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Loudon Wainwright III – I'd Rather Be Lonely lyrics

Every night I get the blues
Greens and yellows and chartreuses
You're still living here with me, I'd rather be lonely

All the thime I look around
For excuses to leave town
Everybody wants somebody but I'd rather be lonely

Lonliness is happiness it takes less than two
I confess that I digress from it when I'm with you

Let's us make a brand new start
Separate and stay apart
I've had enough having and holding
I'd rather be lonely

I think that I need some space
Every day you're in my face
How can I get rid of you, I'd rather be lonely


One more verse, a few more words
Love is for the bees and birds
Not for a human being like me
I'd rather be lonely

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    Dave Robbins
    According to a 2010 interview of Martha Wainwright:
    When Martha was 14 her father wrote a song called I'd Rather Be Lonely. 'I always felt terribly sorry for the poor woman
    I thought it was about,' she has said. 'Then one time Loudon told the crowd: "I wrote this song about my daughter."'
    'That hurt,' she says today. 'Dad had taken a year off and suggested we live together [she had been living with her mother in Montreal]. So I moved in with him in New York and it was a disaster.
    I was 14, which is a disaster for anyone – I was getting into smoking, drinking and boys – and he was 45, so he was probably having a mid-life crisis."
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