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Heart Of Glass
Song

Heart Of Glass

Blondie
Album:
Parallel Lines

Song Meaning and Background of Heart of Glass by Blondie

"Heart of Glass" is a song by the American band Blondie, written by singer Debbie Harry and guitarist Chris Stein and was featured on their third studio album, Parallel Lines. Released as the album's third single in 197, it reached number one on the charts in the United States and the United Kingdom and other countries.


Debbie Harry and Chris Stein wrote an early version of "Heart of Glass", called "Once I Had a Love", in 1974–75. This earlier version was initially recorded as a demo in 1975. The song had a slower, funkier sound with a basic disco beat.


The song was re-recorded in a second demo with the same title in 1978, when the song was made a bit more pop-oriented.


Harry said that "'Heart of Glass' was one of the first songs Blondie wrote, but it was years before we recorded it properly. We'd tried it as a ballad, as reggae, but it never quite worked", and that "the lyrics weren't about anyone. They were just a plaintive moan about lost love."


It was only when the band met with producer Mike Chapman to start work on Parallel Lines that Harry recalled Chapman "asked us to play all the songs we had. At the end, he said: 'Have you got anything else?' We sheepishly said: 'Well, there is this old one.' He liked it – he thought it was fascinating and started to pull it into focus."


Exactly who decided to give the song a more pronounced disco vibe is subject to differing recollections. On some occasions, the producer Mike Chapman has stated that he convinced Harry and Stein to give the song a disco twist. On other occasions, Chapman has credited Harry with the idea. As a band, Blondie had experimented with disco before.


In an NME interview published in 1978, Debbie Harry expressed her attraction for the disco music of Giorgio Moroder, stating that "It's commercial, but it's good, it says something... that's the kind of stuff that I want to do".


The song was ultimately given the disco orientation that made the song one of the best-known Blondie recordings.


Lyrics of Heart of Glass by Blondie

 

Once I had a love and it was a gas

Soon turned out had a heart of glass

Seemed like the real thing, only to find

Mucho mistrust, love's gone behind

 

Once I had a love and it was divine

Soon found out I was losing my mind

It seemed like the real thing but I was so blind

Mucho mistrust, love's gone behind

 

In between

What I find is pleasing and I'm feeling fine

Love is so confusing there's no peace of mind

If I fear I'm losing you it's just no good

You teasing like you do

 

Once I had a love and it was a gas

Soon turned out had a heart of glass

Seemed like the real thing, only to find

Mucho mistrust, love's gone behind

 

Lost inside

Adorable illusion and I cannot hide

I'm the one you're using, please don't push me aside

We could've made it cruising, yeah

 

Yeah, riding high on love's true bluish light

 

Once I had a love and it was a gas

[album version:] Soon turned out to be a pain in the ass

[radio version:] Soon turned out I had a heart of glass

Seemed like the real thing only to find

Mucho mistrust, love's gone behind

 

[radio version additional verse:]

In between

What I find is pleasing and I'm feeling fine

Love is so confusing there's no peace of mind

If I fear I'm losing you it's just no good

You teasing like you do

Release Date

1979

Songwriter/s

Debbie Harry, Chris Stein

Producer/s

Mike Chapman

Label/s

Chrysalis

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