"Owner Of A Lonely Heart" as written by and Jon/squire Anderson....
Move yourself
You always live your life
Never thinking of the future
Prove yourself
You are the move you make
Take your chances win or loser

See yourself
You are the steps you take
You and you, and that's the only way

Shake, shake yourself
You're every move you make
So the story goes

Owner of a lonely heart
Owner of a lonely heart
Much better than a
Owner of a broken heart
Owner of a lonely heart

Say - you don't want to chance it
You've been hurt so before

Watch it now
The eagle in the sky
How he dancin' one and only
You, lose yourself
No not for pity's sake
There's no real reason to be lonely
Be yourself
Give your free will a chance
You've got to want to succeed

Owner of a lonely heart
Owner of a lonely heart
Much better than a
Owner of a broken heart
Owner of a lonely heart

Owner of a lonely heart

After my own indecision
They confused me so
Owner of a lonely heart
My love said never question your will at all
In the end you've got to go
Look before you leap
Owner of a lonely heart
And don't you hesitate at all - no no

Owner of a lonely heart
Owner of a lonely heart
Much better than a
Owner of a broken heart
Owner of a lonely heart

Owner of a lonely heart
Owner of a lonely heart
Much better than a
Owner of a broken heart
Owner of a lonely heart

Owner of a lonely heart

Sooner or later each conclusion
Will decide the lonely heart
Owner of a lonely heart
It will excite it will delight
It will give a better start
Owner of a lonely heart

Don't deceive your free will at all
Don't deceive your free will at all
Owner of a lonely heart
Don't deceive your free will at all
Just receive it


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"Owner of a Lonely Heart" as written by Trevor Horn Trevor Rabin

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  • +7
    General CommentThe song meaning is clarified by the video. The video script/screenplay is an adaption of the Franz Kafka novel "The Trial". The script remains faithful to the novel till the very last scene, where in typical Yes fashion we have a happy ending. This is not a betrayal of the novel as Kafka postulates the alternative ending anyway and Yes have simply taken him up on it.
    The Kafka novel starts with an ordinary guy with an ordinary job leading an ordinary life being arrested. He is told that he is on trial and , to cut a long story short, his sentence is death. In other words, this guy "goes with the flow" and does not question the world around him. The first couple of verses have Yes admonishing this bloke and urging him to make up his own mind about things and take control of his life. Following verses do much the same thing. "Give your free will a chance etc."
    It's difficult for me to keep explaing the meaning of the song as it is so directly tied to the clip and the novel...I would give away the punchline(s) of the book and ruin it for those who would read it. Sufficient to say that the song is a great piece of music and the lyrics open up worlds to those who care to follow it through.
    See the clip, read the book and the lyrics will have another level of meaning.
    perkunason May 13, 2006   Link
  • +5
    General CommentThey are saying it's better to try and get burned then to not and just be lonely... :P :|
    Thia007on November 30, 2011   Link
  • +4
    General CommentDreamer Deceiver you've managed to get the opposite meaning of the song. The song is addressing the owner of a lonely heart and saying that the reason for it is that he's too afraid to get his heart broken: "Say, you don't want to chance it, you've been hurt so before". But it's actually saying you SHOULD chance it and there's no reason to be lonely: "in the end, you've go to go.... it will excite, it will delight". It's actually a real simple message but a nice set of lyrics.
    britbakon December 18, 2006   Link
  • +4
    General Comment
    trust your will, your authentic will, no matter what

    keep moving forward with confidence

    trust yourself and your instincts

    full awareness

    trust I seek and I find in you - Nothing Else Matters

    what can be confusing about the song is the weak distortions of the ego during the chorus saying 'Much better than - a' versus the Soul's will to action in the rest of the song. Not unlike our own minds.

    great song and video. Yes diehards might not like it, but its great nonetheless



    zedpoxon May 07, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General CommentWhen I was little listening to this song, it was easy to try to take it literally which was just confusing. I still remember the guy in the original video jumping off and turning into an eagle.
    Hearing it now it sounds like someone repeating advice in their head, like 'put yourself out there,' but there is bitterness because it's so demanding "you're every move you make, so the story goes", so he doesn't and he stays "owner of a lonely heart" and tells himself "much better than a owner of a broken heart"
    I remember being at an aspie meet, complaining how my heart keeps getting trampled on, and every fellow aspies in the room looked me square in the eye and said "I wish to God I could get that far, just to know what it's like to have my heart broken"
    I want to tell them how bad it hurts, but I remember being in their shoes, wondering why no one even noticed I existed. Like the Eagle, spread your wings and fly best you can, and if your crash, try try again.
    TwitchBunnyon April 14, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe guitar background/solo are pretty sweet. From a musical perspective, it's rather technically solid. Sorry to rain on your parade, edward.
    w4nn4b3p07h34don October 05, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis is a great song, very thought out and with several layers of meaning. Certainly something to behold given it was made in the 80's, when songs tended to have mostly the same theme, same music and were generally quite uninspired and corny to speak the truth. It is also one of those rare gems where the video actually adds to the song and doesn't just create a method of playing the song on tv (and thus generating more money) the video is very well put together and actually holds one's attention with a storyline, as opposed to just watching the band play or watching the rapper with his bling strut in front of half naked women crooning about how he fucked this one and is going to fuck that one. Great song.
    lzphishheadon January 14, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General Commentto me it means what was mentioned earlier that its better to be an owner of a lonely heart then to have a broken heart because if u dont know love hurts but yet again people say its better to have loved and lost then to have not loved at all something like that so i see it as love but be ready for the consequences....by the way the 1st time i heard this was in GTA: Vice city (that game rocks)
    purplebubbleon December 19, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think the bottom line of this song is: "Nothing ventured, nothing gained". Its a message to those who have
    have experienced failures and setbacks in the past to stop feeling sorry for themselves, get off their butts,
    get out there and give it another shot.Basically, never give up, even if you dont succeed right away.
    Sozlukon January 14, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentNothing compared to real Yes music. Absolutely nothing.
    Mongothegreaton February 08, 2009   Link

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