On My Own

Patti LaBelle

About On My Own

"On My Own" was a Billboard #1 hit duet by singers Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald when it was released as a single in 1986. It was released from LaBelle's first platinum album, Winner in You and was written and produced by Burt Bacharach and his former wife Carole Bayer Sager. The song was originally recorded by singer Dionne Warwick for inclusion on her album Friends. It is unclear why the song was not included on the final track list. The song was based on a relationship that had reached its end with both parties going their separate ways in a melancholy state with the occasional option of coming back together again one day. It was often stated the two performers were in separate cities when they recorded their individual parts which were then "married" during mixing. This was reflected in the music video produced to promote the song, which depicted LaBelle and McDonald performing the song simultaneously on different coasts. The singers were shown on separate sides of a split screen, each singing the song while walking through apartments which had identical layouts but different decor and furniture. The views from their respective porches, where they finished the song, made clear their separation by the continent. 


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So many times
Said it was forever
Said our love would always be true
Something in my heart always knew
I'd be lying here beside you
On my own
On my own
On my own

So many promises never should be spoken
Now I know what loving you cost
Now we're up to talking divorce
And we weren't even married
On my own
Once again now
One more time
By myself

No one said it was easy
But it once was so easy
Well I believed, I believed in love
Now here I stand
I wonder why

I'm on my own
Why did it end this way
On my own
This wasn't how it was supposed to be
On my own
I wish that we could do it all again

So many times
I know I could have told you
Losing you it cut like a knife, hey
You walked out and there went my life
I don't want to live without you
On my own
This wasn't how it was supposed to end
On my own
I wish that we could do it all again
On my own
I never dreamed I'd spend one night alone

By myself
On my own, I've got to find where I belong again
On my own
I've got to learn how to be strong again
On my own
I never dreamed I'd spend one night alone
By myself by myself, by myself
I've got to find out what was mine again
On my own
My heart is saying that it's my time again
On my own
And I have faith that I will shine again
On my own
I (on my own) have faith (on my own) in me

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Patti LaBelle

Patricia Louise Holte-Edwards (born May 24, 1944), better known under the stage name Patti LaBelle, is a Grammy Award winning American singer, author and actress who has spent over 50 years in the music industry. LaBelle spent 16 years as lead singer of Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles, who changed their name to Labelle in the early 1970s and released the iconic disco song, "Lady Marmalade". more »

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Written by: Carole Bayer Sager, Burt Bacharach

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10 facts about this song

Song Production
"On My Own" is a duet by songstress Patti Labelle and Michael McDonald. The song was written and produced by Burt Bacharach and his frequent collaborator, lyricist Carole Bayer Sager.
Chart Performance
It was a number one hit on the Billboard R&B chart for four consecutive weeks and peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1986.
Grammy Nomination
"On My Own" was nominated for a Grammy award in the category “Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal” in 1987.
Unique Recording Process
Interesting enough, Patti Labelle and Michael McDonald recorded their parts for the song separately and had never met before the song was released.
Music Video
The intense and somber mood of the song was well executed in the music video directed by Dominic Orlando. It illustrated the emotional isolation described in the lyrics.
Successful Collaboration
The song marked the first and most successful collaboration between Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald.
Global Success
"On My Own" was not only a huge success in the United States, but also reached top 10 in several other countries including the UK, Ireland, and The Netherlands.
Cover Versions
Over the years, this classic song has been covered by numerous artists worldwide, highlighting its enduring appeal.
Album Success
The song appears on Labelle’s 1986 album "Winner in You" and is the highest-charting single from that album.
Emotional Resonance
"On My Own" has remained a popular ballad about heartbreak and resilience, with its theme of independence and moving forward resonating with numerous listeners.

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