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Christina Perri, without her Jar of Hearts.

Christina Judith Perri (born August 19, 1986) is an American singer-songwriter and musician from Philadelphia. She's been performing since 2009.

Her song "Jar of Hearts" charted in the United States after it was featured on the Fox television show So You Think You Can Dance in 2010. Rolling Stone named her the "Band of the Week" on October 26, 2010. In 2011, "Jar of Hearts" was featured on the shows Glee (season 2, episode 20 "Prom Queen") and Switched at Birth (season 1, episode 4 "Dance Amongst Daggers"). One of her songs, "A Thousand Years", has been in the Twilight saga movie Breaking Dawn.


  • The Ocean Way Sessions EP (2010)
  • lovestrong. (2011)
  • Head or Heart (2014)
  • A Lighter Shade of Blue (2022)

Collecting your jar of tropes:

  • Break Up Song: "Jar of Hearts" is about a person who wants to rekindle a broken relationship
    And who do you think you are
    Running 'round leaving scars
    Collecting your jar of hearts
    And tearing love apart
  • Dancing with Myself: Mentioned in the chorus of "The Lonely". The singer is dancing alone.
    Dancing slowly in an empty room
    Can The Lonely take the place of you?
  • Hope Springs Eternal: The main theme of "I Believe", learning how to keep looking forward even in the face of crushing dread, doubt, and loneliness.
    I believe that tomorrow is stronger than yesterday
    and I believe that your head is the only thing in your way
    I wish that you could see
    your scars turned into beauty
    I believe that today, it's okay to be not okay
  • Lonely Piano Piece: "The Lonely" is entirely about this. It's just Christina and her piano singing about how all she has is the loneliness. Possibly subverted since the song is actually about her being in a relationship with loneliness.
  • Love Martyr: "Human" seems to be from the perspective of one who finally reached her breaking point, lamenting that even if she can be a Stepford Smiler and hold the weight of the world for the target of the song that she is still human and isn't infallible even when built up.
    I can hold my breath
    I can bite my tongue
    I can stay awake for days
    If that's what you want
    Be your number one
  • Stepford Smiler: The perspective character of "Human", who is more than willing to become this for the target of the song.
    I can fake a smile
    I can force a laugh
    I can dance and play the part
    If that's what you ask
    Give you all I am