Half of My Heart (4:10)

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From Battle Studies and 5 other releases

“Half of My Heart,” a collaboration with Taylor Swift. The pair team up for a nice piece of Fleetwood Mac-inspired pop in which Mayer sings, “Half of my heart is a shotgun wedding to a bride with a paper ring, but half of the heart is the part of a man who hasn’t truly loved anything.

”If the track has a flaw, it’s that Swift’s appearance is, well, too swift. This weekend’s Saturday Night Live host and musical guest doesn’t pop up until the 2:45 mark, where she delivers the line, “I can’t stop loving you” twice before again receding to the background, only to appear again for some last-second harmonizing before the fadeout.

Even with the lack of Swift, the track will no doubt be in constant rotation for fans of Mayer, Taylor and Rumours.Half of My Heart,” track three on Battle Studies, appears on the brighter side of Mayer’s new LP, as the guitarist recently told Rolling Stone, “The record starts out sort of like the sun is out, then it gets darker. And then the sun comes back out at the end.”
“Half” also seems to avoid all the combat metaphors featured on Studies. “I was loving the war theme, the battle theme. The militaristic, vulgar, violent side of a relationship on the down slope,” Mayer told RS.

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