"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 No. 6 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart.[2] The song was ranked 62nd best song of the 1990s by VH1.[3]

"I Alone"
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Single by Live
from the album Throwing Copper
B-side
  • "Pain Lies on the Riverside"
  • "Selling the Drama" (Acoustic)
  • "I Alone" (Acoustic Version)
ReleasedMay 22, 1994
GenrePost-grunge[1]
Length3:48
LabelRadioactive Records
Songwriter(s)Live
Live singles chronology
"Selling the Drama"
(1994)
"I Alone"
(1994)
"Lightning Crashes"
(1994)

Live performed "I Alone" at the Woodstock '99 festival on July 23, 1999 in Rome, New York.[4] The song was featured in the TV shows Homicide: Life on the Street, Beavis and Butt-head,[5] Hindsight, My So-Called Life, and Silicon Valley.

CompositionEdit

"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.[6]

Lead singer Ed Kowalczyk said of the song's lyrics, "People think 'I Alone' is a love song but it really wasn't. The lyrics were more abstract, encompassing a much larger message."[7] 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.[8]

ChartsEdit

Chart (1994–1995) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[9] 97
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[10] 22
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[11] 20
Scotland (OCC)[12] 42
UK Singles (OCC)[13] 48
UK Rock & Metal (OCC)[14] 8
US Radio Songs (Billboard)[15] 38
US Alternative Airplay (Billboard)[16] 6
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[17] 6

Track listingsEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Yates, Henry (January 25, 2021). "The story behind I Alone by Live". Classic Rock. Retrieved July 2, 2021.
  2. ^ "Thowing Copper > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles" Allmusic
  3. ^ "Top 100 Songs of the '90s". VH1. Archived from the original on February 14, 2012. Retrieved December 13, 2007.
  4. ^ "Live - I Alone (Woodstock 1999)" YouTube
  5. ^ "Soundtracks for Beavis and Butt-Head: Oil Change (1995)" IMDb
  6. ^ Live "I Alone" Sheet Music musicnotes.com
  7. ^ "Men With A Message". Retrieved February 23, 2008. Yahoo! Music (link no longer working)
  8. ^ "Live -- interview page". Archived from the original on February 18, 2008. Retrieved February 23, 2008. - Listenin.org (link no longer working)
  9. ^ "The ARIA Australian Top 100 Singles Chart – Week Ending 22 Jan 1995". ARIA. Retrieved August 13, 2016 – via Imgur.
  10. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 5, 1995" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40. Retrieved November 20, 2020.
  11. ^ "Live – I Alone" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved November 20, 2020.
  12. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved July 30, 2020.
  13. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  14. ^ "Official Rock & Metal Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved July 30, 2020.
  15. ^ "Live Chart History (Radio Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved July 30, 2020.
  16. ^ "Live Chart History (Alternative Airplay)". Billboard.
  17. ^ "Live Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard.

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