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"The Heart of the Matter" is a cover performed by Ariana Grande. Ariana did this song a cappella. It was released on Ariana's YouTube channel on November 9, 2013. The song is originally by Don Henley, who released it in 1989. India Arie released a version in 2006, which she put on her third album. This is most likely the version that Ariana covered as she didn't put the artist's name in the description. This is the third song in Ariana's series Lullaby Friday (in the title it had the hashtag #LullabyFriday).

Lyrics Edit

I got the call today, I didn't wanna hear
But I knew that it would come
An old true friend of ours was talkin' on the phone
She said you found someone

And I thought of all the bad luck and all the struggles we went through
How I lost me and you lost you
What are all these voices outside love's open door
Make us throw off our contentment and beg for something more

I've been learning to live without you now
But I miss you sometimes
The more I know, the less I understand
All the things I thought I knew, I'm learning them again

I've been tryin' to get down to the heart of the matter
But my will gets weak and my thoughts seem to scatter
But I think it's about forgiveness, forgiveness
Even if, even if you don't love me anymore

These times are so uncertain, there's a yearning undefined
And people filled with rage
We all need a little tenderness, how can love survive
In such a graceless age

And the trust and self-assurance that lead to happiness
Are the very things we kill, I guess
Pride and competition cannot fill these empty arms
And the work they put between us, you know it doesn't keep us warm

I've been trying to live without you now
But I miss you, baby
The more I know, the less I understand
And all the things I thought I'd figured out, I have to learn again

I've been tryin' to get down to the heart of the matter
But my will gets weak and my heart is so shattered
But I think it's about forgiveness, forgiveness
Even if, even if you don't love me anymore

All the people in your life who've come and gone
They let you down, you know they hurt your pride
Gotta put it all behind you 'cause life goes on
You keep carryin' that anger, it'll eat you up inside

I wanna be happily ever after
And my heart is so shattered
But I know it's about forgiveness, forgiveness
Even if, even if you don't love me anymore

I've been tryin' to get down to the heart of the matter
Because the flesh gets weak and the ashes will scatter
So I'm thinkin' about forgiveness, forgiveness
Even if you don't love me anymore
Even if you don't love me anymore

References Edit

Covers

ABCBaby It's Cold OutsideBe AlrightBeauty and the BeastBorn This Way/Express YourselfCalifornia Gurls / Tik TokChestnutsDiamonds Are A Girls Best FriendDie in Your ArmsDon't Dream It's OverDon't You (Forget About Me)EmotionsGimme Some Lovin'Girls Just Want To Have FunGrenadeHave Yourself A Merry Little ChristmasHide And SeekI Believe In You And MeI Have NothingI Want You BackI'm Every WomanIf I Ain't Got YouIf I Were A BoyJust For NowListenLove The Way You LieO Holy NightOnly Girl (In the World)Pink + WhitePrivate PartyReflectionRolling In The DeepSexual HealingSleigh RideSomewhere Over The RainbowSuddenly FrankieTake CareTeenage DreamThe Heart of the MatterThere's HopeViennaWhere Is The Love?Where The Boys AreWhitney Houston MedleyZero to Hero