Who Sang By Myself? Dave McKenna

Release information
Release Date: 1986
Genre: Jazz
Style: Post Bop
producer: Carl E. Jefferson
assistant engineer: Scott Levitin
piano: Dave McKenna
recording engineer: Phil Edwards
lyricist: Howard Dietz
composer: Arthur Schwartz
What do I do to ignore them behind me?
Do I follow my instincts blindly?
Do I hide my pride from these bad dreams
And give in to sad thoughts that are maddening?
Do I sit here and try to stand it?
Or do I try to catch them red-handed?
Do I trust some and get fooled by phoniness,
Or do I trust nobody and live in loneliness?
Because I can't hold on when I'm stretched so thin
I make the right moves but I'm lost within
I put on my daily fa´┐Żade but then
I just end up getting hurt again
By myself (Myself)

Pre chorus:
I ask why, but in my mind
I find I can't rely on myself

I can't hold on
To what I want when I'm stretched so thin
It's all too much to take in
I can't hold on
To anything watching everything spin
With thoughts of failure sinking in

If I turn my back I'm defenseless
And to go blindly seems senseless
If I hide my pride and let it all go on
Then they'll take from me 'till everything is gone
If I let them go I'll be outdone
But if I try to catch them I'll be outrun
If I'm killed by the questions like a cancer
Then I'll be buried in the silence of the answer
(By myself)

Pre chorus

How do you think I've lost so much
I'm so afraid, I'm out of touch
How do you expect I will know what to do
When all I know is what you tell me to

Don't you know
I can't tell you how to make it go
No matter what I do, how hard I try
I can't seem to convince myself why
I'm stuck on the outside

Chorus (2x)

12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 By Myself
  • 2 A Shine on Your Shoes
  • 3 I See Your Face Before Me
  • 4 Alone Together
  • 5 I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plan
  • 6 You and the Night and the Music
  • 7 Dancing in the Dark
  • 8 Something to Remember You By
  • 9 New Sun in the Sky
  • 10 Oh, but I Do
  • 11 A Gal in Calico