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Lonely songs

Quoting "Dock of the Bay" yesterday got me thinking about the theme of loneliness in music and I suddenly realized I could call out a handful of songs from the 60s and 70s on the subject:

Eleanor Rigby
Alone Again, Naturally
Don't Let Me Be Lonely tonight
Fire and Rain
Dock of the Bay
Rainy Days and Mondays always get me down

And I think one of the striking things about these songs is that they aren't generally "break-up" songs, as if the singer is lonely because somebody left them behind. They suggest a deeper layer of existence than that (though I've nothing against a good break-up song either).

I don't listen to what's popular today very much. I get the feeling their is a strong sense of ambivalence/alienation in some of it: Evanescence; Wake Me Up, for example.

Some days these sorts of songs overwhelm me and some days they help me feel a little less alone. Do you have any favorite "lonely" songs?

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