Don't Forget Me
Harry Nilsson Lyrics


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In the wintertime
Keep your feet warm
But keep your clothes on and don't forget me
Keep the memories
But keep your powder dry, too

In the summer
By the pool side
While the fireflies are all around you
I'll miss you when I'm lonely
I'll miss the alimony, too

Don't forget me, don't forget me
Make it easy on me just for a little while
You know I'll think about you
Let me know you'll think about me, too

And when we're older
And full of cancer
It doesn't matter now, come on, get happy
'Cause nothing lasts forever
But I will always love you

Don't forget me
Please don't forget me
Make it easy on me just for a little while




You know I'll think about you
Let me know you think about me, too

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Harry Nilsson’s “Don’t Forget Me” convey a message about the acceptance of mortality and the desire for a remembered legacy even in the face of inevitable death. The song can be interpreted as a plea for remembrance and a need for a lasting presence. The lyrics also highlight the different seasons in life and the importance of holding onto the memories and moments that define them. The song starts by urging the listener to stay warm in the winter and remember the singer even if they are enjoying by the poolside during summers.


The phrases “Don’t forget me” and “Make it easy on me just for a little while” are repeated throughout the song, which suggests a sense of urgency and the need for validation. The line, “And when we’re older and full of cancer, It doesn’t matter now, come on, get happy” suggests a level of acceptance and even humor towards the inevitability of death. The use of “full of cancer” may reflect the singer’s own mortality, possibly inspired by the fact that Harry Nilsson was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer just a few years after recording this song.


“Don’t Forget Me” is a deeply emotional song with a variety of interpretations. It speaks to the human experience of wanting to be remembered and to leave a legacy behind. It reminds us to cherish those closest to us, and to make the most of the time that we have on this earth.


Line by Line Meaning

In the wintertime
During the cold season


Keep your feet warm
Make sure your toes don't freeze


But keep your clothes on and don't forget me
Wear appropriate clothing and remember me even when not together


Keep the memories
Retain the memories we've created


But keep your powder dry, too
Be cautious and prepared for future challenges


In the summer
During the warm season


By the pool side
Next to the pool


While the fireflies are all around you
During a magical moment with fireflies nearby


I'll miss you when I'm lonely
I'll yearn for you when alone


I'll miss the alimony, too
I'll miss the financial obligation I have towards you after divorce as well


Don't forget me, don't forget me
Repeatedly remembering to think of me


Make it easy on me just for a little while
Make it less difficult for me to bear for a short period


You know I'll think about you
Assuming that I'll have you in my thoughts


Let me know you'll think about me, too
Requesting assurance that you'll have me in your mind as well


And when we're older
In the future, when we're old


And full of cancer
When inundated with the disease


It doesn't matter now, come on, get happy
It won't matter then, so be happy


'Cause nothing lasts forever
Because everything has an end


But I will always love you
But I'll never cease loving you


Don't forget me
Remember me


Please don't forget me
Kindly, don't forget me


Make it easy on me just for a little while
Help me cope for a short time


You know I'll think about you
Assured thoughts of remembering


Let me know you think about me, too
Request for affirmation to be considered as well




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Harry Nilsson

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Lyrics:
In the wintertime keep your feet warm
But keep your clothes on and don't forget me
Keep the memories
But keep your powder dry too
In the summer by the poolside
While the fireflies are all around you
I'll miss you when I'm lonely
I'll miss the alimony too
Don't forget me, don't forget me
Make it easy, only just for a little while
You know I'll think about you
Let me know you'll think about me too
And when we're older and full of cancer
It doesn't matter now, come on get happy
"Cause nothing lasts forever
But I will always love you
Don't forget me, please don't forget me
Make it easy, only just for a little while
You know I'Il think about you
Let me know you'll think about me too



All comments from YouTube:

Andrés H. Denegri

Harry Nilsson has a song, his voice breaks at 2:05
Something about the way he says "Don't forget me" makes me feel like
I just wish I had a friend like him - LDR <3

pamela c

you had to ruin it

Andrés H. Denegri

@pamela c its just music chill fam

Anthony AP GZ

@pamela c lana is the queen

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Sufi Dilshad

Lana's references aren't random. A true masterpiece❤

Natasha B

...From a absolute legend.

The Music of New York

Where did she reference this song?

pepperghost boy. ♦️🌹

i saw Lana del Rey listening to that, and i just found out i loved this, just got a new singer to listen to

Anto Manassero

👀

rafa

she mentioned it in the new song lol

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