"Heart with No Companion" as written by and Leonard Cohen....
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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"Heart With No Companion" as written by Leonard Cohen

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    General Comment
    I think this song is less literal than some other songs and hard to attach one meaning too, but this is how I connected with it…

    Now I greet you from the other side
    Of sorrow and despair

    I have felt sorrow and despair, I survived, now I reach out to you

    With a love so vast and shattered
    It will reach you everywhere

    I have so much love left, even after it all. However, It has been so shattered that it must be capable of reaching you, wherever you are. The pieces are everywhere.

    And I sing this for the captain
    Whose ship has not been built

    I sing this for those that have not yet reached their ambitions, yet they will.

    For the mother in confusion
    Her cradle still unfilled

    For those that do not understand “in confusion” , that are mourning what will never be, no matter how hard you try “still unfilled”

    For the heart with no companion

    For those that no one understands, whose deepest longings yearn to be shared, but there is no one.

    For the soul without a King

    For those searching for values, for something to live for, something to rule their mid and decisions, their soul (could be God etc)

    For the prima ballerina
    Who cannot dance to anything

    Although you have the capacities to dance beautifully, you cannot. I imagine a beautiful dancer with pointe shoes on sitting on the floor hugging her legs as music comes on and off, with each song her head gets lower, no, not that. I think what he is getting at is that there is a melody of sorrow, and that once you experience despair, deep suffering, it is like no one understands. That melody of sorrow cannot be heard or understood by others, therefore you cannot dance to it. Although you are accomplished, no one will ever see.

    Through the days of shame that are coming

    Because of what you are suffering from, maybe a divorce you will be ridiculed for things will not get better right away

    Through the nights of wild distress

    You will not be able to sleep for many nights, you will agonize, debate whether you made the right choices and wrestle with God

    Tho' your promise count for nothing

    Whatever you are living for will seem like 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

    Keep it for those that will find peace and success instead of having to go through this suffering. Keep this hope for the person you were before this happened. Keep this hope for others that will go through what you have.

    For the heart with no companion ...

    And yet, you will have no companion, you must got though this alone.

    I greet you from the other side ...

    You will survive, eventually, and those who have survived before you can at least understand that no one can understand
    Student1988on November 13, 2009   Link
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    General CommentYeah, that's what I feel to be the gist of it.

    This is a song of reaching out to those who feel not part of it, who are still striving in their own way.

    The vantage point of the singer is of one who has been through it and now reaches back to encourage those others who may feel like despairing.

    A song of encouragement, of urging onward, of not giving up. Because you can get through.

    Interesting - for a song to reach people in some of their down emotions, the song has to be at that level too, but then the craftsmanship comes through when it perks it up, which I think this song does. It's reaching down low, with a hand out to comfort or assist.
    jasjbon February 25, 2010   Link

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