Nina Simone: Alone Again, Naturally (1982)

 |   |  1 min read

Nina Simone: Alone Again, Naturally (1982)

Lord knows, Gilbert O'Sullivan's 1972 hit Alone Again, Naturally was one of the more depressing songs ever to top the charts around the world.

Although the tune sounded almost jaunty the opening lyrics were, “In a little while from now, if I'm not feeling any less sour, I promise myself to treat myself and visit a nearby tower. And climbing to the top will throw myself off . . .”

That's probably how you do feel when left standing at the altar.

And then later, "Looking back over the years and whatever else that appears, I remember I cried when my father died, never wishing to hide the tears. And at sixty-five years old, my mother, God rest her soul couldn't understand why the only man she had ever loved had been taken. Leaving her to start with a heart so badly broken. Despite encouragement from me, no words were ever spoken. And when she passed away, I cried and cried all day . . .”

Alone_Again_singleYes, the outlook is bleak.

But at least O'Sullivan – Ireland's Raymond O'Sullivan – put a flicker of humanity into his emotions.

Quite what Nina Simone does in this later version about her late father is something much darker and venomous.

She makes very clear she hated him but then gets to an even more melancholy and existential place.

This appeared as one of three extra tracks on the recent reissue of her somewhat strange Fodder on my Wings album (reviewed here) which had largely languished in obscurity.

612vQcypl9L._SL1400_It was far from her best album but caught her at a strange time in her troubled life, which she let out in her music.

Some could say this one might have been best left inside.

For more one-offs, oddities or songs with an interesting backstory see From the Vaults.

For more on NIna Simone at Elsewhere start here

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   From the Vaults articles index

Gregory Porter: 1960 What? (Opolopo remix, 2012)

Gregory Porter: 1960 What? (Opolopo remix, 2012)

When singer Gregory Porter won best jazz album at the Grammys in January 2014 for his Blue Note abum Liquid Spirit, it threw attention back onto his two previous albums. Far from being a... > Read more

The Ramones: Spiderman (1995)

The Ramones: Spiderman (1995)

Further proof that the Ramones' sound could be applied to almost any kind of B-grade pop and rock (and sometimes genuine platinum sounds) and always coming up sounding like itself. In '95,... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

Newcastle, Australia: Whiskey and taxidermy

Newcastle, Australia: Whiskey and taxidermy

When I was told the bar-cum-restaurant was speakeasy-themed that seemed enticing enough, but then it had three other attributes which were beguiling: it “specialises in fine whiskey,... > Read more

PUNK REVOLUTION NYC, a doco by TOM O'DELL (Chrome Dreams DVD)

PUNK REVOLUTION NYC, a doco by TOM O'DELL (Chrome Dreams DVD)

Because so many who were there at the time are fading or have passed on (just one remaining Ramone from that classic album cover), this deeply detailed double DVD/three and a half hour doco on the... > Read more