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Ben Howard – Keep Your Head Up lyrics
I spent my time, watching
The spaces that have grown between us.
And I cut my mind on second best,
Oh the scars that come with the greenness.
And I gave my eyes to the boredom,
Still the seabed wouldn't let me in.
And I try my best to embrace the darkness
In which I swim.

Now walking back, down this mountain,
The strength of a turnin' tide.
Oh the wind so soft, at my skin,
Yeah the sun so hot upon my side.
Oh lookin' out at this happiness
I searched for between the sheets,
Oh feelin' blind, to realize,
All I was searchin' for... Was me.
Oh oh-oh, all I was searchin' for was me.

Oh yeah, keep your head up, keep your heart strong.
No, no, no, no, keep your mind set, keep your hair long.
Oh my, my darlin', keep your head up, keep your heart strong.
Na, oh, no, no, keep your mind set in your ways.
Keep your heart strong.

Now I saw a friend of mine, the other day,
And he told me that my eyes were gleamin'.
Oh I said I'd been away, and he knew...
Oh he knew the depths I was meanin'
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And it felt so good to see his face,
All the comfort invested in my soul,
Oh to feel the warmth, of his smile,
When he said, 'I'm happy to have you home. '
Oh oh-oh, I'm happy to have you home.

Oh yeah, keep your head up, keep your heart strong.
No, no, no, no, keep your mind set, keep your hair long.
Oh my, my darlin', keep your head up, keep your heart strong.
No, no, no, no, keep your mind set in your ways.
Well keep your heart strong.

'Cause I'll always remember you the same.
Oh eyes like wildflowers, oh with your demons of change.

(Keep your head up)
(Keep your heart strong)
(Keep your head up)
(Keep your heart strong) May you find happiness here.
(Keep your head up)
(Keep your heart strong)
(Keep your head up)
(Keep your heart strong) May all your hopes all turn out right.

Keep your head up, keep your heart strong.
No, no, no, no, keep your mind set, keep your hair long.
Oh my, my darlin', keep your head up, keep your heart strong.
No, no, no, no, keep your mind set in your ways.
Keep your heart strong.

'Cause I'll always remember you the same.
Oh eyes like wildflowers, oh with your demons of change.
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    Change vs Not Changing.
    Growing apart from people.
    And or Growing apart from yourself having been/being so invested mentally, emotionally, physically or all of the above as well as investing time into Someone, Something or a Relationship. The trials, time & energy, bumps in the road, rough patches, of trying (climbing a mountain) versus getting there just to, when all said & done, turn around (turn in the tide) and walk back down the mountain (which is much easier than climbing up, perhaps even, to a degree, finding relief in it. Even tho it seemed possibly wasted or for nothing since to just go back to where started at in first place. Or from before. It still seems he's having some sort of eye opener, and feeling comforted (wind so soft on my skin, sun warm upon my side) in the conclusions/resolutions he's found, he thought he'd be happy doing what he done before, to see that it was himself, his old self or previous self or just true self, and being good enough for himself, he was really needing when he'd been looking to other things before instead. He probably felt helpless & hopeless at certain points, then is reminding to stay strong even in difficult dark times and/or through life's changes, to not lose faith and stay true to who you are. Not letting things get the better of you, keep your mind set in your own ways.
    Having been away, was reflective of where he'd been that was contrary to his true self and wants and values, neglected himself and what he really needed and had changed in uncomforting ways, then seeing an old friend that had faith in him and knew who he was, and therefore believed in him as a person. To rise above and come back stronger after having hit rock bottom so to speak (id said id been away, oh and he knew the depths I was meaning) how far low you can go negatively and fall/hit bottom before turning your steps around for the positive. : I'm happy to have you home. " Asin back to his roots, his old true self. He knew he was strong enough and happy, proud he did it and was back. A real positive overall better change back to/For the Good. Stay strong, don't lose hope no matter how difficult or far off it seems, youll make it through, keep ur heart strong, mind set in your ways, don't lose touch with who you really are and feel and everything you stand for. Keep ur hair long, don't let circumstances, people or things have a negative impact on you to where your drastically changed from because what makes you makes you. Keep yourself.
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    For me what this song talks about is a guy who has lost the girl he loved and he is searching for reasons why he lost her, but keeps coming back to reality and telling himself to keep strong but then again starts to dream of the days there were together searching for when things changed and what he should have done to hold on to her. The lyrics "Oh eyes like wildflowers, oh with your demons of change" this to me is saying how beuitful her eyes are then he sees the doubt about the relationship in her eyes and almost sees she does not love him anymore. I just think its a song about love and the trasition to the end of relationship which he did not want to end.
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    For me, its about a guy who misses someone he loves so much that it affected him negatively. He was trying to look for answers why they cannot make it right again only to find out he was weak. So he was telling or giving advices base on what he realised to the person he loves to start being strong. No matter how its going to be even if they will stay together or not she gotta not lose herself bec. He will always adore her/love her, will remember her the same. He hope that they will both stay the same and feel the same, actually. Bec change cqn be bad sometimes. Also he realised that he missed someone so much that when he saw a friend smiled at him he felt better again and then he started singing the chrous again to stay strong n never lose hope.
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    I always associated keep your hair long with Samson in the Bible who when he kept his hair long was really strong but when he cut it off he got weak. I think he's trying to say you should stay strong and not just give up and cut your hair off, a.k.a. lose your strength.
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    Absolutely this is about love lost and not finding it with anyone else. "oh i said i had been away" is that place we go when we are sad after losing love and ourselves for awhile. The song is about the hope you need to keep searching for and waiting for. I love the line "oh eyes like wildflowers". Such a beautifully vivid image of the colors of one's eyes. I can fully envision this in my lover's green eyes. Such a beautiful song and talented artist.
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