"One" as written by and Harry Edward Nilsson....
One is the loneliest number that you'll ever do
Two can be as bad as one
It's the loneliest number since the number one

No is the saddest experience you'll ever know
Yes, it's the saddest experience you'll ever know

'Cause one is the loneliest number that you'll ever do
One is the loneliest number, whoa-oh, worse than two

It's just no good anymore since you went away
Now I spend my time just making rhymes of yesterday

One is the loneliest number
One is the loneliest number
One is the loneliest number that you'll ever do

One is the loneliest
One is the loneliest
One is the loneliest number that you'll ever do

It's just no good anymore since you went away

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"One" as written by Harry Edward Nilsson Harry Nilsson

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  • +2
    General CommentI was in High School when this band was releasing what has become their greatest hits. "One" was, as for many, a favorite of mine!

    The meaning of this song, for me, is plain to see. The fact of loneliness can be experienced by ones self...as a couple...or even in a crowd!

    The most extraordinary part of the song is the following lines:
    "No is the saddest experience you'll ever know---------Yes, it's the saddest experience you'll ever know" It seems to be speaking about hearing the word "No" and the feelings one has after hearing the word. I can sympathize with a feeling of anxiety or sorrow when the word "No"is used as a response to some inquiry of mine.

    Thanks all
    jjammin1812
    jjammin1812on October 06, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt means that the single digits are very lonely numbers, especially cause zero doesn't really exist...
    Karisu691on January 01, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think theres not many comments because this is one of those songs everybody has heard but barely anyone knows who actually sang it. This happens a lot with Three Dog Night songs.
    Ez0phon March 19, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think its about being alone hence one being the loneliest number. Two sometimes isn't much better because you can be with someone and still feel alone. No can be considered the saddest experience because getting a no when you ask someone out is upsetting and finally, when that girl is gone, all you can do is dwell on the past.
    wojokpxcon March 23, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is one of my favorite songs by three dog night...i love the line that says two can be as sad as one...cuz its true...ive been very lonely while it was just me...then at one point of my life i got someone and at times even though i had someone i was still just as lonely...great song...
    cerealheaduson August 26, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI know, I tend to listen to this song when I am depressed and or lonely, its all too true.
    MayorMenleyon December 10, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentawesome song i cant believe not that many people have commented on it
    bowsandtulipson September 15, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's too bad that this song is used mostly in comedy movies. It totally kills the effect of what was probably supposed to be a genuine song.
    the_sentryon December 02, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is what the song means to me. He got dump by his girl that he love. All the other girls after her is as bad as him being alone because hes not with the one he loves.
    tlokckon September 11, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne is the loneliest number that you'll ever do (masterbation)

    Two can be as lonley but not as lonely as the number one ( sex with a person you don't love)

    There the mystery is solved!!;
    ivanyakenovon March 20, 2015   Link

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