Learn to Be Lonely

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About Learn to Be Lonely

"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. The song is performed by Minnie Driver during the closing credits, and is found on the film's soundtrack. 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 (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. 


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Child of the wilderness
Born into emptiness
Learn to be lonely
Learn to find your way your way in darkness

Who will be there for you?
Comfort and care for you?
Learn to be lonely
Learn to be your one companion

Never dreamed out in the world
There are arms to hold you
You've always known
Your heart was on its own

So laugh in your loneliness
Child of the wilderness
Learn to be lonely
Learn how to love life that is lived alone

Learn to be lonely
Life can be lived
Life can be loved

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Andrew Lloyd Webber

Andrew Lloyd Webber, Baron Lloyd-Webber Kt. (born 22 March 1948) is an English composer and impresario of musical theatre. more »

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Learn to Be Lonely

  • The Phantom of the Opera