"Lonelily" as written by and Damien George Rice....
I gave me away, I could have knocked off the evening
But I lonelily landed my waltz in her hands
In a way, I felt you were leaving me
I was sure I wouldn't find you at home

And you let me down, you could have knocked off the evening
But you lonelily let him push under your bone
You let me down, it's no use deceiving
Neither of us wanna be alone

And you're coming home
You're coming home
And you're coming home
You're coming home

I gave me away, I could have knocked off the evening
But I was lonelily looking for someone to hold
In a way, I lost all I believed in
And I never found myself so low

And you let me down, you could've called if you'd needed
But you lonelily got yourself locked in instead
And you let me down, it's one thing being cheated
But you took him all the way through your bed

And now you're coming home
And I'm trying to forgive, you're coming home
And I'm trying to forget, you're coming home
And I'm trying to move on, you're coming home
And you haven't called yet, you're coming home

And I'm trying to forgive, you're coming home
I'm just trying to forget, you're coming home
I'm trying to move on, you're coming home
But you haven't called, you're coming home
You're coming home, you're coming home
You're coming home

I gave me away, I could have knocked off the evening
But I lonelily loomed her into my bone
You let me down, there's no use deceiving
Neither of us wanna be alone


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"Lonelily" as written by Damien George Rice

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  • +4
    General CommentShe cheated on him, but he cheated on her. It's like what *its delicate* said. It's about trying to forgive each other. He wants to forgive and forget what they both did. It's not just what she did, it's about the fact that he was unfaithful too. In the chorus, he addresses what she did in the way he keeps repeating "You're coming home, and I'm trying to forget," but he also addresses what he did when he says "and you haven't called yet." He's worried that neither one will be able to forgive the other.

    Despite being about infidelity, I don't think this is a sad song. It's not about wallowing in the hurt and regret, it's about trying to push past the pain and regret, and trying to remember how much they love each other.
    TCLx00000on June 16, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is about giving a part of yourself to someone in a relationship. It's not something that you necessarily had to do, but something that the fear of being alone led you to do.

    In this relationship, you have to deal with the other person's infidelity. They didn't just cheat with their body, but with their complete heart and soul.

    Time has seperated the two parties, but as the distance closes and as you come closer to home, you try to forgive and forget what has happened. It's an endless cycle of having expectations and being let down, but it still beats being lonely.
    its_delicateon June 07, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song to me right now, sings about the exact situation i am currently in.

    My girlfriend has been out of the country for a month, during the first weeks she called every night, until one night 2 weeks ago she stopped, i tried calling a few times to make sure she is safe, but after i find out she is okay i start to wonder why she could not have at least texted or returned my calls until 4 in the morning. 2 days later she calls and tells me she wants to take a break from the relationship, which did not make any sense, we were already apart, i knew something was wrong.

    The morning after i called a friend who was in the same country as she is in, and he told he saw my girlfriend getting chummy with a dude at a bar and found out that they have been hanging out alot, she never mentioned anything about this guy before, i guess i was right.

    That night i found an old friend of mine and we had sex, i love my girlfriend and wanted to do something to match what she had done, partly out of spite, and mostly out of being able to see her again without feeling hurt, knowing i did the same while she was away. Every night after, i would call my girlfriend, and if she did not return my calls i would have sex with that girl, thinking about what she could be doing and i would match it on my side, kind of like a poker game, you raise, i call...

    This went on for 2 weeks, and she called today to ask how i was doing, never mentioning that guy, i never mentioned what i did with that girl. I guess we both knew who we really wanted to come home to.

    She told me she missed me and we booked a flight to meet somewhere we could get away together, i knew what she did, and i knew what i did, i love her and i do not want to let what happened get in our way, i slept with another woman so that i would not let what she did bother me. This left me empty, i had believed in more.

    But now that we will actually be seeing each other soon, i am still hurt to know she started this cycle first, and i would have to face that hurt when i finally see her.

    Many would probably disagree with what i am doing, and about whether this song applies to what i am going through, but today, this season, this song sing to me exactly what i am going through.
    ianhuangon March 29, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song...its my favorite by him. like its delicate said *It's an endless cycle of having expectations and being let down, but it still beats being lonely.* i agree 100%..and i can relate very well to this song. its just beautiful.
    ImagineJLennonGHon November 29, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song makes me cry every time, but i still love it. it's the story of me and my ex...
    roach133on December 22, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment<3
    oh.pinknesson January 29, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwow. i love it - that last verse when he says

    "I gave me away
    I could have knocked off the evening
    But I lonelily loomed her into my bone"

    it makes me shiver - how realistically and genuine he sings - that man has pure talent.
    Unchivalrouson January 31, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWe can all relate to this one. A truly beautiful song...
    TheGreatUnknownon March 07, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this song- god it touched ur inner soul... his voice gets inside ur skin
    ---neither of us want to be alone---
    supercilious304on April 01, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthese two people are in love. they are away from each other and while away from each other they cheat.... but cheat in a very deep sense. not just sex... but more... like an emotional affair. he realizes how terrible it is what hes done. he also gets upset at the woman, saying, you may have been lonely but you could have called and you cheated on me and that she let him down.

    he realizes that they just dont want to be lonely. and shes coming back from being away and hes trying to forgive and forget and let it all go as she makes her way back.

    i think at the end of the songs he gets past it all realizing that they both didnt want to be alone.

    its a very beautiful song. i love how he goes back and forth from blaming himself to getting upset with the woman. excellent. its true to the thought process... well, mine at least.
    ohpioneeron May 08, 2005   Link

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