"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]

"I Alone"
Single by Live
from the album Throwing Copper
  • "Pain Lies on the Riverside"
  • "Selling the Drama" (Acoustic)
  • "I Alone" (Acoustic Version)
ReleasedMay 22, 1994
Format7", 12", Cassette, CD
GenreAlternative rock, post-grunge
LabelRadioactive Records
Live singles chronology
"Selling the Drama"
"I Alone"
"Lightning Crashes"

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]


Chart (1994) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[8] 97
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[9] 20
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[10] 48
US Billboard Hot 100 Airplay 38
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[11] 6
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[12] 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


  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. ^ "The ARIA Australian Top 100 Singles Chart – Week Ending 22 Jan 1995". Imgur.com (original document published by ARIA). Retrieved 2016-08-13.
  9. ^ "dutchcharts.nl > Live – I Alone" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2016-08-13.
  10. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  11. ^ "Live Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard.
  12. ^ "Live Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard.

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