I'll Never Leave You
Harry Nilsson Lyrics


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Some nights I go to sleep without you
The river's far too deep without you
I can't make it alone
I need you by my side

Some nights I spend alone without you
The river's far too wide without you
Oh, oh, oh, I can't make it alone
I need you by my side

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I'll never leave you alone
I'll never leave just a memory
I'll never leave you alone in the garden where nothing grows
I love you so much, baby

Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh




Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh

Overall Meaning

In the song "I'll Never Leave You" by Harry Nilsson, the lyrics express a deep longing for companionship and a fear of being alone. The singer acknowledges that some nights he is without his loved one, but he finds himself unable to cope with the loneliness. The river is used as a metaphor for the vast emptiness that consumes him when he is without his partner. The comparison between a wide and deep river emphasizes the magnitude of his need for his loved one's presence. The repeated refrain, "I can't make it alone, I need you by my side," only underscores his desperate dependence on the other person.


However, there is hope in the song as well. The singer vows to never leave his partner alone, promising to always be there for them through thick and thin. The phrase "I'll never leave just a memory" is especially impactful, as it shows the singer's desire to make lasting memories with his loved one. The garden metaphor at the end indicates a willingness to stay through the hard times, even when nothing is growing. Overall, the song is a powerful declaration of love and an admission of vulnerability and need.


Line by Line Meaning

Some nights I go to sleep without you
On certain nights, I find myself sleeping without you.


The river's far too deep without you
Without you, life's obstacles seem too overwhelming and unmanageable.


I can't make it alone
I am incapable of finding success and happiness on my own.


I need you by my side
I require your presence and support to navigate through difficult times in my life.


Some nights I spend alone without you
Occasionally, I am forced to spend time to myself in your absence.


The river's far too wide without you
Dealing with the obstacles of life without your help is a daunting task.


I'll never leave you alone
I will always be with you, and never abandon you.


I'll never leave just a memory
I won't disappear and be reduced to a mere memory.


I'll never leave you alone in the garden where nothing grows
I won't leave you stranded in a place of lifelessness and despair.


I love you so much, baby
I have an immense amount of affection and care for you, my darling.


Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
Sounds of emotional intensity and passion.


Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
Sounds of emotional intensity and passion.


Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
Sounds of emotional intensity and passion.


Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
Sounds of emotional intensity and passion.




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: HARRY NILSSON

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Comments from YouTube:

@hannahking3073

This is one of the most beautiful songs ever. His voice, the instruments, everything!!

@nelsonlugo45

Like his last words to Una...
I'm here cause I adore Harry and cause my wife is literally dying of metastatic cancer. I tell her every day the part about never leaving her alone in the garden where nothing grows. I tell her I am following right behind. Harry is the master.

@kellywillets3514

I am so sorry, I hope that Harry's music helped.

@whitehair8824

❤❤❤❤❤

@aliceg.warealestate

Most talented 'unsung' artist of his time. Still my favorite after almost fifty years of listening. I know every song by heart.

@mralexforbes

Cool! Harry Nilsson was super talented :)

@musicman16758

Yes, he was

@mark1952able

No one compares to Harry Nilsson

@sinkthepink74

he's my favorite artist of all time too

@brennypoo

Random curiosity without nIMDB lookup, what osts do you remember Harry doing? I know he did a few greats on that front, but curiosity abounds in the inquiry.

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