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August 30, 2010 11:11 AM   Subscribe

Introvert theme songs?

I want songs about introversion and/or being alone - but not necessarily about loneliness!

Some suggestions to start things off:

The Boy Least Likely To - I Keep Myself to Myself
The Who - I'm One
Rufus (or Loudon) Wainwright - One Man Guy
Simon and Garfunkel - I Am A Rock
posted by elsietheeel to Media & Arts (52 answers total) 45 users marked this as a favorite
 
Supertramp - Hide in Your Shell
posted by never used baby shoes at 11:18 AM on August 30, 2010


"Don't Bother Me" - The Beatles
"Strawberry Fields Forever" - The Beatles
"Eleanor Rigby" - The Beatles
"The Invisible Man" - Queen
"My Way" - Frank Sinatra
"All by Myself" - Green Day
posted by John Cohen at 11:27 AM on August 30, 2010


Underdog Victorious

A Rose For Emily
posted by hermitosis at 11:27 AM on August 30, 2010


Creep - Radiohead

and most of The Smiths songs.
posted by edman at 11:27 AM on August 30, 2010


Everything ever by Belle and Sebastian. Maybe start with Is It Wicked Not to Care?
posted by oinopaponton at 11:28 AM on August 30, 2010


Flowers on the Wall-The Statler Brothers, from the Pulp Fiction Soundtrack
posted by nomadicink at 11:31 AM on August 30, 2010 [2 favorites]


How soon is now? by The Smiths
posted by carlsdad at 11:31 AM on August 30, 2010


I Like To Stay Home
posted by decagon at 11:34 AM on August 30, 2010


There is a terrific introvert theme song called "The Wind From Rainbow's End" by Bill Roper. I don't do links very well, but here we go: http://www.filker.com/songs/WindFromRainbowsEnd.html
posted by grizzled at 11:37 AM on August 30, 2010


Wilco - How to Fight Loneliness
posted by neushoorn at 11:41 AM on August 30, 2010


Alone Again, Naturally by Gilbert O'Sullivan. A 70s AM radio classic, but hella depressing.
posted by wackybrit at 11:44 AM on August 30, 2010


Loser by Beck
posted by Eicats at 11:48 AM on August 30, 2010


Solitude Sometimes Is by the Manic Street Preachers.
posted by Admiral Haddock at 11:49 AM on August 30, 2010 [1 favorite]


Seconding the Smihs, specifically "Ask".

Shyness is nice, but shyness can stop you from doing all the things in life you'd like to.

Along the same lines as "I Am a Rock" - Island.
posted by punchdrunkhistory at 11:51 AM on August 30, 2010


Bjork: Hyperballad
posted by spinto at 11:58 AM on August 30, 2010


Splendid Isolation by Warren Zevon
posted by zabuni at 12:12 PM on August 30, 2010


"Man in a Suitcase" or "Darkness" by The Police?

"Who Can it Be Now?" by Men at Work
posted by GhostintheMachine at 12:24 PM on August 30, 2010


Mercury Tears by Chromeo

The Longest Winter by Pedro The Lion

In The Garage by Weezer

and most of The Smiths songs

The closest one I can think of to being an introvert theme song is Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now
posted by burnmp3s at 12:28 PM on August 30, 2010


Oh! And given your screen name, I'm sure you also enjoy Isolation by one mister Howard Moon, jazz maverick and man of action, coming at you like a hawk, like a kestrel.
posted by Admiral Haddock at 12:34 PM on August 30, 2010 [1 favorite]


"Sinking Ship" by The New Year

[Video]
posted by extramundane at 12:36 PM on August 30, 2010


My Mind's Eye by the Small Faces is a perfect introvert song.
posted by phunniemee at 12:38 PM on August 30, 2010


New Order - Leave me Alone
posted by bobafet at 12:52 PM on August 30, 2010


"And I don't need no friends/As long as I gaze at Waterloo Sunset I am in paradise."

And for a sadder take on our personality type, try "Eleanor Rigby."

Oldies but goodies. And nthing anything by Morrissey, with or without The Smiths.

Thanks, elsietheel. I may just have to steal this idea for my next mix CD.
posted by xenophile at 12:56 PM on August 30, 2010


Whitesnake's Here I Go Again Is about being alone now that I think of it. Only one I could find in my collection. Sort of about loneliness and sort of about being born to be alone. "Like a drifter I was born to walk alone." Also it has the advantage of KICKING THE ASS OF EVERY OTHER SONG ON THIS LIST. Devil horns up, everybody, and crank it. See you in Valhalla.
posted by Askr at 12:57 PM on August 30, 2010 [2 favorites]


"All by Myself" - Green Day

"All by Myself" - Eric Carmen
posted by davejay at 1:06 PM on August 30, 2010


Any Nick Drake song could provide a good soundtrack.
posted by Kafkaesque at 1:07 PM on August 30, 2010 [1 favorite]


Beach Boys, "In My Room"
posted by kirkaracha at 1:12 PM on August 30, 2010 [1 favorite]


Green Day, "Boulevard of Broken Dreams"
I walk a lonely road
The only one that I have ever known
Don't know where it goes
But it's only me and I walk alone
posted by kirkaracha at 1:15 PM on August 30, 2010 [1 favorite]


Sarah McLachlan, "Elsewhere".

Suzanne Vega, "Solitude Standing".

(I'm sure I have others, but I can't think of them off the top of my head.)
posted by madcaptenor at 1:20 PM on August 30, 2010


George Thorogood, I Drink Alone

I drink alone
Yeah with nobody else
I drink alone
Yeah with nobody else
You know when I drink alone
I prefer to be by myself

posted by Tehhund at 1:21 PM on August 30, 2010


I'll be in the back and I don't need the help
I'm good here in the back, I'm good all by myself
I'm busy taking stock of all the things that I've forgot
And making mental notes of just exactly where I lost the plot
. . .
Then the people came to talk me down
And I got some advice
Then the people came to talk me down
But I don't need advice, I'm down


They Might Be Giants - Memo to Human Resources
posted by foursentences at 1:34 PM on August 30, 2010 [1 favorite]


Under the Floor Again- The Damned
posted by kuujjuarapik at 1:43 PM on August 30, 2010


Brendan Benson Jet Lag

My so-called friends, where are they now?
I guess a love that bends isn't worth much anyhow
They come and go
And talk their shit
And when I really need to know
All I get is spit in my eye..

Meaning to Write
Hey I've been meaning to write you a postcard
But it's so hard
It's so hard
It's so hard
posted by amethysts at 2:01 PM on August 30, 2010


Conversation Piece by David Bowie

"I took this walk to ease my mind
To find out what's gnawing at me
Wouldn't think, to look at me,
that I've spent a lot of time in education
It all seems so long ago
I'm a thinker, not a talker
I've no-one to talk to, anyway"
posted by lhude sing cuccu at 2:30 PM on August 30, 2010


A lot of these, particularly the Smiths recommendations, don't seem to fit "introversion" in my read, as introversion doesn't necessarily imply shyness or loneliness. Introverts are energized by time away from other people; they don't mope about it.

That said, I'd nominate Tom Waits - Better Off Without a Wife. The balance of preferring alone time, while at the same time appreciating friends, seems to be struck with this lyric:

selfish about my privacy
as long as I can be with me
we get along so well I can't believe
I love to chew the fat with folks
and listen to all your dirty jokes
I'm so thankful for these friends
I do receive


Also, I never would have thought of it, but the Whitesnake suggestion is brilliant.
posted by .kobayashi. at 2:35 PM on August 30, 2010 [4 favorites]


Hey Girl, Don't Bother Me - The Tams
posted by The Card Cheat at 2:47 PM on August 30, 2010


Wig in a Box
posted by hermitosis at 2:55 PM on August 30, 2010


Learn to Be Lonely from Phantom of the Opera has comforting lyrics about accepting a solitary life:

Child of the wilderness, born into emptiness
Learn to be lonely, learn to find your way in darkness

Who will be there for you, comfort and care for you?
Learn to be lonely, learn to be your one companion

Never dreamed out in the world, there are arms to hold you
You've always known your heart was on its own

So laugh in your loneliness, child of the wilderness
Learn to be lonely, learn how to love life that is lived alone.
posted by datarose at 3:50 PM on August 30, 2010


Billy Idol - Dancin' by Myself
posted by jjderooy at 4:02 PM on August 30, 2010


"My Own Best Friend" from Chicago
"Circle" - Edie Brickell & the New Bohemians
posted by SisterHavana at 5:39 PM on August 30, 2010


Joan Armatrading, Me, Myself I
posted by vers at 5:41 PM on August 30, 2010


Drifter in the Dark by Ween sorta kinda.
posted by Brody's chum at 6:12 PM on August 30, 2010


"Gepetto" by Optiganally Yours

No one can find me in here
No one can bother me in here
No one even knows that I'm here
No one can shove me in here
And I can cha-cha all day ...

posted by prex at 6:18 PM on August 30, 2010


I saw someone mentioned Vega upstream, so to add: DNA's remix of Suzanne Vega's "Tom's Diner".
posted by simulacra at 7:30 PM on August 30, 2010


Modern Lovers - Walk Up the Street, She Cracked ("I stay alone, eat health food at home")
Yo La Tengo - I Feel Like Going Home
posted by hydrophonic at 8:25 PM on August 30, 2010


"Turning Japanese" -- The Vapors
posted by croctommy at 9:04 PM on August 30, 2010


Splendid Isolation - Warren Zevon
posted by ymendel at 9:39 PM on August 30, 2010


The Coachmen, Thurston Moore's band back in the day, has a song called "Stay in my Room" with the lines I want to stay in my room/in my room, everything is fine/all that I touch is mine.
posted by ifjuly at 10:51 PM on August 30, 2010


David Bowie - Space Oddity

Santogold - L.E.S. Artistes:

What am I here for? I left my home to disappear is all
I'm here for myself not to know you, I don't need no one else

Fit in so good the hope is that you cannot see me later
You don't know me, I am an introvert, an excavator
I'm duckin' out for now, a face in dodgy elevators
Creep up and suddenly I found myself an innovator

posted by Drop Daedalus at 1:53 AM on August 31, 2010


Eels- Lone Wolf
posted by tfmm at 6:52 AM on August 31, 2010


Jason Derulo - Riding Solo

I'm feeling like a star, you can't stop my shine,
I'm loving cloud nine, my head's in the sky.
I'm solo, I'm riding solo

posted by MsMolly at 8:11 AM on August 31, 2010


Greg Brown - Just by Myself

I'll walk around some ancient city,
write in my notebook, and drink my tea.
Don't have to make love, 'cause love made me,
and I'll be happy just by myself.

I'll make my supper 'bout ten o'clock,
and watch the moon rise above my block,
and go to bed in just my socks,
and I'll be happy just by myself.

And I'll go fishin', get with the flow.
I know a river in Idaho.
I'll catch a big trout and let him go,
and I'll be happy just by myself.

Love never made a fool of me.
I always was one, as you could see.
I can't be good, so I'll be free.
And I'll be happy just by myself.

I'll fold the laundry, just like I please.
And put the sheets on, just like I please.
And in my dreams, find sweet release.
And I'll be happy just by myself.

posted by heatherann at 7:03 PM on September 3, 2010


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