Without Her
Harry Nilsson Lyrics


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I spend the night in a chair thinking she'll be there
But she never comes
And then I wake up and wipe the sleep from my eyes
And I rise to face another day
Without her

Doo doo, doo doo doo, doo doo doo
It's just no good anymore when you walk through the door
Of an empty room
And you go inside and set a table for one, it's no fun
When you spend a day
Without her

Doo doo, doo doo doo, doo doo doo

We burst the pretty balloon, took us to the moon
It's such a beautiful thing
But it's ended now
And it sounds like a lie
If I said I'd rather die, than live without her

Doo doo, doo doo doo, doo doo doo

Love is a beautiful thing when it knows how to swing
And it grooves like a clock
But the hands on the clock tell the lovers to part
And it's breaking my heart
To have to spend another day without her

Doo doo, doo doo doo, doo doo doo

I spend the night in a chair thinking she'll be there
But she never comes
And then I wake up and wipe the sleep from my eyes
And I rise to face another day
Without her

Doo doo, doo doo doo

Can't go on without her
Doo doo, doo doo doo
There's no song without her




It's all wrong without her
Can't go on without her

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Harry Nilsson's "Without Her" describe the feeling of emptiness and loneliness after a breakup. The singer spends his nights waiting for his ex-girlfriend to come back, but she never does. Each morning he wakes up, faces another day, and sets a table for one, contemplating how much he misses her. The chorus emphasizes the emotional impact of her absence on his life, declaring, "Can't go on without her… There's no song without her… It's all wrong without her."


The song's verses skillfully capture the sense of isolated sadness that comes after a relationship ends. The image of sitting alone in a chair, waiting, but ultimately facing the day alone, highlights the feelings of hopelessness and desperation. The bridge, which recalls the happy times they shared, paints a picture of a relationship that seemed perfect but, in the end, failed. The final verse brings the song's message home, as the singer admits that love is meaningful but ultimately transient, as it can end so abruptly, leaving behind pain and longing.


Line by Line Meaning

I spend the night in a chair thinking she'll be there
I spend the night seated, hoping she'll come back.


But she never comes
Unfortunately, she never returns.


And then I wake up and wipe the sleep from my eyes
I wake up dispiritedly and rub my eyes to remove any traces of slumber.


And I rise to face another day
I get up to begin another challenging day.


Without her
But this time, she's not here.


It's just no good anymore when you walk through the door
It's unbearable to return home to an empty place.


Of an empty room
When you find yourself in a space devoid of anyone else.


And you go inside and set a table for one, it's no fun
When you set a place at the table for yourself and no one else to eat with you, it's unenjoyable.


When you spend a day
When you have to go through a whole day.


Without her
But she isn't around to share it with you.


We burst the pretty balloon, took us to the moon
Together we experienced a thrilling, wondrous journey.


It's such a beautiful thing
It was a wonderful experience.


But it's ended now
Unfortunately, it's all over now.


And it sounds like a lie
And to say that I wouldn't prefer death to living without her would be disingenuous.


If I said I'd rather die, than live without her
If I were to claim that I would rather die than go on living without her.


Love is a beautiful thing when it knows how to swing
When love is at its best, it's a splendid thing.


And it grooves like a clock
It runs like clockwork.


But the hands on the clock tell the lovers to part
It's possible that a time will come when the partners must break up.


And it's breaking my heart
And it's so painful.


To have to spend another day without her
To have to face yet another day without her.


I spend the night in a chair thinking she'll be there
I lie awake throughout the night, yearning for her company.


But she never comes
But she's never there.


And then I wake up and wipe the sleep from my eyes
And then I wake up to another day without her.


And I rise to face another day
But rise up anyway to get through it.


Without her
Still, she isn't around.


Can't go on without her
I cannot keep functioning without her presence.


There's no song without her
As poetic as my life may seem in times like these, it all feels insufficient without her.


It's all wrong without her
In the absence of her it's all out of joint.


Can't go on without her
Again, reiterating the notion that continuing to live without her is a hardship.




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Capitol CMG Publishing, Integrity Music, SCHUBERT MUSIC PUBLISHING INC.
Written by: HARRY NILSSON

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Andrew James

genius, such an intimate song

mark1952able

One of the most beautiful songs ever written!

Ana Duran

Dolorosa y hermosa melodía, me fascina gracias Harry Nilsson con tu voz y melodías acompañaste mí lejana adolescencia qué fue maravillosa. Duerme en ese sublime sueño, mientras yo seguiré escuchándote y recordando aquellos felices años. Saludos desde México...

Jesús Sánchez Oficial

Lo grabó José José en 1969 para el disco cuidado

mark1952able

INCREDIBLE MUSIC CREATED BY HARRY

Treviscoe

This is a good song.

Eileen Tucker

Nice

Edward Pasby

The Nilsson Brothers, Harry and Larry, minus Barry, at their best.

mysticmaverick1

It's Harry harmonizing with himself.

Will Towle

...Arry3

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