♫ On My Own ♫ (Redux)

I last played this in May 2019 … long enough ago that you’ve likely forgotten, or for some of you, you weren’t even a member of Filosofa’s community waaaaay back then!  This song, for no discernible reason, came into my heart tonight.  I listened, then listened again, I think hoping for a different ending!  At any rate, I am reduxing this tonight, for once not because I am too tired or lazy to search for original material, but simply because … I want this song tonight.

Sayer-BacharachReleased in 1986, this was written by Carole Bayer Sager and Burt Bacharach, who were married (to each other) at the time. They promised the song to Patti LaBelle, but LaBelle’s producer Richard Perry was less than impressed, and agreed to let Sager and Bacharach produce it instead. They cut their own backing track, which Patti LaBelle recorded on her own (pun unintended) but it wasn’t until Michael McDonald was persuaded to contribute that the song came together.

The duo recorded their parts separately. Patti LaBelle filmed the video in New York and recorded her part in Philadelphia. Michael McDonald did both in LA. The video used a split screen effect to show them each on their own.  According to Ms. LaBelle …

“The success of ‘On My Own’ came as a shock. I don’t record for commercial value. With ‘On My Own’ I went into the Studio thinking, I’m gonna record something I love. Usually if I love it, it bubbles under. And I was surprised it made a hit.”

The song became the biggest hit single ever for both McDonald and LaBelle as it reached number one on the Billboard chart for 3 weeks and number two on the UK Singles chart.

On My Own
Patti LaBelle, Michael McDonald

So many times
Said it was forever
Said our love would always be true
Something in my heart always knew
I’d be lying here beside you
On my own
On my own
On my own

So many promises never should be spoken
Now I know what loving you cost
Now we’re up to talking divorce
And we weren’t even married
On my own
Once again now
One more time
By myself

No one said it was easy
But it once was so easy
Well I believed, I believed in love
Now here I stand
I wonder why

I’m on my own
Why did it end this way
On my own
This wasn’t how it was supposed to be
On my own
I wish that we could do it all again

So many times
I know I could have told you
Losing you it cut like a knife, hey
You walked out and there went my life
I don’t want to live without you
On my own
This wasn’t how it was supposed to end
On my own
I wish that we could do it all again
On my own
I never dreamed I’d spend one night alone

By myself
On my own, I’ve got to find where I belong again
On my own
I’ve got to learn how to be strong again
On my own
I never dreamed I’d spend one night alone
By myself by myself, by myself
I’ve got to find out what was mine again
On my own
My heart is saying that it’s my time again
On my own
And I have faith that I will shine again
On my own
I (on my own) have faith (on my own) in me

Songwriters: Carole Bayer Sager / Burt Bacharach
On My Own lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc, BMG Rights Management

24 thoughts on “♫ On My Own ♫ (Redux)

  1. A really wonderful song, their voices are absolutely gorgeous! At first glimpse I thought it was the Broadway song from Les Mis. Do you like musicals? Be well and enjoy your day ❤

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    • Jeez, I thought the Doobies were at their best when Michael McDonald was part of the group. He’s got such a great voice. But, as the say, different strokes for different folks.

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    • Wait … you’re saying that Michael McDonald destroyed the Doobies? Did they split up after he left? I didn’t know. I still like his voice, though, and … those eyes … oh, those eyes!

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      • Not broke them up, as such, though they have reformed and he rejoined in 2019. What I meant was that they started out as a rock band, with loads of energy in their music. Under his influence they became much more a white soul, AOR band, which for me went completely against what they stood for. Fair enough – plenty of bands change style – but the old Doobies were never the same.

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