Heart Shaped Glasses

Album: Eat Me, Drink Me (2007)
Charted: 19
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Songfacts®:

  • According to Spin magazine (June 2007), this song is about Manson and his girlfriend at the time, the actress Evan Rachel Wood, who was 19 (he was 38). She told him she would die for him and they could die together.

    Manson started dating Wood in 2006 as he was going through a divorce from Dita Von Teese. Manson and Wood were together off and on for the next few years, and in early 2010, they got engaged. By the end of the year, they had called off the engagement and split up. Wood later claimed he abused her during their time together.
  • Heart-shaped glasses are a trademark accessory of Lolita, the title character in Vladimir Nabokov's 1955 novel. In the book, the 12-year-old Lolita enters into a sexual relationship with her middle-aged stepfather (Humbert Humbert), who is the narrator. He paints Lolita as a seductress bent on manipulating him.

    In the modern lexicon, a Lolita is a young girl who uses her charms to attract older men. That's how Marilyn Manson is portraying Evan Rachel Wood in this song.

    According to Manson, one day Wood wore heart-shaped glasses as a joke in reference to the stereotype. "People think that because she's younger than me, there's a bit of a Lolita relationship there, and we thought that was very amusing," he said. "She has the same sense of humor as me, so she wore those glasses. When I saw her wearing them, I was telling her how I felt about her and I said, 'If you break my heart, I'll break your glasses.' I meant it in an almost violent way, but also in a romantic way."

    "A lot of the record is very much inspired by her," he added. "I saw her as my twin, and I saw a lot of myself in her."
  • Evan Rachel Wood stars in the video, where she wears heart-shaped glasses while watching Manson perform on stage. This footage is intercut with steamy sex scenes between the couple. "I made a short film that really represented this very over-the-top, Bonnie And Clyde, Rebel Without A Cause, The Hunger sort of romance that I feel like I'm in right now," Manson said at the time.

    In the 2022 documentary Phoenix Rising, Wood claimed the sex was real, but without her consent. "I didn't know how to advocate for myself or know how to say no because I had been conditioned and trained to never talk back - to just soldier through." she said.

    Manson's attorney issued a statement denying the allegations. "Evan was not only fully coherent and engaged during the three-day shoot but also heavily involved in weeks of pre-production planning and days of post-production editing of the final cut," he wrote.
  • "Heart-Shaped Glasses" was the first single from Manson's sixth album, Eat Me, Drink Me. It got a fair amount of airplay on Modern Rock radio and charted on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks and Mainstream Rock charts.
  • This is not the only song influenced by the novel Lolita. Lana Del Rey's "Off To The Races" is one example, and the book is referenced in the lyrics to "Don't Stand So Close To Me" by The Police and "To The Key Of Evergreen" by The Devil Wears Prada.

Comments: 15

  • Dan Gillespy from Courtenay BcIt kind of has a new wave influence in the song.
  • NabokovClearyl a refrence to the highly controversial novel "Lolita" by "Vladimir Nabokov" were an adult man has an affair with an underaged girl.
  • John Doe from CaliI bet Brian regrets writing this song now (along with Evidence and literally any other love song he wrote about Evan Rachel Wood)
  • Michael S from Elkridge, MdThink simple, know the line "you wouldn't hit a ___ with glasses would ya?" Well...

    "Don't break my heart and I won't break your heart shaped glasses !" But that's not meant as a power-trip tough guy sort of way, breaking his heart would cause an anrgry loss of control in a psychological breakdown kind of way.

    Need help believing something like that would be implied, watch the 'Running to the Edge of the Earth' video near the end.
  • Lisa from Toronto, OnThis is a song loosely based on the film version of Nabokov's Lolita.
    On the movie poster it has Lolita wearing heart shaped glasses, and I think she's wearing them the first time Humbert sees her. It represents youth and innocence that becomes tainted with lust.
  • Amanda from Dahlonega, GaI read in a magazine article by Evan Rachel Wood that it refers to the first time he saw her she was actually wearing heart shaped glasses
  • Lin Lin from Pinson, AlI thinck the glasses refer to how some one can be blinded by love and not see things the way they really are. it was written for evan- who has alraedy broke his heart and resulted in the High End of Low album-who just saw a man who she thought was different so she dated him to be a rebel- but i think he's a little more complicated then that.
  • Jo from Chester, United KingdomThis song is his promise to evan. She declared her love for him, but she was soo young he didnt belive it to be true and so he said that as long as she didnt break his heart then he wouldnt break her heart shaped glasses. He has v big security isssues, and hates becoming close to peopleas he think they will always leave him, this make it hard for him to accpet her love.
  • Charles Dodgson from Los Angeles, CaThis song is mainly about how Evan made Manson feel as he compares her to his past girlfriends. There was a girl in school with Manson and it was during his self-harming phase. He bled on her dress and she demanded a recompense of one kiss. In the second verse Manson compares Evan to "the one who cut up the negatives of my life". By this he is referring to ex-girlfriend Rose McGowan, who cut up his photos i.e. the negatives of his life.
  • Maria Isabel from New London, Cterik from brownwood, TX: He took her virginity. That's what that means.
  • Maria Isabel from New London, CtLast I heard, the term "heart-shaped glasses" refers to how when you first meet someone, they seem perfect, because you haven't seen their ugly side yet. I think when Manson says, "Don't break my heart, and I won't break your heart-shaped glasses" he's trying to tell the girl that he'll remain perfect for her as long as she loves him.
  • Jezus from Mobile, Althis song is way too emo to be considered marilyn manson
  • Kalevi from Helsinki, FinlandEveryone who thinks this song is anything original should check out Let's go to Bed by The Cure first. And that's the case with most of
    Mansonitis I hear.
  • Luke from San Dimas, CaI think this song somewhat revolves around the 1950's novel Lolita written buy that haggard looking Russian guy who was pimping everyone hardcore in the seventies. Seriously. What a badass.
  • Erik from Brownwood , Txheart shaped glasses is the best manson song ever written and it does make sense but what did they do with her dress??lol
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