Without Her

Harry Nilsson

About Without Her

"Without Her" is a song written and recorded by American singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson, released on his 1967 album Pandemonium Shadow Show. The song, a Baroque pop single, is played with cello and a countermelody performed on a flute, based on only about a half of dozen chords. One of Nilsson's first hits (although a minor one), it explains the sadness and melancholy of spending a day without the loved one, when the person has gone from you. Despite the melancholic theme, the song is described as a joyous song, too. The song was covered by singer Glen Campbell and American band Blood, Sweat & Tears. Brazilian Bossa nova singer Astrud Gilberto and Scottish singer Lulu covered the song as "Without Him". Lulu's version was the B-side of her 1968 single 'I'm A Tiger'. In Spanish they were recorded by the Mexican singer José José and is included in his first 1969 album "CUIDADO" in a Bossa Nova version. 


 The easy, fast & fun way to learn how to sing: 30DaySinger.com

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

 Watch: New Singing Lesson Videos Can Make Anyone A Great Singer

Harry Nilsson

Harry Edward Nilsson III (June 15, 1941 – January 15, 1994) was an American singer-songwriter who achieved the peak of his commercial success in the early 1970s. On all but his earliest recordings he is credited as Nilsson. He is known for the hit singles "Everybody's Talkin'" (1969), "Without You" (1971), and "Coconut" (1972). Nilsson's career is also notable for the fact that he was one of the few major pop-rock recording artists of his era to achieve significant commercial success without ever performing major public concerts or undertaking regular tours. more »

3 fans


Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

Lyrics Licensed & Provided by LyricFind

10 facts about this song

Authors and Performers
"Without Her" is a popular song written by Harry Nilsson. - The song has been recorded by several artists, including Blood, Sweat & Tears, Glen Campbell, and Harry Nilsson himself.
Song Details
The song was first recorded and released by Nilsson in 1967 on his album "Pandemonium Shadow Show". - The song is 2:17 minutes long.
Blood, Sweat & Tears" Version
The band Blood, Sweat & Tears covered the song on their self-titled album in 1968. - This version incorporated the band's signature brass sound and a more soulful rendition than the original.
Glen Campbell's Version
Glen Campbell's version of "Without Her" was featured on his album "By the Time I Get to Phoenix", also released in 1967. - Campbell's rendition of the song featured his signature country-pop sound.
Harry Nilsson's Signature Song
"Without Her" is considered one of Nilsson's signature songs. - Nilsson's version of the song has been featured in various film soundtracks and TV series.
Song Genre
The song falls under the baroque pop genre, characterized by its elaborate production style and use of classical music elements.
Song Influence
"Without Her" has been influential in pop music with its wide variety of cover versions, showcasing the song's versatility across different musical styles.
Song Recognition
Rolling Stone magazine ranked Nilsson's "Pandemonium Shadow Show" album, which included "Without Her", at number 84 in its list of the 100 greatest debut albums of all time.
Personal Touch
Harry Nilsson reportedly wrote "Without Her" after his relationship with his first wife ended, which gave an emotional depth to the song.
Featured in Films
The song was used in the soundtrack of the 2002 film "A Guy Thing" and the 2014 film "Serena", displaying its enduring appeal.

Discuss the Without Her Lyrics with the community:



    Use the citation below to add these lyrics to your bibliography:


    "Without Her Lyrics." Lyrics.com. STANDS4 LLC, 2024. Web. 18 Jun 2024. <https://www.lyrics.com/lyric/34987203/Harry+Nilsson/Without+Her>.

    Missing lyrics by Harry Nilsson?

    Know any other songs by Harry Nilsson? Don't keep it to yourself!

    Watch the song video

    Without Her

    211     4

    Browse Lyrics.com


    Are you a music master?

    What boy band is Louis Tomlinson in?
    A One Addition
    B Four Directions
    C Five Directions
    D One Direction

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant explanation for any lyrics that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant explanation for any acronym or abbreviation that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Harry Nilsson tracks

    On Radio Right Now


    Powered by OnRad.io

    Think you know music? Test your MusicIQ here!