Alone Again

Album: Tooth and Nail (1984)
Charted: 64
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  • This power ballad was written by singer Don Dokken and bassist Jeff Pilson. It was the first of three Dokken singles to reach the Hot 100.
  • Don Dokken originally wrote the song in the 1970s when he was 25. He recalled during an interview with the Sioux Falls, South Dakota radio station, KBAD 94.5 FM, "I wrote it on a little 4-track recorder, put it on a cassette and it ended up in a box for, like, eight years. And the record company, on Tooth And Nail, our second album, they said ballads are the thing. Journey had a big hit with 'Lights' and Night Ranger... Everybody had ballads, and we didn't have any ballads."

    "So I dug out a bunch of times, and [I went], 'What's this? 'Alone Again' I don't even remember it.' So I listened to it, and Jeff Pilson, the [Dokken] bassist, listened to it, and he said, 'That's a cool chorus. Maybe we [can] revamp it.' So we recorded 'Alone Again.'"
  • Don Dokken sings about a man feeling lonely and depressed after a breakup. He said: "This is a thing I wrote when I was very young, very naïve. Everybody says, 'Who'd you write about?' 'I don't know.' 'What was the girl's name?' 'I don't know.' I must have been in love - it's a very sad song - but I don't remember who I wrote it about. I don't know. It was just a song that came out, I always say, from here [points up above his head] - whatever that higher power is."
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