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"Alone Again (Naturally)"

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Some people think of this as a suicide song but it's just a man probably exaggerating for effect to let us know how full of despair his life is. I can well relate though. At any rate it's a very well written song in every way.


For the guitar buffs, this is a baritone guitar tuned from A to A and I have a capo at the 2nd fret. Tuning it down puts more slack in the strings, making it easy to play because these strings are thick! Sorry I didn't get the guitar in the video frame very well. I kind of blew the solo anyway. I shouldn't have played off the cuff on it quite so much. Hopefully I'll have something more original for you in a couple of weeks.


"Alone Again (Naturally)"
by 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 spoken
And when she passed away
I cried and cried all day
Alone again, naturally
Alone again, naturally

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Ah, Gilbert. I was a big fan at the time and I've still got those early cassettes. Maybe I was too young to catch the suicide angle. The sadnesses didn't even strike me particularly hard, being so young and not having any experience of loss. Knowing the rest of his material, I could even see a touch of his humour in it.

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