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Alone
Lyrics: John Popper
Music: John Popper

I said "I love you"
She began to cry
She said she needed a friend
I said "I'll try"
Soon we'd say nothing
Somehow I never wondered why

You see, she left me
She left me
I'm alone

I'm alone
I'm alone
I'm alone

I'd loved her always
She didn't know
I tried patience
Let a friendship grow
I tried to keep her
That's what made her go

You see, she left me
She left me
I'm alone
I'm alone
I'm alone
I'm alone

Beauty and the beast
Was how it seemed to be
A love like hers
Ain't meant for guys like me
Some call me crazy
Some politely call me free
But either way you see

You see, she left me
She left me
I'm alone
I'm alone
I'm alone
I'm alone

I'm trying to forget you but it just won't work
Think I'm losing my mind, think I'm going berserk
I love you with a passion that you just don't know
And I kinda wish right now that I was telling you so
I could rant, or rave, or play some little game
But when I look into your eyes, it all seems the same
That you weren't meant for me and that's a sad but true fact
Now I don't care how I look and don't care how I act
'Cause you set me free
I'm a man among men
But when I think of what I missed it starts all again

Now alone in the darkness of each new day
My heart is on its own
I wanna rip it from my chest and throw it away
Watch this bassman take me home

A low branch
Touching the water
Feels the currents take
A mighty
River bends her
But she won't break
No she won't
No she won't break

I said a candle's
Flame she dances
When a sudden
Tempest blows
She dwindles and dims
Against the cold, cold wind
And then she grows
And then she glows
I said she grows

I may never understand her
Her secret is not to know
Nothing for me to do with or for or to
But I just love to watch her grow
I said I love to watch her grow

I guess some day
Love will soon be here
And maybe then
I'll see things more clear
I guess I got excited
Cause it felt so near
And

You see, she left me
She left me
I'm alone
I'm alone
I'm alone
I'm alone

But I know I'd give my life
Just to hold her now

And who knows
I might see her around

Hopes can always go up
Tears can only come down

You see, she left me
She left me
I'm alone
I'm alone
I'm alone
I'm alone

1990 Blues Traveler Music

First release: Let's Travel
Released: 01/01/1988
Earliest time played: 12/12/1988
Last time played: 10/12/2012
Playing frequency:
  329 plays (see all shows)
  17.71% of shows in the database
  17.82% of shows since debut
  Detailed statistics
Song information:
  Alone is about a girl John fell in love with in high school. He discusses it in more detail on the Firing Line FAQ on the official site.
  Originally, "watch this bassman take me home" was "watch this harmonica take me home" - followed by a harp solo. In a solo gig, lacking a bassman AND a harmonica, John sang "watch this attitude take me home."

Other recordings of "Alone":
  Blues Traveler, 1990
  Blues for the Mitten State, 1993
  When the Lights Go Down, 1994
  Live From The Fall, 1996
  Warren Haynes Presents: The Benefit Concert Volume 2., 2007


Beauty and the beast
The first of many references to John considering himself a "beast". In the original version of the story by Jeanne-Marie LePrince de Beaumont, Beauty does "tremble" when the Beast first ask her to marry him but does not cry.
Watch this bassman take me home
Originally, "watch this bassman take me home" was "watch this harmonica take me home" - followed by a harp solo. In a solo gig, lacking a bassman AND a harmonica, John sang "watch this attitude take me home." As part of the John Popper Band gigs, John would sing "watch this guitar take me home".
She left me/I'm alone/But I know I'd give my life/Just to hold her now
In the story, Beauty promises herself to the Beast in exchange for him sparing her father's life. However, he does grant her leave for a week to go back and visit her father, since he is alone at home. When she does not return after a week, the Beast begins to starve himself.