Heart with No Companion
Leonard Cohen Lyrics


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Now I greet you from the other side of sorrow and despair, with a love so vast
And so shattered, it will reach you everywhere.

And I sing this for the captain whose ship has not been built, for the mother in
Confusion, her cradle still unfilled.

For the heart with no companion, for the soul without a king. for the prima
Ballerina who cannot dance to anything.

Through the days of shame that are coming, through the nights of wild distress,
Though your promise count for nothing, you must keep it nonetheless.

You must keep it for the captain whose ship has not been built. for the mother in
Confusion her cradle still unfilled.





For the heart with no companion, for the soul without a king, for the prima
Ballerina who cannot dance to anything.

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Leonard Cohen's song "Heart With No Companion" convey a message of love, hope, and perseverance through difficult times. The singer greets the listener "from the other side of sorrow and despair" with a love that is so vast and shattered that it will reach everywhere. He then sings for those who are struggling and in need of support: the captain whose ship has not been built, the mother who is confused and still waiting for her child, the heart with no companion, the soul without a king, and the prima ballerina who cannot dance to anything. The singer acknowledges the pain and hardship that these individuals are facing, but urges them to keep their promises and to continue persevering, even though it may feel like their efforts are in vain.


The song is a reflection of Leonard Cohen's signature style of introspective and poetic songwriting. The use of metaphors and imagery helps to highlight the emotions and struggles of those who are facing difficulty, while also providing a message of hope and perseverance. It is not only a beautiful tribute to those who are struggling, but also a reminder for those who are fortunate enough to have companions, kings, and ships built to be grateful for what they have.


Line by Line Meaning

Now I greet you from the other side of sorrow and despair, with a love so vast
I reach out to you from a place of immense pain and heartache, but still with a love that is all-encompassing and all-reaching.


And so shattered, it will reach you everywhere.
This love is not only vast, but also fragmented and broken, yet still it manages to permeate through everything.


And I sing this for the captain whose ship has not been built, for the mother in confusion, her cradle still unfilled.
My song is dedicated to those who are lost and directionless, like a sailor without a ship or a mother without a child.


For the heart with no companion, for the soul without a king. for the prima ballerina who cannot dance to anything.
It is also for the lonely, the lost, and the disconnected, such as those without love, guidance, or purpose.


Through the days of shame that are coming, through the nights of wild distress,
As we face difficult and trying times ahead, full of shame and distress, we must endure and persevere.


Though your promise count for nothing, you must keep it nonetheless.
Even if our promises seem futile, and our efforts are in vain, we must still maintain our commitments and keep pushing forward.


You must keep it for the captain whose ship has not been built. for the mother in confusion her cradle still unfilled.
Again, we must persist for those who are lost and directionless, as they may one day find their way.


For the heart with no companion, for the soul without a king, for the prima ballerina who cannot dance to anything.
We must also persist for those who are lonely, lost, or disconnected, as they may one day find love, guidance, or purpose.




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: LEONARD COHEN

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Now I greet you from the other side of sorrow and despair, with a love so vast
And so shattered, it will reach you everywhere.

And I sing this for the captain whose ship has not been built, for the mother in
Confusion, her cradle still unfilled.

For the heart with no companion, for the soul without a king. for the prima
Ballerina who cannot dance to anything.

Through the days of shame that are coming, through the nights of wild distress,
Though your promise count for nothing, you must keep it nonetheless.

You must keep it for the captain whose ship has not been built. for the mother in
Confusion her cradle still unfilled.

For the heart with no companion, for the soul without a king, for the prima
Ballerina who cannot dance to anything.



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@AngelinaJordan_private.account

Another amazing song, thank you dear Leonard.❤

@ivaneiarocatelli6296

✨💙Esse homem que acredita no
amor é minha alegria de viver 💙✨

@brianbrino4310

Thank you so much for your lovely song and for sharing!

@annalibbi

Una voce che entra nel cuore

@rosyrossa1754

Una voce particolare che ti entra dentro. Grazie Cohen

@asiajankowiak1173

beautiful song 🎶✨💖✨

@asiajankowiak1173

I love you so much my Sweetheart❤️my Heart beats for you!🌿💓🌸💓🌸💓🌿💋💋

@asiajankowiak1173

my Darling my heart belongs to you🍂❤️🍂✨forever ✨💋💋

@giselar.12

Wunderschönes Lied 🌸🕊

@rimanargish4236

Wonderful and amazing music. 💞💘🎤🎶🎵💘💖

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