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This was inspired by the 1982 movie E.T., about an alien who comes to Earth and tries to return home. When E.T. (Extra Terrestrial) flies, his heart glows, which is the "heartlight." Diamond says he was trying to create "a simple musical statement that we all felt very sincerely." (thanks, Jay - Glen Burnie, MD)
Diamond wrote this with Carole Bayer Sager and Burt Bacharach, who were married at the time. The songwriters attended a screening of the movie together, then went to Sager and Bacharach's apartment and wrote the song. Diamond called it "A simple musical statement that we all felt very sincerely."
Around the same time, Kenny Loggins also released a song called "Heartlight
," which was inspired by a school of that name in Los Angeles.
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