If Only You Were Lonely

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
If Only You Were Lonely
If Only You Were Lonely .jpg
Male version cover
Studio album by Hawthorne Heights
Released February 28, 2006
Recorded September - October 2005
Genre Emo[1][2][3][4][5]
Length 43:37
Label Victory
Producer David Bendeth
Hawthorne Heights chronology
The Silence in Black and White
If Only You Were Lonely
Fragile Future
Alternative cover
Female version cover

If Only You Were Lonely is the second album by American rock band Hawthorne Heights.


If Only You Were Lonely is a concept album following the long-distance relationship between a young couple who were unwillingly taken apart because of the boy's family moving (hence the line in the opening track, "I know it seems like we're never coming back"). Throughout the album, the couple keep their relationship going while talking on the phone and look back on the pain they went through due to their separation. This is especially evident in "Pens and Needles" and "Saying Sorry". In the album's final track, "Decembers", the boy remembers all the times he had with his girlfriend and wishes he could have her back. Their relationship is also shown in the cover for both the original and alternate version of the album, as you can see a man sleeping by himself in the original and a woman sleeping by herself in the alternate version.

The name for the track, "Where Can I Stab Myself in the Ears?", is derived from a post on a forum that was an announcement for Hawthorne Heights' release on the popular music news website, AbsolutePunk.[6]


"Saying Sorry" was made available for streaming solely on Christmas Day and Christmas Eve 2005.[7] A music video was released for the song via AOL Music on January 16.[8] In February and March the group went on a tour of the U.S. alongside Emery, Anberlin, June and Bleed the Dream.[7] The album was released on February 28, 2006[7] through Victory Records.[9] From March to May, the group toured with Fall Out Boy on their North American arena tour,[9] titled the Black Clouds and Underdogs Tour.[10] In July, the band went on a tour of Canada alongside Story of the Year and Anberlin.[11]

Throughout July and August, the band performed a number of free intimate shows. Fans could gain entry by signing up with Rockcorps.[12] On August 7, it was announced that the band had left Victory Records, citing a lack of royalty payment.[13] From September to November, the band headlined the 2006 edition of the Nintendo Fusion Tour.[14] "I Am on Your Side" impacted radio on October 10.[15] In June and July 2007, the bands went on a U.S. tour with support from From First to Last, Secondhand Serenade, Brighten and Powerspace.[16] Following this, the group appeared on the 2007 edition of Warped Tour.[17]

Music videos were made for three tracks from the album. The video for "This Is Who We Are" was filmed at the Minneapolis stop of the Black Clouds Tour on April 14, 2006. The band later filmed a music video for "Pens and Needles" in Miami. The video was directed by Dale "Rage" Resteghini.[18] Yet another Music Video was filmed for "Saying Sorry".


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 57/100[19]
Review scores
Source Rating
The A.V. Club C-[20]
Allmusic 4/5 stars link
Alternative Press 3.5/5 stars[21]
Entertainment Weekly B+[2]
Popmatters 6/10 stars[22]
Punknews.org 1.5/5 stars[4]
Q 2/5 stars[19]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[23]
Slant Magazine 2.5/5 stars[3]
Spin C[24]

If Only You Were Lonely debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 and #1 on the Top Independent Albums chart, spending a total of 17 weeks on the former. According to Nielsen SoundScan, the album has sold 435,913 copies in the United States.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by JT Woodruff; all music composed by JT Woodruff, Matt Ridenour, Micah Carli, Eron Bucciarelli, and Casey Calvert.

No. Title Length
1. "This Is Who We Are"   3:45
2. "We Are So Last Year"   2:58
3. "Language Lessons (Five Words or Less)"   3:21
4. "Pens and Needles"   3:15
5. "Saying Sorry"   3:07
6. "Dead in the Water"   3:51
7. "I Am on Your Side"   4:14
8. "Breathing in Sequence"   3:29
9. "Light Sleeper"   3:26
10. "Cross Me Off Your List"   3:40
11. "Where Can I Stab Myself in the Ears"   3:42
12. "Decembers"   4:45
Total length:


  • "Saying Sorry" (2006)
  • "This Is Who We Are" (2006)
  • "Pens and Needles" (2006)




  1. ^ Kelefa Sanneh (February 27, 2006). "Critics' Choice: New CD's". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ a b "If Only You Were Lonely". Entertainment Weekly. February 27, 2006. 
  3. ^ a b Scott Shetler. "Hawthorne Heights If Only You Were Lonely". Slant Magazine. 
  4. ^ a b Shultz, Brian. "Hawthorne Heights - If Only You Were Lonely". Punknews.org. 
  5. ^ Jasamine White-Gluz (March 1, 2006). "Hawthorne Heights If Only You Were Lonely". Exclaim.ca. 
  6. ^ Absolutepunk.net interview Hawthorne Heights - 11.18.05
  7. ^ a b c "Hawthorne Heights post new song, tour dates with Emery, June". Alternative Press. December 25, 2005. Retrieved June 25, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Hawthorne Heights post "Saying Sorry" music video". Alternative Press. January 13, 2006. Retrieved June 26, 2016. 
  9. ^ a b "Fall Out Boy, All-American Rejects, Hawthorne Heights, From First To Last to tour in Spring". Alternative Press. December 31, 2005. Retrieved June 25, 2016. 
  10. ^ "First (real) batch of Fall Out Boy/All-American Rejects dates posted". Alternative Press. January 5, 2006. Retrieved June 26, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Hawthorne Heights/Story Of The Year Canadian tour this July". Alternative Press. April 12, 2006. Retrieved July 27, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Hawthorne Heights team up with Boost Mobile for free shows". Alternative Press. May 25, 2006. Retrieved July 29, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Hawthone Heights leave Victory Records, file lawsuit". Alternative Press. August 7, 2006. Retrieved August 1, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Nintendo Fusion Tour routing revealed". Alternative Press. July 28, 2006. Retrieved August 1, 2016. 
  15. ^ "AllAccess.com Alternative eWeekly". AllAccess. October 3, 2006. Retrieved July 1, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Thursdayyy". Alternative Press. April 13, 2007. Retrieved August 12, 2016. 
  17. ^ "Hawthorne Heights post new demo, announce producer". Alternative Press. May 25, 2007. Retrieved August 21, 2016. 
  18. ^ http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/news/upcoming_tours/hawthorne_heights_dont_waste_time_on_road.html
  19. ^ a b "Critic Reviews for If Only You Were Lonely". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved January 23, 2016. 
  20. ^ Ryan, Kyle (February 28, 2006). "Hawthorne Heights: If Only You Were Lonely". The A.V. Club. Retrieved January 23, 2016. 
  21. ^ "Hawthorne Heights If Only You Were Lonely". Alternative Press. May 24, 2006. Retrieved August 2, 2016. 
  22. ^ Kung, Winston (April 21, 2006). "Hawthorne Heights: If Only You Were Lonely". Popmatters. Retrieved January 23, 2016. 
  23. ^ Hoard, Christian (February 21, 2006). "If Only You Were Lonely : Review". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on January 5, 2007. Retrieved January 23, 2016. 
  24. ^ Mar 2003. Spin. Retrieved January 23, 2016.