Left Alone
Abbey Lincoln Lyrics


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Where's the love that's made to fill my heart?
Where's the one from whom I'll never part?
First they hurt me, then desert me
I'm left alone, all alone

There's no house that I can call my home
There's no place from which I'll never roam
Town or city, it's a pity
I'm left alone, all alone

Seek and find they always say
But up to now it's not that way
Maybe fate has let him pass me by
Or perhaps we'll meet before I die
Hearts will open, but until then





I'm left alone, all alone

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of "Left Alone" are sorrowful, introspective, and speak to the pain of lost love. Abbey Lincoln's expressive and soulful voice is the perfect vehicle to convey the melancholy of the lyrics. The song begins with a question, “Where’s the love that’s made to fill my heart?” This opening line sets the tone for the rest of the song, one that is full of longing, regret, and a sense of hopelessness. The singer yearns for the love that she has lost, and this unrequited desire leaves her feeling abandoned and alone. The next line, “Where’s the one from whom I’ll never part?” further emphasizes the depth of her sorrow.


The second stanza describes the bleakness of her existence as she has no place to call her own, no place she can settle down. The repetition of the phrase “left alone, all alone” reinforces her sense of isolation and detachment from the world around her. The bridge of the song offers a glimmer of hope through the phrase “seek and find they always say,” suggesting that there may be a chance for her to overcome her loneliness. However, she admits that up until now, this has not been the case. The final verse ends on a note of ambivalence; perhaps she has missed her chance at love or maybe there is still hope for her yet. The only certainty is that she is left to face her solitude for the time being.


Overall, "Left Alone" is a poignant song with powerful lyrics that convey a deep sense of loss, isolation, and the longing for love. Abbey Lincoln’s masterful delivery adds to the song’s emotional weight and enhances its message of unrequited love and loneliness.


Line by Line Meaning

Where's the love that's made to fill my heart?
I am seeking the affection that will complete me


Where's the one from whom I'll never part?
I am yearning for a companion who will stay with me forever


First they hurt me, then desert me
I was exposed to the pain and abandonment of those I trusted


I'm left alone, all alone
Now I am alone without anyone's love or companionship


There's no house that I can call my home
I have no place that feels like home to me


There's no place from which I'll never roam
I have no roots to keep me in one place


Town or city, it's a pity
I am without a place to belong in any location


I'm left alone, all alone
I am lonely and desolate


Seek and find they always say
I am constantly told to search for what I am missing


But up to now it's not that way
So far, it has proven difficult to discover genuine connection


Maybe fate has let him pass me by
Perhaps I have missed out on the right love due to fate or circumstance


Or perhaps we'll meet before I die
It is possible that I could still encounter lasting affection in my lifetime


Hearts will open, but until then
I anticipate the possibility of opening my heart again, but until that time


I'm left alone, all alone
I must endure being alone and abandoned




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: BILLIE HOLIDAY, MAL WALDRON

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

@arjhendrix

Billie Holiday / Mal Waldron

Where's the love that's made to fill my heart?
Where's the one from whom I'll never part?
First they hurt me, then desert me
I'm left alone, all alone

There's no house that I can call my home
There's no place from which I'll never roam
Town or city, it's a pity
I'm left alone, all alone

Seek and find they always say
But up to now it's not that way
Maybe fate has let him pass me by
Or perhaps we'll meet before I die
Hearts will open, but until then

I'm left alone, all alone

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All comments from YouTube:

@lottabackman2616

This version of Left Alone is hands down the most beautiful, heartbreaking, masterpiece ever to be sung.

@armthealiens

Indeedy.
A voice brimming, overflowing with emotion. She remained an astonishing talent throughout her career as well as a talent scout scooping up the new talent as it emerged.
Through her I discovered Steve Coleman back in the 80’s.

@howardlandsman6550

The way Abbey sings the words "... or perhaps ..." in the song's last verse ... it's totally heartbreaking, especially knowing that the autobiographical lyrics are Billie Holiday's. It's one of the most memorable vocal phrases I've ever heard. A magnificent singer and actress.

@simbamtut

A very talented singer and actor, as well as a social activist. Had the great honor of meeting her in San Francisco. One of my all time favorites.

@Fairysad2002

Empty moment by Left alone…🖤

@negativecreep44

Such a masterpiece

@jasonrollins4485

This is straight from the heart. I'm glad I heard it. I feel it.

@Jibbolino

What talent! So beautiful! Not only is Abbey magnificent, as always, but the arrangement of this song and the quality of playing here is just masterful! Thanks!

@MrBassflute

Absolutely exquisite. Nothing else to say really. Timeless and beautiful. That you so much for this.

@mhls

Left alone - Burning Gardens, anyone?

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