All By MyselfWords by Eric Carmen
Music Based on Serge Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor
Recorded by Eric Carmen, 1975 (#2)*
A9 A A9+5 Dm6 A A/G# F# When I was young I never needed an - y - one C#m7-5 F#7 Bm Dm6 And makin' love was just for fun -- Fdim E7 A F#7 Dm6 - Fdim - E7/6 - E7 Those days are gone. A9 A A9+5 Dm6 A A/G# F# Livin' alone, I think of all the friends I've known; C#m7-5 F#7 Bm Dm6 But when I dial the tel - e - phone, Fdim E7 A F#7 Dm6 - Fdim - E7/6 - E7 No - bod - y's home. Refrain: A AM7 C#m7-5 F# F#7 All by my - self don't wan - na be Bm7 Edim Bm7-5 Dm+7 Dm6 E7 All by my - self an - y - more; A AM7 C#m7-5 F# F#7 All by my - self don't wan - na live Bm7 Edim Bm7-5 F7 Dm6 E7 All by my - self an - y - more. A9 A A9+5 Dm6 A A/G# F# Hard to be sure; some times I feel so in - se - cure, C#m7-5 F#7 Bm Dm6 And love, so distant and obscure, Fdim E7 A F#7 Dm6 - Fdim - E7/6 - E7 Remains the cure. Repeat Refrain:
For the record, Carmen recorded and released his album in 1975, but this song didn't reach #2 on the charts until 1976. And Carmen is by no means the only contemporary artist to borrow from Rachmaninoff's score. Two other best-selling pop singles were created out of the same piano concerto: "Full Moon and Empty Arms" was both by Frank Sinatra and by Perry Como; "I Will Bring You Music" was a later adaptation.