This heartbreak power ballad dates back to the mid-70s when lead singer Don Dokken made a 4-track demo of the song, which he put on cassette. He was 23 when he wrote it.
Ten years later, Dokken was working on their second album, Tooth And Nail
, and their record company requested a ballad, which was de rigueur
at the time - Journey did it with "Faithfully
" and Night Ranger with "Sister Christian
." Instead of writing an entirely new song, Don dug through his cassettes and found his recording of "Alone Again." He and the rest of the band reworked it and recorded it with producer Tom Werman. It did its job, giving Dokken their first Hot 100 entry and helping the album sell over a million copies in America.