♫ All By Myself ♫

Alright … so, last night I tried an upbeat song to try to get your toes tapping, and only a few liked it.  I’ve therefore concluded that you guys prefer sad, depressing songs, and so tonight, I went in search of and found one that I have always liked, despite the mournfulness of it.

Now, I have to admit my own cultural ignorance yet again, for I have never heard of, to the best of my knowledge, The Raspberries.  They only hung around from 1970-1975, after which Eric Carmen, their vocalist/guitarist/bassist/pianist, struck out on his own, and this song, All By Myself, was his first solo hit.

There’s a bit of an interesting backstory to this one.  According to Carmen …

“The song started with the solo. It started 4 bars at a time. Eventually, over a period of 2 months, that entire interlude had been written. Then my quest was to put this in the middle of an actual song. Then it was a matter of trying to figure out what kind of song and how could I do it. I was listening to Rachmaninoff’s 2nd piano concerto (written in 1901) and I heard the melody which I used for the verse. Then I needed a chorus. I went back and listened to a song that I had written in 1973 called ‘Let’s Pretend’ for the Raspberries. I just took those notes and took it from there. I thought, ”Let’s Pretend’ was a nice melody.’ The song didn’t go quite as far as I thought it should have. I’ll go back and steal from myself for this.”

Turns out, it wasn’t himself he would be accused of stealing from, but Rachmaninoff.  Rachmaninoff’s music was in the public domain in the United States and Carmen thought no copyright existed on it, but it was still protected outside the U.S. Subsequent to the release of the album, he was contacted by the Rachmaninoff estate and informed otherwise. An agreement was reached in which the estate would receive 12 percent of the royalties from All by Myself as well as from another, Never Gonna Fall in Love Again, which was based on the third movement from Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2.

“There’s not nearly as much fuel in being happy as there is in being miserable. Being miserable is a great catalyst for songwriting, for me anyway. I’m constantly amazed at the amount of wonderful work that Mozart did during periods when he was fairly happy. His music during those periods reflects the happiness. On the other hand, I can’t imagine that Rachmaninoff was happy when he was writing the second symphony and second piano concerto. I don’t think the anguish and angst of those melodies comes out of being peachy keen.”

All By Myself
Eric Carmen

When I was young
I never needed anyone
And makin’ love was just for fun
Those days are gone

Livin’ alone
I think of all the friends I’ve known
But when I dial the telephone
Nobody’s home

All by myself
Don’t want to be, all by myself anymore
All by myself
Don’t want to live, all by myself anymore

Hard to be sure
Some times I feel so insecure
And love so distant and obscure
Remains the cure

All by myself
Don’t want to be, all by myself anymore
All by myself
Don’t want to live, all by myself anymore

When I was young
I never needed anyone
And makin’ love was just for fun
Those days are gone

All by myself
Don’t want to be, all by myself anymore
All by myself
Don’t want to live, all by myself anymore

All by myself
Don’t want to be, all by myself anymore
All by myself
Don’t want to live, all by myself anymore

All by myself
Don’t want to be, all by myself anymore

Songwriters: Eric Carmen / Sergei Rachmaninoff
All By Myself lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Round Hill Music Big Loud Songs

31 thoughts on “♫ All By Myself ♫

      • Never heard of Harry Nilsson? Jill! What would Ellen say. John Paul and Ringo revered his songwriting talents, and his recordings. (Not sure about George, though probably him too.) When John was on his California vacaton away from Yoko, him and Harry got into all kinds of trouble together, going more than a bit overboard with their drinking and womanizing. But Nilsson never did any real touring, he hated stages. He preferred a studio, so maybe he never caught your attention.

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        • No doubt Ellen would be disappointed in me yet again! I did like his singing and may look for more by him … I had no idea he was that well-known! I took a quick look at Wikipedia and really don’t know how he didn’t cross my radar. Perhaps he did and I’ve only forgotten. I forget a lot these days :/

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          • Yup, we all do. But it is just more noticeable as we get older, cuz there is so much we have forgotten.
            My biggest problem this morning is trying to remember the phrase that describes a child prodigy enfant terrible. A person who shows genius in one area but appears mentally slow in most other areas. For the life of me I cannot remember the label. It is the one I want to use for DJT.

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            • I finally remembered it started with idiot, and google gave me the whole term, “idiot savant.” Now, I know you will agree with me about the idiot part, so it is the savant part that is under question. Trump is certainly not wise, but he has to have some kind of smarts to be where he is today. He may not understand this talent, in fact I would say it is beyond his comprehension. But he has it and he uses it, to his own advantage. This is the savant part. And I’m pretty sure it is real.
              I would rather overestimate a fool, than underestimate a dangerous person.

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            • I wish I could help you out with that one, but … I’m at a loss as well. The other day, for no good reason, I remembered a friend whom I haven’t seen for probably 20 years. Remember her name … Beth Delabar. Remember what she looks like … tall, reddish-brown hair cut short in a bob. But for the life of me, I cannot remember where I met her. Why does it matter? It doesn’t, but for the fact that it is eluding me. But what’s worse is that I wondered if I had first met her in college … and then, for the life of me, I couldn’t remember WHERE I went to college!!! I finally did remember that I went to University of Virginia, then grad school at University of Tennessee, but for a few minutes there, I was wracking my brain! Sigh. Old age, or dementia? I really don’t know any more.

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                • Sigh. I don’t suppose it much matters which it is, for it is what it is and will be what it will be. Meanwhile, I am trying to remember what it was I forgot to do this morning … 🤔

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                    • I passed your message on to Miss Goose and it brought a huge smile to her face, and she said “Awwwww … that’s so sweet … tell him ‘thank you'”. In fact, she is the kitty whisperer, so that rather makes her a mom of sorts, doesn’t it?

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                    • Of course it does, so tomorrow you need to wish her a Happy Kitty Whisperer Day. I shall do the same for Gail. It is, as of now, International Kitty Whisperer Day on May 14th. Best let Ellen know so she can put it on her calendar.

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                    • I shall do just that! I like it … Kitty Whisperer Day … and we didn’t need a 2/3 majority in Congress to get it done! Makes just as much sense as today, which is “National Dance Like A Chicken Day”. Sigh. WHY????

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                    • Just so you know, I did not dance like a chicken once yesterday, but I don’t think we have such a day in Canada. So, I do hope you did, at least once, if not more…

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                    • No, I am sorry to disappoint you, but I did not dance like a chicken … or like anything else … a single time yesterday. I only dance when I am happy. And even then, I don’t dance like a chicken! 🤣

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  1. Thanks for sharing!.. I’ll listen to any music at least once…. 🙂 there are those who will find a comfort zone to their liking and, unfortunately, choose to stay in that zone, only to wake up one morning to find life, and the universe, has moved on without them… and some never do catch up… 🙂
    Have a wonderful Mothers Day weekend!…

    “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” John F. Kennedy

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    • Thanks Dutch! I have fairly diverse tastes in music, but there are a few types that I don’t care for at all, bluegrass and heavy metal being the two main ones. A head-banger I am not! 😉 Good choice of a quote!

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