Only the Lonely

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"Only the Lonely (Know the Way I Feel)" is a 1960 song written by Roy Orbison and Joe Melson. Orbison's recording of the song, produced by Fred Foster for Monument Records, was the first major hit for the singer. It was described by The New York Times as expressing "a clenched, driven urgency". Released as a 45 rpm single by Monument Records in May 1960, "Only the Lonely" went to No. 2 on the United States Billboard pop music charts on 25 July 1960 (blocked by Brenda Lee's "I'm Sorry") and No. 14 on the Billboard R&B charts. "Only the Lonely" reached Number One in the United Kingdom, a position it achieved on 20 October 1960, staying there for two weeks (out of a total of 24 weeks spent on the UK singles chart from 28 July 1960). According to Orbison historian Marcel Riesco's research for "The Authorized Roy Orbison," personnel on the original recording included Orbison's drummer Larry Parks, plus Nashville's regulars, Floyd Cramer on piano, Bob Moore on bass, and Hank Garland and Harold Bradley on guitars, Joe Melson and the Annita Kerr Singers on backing vocals. Drummer Buddy Harman played on the rest of the songs on the session. 


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1987
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(Dum, dum, dum, dum do, wah, ooh yay, yay, yay, yeah)
(Oh, oh, oh, oh, ooh, ah, only the lonely)
(Only the lonely)

Only the lonely (dum, dum, dum, dum do, wah)
Know the way I feel tonight (ooh yay, yay, yay, yeah)
Only the lonely (dum, dum, dum, dum do, wah)
Know this feeling ain't right (dum, dum, dum, dum do, wah)

There goes my baby
There goes my heart
They're gone forever
So far apart

But only the lonely
Know why I cry
Only the lonely (dum, dum, dum, dum do, wah, ooh yay, yay, yay, yeah)
(Oh, oh, oh, oh, ooh, ah, only the lonely)
(Only the lonely)

Only the lonely (dum, dum, dum, dum do, wah)
Know the heartaches I've been through (ooh yay, yay, yay, yeah)
Only the lonely (dum, dum, dum, dum do, wah)
Know I cry and cry for you (dum, dum, dum, dum do, wah)

Maybe tomorrow
A new romance
No more sorrow
But that's the chance
You've got to take
If your lonely heart breaks
Only the lonely (dum, dum, dum, dum do, wah)

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Roy Orbison

Roy Kelton Orbison (April 23, 1936 – December 6, 1988), also known by the nickname 'The Big O', was an American singer-songwriter, best known for his distinctive, powerful voice, complex compositions, and dark emotional ballads. Orbison grew up in Texas and began singing in a rockabilly/country and western band in high school until he was signed by Sun Records in Memphis. His greatest success came with Monument Records between 1960 and 1964, when 22 of his songs placed on the Billboard Top Forty, including "Only the Lonely", "Crying", and "Oh, Pretty Woman". His career stagnated through the 1970s, but several covers of his songs and the use of "In Dreams" in David Lynch's Blue Velvet revived his career in the 1980s. In 1988, he joined the supergroup Traveling… more »

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Written by: Joe Melson, Roy Orbison

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