Harbor Lights
Engelbert Humperdinck Lyrics


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I saw the harbor lights
They only told me we were parting
The same old harbor lights that once brought you to me
I watched the harbor lights
How could I help if tears were starting
Goodbye to tender nights beside the silv'ry sea

I long to hold you near and kiss you just once more
But you were on the ship and I was on the shore

Now I know lonely nights
For all the while my heart is whisp'ring
Some other harbor lights will steal your love from me

I long to hold you near and kiss you just once more
But you were on the ship and I was on the shore

Now I know lonely nights




For all the while my heart is whisp'ring
Some other harbor lights will steal your love from me

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Engelbert Humperdinck's "Harbor Lights" convey heartbreak and the sorrow of parting ways. The song speaks of watching the harbor lights as a symbol of a lost love, with the same lights that once brought the two lovers together now serving as a reminder of their parting. The singer expresses their deep longing to hold and kiss their beloved one last time before they depart on a ship, leaving the singer alone on the shore. But now, the singer feels only loneliness and the fear that the harbor lights will bring someone else to take the place of their lost love, stealing them away forever.


The song's melancholic tone is emphasized by its slow and steady pace, with Engelbert Humperdinck's expressive vocals adding depth to the lyrics. The recurring theme of harbor lights is a poignant reminder of how places and things that were once imbued with love and romance can come to symbolize heartache and longing. The song also reminds us of the pain of separation, as the singer is left alone with only memories and the hope that their love will one day return.


Line by Line Meaning

I saw the harbor lights
I saw the lights of the harbor


They only told me we were parting
The lights only reminded me that we were separating


The same old harbor lights that once brought you to me
The lights that used to guide you to me are the same lights I am seeing now


I watched the harbor lights
I observed the harbor lights


How could I help if tears were starting
It was natural for tears to start in that situation


Goodbye to tender nights beside the silv'ry sea
I must bid farewell to the gentle nights we spent by the shimmering sea


I long to hold you near and kiss you just once more
I yearn to embrace you closely and give you one more kiss


But you were on the ship and I was on the shore
Unfortunately, you were on the ship sailing away while I was standing on the shore


Now I know lonely nights
I am becoming familiar with lonely nights


For all the while my heart is whisp'ring
My heart keeps telling me


Some other harbor lights will steal your love from me
I fear that different harbor lights will steal your love away from me




Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Hugh Williams, Jimmy Kennedy

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JORGE ALEJANDRO GIRARDI TOLEDO

Fantástica versión de Engelbert Humperdick 🇬🇧 de clásica Canción de The Platters...👏👏👏👏👌

Bennie Wright

Wonderful voice and so much talent; the greatest romantic singer in the world Sir Engelbert; love to you Sir.Bennie

Ellen R.

This was my father's favourite song and now is mine.

Toywithme

i think this is the BESt version of this song!

Neuza Martins

Bonita voz e bom gosto.

Lena Barcena

He is the most best singer of the sixty and this year thats for sure I saw him in October he was eighty two and great

Francisca Paule

Memorable song of Enge in their old house where he was born !!

Perus Byman

Good version of this 1930's song of  Frances Langford (1937). But the greatest version is  the finnish (also 1937, early birds) Dallapé, Harmony sisters (a fixture in Scandinavian popular music from late 1930's to early 1960's). Look for Dallapé Sataman.

Errol Woods

Fantastic version of The Platters song..

Trevor Morris

++Neuza Martins
Frances Langford recorded this in1937. Hardly The Platters' song although they did, right enough, record it later, in the 50's or 60's.

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