Heart Is A Drum
By: Beck Hansen

Written by: Beck Hansen

  1. Heart Is A Drum (4:31)
    Available on Morning Phase.
    Stanley Clarke: Bass (Electric)
    Roger Joseph Manning Jr.: Clavinet, Piano, Piano (Fender Rhodes), Vocals (Background)
    Joey Waronker: Drums, Percussion
    Beck Hansen: Guitar (Acoustic), Piano, Producer, Sounds, Vocals, Vocals (Background)
    Ben Baptie: Mix
    Tom Elmhirst: Mix
Heart Is A Drum [Version (a)]:

Free as a driving wheel
Circling around your iron will
See only what you feel
Keeps you turning when you're standing still
You try to run from trouble when it comes
You follow the drum keeping time with everyone

High as the light of day
You're falling down across your lost highway
Why does it hurt this way
To come so far to find they've closed the gates?
You've lost your tongue when you fall from the pendulum
Your heart is a drum keeping time with everyone

Everyone hear the drum from the undertow
Need to find someone to show me how to play it slow
And just let it go

Your eyes get stung by the rays of the sinking sun
You follow the drum keeping time with everyone

Going beat beat beat, it's beating me down
Beat beat beat beat, it's beating me down
Day after day, it's turning around
'Til all my days are drowning out
The Song:

"Heart Is A Drum" can be found on Beck's 2014 album, Morning Phase.


Played live 51 times:
Earliest known live version: June 19, 2014
Latest known live version: September 24, 2016

Beck did not play "Heart Is A Drum" on his first leg of the Morning Phase tour, but it appeared on the second leg and was played mostly regularly from then on (31 of the remaining 46 shows). The leisurely flow and atmospheric sound collage of the recording are difficult to recreate on stage, and while they attempted it, the song felt different just by being a live performance.