"Brain & Heart" sometimes stylized as "Brain and Heart" is the third track by Melanie Martinez that is featured on her fourth extended play, After School.


Background

On July 15th, 2020, during a Zoom meeting, when someone asked Melanie about her favorite lyrics on the EP, she stated that this song was her favorite.[1]

During a Q&A on July 24th, 2020, on Instagram, she revealed that the song is about "the connection between your head and your heart" and that it is a "love song between them and how they need each other."[2]

Theme

"Brain & Heart" is about the importance of being balanced in your decision making. Using an equal amount of logic & emotion. (Temperance Energy)[3]

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Help me when I'm at a loss for words
Bring up all my memories
Folder please, in the temporal lobe
False loving, when I was illogical
Didn't know they held each others' hands 'cause they made one whole
Brain stem yells "Temperature, arise now"
Sweat raindrops down my silky flesh
Buttering up my consciousness
C-C-Cook now; ability to sleep sound
Throughout the star; times an illusion
If you just remove it

[Chorus]
When did humans start to separate
Brain and heart as if they could stay alive alone?
Flip it around the other way
If they were apart and you had no 'power-start'
or no database, only a shell remains
What fun is it to be so calculated
Or be taken advantage of 'cause your heart's too trusting?
Silent expressed, push my head into my chest
Bind them up, forever wed
"Don't drift too far," they said

[Verse 2]
Help me when I'm too detached and cold
Give me the vitality that I need to trust love more
Blood to the water, neither can fuel us alone
Fervency in my arteries; passion bloomin' through my bones
Heart strings trigger emotions, dreams
Agape loves a journey, red rivers connect all of me
B-b-beat steadfast, don't you disappoint me
Sometimes I think you're all I need
Wise beyond belief

[Chorus]
When did humans start to separate
Brain and heart as if they could stay alive alone?
Flip it around the other way
If they were apart and you had no 'power-start'
or no database, only a shell remains
What fun is it to be so calculated
Or be taken advantage of 'cause your heart's too trusting?
Silent expressed, push my head into my chest
Bind them up, forever wed
"Don't drift too far," they said

Videos

Trivia

  • This song samples "If You Had My Love" by Jennifer Lopez.
  • Out of all of Melanie's songs, this song is tied with "Pity Party" for having the most writers.
    • This is because the writers of Jennifer Lopez's "If You Had My Love" were also credited.
  • Melanie wrote this song during a travel to Hawaii in February of 2019.
  • According to Melanie, this is her favorite song on the EP lyrically.
  • This song and "Test Me" are the only non-explicit songs on After School.
  • The official instrumental leaked on December 8th, 2020.

References

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Featured Tracks NotebookTest MeBrain & HeartNumbersGluedField TripThe Bakery
Cut Songs Copy Cat (ft. Tierra Whack)Fire DrillHistory
Producers Blake SlatkinMelanie Martinez (exec.)Michael Keenan
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