

    So was your poem, poem or song?


    • Nice! Someone finally focused on my poem! Well, I am all thumbs when it comes to music composition. It’s all wordy words. Wish it was like some gifted ones who can write poetry and compose music for it, too. In this case it never went beyond the fist line. The result of ‘educating’ a feeler to do rational thinking is that the society would not get a good thinker, but there would be one awkward feeler / an erstwhile feeler who’s now all numb.


  8. RS says:

    I like the song that BBG has shared. In this song music and visuals enhance the beauty of lyrics. In most songs music is used to hide the ugliness, or make up for the inadequacy, of words.


    • I agree that music enhances the beauty of the lyrics. The second part that you observe might be an artifact of the trend in which track is composed first and words are just fillers. The old trend is really old fashioned. But if you go to say Rabindrasangeet, the already moving words come alive with music. So in case of may old Hindi film songs, too.


  9. RS says:

    I see. Aamir will never take Namo as a subject for his show after what Namo did to his Fanaa.


  10. RS says:

    Does the serial have Namo in it?


  11. B B Gupta says:

    Would love you to write a new blog post on SJ.


  12. B B Gupta says:

    I am sorry I asked about SJ because I thought the artist in you may have a view on it. Wasn’t there a discussion on poems and songs in this post.


  13. B B Gupta says:

    What do you think of Satyamev Jayte


  14. Sadiqa says:

    A song is an ‘invalid’ poem on crutches.


  15. Anu says:

    My instintive reaction to Rahul’s comment is that business school teachers are not Teachers. They are business-trainers. While occasionally they do make right sounds about ethics and corporate governance, their primary goal is to train people to make money. For them (business school teachers) everything including ethics, sensitivity, love for justice etc. are weighed on the scale of material prosperity. For them religion is more important than God. They would happily kill an innocent for the larger good. In that sense Rahul is being unnecessarily harsh.


    • The definition of ‘business’ has expanded to public sector and even social service. Even in business, lesser stakeholders are likely to accept exploitation and short-changing. I would refrain from any generalization about what business education is about. Corruption and exploitation, colonialization and slavery flourished even when there was no formal business education.

      But I wonder why we need to discuss teachers and business education.
      The poem on which the comments are being made is about heart and mind. Rahul first brought in Namo (I do not know how and why) and then went over to cunning. Interesting acrobatics. He is certainly not a pro-logic person.


  16. Rahul says:

    God save that country where teachers put profit before justice. Different streams!!! What cunning.


  17. Rahul says:

    But you don’t have that problem. Those who support Namo are heartless.


  18. Anuradha says:

    I think so too. Somerset Maugham does make sense. I don’t know why did God create heart; if he had to break it all the time. Thanks.


    • Food for thought, Anuradha: If it got broken several times, there must have been repairs and rejuvenation in between, and there must have been tender, exulted moments before coming down..


  19. Anuradha Sanyal says:

    The first comment is a Somerset Maugham quote. Anyway, the exchange was interesting, although BP did not push his case logically. He should have asked if you would return a stranger’s love (for whom you have no feelings at all), for kindness’s sake, if you were not already committed. Your objection was on the grounds of previous commitment.


    • Anuradha, commitment or no commitment (committed status would make it easier to decide), these things require mutual desire. Kindness would be relevant in the matters of alms and charity, and not bonding and belongingness, even if it is for once-only encounter.


  20. Jayendra says:

    If I look at my heart…My Heart has a mind of its own, which ristricts me to show any emotions…


  21. Christina says:

    Yes John, those words are clever and, like all things clever, unreliable…..:)

    No but seriously what you said has a lot of depth.


  22. John Smith says:

    I had nothing in mind. I wrote that down because the words sounded clever.


  23. Christina says:

    John, That is very thought-provoking. Instinctively I tend to agree with you. I can understand what you mean.

    But a poem can be sung too. Right? I am joking. I am not that dumb. The sensual vs. the spiritual.


    • Hi Christina,

      In India we have a genre of poetry/songs of spiritual and deeply devotional nature. They are known as Bhajans. Many Bhajans are written by people without intentions of singing them, but they are later set to tunes. In fact, it appears that when sung, they have greater appeal. Same way with the Vedas. They should be sung and not read (through they are scriptures), many insist. But these are poetic scripts. So, to me, it appears that some poems can be and should be sung.


  24. John Smith says:

    It’s not a poem. It’s a song. A poem lights our path; a song leads us astray 🙂


  25. B B Gupta says:

    Very amusing, writer and BP doling their heart out through a very good poem. I find most posts on this blog worth reading and hope comments in future will also be similar in quality.


  26. First separate blog entry from the poem. I shared the poem not AS my opinion. Is it your interpretation of the the poem you wish to discuss?


  27. Bharat Patel says:

    That’s not true. People do manipulate language; they dissemble. Didn’t you say ‘Yes’ to the question in a clever way. A ‘No’ wouldn’t have needed so many words. But that is understandable. A direct ‘Yes’ would have opened doors to new hells and heavens.

    Going back to the song, love is about giving, not coveting.


  28. Bharat Patel says:

    It wasn’t a question to be answered. It was just some food for thought.

    If, however, one does treat it as a question to be answered then the answer that it deserves is ‘Yes’. (May be you meant ‘Yes’ but you could not write that in English. The question may not ‘hover over just man to woman relationships’ but it certainly cannot ignore them.)

    Otherwise the song that you reproduced is not about ‘love’, it’s about ‘need’.


  29. Bharat Patel says:

    So here is some food for thought for you:

    Would you sleep with a man after finding out that he loved you intensely but you had no feelings for him? For his sake. For kindness’s sake.


    • For the heart to have its own mind it need not hover on just man to woman relationship in the way you describe. Highly committed, altruistic and people who are in their phase of generativity and giving back do many things because they see themselves as morally responsible for some one else, their well-being and outcomes that are important to their wards.

      Once that responsibility is acknowledged and commitment made, one might do things that often are for them, yet not necessarily prompted out of kindness. There can be fellow-feeling, for example. But for observing that one must define the ways of heart in a broader, human perspective not narrowed by one’s gender and not by a particular drive.


  30. Bharat Patel says:

    It’s the loving that’s the important thing, not being loved. One’s not even grateful to the people who love one; if one doesn’t love them, they only bore one.

    Would anyone return someone’s love just out of kindness?


    • I tend to agree more readily with the first half of your opening sentence than the latter, but it’s the (ruthless?) honesty of the second one that I appreciate. Although you have been very objective in using ‘one’ I believe it’s an opinion and it takes guts to say that source of love that one cannot requite is boring. Yeah, heart does have a mind of its own!


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