On My Own Lyrics

on my own lyrics - Claude-Michel Schönberg
on my own lyrics – Claude-Michel Schönberg

Emotionally charged and hauntingly beautiful, ‘On My Own’ by Claude-Michel Schönberg is a timeless musical masterpiece that touches the depths of the soul.

This iconic ballad, originally featured in the renowned musical ‘Les Misérables,’ captures the raw vulnerability of unrequited love and the bittersweet longing for connection.

On My Own Lyrics


And now I’m all alone again nowhere to go
No one to turn to
Without a home, without a friend
Without a face so say hello to
And now the night is near
Now I can make believe he’s here

Sometimes I walk alone at night
When everybody else is sleeping
I think of him and then I’m happy
With the company I’m keeping
The city goes to bed
And I can live inside my head

On my own, pretending he’s beside me
All alone, I walk with him ’til morning
Without him, I feel his arms around me
And when I lose my way I close my eyes
And he has found me

In the rain, the pavement shines like silver
All the lights are misty in the river
In the darkness, the trees are full of starlight
And all I see is him and me forever
And forever

And I know it’s only in my mind
That I’m talking to myself and not to him
And although I know that he is blind
Still I say, there’s a way for us

I love him, but when the night is over
He is gone, the river’s just a river
Without him, the world around me changes
The trees are bare and everywhere
The streets are full of strangers

I love him, but every day I’m learning
All my life, I’ve only been pretending
Without me, his world would go on turning
A world that’s full of happiness
That I have never known

I love him…
I love him…
I love him…
But only on my own

Facts About On My Own Lyrics

Song Title“On My Own”
ComposerClaude-Michel Schönberg
LyricistsAlain Boublil (French) and Herbert Kretzmer (English)
Musical“Les Misérables”
Year of Composition1980
Year of ReleaseOriginal French version released in 1980. The English version debuted in 1985.
Placement in the MusicalAct 2, sung by the character Éponine Thénardier
Musical Context“On My Own” is a solo ballad sung by Éponine Thénardier, expressing her unrequited love for Marius Pontmercy. The song occurs when Marius falls in love with Cosette, leaving Éponine heartbroken. The song showcases Éponine’s loneliness and her unwavering love for Marius.

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