"Alone Again (naturally)" as written by and Gilbert O'sullivan....
In a little while from now
If I'm not feeling any less sour
I promise myself to treat myself
And visit a nearby tower
And climbing to the top
Will throw myself off
In an effort to
Make it clear to whoever
Wants to know what it's like When you're shattered

Left standing in the lurch at a church
Were people saying, My God, that's tough
She stood him up
No point in us remaining
We may as well go home
As I did on my own
Alone again, naturally
To think that only yesterday

I was cheerful, bright and gay
Looking forward to who wouldn't do
The role I was about to play
But as if to knock me down
Reality came around
And without so much as a mere touch
Cut me into little pieces
Leaving me to doubt
Talk about, God in His mercy

Oh, if he really does exist
Why did he desert me
In my hour of need
I truly am indeed
Alone again, naturally
It seems to me that
There are more hearts broken in the world
That can't be mended

Left unattended
What do we do
What do we do
Alone again, naturally
Looking back over the years
And whatever else that appears
I remember I cried when my father died
Never wishing to hide the tears

And at sixty-five years old
My mother, God rest her soul
Couldn't understand why the only man
She had ever loved had been taken
Leaving her to start
With a heart so badly broken
Despite encouragement from me

No words were ever
And when she passed away
I cried and cried all day
Alone again, naturally
Alone again, naturally


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  • +8
    General Comment(weeps uncontrollably)
    daffyon June 11, 2002   Link
  • +5
    General Commentthis song always kind of creeps me out ... because the tune is so gleeful, and the words are so...sad.

    beautiful. a friend pointed out that's why he likes it "because you can be depressed but act happy"
    catherinekson June 18, 2002   Link
  • +4
    General Commentoh my god, my girlfriend had this on her itunes for years and i never found myself liking it until last night
    so i whacked it on my ipod, thought "yeah why not it'd be nice to sleep to" but never actually heard any lyrics cus it was always played through the twangy speakers of a laptop. So i was listening to it this morning on the train, paying close
    attention to the words thinking ah how nice then i heard "climbing to the top I will throw myself off"
    I's like wha-wha-WHAAT?!
    Then I scrolled back to the begining and listened from the start, but when he speaks of his father and trying
    to encourage his mother to hold together I feel my bottom lip shake, my eyes get itchy and watery,
    I cant take my breath back in, and i know if i sniff it'll be obvious to someones that im listening to something that just rips you right apart. Some songs just really kick you about.
    mushroomfaton March 30, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General CommentIsn't this song about a man that gets stood up at his own wedding. He is suposed to kill himself by jumping off a tower. His take is that people you love and care about will leave you no matter what. They will die or they might just leave you. But either way they break your heart and you are alone.

    But wow that feels like real life. When you ask out someone you really like and they say yes but stand you up. You were so gleeful and now you are reduced to a crying sack of nothing left bare and vonurable.
    runningboyon July 02, 2003   Link
  • +3
    General Commentcatherine hit the nail square on the head about being depressed but still managing to act happy. sometimes it's because our shame makes us want to avoid, and try to deny, the fact that problems exist in our lives and so we build a superficial shell around ourselves for our own sake, and other times the wall of superficiality is built for the benefit of others, for fear of the consequences of letting our true selves show. In either case, it is my gut feeling that hiding behind walls of superficiality leads to even deeper inner turmoil that leads some, as the person in this song, to beleieve that even God Himself has deserted them.
    D-Shizniton January 28, 2005   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationThis is one of those all time great songs that I can just listen to again and again and never tire of it. I've probably heard it hundreds of times over the years. I suppose it's meaning if fairly transparent: a man is stood up for an important date, or, possibly, his beloved has backed out on their wedding plans, and he is suicidally depressed. He doubts God's mercy or even existence, not understanding why he is now alone. He feels abandoned by God, not recognizing that he has already (probably) abandoned God by making an idol of his fiance.

    My favorite verse:

    It seems to me that there are more hearts
    Broken in the world that can't be mended
    Left unattended
    What do we do? What do we do?

    Indeed. What DO we do? How about recognize we're all in this together, have compassion for ourselves and be kind and loving to everyone? How about loving All and Everyone from the 4th Chakra of universal compassion, rather than staying in the lower chakras where "love" is attachment and full of egoic agendas that inevitably lead to suffering?

    And then he talks about how his mother mourned his father's passing, the only man she ever loved. I see that this song is about trying to justify God's ways, trying to grok the inexplicability of our su ffering. Of course there is no bumper sticker answer. But the saints and sages of every religion have provided the answer, for those who want to know.
    Mojo09on July 03, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General CommentLeft standing in the lurch at a church
    Where people saying, "My god, that's tough
    She's stood him up,
    No point in us remaining.
    We may as well go home."

    Is is just me, or does this guy have shitbags for friends? If my buddy were stood up at his wedding, I wouldn't be like, "oh, I may as well go home". I'd be like, "Dude, come with me to a place I know about; I got the first sixteen rounds."
    GTonyon March 24, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love this song, I have been depressed before and almost killed myself but nobody and I mean nobody knew aout it at all.
    MGM777on May 10, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBeautiful song, so poignant and yet covered masterfully with a major key.
    poloon April 29, 2006   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningWell, I heard this song was written after both his parents had died and he felt completely alone. So often we just assume they will always be around; but that's not reality. I understand it because having lost a parent; you do feel this huge hole. And sometimes, just seeing your friends around their parents etc makes you feel the loss so much more. One time while making a short trip with a friend, we caught some bad weather. Upon arriving safely the relief shown across her mother's face. In that instant, I felt so sad because I knew I'd never be able to have that relief of seeing my own mom again.
    muldercaton January 16, 2009   Link

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