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Alone Again (Naturally)
1971 Gilbert O'Sullivan, Nina Simone
This song had originally been recorded and released by Gilbert O'Sullivan in 1971 on a single. He reached position number one in the US Billboard charts with this song in 1972, and sold over a million copies of the single. Nina wrote new words on the Gilbert O'Sullivan music, on the occasion of her father dead.

Recording sessions
1982 January: Paris (FR) Studios Davout
I remember this afternoon
When my sister came into the room
She refused to say how my father was
But I knew he'd be dying soon

And I was oh so glad
And it was oh so sad
That I realised that I despised
This man I once called father

In his hanging on with fingers clutching
His body now just eighty-eight pounds
Blinded eyes still searching
For some distant dream
That had faded away at the seams
Dying alone naturally

I was his favourite child
I had him a little while
Just as long as I could play the piano
And smile a little smile

But just when I needed him the most
He was already a ghost
And for all my life there were promises
And they always had been broken

Leaving me alone
With all my troubles
Not once ever touching me and saying
Daughter I'll help you get over

Now he's fading away
And I'm so glad to say
He's dying at last

It's a very sad thing to see
That my mother with all her heart
Believed the words that the Bible said
Till death do us two part

For her that was forever and aye
He deceived her night and day
How could some English word so small
Affect someone so strangely

Taking her away from us
Her soul included
She might as well be gone with him
All the children are excluded

Loneliness is hell
I know so well
For I'm alone

I waited for three weeks for him to die
I waited for three weeks for him to die
Every night he was calling on me
I wouldn't go to him
I waited for three weeks for him to die
Three weeks for him to die

And after he died after he died
Every night I went out every night I had a fight
It didn't matter who it was with
Cos I knew what it was about

And if you could read between lines
My dad and I are close as flies
I have loved him then and I love him still
That's why my heart's so broken

Leaving me to doubt God in his Mercy
And if He really does exist then why did He desert me
When he passed away I smoked and drank all day
Alone again naturally

(Lyrics transcription by Roger Nupie)
1988 [6:27] CD 6 Fodder on My Wings CY Records 733622 C (FR) bonus track