Greg Schlotthauer

Greg Schlotthauer

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Pop - Rock | New York, United States
Total Song Plays: 194   
Member Since: 2018
   Last Login: over 30 days ago
   Sounds Like: Arcade Fire, Elton John, Coldplay, Nick Drake, New Pornographers, Tears for Fears, Crowded House,

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Song Description

This is a gorgeous, epic, intensely personal black-key ballad that starts with fluid, rolling piano and builds to a dramatic string arrangement of "Bridge Over Troubled Water" intensity with rock drums (played by Gregg Willliams who played drums on Sheryl Crow's masterful "Globe Sessions" album) and guitar. Unusually confessional lyrics match a vulnerable, beautiful lead vocal with an unconventional chordal turn in the choruses of this stirring, powerful song.

Story Behind the Song

After a painful and dramatic relapse, it was cathartic to compose something extremely personal, honest and exposing that admitted there are in fact lonely moments in an otherwise happy and successful loner life.

Lyrics

When I'm alone
I don't think of the past
most of the time
but we are judged by the people we meet
and you're looking fine

After all these years, far away those tears
so where are you now
could you be my one and only
or will you come back as an answer to a prayer

When I'm alone
I don't think of the times
that I've been ridiculed and ostracized
I can be just who I'm gonna be
without you looking at, talking to,
troubling me
threatening my reality
are you just my recognition
or can I give something of value to you, too?

The trouble is we live in a world full of joy
and full of pain
and when I'm alone I have all the answers
I pay attention
I'm not beholden to you

When I'm alone
you won't see me turning away
afterall, I shouldn't even been looking at you anyway
I guess I didn't figure into your dream
it's just a minor inconvenience
and it's fine with me
I've got my individuality
nothing more than sacrificing one thing for another
it's just the way that it goes

The trouble is we live in a world full of beauty
and full of trash
and when I'm alone I can tell the difference
I've got time to dwell on myself
and the meaning of life

Maybe we lead lives of quiet desperation
but sometimes when I'm alone
all the noise levels are exceeded
and all my reason feels depleted
and there's no one around to treat it
when I'm alone

After all these years, far away those tears
so where are you now
should I need any one and only
or can I just keep on existing as I have been

I'll tell you what the trouble is
we live in a world full of joy and full of pain
and when I'm alone I have all the answers
I pay attention, I'm not beholden to you
or anyone
you or anyone

Song Length
6:24
Genres
Pop - General, Rock - Easy Listening
Tempo / Feel
Medium Slow (91 - 110)
Lead Vocal
Male Vocal
Moods
Moving, Poignant

Subject Matter
Loneliness, Sadness

Similar Artists
Nick Drake, Radiohead, Aimee Mann, Elton John, Simon & Garfunkel, George Michael, Stevie Wonder,
Language
English
Era
1970 - 1979

Lyric Credits Greg Schlotthauer
Music Credits Greg Schlotthauer
Producer Credits Greg Schlotthauer
Performance Credits Greg Schlotthauer, Gregg Williams, Meg Okura, Dave Eggar, Maria Gentile, Denise DeCurtis, Velma deSelby Bowen, Steve Rossiter, Joe Fiedler