I'm comin' over
See me down at the station
By the lane
With my hands in my pocket
Jingling a wish coin
That I stole from a fountain
That was drowning all the cares in the world
When I get older
Climbin' up on the back porch fence
Just to see the dogs runnin'
With a ring and a question
And my shiverin' voice is singing
Through a crack in the window

I better go it alone

Down on the corner
See me standin'
On a makeshift road
With the dust storm blowin'
In a long black shadow
Pull a hammer from a coal mine
Down where your daddy was workin'
Comb my hair back
Strike a match on a bathroom wall
Where my number was written
Drivin' on the sidewalk
Lookin' back and the sky is burning
In my rear view mirror

I better go it alone


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"Go It Alone" as written by Michael S. Simpson John Robert King

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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  • +3
    General CommentI'm probably wrong, but I think this song is about realizing that you're no good for other people...that maybe you should take a break from interacting with them -- that you're some kind of liability.

    Love it -- Beck just continues to put out great stuff.
    catherinekson May 11, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYeah, Jack White played bass on this song. It sounds pretty cool. A good song
    neongreen44on December 30, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think I will go it alone, thank you Beck.
    suclid003on June 15, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is about how the man is going over to his GF house and he desides he would rather "go it alone"
    bradtheman1on January 03, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment*** first of all the rest of the lyrics are missing***
    rest of the lyrics here
    metrolyrics.com/…

    To me, it sounds like this song is about a boy who is in love with a girl that lives next door, or "over the fence". He is saving up money to buy a ring to ask her to marry him by taking coins from the wishing fountain, which he finds futile ("that was drowning all the cares in the world"). The dogs on the other side of the fence are a symbol for the accessibility of his desire. At first he climbs the fence "just to see the dogs running", but he is "shivering" and too uncertain to go through with it, so he decides to "go it alone". "when [he] get[s] older" the dogs are "standing firm". He's finally worked up the courage, but when he sees he his dream is no longer accessible, he again goes it alone. The story progresses over the years, as he is saving money from the well, and working at her "daddy's coal mine". He is trying to gain the money for the ring and respect from her dad to propose. But alas, he "goes it alone".
    zbidzon June 29, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with the above comment. Jack White from the White Stripes played bass on this song and co-wrote it, for those who didn't know.
    Stoneyon June 03, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI sorta agree with the first poster. The narrator realizes that it's better off for himself and everyone if he walks his path in life alone.
    YanYan108on February 26, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentahhh! This song is so sexy. It sort of reminds me of Grease or something.
    hey brown bearon November 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love that Jack White co-wrote this song. But I think it's about independence and one person can manage themselves without people. It's a big "F' you," if I say so myself.
    crankypantson December 24, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"see the dogs runnin' with a ring and a question"

    could be about a proposal or something.
    The Tallest Manon January 05, 2007   Link

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