"On Your Own" as written by Richard Ashcroft, Simon Jones, Nick Mccabe and Peter Salisbury....
Tell me what you've seen
Was it a dream?
Was I in it?
Life seems so obscene
Until it's over
Who knows?

All I want is someone who can fill the hole
In the life I know
In between life and death
When there's nothing left
Do you wanna know?

You come in on your own
And you leave on your own
Forget the lovers you've know
And your friends on your own

Tell me if it's true
That I need you
You are changing
I've seen this road before down on this floor
It is hurting me

All I want is someone
Who can fill the hole
In the life I know
In between life and death
When there's nothing left
Do you want to know?

You come in on your own
And you leave on your own
Forget the lovers you've know
And your friends on your own
You come in on your own
And you leave on your own
Forget the lovers you've know
And your friends who have told
Lies
I've got to get rid of this hole inside
Lies
I've got to get rid of this hole inside

I'm coming in on my own
I'm coming in on my own
I'm coming in on my own
Lies
I've got to get rid of this hole inside
Lies
I've got to get rid of this hole inside
Lies
I've got to get rid of this hole inside
Lies
I've got to get rid of this hole inside
Lies
I've got to get rid of this hole inside


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"On Your Own" as written by Rico R. Wade Raymon Ameer Murray

Lyrics © EMI Music Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group

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    General Commenti think this song is about someone who got dumped by their partner unexpectidly and at first they denied caring but they're going through denail to try and convince themselves they never cared.
    salty1690on March 12, 2005   Link
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    General CommentHe seems to be certain that he cares, but that's just my opinion.

    On Your Own, to me, is just a song about lonliness and longing. Richard seems to have been left down by all of those close to him, causing him to feel like he'll never find someone to fill the void, dooming him to eternal solitude. Or some shit like that.
    But after listening to "Lucky Man", it appears things improved eventually.
    AngelDust20on August 23, 2005   Link
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    General CommentANorthernSoul76 beat me to it - we are born alone, we die alone, and what comes inbetween is...inconsequential? Irrelevant? Or the most important part of all? I can't really tell from the lyrics. Another depressing Verve song, but a good one nonetheless.

    And yeah, I hear the crackle too. And it keeps me up at night...
    Arkyopterixon September 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI agree with the comment above The lyrics seem to be on the theme of loneliness. It seems Ashcroft is finding it hard being on his own and wants to change as a result
    vin_1986on June 30, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthe acoustic piano version is better it is reel to the point where everything seems desperate
    kempeon September 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is my favorite Verve song. I agree with all of you regarding your interpretations.
    realitycrashon January 02, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI read an interview where he said that it was all about loneliness.

    "You come in on your own and you leave on your own" = You're born screaming into this world by yourself and you'll die by yourself (a la Donnie Darko: "Every living creature on earth dies alone." ).

    Sorry to be bleak but it's true...
    ANorthernSoul76on July 05, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIs it me or there a crackle/hiss sound distortion at 2:54? Wonder if its on the original tapes or just my copy? Anyway, I've always thought the repeated lines at the end were "can't get rid of this hole inside".
    kiwomyaon August 30, 2007   Link
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    My Interpretationtell me what you've seen, was it a dream...life seems so obscene... he is quoting raw truth of what he knows about life down to the basics. he sums up a life in basic terms . he is painfully raw about his descritption of life. Its bleak. you come in on your own and you leave on your own,,breaking it down to meaningless time spent..but then..he admits the pain of the hole he feels. The pain is admitted by him. and that he wants to feel better than this bleak outlook he has. Gotta get rid of this hole inside the rotton thoughts that are bringing me down.He knows that there is better . There is an underlayer of hope covered by profound cynicism and outlook of a hopeless destiny
    dianap4eon August 06, 2015   Link

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