Learn to Be Lonely

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"Learn to Be Lonely" is a song written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Charles Hart for the 2004 film adaptation of The Phantom of the Opera.[1] The song is performed by Minnie Driver during the closing credits, and is found on the film's soundtrack.[2] It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 77th Academy Awards and the Golden Globe at the 62nd Golden Globe Awards in 2004.

Another song using the melody of Learn to be Lonely entitled No One Would Listen (also with lyrics by Hart) was originally included in the film, to be sung by Gerard Butler (The Phantom), but was ultimately cut.

This is the only song in the film or on its soundtrack to feature Minnie Driver, who played Carlotta in the film, actually singing; the character's opera voice was given by Margaret Preece (who played Carlotta in the stage musical at one time and had a bit part in the film as Carlotta's confidante).

Beyoncé performed the song at the 2005 Oscars[3] (she performed all of that year's nominees for Best Original Song requiring female lead vocals) with Webber accompanying on piano. Minnie Driver performed the song during her appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.


  1. ^ Andrew Lloyd Webber for Ukulele (Songbook). Hal Leonard. 1 February 2013. p. 34. ISBN 978-1-4803-4186-9.
  2. ^ ""Phantom of the Opera" Soundtrack to Feature "Learn to Be Lonely"". Playbill. 18 Oct 2004. Archived from the original on 2014-08-12. Retrieved 12 August 2014.
  3. ^ Jet. Johnson Publishing Company. 14 March 2005. p. 60. ISSN 0021-5996.