Every day that I can hear a Charles Wesley Godwin Song I’ve never heard before is a good day in my book.
Today I heard “Whittled Heart” for the first time and I am absolutely obsessed.
Godwin posted a video of him singing this song back in August 2018, about half a year before his debut album Seneca was published.
I will admit that this song checks all my perfect song boxes and could easily become one of my favorite Godwin songs.
Godwin is a master at creating longing in his love songs. Songs like “Strawberry Queen” convey the lighter side of longing, while songs like “Half-hearted” show the closed, more difficult side.
“Whittled Heart” falls somewhere in the middle of those two, and listening to it along with those other two songs reveals some really interesting themes about hearts and love.
All three songs have the theme of giving even broken pieces of yourself to someone you want to love.
On “Strawberry Queen,” the singer gave the titular queen his heart in a box:
“So I wrapped a bow around my heart and put it in a cherry wood box
I asked her if she could take this box and make it good
She smiled and said she would, oh my strawberry queen…”
“Half a Heart” has a much, much darker take on giving your heart to someone, with the woman in the song asking the singer to be gentle when he inevitably hurts her:
“Because I only have half a heart to break
So be gentle if you let me down…”
“Whittled Heart” takes it a step further and sees the singer proclaim that he will give his partner everything. It takes the darker tone and mixes it with the idea of giving a part of you to someone you love.
“I’ll give you all of me.
My flesh and my bones
laid at your feet”
This singer’s heart is not perfect. It is rough around the edges, maybe some pieces have chipped off. But he still gives it to that other person because they can smooth it out.
His heart is not of gold or silver, but of a white oak. Their heart is malleable and has been shaped by their past, but this person is the future they can continue to shape.
It’s just a beautiful song that you absolutely must listen to right now.
And rumor has it he’ll be back in the studio soon…
Of course, if that rumor came from his wife Samantha… fingers crossed.
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