I Alone

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"I Alone"
Single by Live
from the album Throwing Copper
B-side "Pain Lies on the Riverside"
"Selling the Drama" (Acoustic)
"I Alone" (Acoustic Version)
Released May 22, 1994
Format 7", 12", Cassette, CD
Genre Alternative rock, post-grunge
Length 3:48
Label Radioactive Records
Songwriter(s) Live
Live singles chronology
"Selling the Drama"
"I Alone"
"Lightning Crashes"

"Selling the Drama"
"I Alone"
"Lightning Crashes"

"I Alone" is the second single from Live's album, Throwing Copper. The single was released to radio stations in Canada and the United States, but was only released commercially overseas. It reached #6 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart.[1] The song was ranked 62nd best song of the 1990s by VH1.[2]

Lead singer Ed Kowalczyk said of the songs lyrics, "People think 'I Alone' is a love song but it really wasn't. The lyrics were more abstract, encompassing a much larger message." [3] He explained the line, "The greatest of teachers won't hesitate to leave you there by yourself chained to fate," by saying that a profound lesson he derived from studying spiritual teachings was that religion and truth must be found for oneself and practiced, rather than just accepting the word of others.[4]

Live performed "I Alone" at the Woodstock '99 festival on July 23, 1999 in Rome, New York.[5] The song was featured in the TV shows Homicide: Life on the Street, Beavis and Butt-head,[6] Hindsight, My So-Called Life, and Silicon Valley.


"I Alone" is written in the key of G major (recorded a half step lower in G♭ major). Kowalczyk's vocal range spans from C#3-G4.[7]


The song reached #20 in the Dutch charts[8] and #48 in the UK.[9]

Chart (1994) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[10] 97
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[11] 20
UK Singles Chart[9] 48
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Airplay 38
U.S. Billboard Album Rock Tracks[12] 6
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks[12] 6

Track listings[edit]

All songs written by Live:

Australian releases
  1. "I Alone" - 3:55
  2. "Pain Lies on the Riverside" - 5:11
  3. "Selling the Drama" (Acoustic) - 3:40
UK releases and German CD
  1. "I Alone" - 3:56
  2. "I Alone" (Acoustic) - 3:48
  3. "Pain Lies on the Riverside" - 5:13


  1. ^ "Thowing Copper > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles" Allmusic
  2. ^ "Top 100 Songs of the 90s" Archived 2012-02-14 at the Wayback Machine. VH1 - December 13, 2007
  3. ^ "Men With A Message". Retrieved 2008-02-23. Yahoo! Music (link no longer working)
  4. ^ "Live -- interview page". Archived from the original on 2008-02-18. Retrieved 2008-02-23. - Listenin.org (link no longer working)
  5. ^ "Live - I Alone (Woodstock 1999)" YouTube
  6. ^ "Soundtracks for Beavis and Butt-Head: Oil Change (1995)" IMDb
  7. ^ Live "I Alone" Sheet Music musicnotes.com
  8. ^ "LIVE - I ALONE (NUMMER)" Ultratop
  9. ^ a b "Official Charts > Live". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 2016-08-13.
  10. ^ "The ARIA Australian Top 100 Singles Chart – Week Ending 22 Jan 1995". Imgur.com (original document published by ARIA). Retrieved 2016-08-13.
  11. ^ "dutchcharts.nl > Live – I Alone" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2016-08-13.
  12. ^ a b "Throwing Copper > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles" Allmusic

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