(In My) Solitude


In my solitude you haunt me
With reveries of days gone by
In my solitude you taunt me
With memories that never die

I sit in my chair
Filled with despair
Nobody could be so sad
With gloom ev’rywhere
I sit and I stare
I know that I’ll soon go mad

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

Song Notes

“(In My) Solitude” was composed in 1934 by Duke Ellington, with lyrics by Eddie DeLange and Irving Mills.

It appeared on Billie Holiday Sings, on the new vinyl LP format, Lady’s first full-length album, released in the United States by Clef Records in 1952. It was reissued in 1956 by Verve Records with four extra tracks recorded at the sessions, and renamed Solitude, for what had become a signature song for Billie.