Turn on Your Radio
Harry Nilsson Lyrics


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I don't know where I'm goin'
Now that I am gone
I hope the wind that's blowin'
Helps me carry on
Turn on your radio, baby
Listen to my song
Turn on your night light baby
Baby I'm gone
I don't know how it happened
Now that I am gone
I hope I never hear it baby
Just in case I'm wrong
Turn on your record player
Listen to my song
Turn on your night light baby
Baby I'm gone
I don't know where life's goin'
But soon it will be gone
I hope the wind that's blowin'
Helps me carry on
Turn on your radio baby
Baby, listen to my song




And turn on your night light baby
Baby I'm gone

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Harry Nilsson's song "Turn on Your Radio" seem to be a heartfelt message from the perspective of someone who is leaving behind a person they care about deeply. The singer is unsure where they are going, but they hope that the gust of wind blowing will aid them in moving on. The singer expresses a deep desire for their loved one to listen to their song on the radio and turn on their night light, perhaps indicating a sense of longing and hope that their partner will think of them even when they are no longer there.


The final stanza of the song suggests that the singer is uncertain about the future's path, yet still hopes to find a way to persevere. This last line emphasizes just how unknown our life paths can be and highlights the importance of human connection during these uncertain times. Overall, the lyrics seem to be an emotional farewell to a significant other, expressing hope for the future while also acknowledging the painful reality of separation.


Line by Line Meaning

I don't know where I'm goin'
I am uncertain about my destination


Now that I am gone
Now that I have left


I hope the wind that's blowin'
I hope the current circumstances


Helps me carry on
Can help me to persevere


Turn on your radio, baby
Please listen to me through the media


Listen to my song
Hear my words, listen to my music


Turn on your night light baby
Leave the light on for me


Baby I'm gone
I have left, and won't return soon


I don't know how it happened
I am unclear on the situation that occurred


I hope I never hear it baby
I hope to never receive bad news


Just in case I'm wrong
Out of caution or doubt


Turn on your record player
Listen to my music


I don't know where life's goin'
I am uncertain about the future


But soon it will be gone
The future will soon be the present


Baby, listen to my song
Please pay attention to what I have to say


And turn on your night light baby
Leave the light on for me


Baby I'm gone
I have left, and won't return soon




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: HARRY NILSSON

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Comments from YouTube:

Raok Blee

Nilsson was brilliant. I hope a new generation can dig his music.

in just ice

19 and tuned in 👍

Justin A

24 and Nilsson is one of my favorite artists ever. Own all of his albums 😎

Butt Kid

I'm fortunate to have discovered his music, and have it in my life. As a kid I loved the Popeye movie's soundtrack. It was many years later that I found out it was music by Harry Nilsson. Found out a ton of songs I loved were attributed to Harry. Almost like he was following me. Got bless Harry Nilsson.

bluntnfrank

@Justin A I'm 50 and I wasn't even born until almost after a decade he made it . He was somethin else and such an incredible life from bein so poor he n his mom ate dog food at times and his dad split at age 2 . Then he n his mom moved in with his uncle until when at age 15 he was fired and his uncle said they could no longer feed him so at 15 he hitch hiked from NY to LA and even worked as an executive inside a bank computer center . His documentary is free on YouTube and I've watched it 3 times already its amazing . You'll see his first born Zak interviewed who also died last year from colon cancer.

Justin A

@bluntnfrank That documentary was actually my introduction to Nilsson! And I'm glad that it was because it left a big impact on me. I bought two or three of his albums the next day and haven't looked back. Now he is easily one of my favorite artists of all time! What a crazy life

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Cloudy

it is really sad that Nilsson has not gotten as much hype as other musicians from this era

Jeremy M. Thompson

He was against commercialism and only focused on artistry. He basically refused to perform or go on tv except a few times. But John Lennon knew and this website knows as well. https://ultimateclassicrock.com/nilsson-songs/

Laura ok

Nope... We know what a great guy he was.

Bonnie Drouillard

Cloudy I love him and appreciate his talent all these years later!

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