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Christina Perri: The Lonely Meaning

Song Released: 2011

The Lonely Lyrics

Two am, where do I begin
Crying off my face again
The silent sound of loneliness
Wants to follow me to bed

I'm a ghost of a girl
That I want to be most
I'm the shell of a girl
That I used to know well

Dancing slowly in an empty...


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    Aug 15th, 2014 8:25am report

    I think the song is about her being depressed because no one gets her. So here she is going through all of these struggles,and there is no one there to stick by her side. And her struggle is she lost some thing or is loosing someone. so as the song says "2am where do i begin.'' Its talking about she was waiting for someone and they weren't there, so thats where her tragedy began. So thats what i think about it.


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    Aug 11th, 2013 8:50pm report

    She lost, or is losing someone special, whether it's a love interest, family member, or simply a very dear friend. She came back home from some get together or party, at around 2am. "2am, where do I begin". She's home alone and all the feelings of sadness and emptiness flood and overwhelm her: "Crying off my face again
    The silent sound of loneliness
    Wants to follow me to bed".
    "I'm the ghost of a girl
    That I want to be most", the reason she goes out and tries to have fun, to become this outgoing and confident woman that every woman would love to be. "I'm the shell of a girl
    That I used to know well", but she knows she can't stop being the hurt and weak girl that keeps longing for that empty spot to be gone. "dancing slowly in an empty room, can the lonely take the place of you",
    she's dancing by herself in her room or house, and thinking of the lonely as an actual person that is comforting her and taking her away from her never ending thoughts and desires.
    "too afraid to go inside, for the pain of one more loveless night",
    She's afraid of going back in her home, where the lonely is awaiting her to blanket her in that too familiar feeling she knows.

    yeah...think that's it. :P


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    Aug 1st, 2012 8:55pm report

    When I first heard this song - I cried my eyes out! I knew who "the lonely" was she was referring to! The lonely is that empty spot inside that longs to be loved by someone. It's the spot inside that remembers what love felt like and how bad it hurts to miss it. The lonely is somewhat personified - like a temporary mate. It comforts her and torments her at the same time. It's always there. She's afraid to think of the love loss too much because it hurts - so the "lonely" comes and takes it away..it's a different kind of hurt. Like when she says "Dancing slowly in an empty room Can the lonely take the place of you
    I sing myself a quiet lullaby - Then you go and let the lonely in To take my heart again" I dont think she's meaning he litereally LEFT the room - but she relives the moment in her mind over and over of losing him...and the lonely "comes in" to replace that feeling and tortures her with memories of their love.

    And whens he says "I'm the ghost of a girl
    That I want to be most I'm the shell of a girl That I used to know well" I think again she's referring to the love loss. The Ghost of a girl that she wants to be most - is how she wants to be with him still. And the shell of a girl that she used to know well - is the memory of what she had..she feels empty now.


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    Jun 2nd, 2012 6:21am report

    even i am going through this... i love this guy but i don't want to break our friendship by telling him i love him and it kills me inside so i think perri is also trying to express the same thing... oh christina!i have found the perfect song for my feelings !!!

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    Apr 25th, 2012 4:40pm report

    it seems almost like The Lonely is more of a thing than an emotion, because it always refers to it as a "the" signifying that it isnt just an emotion, but a place, a thing, threatening to swallow her up if she fades into depression. she has truely lost someone, and it wasnt just the first time, and now the lonely threaten to invade once more.


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    Feb 21st, 2012 2:12am report

    i think its about shes in love with a person and has been for a while and then he has moved away but they still love each other thats what happened with me he has gone off to high school miss you blake

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    Jan 12th, 2012 1:12pm report

    I believe she's suffered so much in her life she feels like she's all alone, that she feels like she has no one left, no love, no one who cares, nothing. She has changed from the innocent child she used to be into a potentially suicidal person. She is the lonely, she is all she thinks she has left.


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    Dec 12th, 2011 12:44pm report

    “I’m the ghost of a girl that I want to be most, in the shell of a girl that I used to know well…”
    I went to one of her shows a few months ago. She told the story behind this song :She had just gotten home from a party.. She was all dolled up in a dress, came home, sat alone in the dark, in her car .. refusing to go inside. She sat in her car & cried.. writing the lyrics to this song on a napkin.
    I can attest that I wasn't the only one in the audience crying when she started singing this..


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    Nov 2nd, 2011 11:30pm report

    Classic breakup story ... She loves this guy, but he stopped loving her. She was at her peak when they were together&now that he's gone, she'll never be the same. So now, she's merely a shadow of who she was before&the best she can do to remember him&how he makes her feel is to remember the sadness, which is the lonely. Tragic ... I went through it, most people do. I love you JHH<3.


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    Oct 23rd, 2011 10:35pm report

    I think this song is about somebody becoming cold. Somebody that has suffered so much in life and has been left alone so all they have is "the lonely" and they have become somebody else because that's what the pain has done to them, hence "I'm a ghost of a girl that i want to be most. i'm the shell of a girl that i used to know well." the girl being who she used to be before she suffered so much in life.


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    Jun 27th, 2011 6:44pm report

    I think this is about her lossing the one she loves because he left her. Now she feels extremely loney but shes accepting that feeling as the only sure feeling she has. She is filling her heart with the feeling of lonely instead of moving on and letting someone else in


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    May 28th, 2011 5:35am report

    I think she lost her love


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    May 4th, 2011 5:28pm report

    I think she has lost her lover because he fell out of love with her and she doesn't know what to do. She can't figure out her emotions - whether she's sad or mad or disappointed - so the only thing she can do is try to comfort herself and give herself up to the lonely. And by the lonely I don't think she means the single people, I think she is almost referring to spirits. People who suck the emotion from you like blood.


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    Apr 19th, 2011 4:00am report

    I think that this is a song of loss and love. Perri is upset about this person leaving her, and it's broken her up inside. They've left her empty and lonely. When she sings, "can the lonely take the place of you?", I think she is expressing how sometimes even the lonely can be more of a comfort than herself in her pain. The music of the song is haunting and chilling, giving us the ghostly, lonely feeling she is trying to portray.


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    Apr 6th, 2011 4:46pm report

    I think this song means that someone is lonely from a relationship that is broken. When Perri sings "now there's only me", i think she's saying that she still loves this guy and he doesn't love her anymore.

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