About The Song

The song was written by Orbison and Joe Melson, and it was originally released in 1960. It was Orbison’s first major hit, and it reached number one on the charts in the United States and the United Kingdom.

The song’s lyrics tell the story of a man who is heartbroken after a breakup. He sings about how he feels lost and alone, and how he can’t imagine life without his lover. The lyrics are simple but effective, and they capture the raw emotion of heartbreak.

The song’s melody is also simple but beautiful. It is a slow, mournful ballad that perfectly complements the lyrics. Orbison’s vocals are powerful and expressive, and he delivers the song with a sense of conviction that is both heartbreaking and relatable.

“Only the Lonely” is a timeless classic that continues to resonate with listeners today. It is a song that everyone can relate to, and it is a reminder that heartbreak is a universal experience.



🎵 Let’s sing along with the lyrics! 🎤

Only the lonely (dum-dumb-dummy doo-wah)
Know the way I feel tonight (ooh yay, yay, yay, yeah)
Only the lonely (dum-dumb-dummy doo-wah)
Know this feeling ain’t right (dum-dumb-dummy doo-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-dumb-dummy doo-wah, ooh yay, yay, yay, yeah)
(Oh, oh oh oh oh ooh-ah-ah, only the lonely)
(Only the lonely)

Only the lonely (dum-dumb-dummy doo-wah)
Know the heartaches I’ve been through (ooh yay, yay, yay, yeah)
Only the lonely (dum-dumb-dummy doo-wah)
Know I cry and cry for you (dum-dumb-dummy doo-wah)

Maybe tomorrow
A new romance
No-o-o more sorrow
But that’s the chance
You’ve got to take
If your lonely heart breaks
Only the lonely (dum-dumb-dummy doo-wah)

5 thoughts on “Roy Orbison – Only the Lonely”
  1. I have enjoyed Roy Orbison’s music since I bought this Monument record in the mid 1960s and still listen to all his music on this album and several cassettes and CDs. He was a great performer and writer. Glad that he was always a very respectable singer.

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