Solitude And Loneliness II.

I think that Billy Holiday would have done well to have replaced the word ‘solitude’ with ‘loneliness’ without losing the thrust of the lyrics. It is my humble opinion that solitude does not lead to melancholy or sadness.

In my solitude
You haunt me
With dreadful ease
Of days gone by

In my solitude
You taunt me
With memories
That never die

I sit in my chair
And filled with despair
There’s no one could be so sad
With gloom everywhere
I sit and I stare
I know that I’ll soon go mad

In my solitude
I’m afraid
Dear Lord above
Send back my love

I sit in my chair
And filled with despair
There’s no one could be so sad
With gloom everywhere
I sit and I stare
I know that I’ll soon go mad

In my solitude
I’m afraid
Dear Lord above
Send me back my love

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11 Responses to Solitude And Loneliness II.

  1. Looney says:

    I presume you mean an unwired solitude that is disconnected from certain portions of the electromagnetic spectrum that are used for communication. Getting some solitude is one of my greatest joys.

    On the other hand, I do know a few people who are so wrapped up in their melancholy that they cut themselves off from everyone who cares about them and slowly go berserk in their solitude. I tend to let them go their way, but wish there was something else to be done for them.
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    • I have some of those melancholics in my life too Looney and they claim that they cannot understand how I can be like I am despite wanting to. I find it hard to believe the latter as I am convinced that they enjoy the melancholy.

    • shackman says:

      Solitude is simply being alone and it need not include lonliness – a good book, movie, affectionate pet or some nice tunes can all prevent lonliness and thereby make solitude a favored circumstance
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  2. marms says:

    I quite enjoy my solitude. Loneliness? I am loney only for certain people, not just some unnamed lonely. I try to store up my solitude: savour it, make my little nest as cozy and welcoming (to me!) as possible. I read, or listen to radio, or watch the world rush to work far below and across the river. I memorize every detail because I’m of the age where this could all change in a moment, and I’ll be where there is no solitude, no privacy, no silence, no choices really at all.

    This morning’s solitude is covered in a soft blanket of snow muffling road sounds, and I have enough creme for the whole pot of coffee I’ve just made. I will curl up in my recliner and watch daylight settle in. Solitude is fantastic.

  3. tammy j says:

    what a wonderful comment by marms.
    and i agree totally with you rummy about the song.
    perhaps they used the word solitude because it is a more beautiful word.
    it has always felt like a comfortable word to me.
    and yet in the song it’s made out to be something terrible… something to be avoided. and that’s sad.
    i agree with marms. if i’m ever lonely it’s a very specific loneliness and for a very specific person or people. simply missing them. that’s all.
    and even then i don’t let it stay long. that’s not the healthiest state of mind methinks!
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    • Yes, I too think that the word solitude was used because it is more beautiful than loneliness. The two words however indicate two different emotional states and that is why I suggested that the latter perhaps would have been more appropriate.

  4. I agree wholeheartedly that the song was talking about loneliness, not blessed solitude.
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  5. solitude and loneliness in my opinion are not truly related to one another at all…

    I enjoy solitude for reasons that most people in my life or just new in my life often seem to tangle it up with “you must be lonely”

    occasionally I get all melancholy & lonely but they are brief encounters which a quick cry and feeling sorry for myself are soon overcome. I just make a date with myself to go out the next day into the crowded city…

    For me solitude renews my spirit, makes me make decisions – some better than others – time out for that crowded city. And now a respite from another kind of living.

    • This is a universal phenomenon that others perceive one’s enjoyment of solitude as suffering loneliness. I had hoped that my post would be read by some of those so that they can learn to differentiate. And getting melancholy and lonely now and then is no sin. It is very human and even the most seasoned person enjoying solitude will be subject to those moments, sometimes brief and sometimes long.

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