Sensitive Thugs: 25 Songs for a Lonely Valentine's Day

Eric Carmen "All By Myself" (1975)


Softest Lyric: "Living alone, I think of all the friends I've known/But when I dial the telephone, nobody's home"

You can tell that the people important to Eric Carmen had done the 1975 equivalent of blocking him on Twitter. This dude was at the end of his rope. He wasn't having sex anymore; none of his friends would answer his calls. He was occupying a dark place.

If this song begins to play, you must call the last number you dialed on your phone. If that person does not pick up, you are obligated to curl into the fetal position and silently whimper for the song's duration. We didn't make those rules up. The Supreme Court did in their landmark 1979 ruling of Forever v. Alone.

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