Why Should I Be Lonely?
Jimmie Rodgers Lyrics


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Oh the moonlight so bright
Makes me lonely tonight
Everything seems to make me feel blue, dear
I am downhearted now, I am lonesome somehow
'Cause you are proving untrue

Why should I be so lonely
Why should I be sad
Though another is taking from me the
Best pal I've ever had
She's taking the sunshine with her
Leaving the clouds for me

But why should I be so lonesome
When there's nobody lonesome for me
Oh the violets so blue are calling for you
The roses so sweet make me lonely
They bring to my mind the sweet happy time
When your love was only for me





Odle ay-ee-o, d'lay-ee ay, d'lay-ee

Overall Meaning

In Jimmie Rodgers's song "Why Should I Be Lonely?," the lyrics express a deep sense of loneliness and sadness experienced by the singer. The moonlight serves as a catalyst for these emotions, intensifying the feeling of solitude. The singer reflects on a relationship in which their partner proved to be unfaithful, leading to their current state of heartache and longing.


The lyrics ponder the question of why the singer should feel so lonely and sad when their former lover has found someone else. The pain of losing their best friend and soulmate is evident, as they witness the sunshine being taken away by their former partner while they are left with nothing but clouds. Despite this, the singer questions why they should continue feeling lonesome when there is no one else to feel lonely for them.


Line by Line Meaning

Oh the moonlight so bright
The bright moonlight serves as a stark reminder of my loneliness.


Makes me lonely tonight
The night amplifies my feelings of loneliness.


Everything seems to make me feel blue, dear
Every aspect of my surroundings only contributes to my sadness.


I am downhearted now, I am lonesome somehow
I feel deeply dejected and isolated in my current state.


'Cause you are proving untrue
Your actions demonstrate that you have been unfaithful.


Why should I be so lonely
What reason is there for me to experience such deep loneliness?


Why should I be sad
Why should I be filled with sorrow?


Though another is taking from me the Best pal I've ever had
Although someone else is stealing away the person who meant the most to me.


She's taking the sunshine with her
She is taking away all the happiness and brightness in my life.


Leaving the clouds for me
She leaves behind only darkness and despair for me to endure.


But why should I be so lonesome
However, what justification is there for me to feel this extreme loneliness?


When there's nobody lonesome for me
There is no one else who feels lonely because of my absence.


Oh the violets so blue are calling for you
The blue violets symbolically represent my longing for you.


The roses so sweet make me lonely
Even the sweet scent of roses accentuates my loneliness.


They bring to my mind the sweet happy time
They remind me of the past when we were happily together.


When your love was only for me
A time when your affection was solely directed towards me.


Odle ay-ee-o, d'lay-ee ay, d'lay-ee
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Comments from YouTube:

Judy Lear

I can picture my dad listening to this in his old rocking chair and it brings tears to my eyes...

True Southern

Memories and thoughts like that are such a bittersweet thing... if hes passed, I'm sorry for your loss

Sunnobu Ver Easteg

Oh the moonlight so bright makes me lonely tonight
Everything seems to make me feel blue, dear
I am downhearted now, I am lonesome somehow
'Cause you are proving untrue
Why should I be so lonely, why should I be sad
Though another is taking from me the best pal I've ever had
She's taking the sunshine with her, leaving the clouds for me
But why should I be so lonesome when there's nobody lonesome for me
Oh the violets so blue are calling for you
The roses so sweet make me lonely
They bring to my mind the sweet happy time
When your love was only for me.

Nigel Lawrence

Wow ,,,thank you so much for posting this song...have been looking for this on youtube for it for years...Bless you !

andythefork

I can't stop listening to this song. Have been coming back over and over for weeks now.

M Soiseth

This is a lot more complex of a song than most of Jimmie's songs. One of my favorites, very sad song.

True Southern

Even before I'm so lonesome I could cry, there was why should I be lonely

Aileen

So beautifully

John Jurkewicz

👍👍It so great 👍👍

Samuel

1:23 man....... why should i be so lonesome when there is nobody lonesome for me

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