“State Of The Heart” is a song recorded by Australian rock group Mondo Rock and released in October 1980 as the lead single from the band’s second studio album, Chemistry (1981). The song peaked at number 6 on the Australian Kent Music Report. The song was written by Mondo Rock’s guitarist Eric McCusker.
The song was featured in the 2016 movie, Lion starring Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman.
In 1980 writer Eric McCusker was signed with Warner Chappell to write songs to sell to other people. He joined Mondo Rock the same year but didn’t think they’d be interested in the song. In 2015 he explained “I didn’t think Mondo Rock would be interested in a ballad, we were playing fairly full on rockier stuff. Then I played the band the demos and they were like … what’s the matter? You keeping your best songs for other people?”
McCusker added “The solo is pretty much a restating of the melody of the verses with a bit extra. Then Ross did the falsetto singing over the top of it. So the concept of not having a middle where it gets big and fills up, it sort of emptied out and took the emphasis to the bottom end with the bass playing. I thought it was a really interesting thing and then Rick Springfield recorded that song and got completely rid of that and wrote a vocal bridge for it … it was like … coward. Made me some money though so that was good!”.