A Lonely Place

Johnny Mandel

Johnny Mandel

Composer Johnny Mandel
Lyricist Paul Francis Webster
Year Written 1969
About A Lonely Place
“A Lonely Place” was written for the 1969 western Heaven with a Gun, starring Glenn Ford.


The world can be a happy place
Of stars and cockle shells
Of summer things like garden swings
Of games and carousels

A hundred different pleasures
The heart can not forget
And yet
And yet

The world is such as lonely place
When you are all alone
Your arms reach out to empty space
For dreams you’ve never known

And in the dawn
In silence I explore
I see the one I’ve waited for
Beyond a slowly closing door

Oh please don’t go
For this I know
I need you so

The world’s a lonely place
That’s all until you fall in love

Session / Album Information


“A Lonely Place” was recorded on March 27, 1969 and released that year on the album I’ve Gotta Be Me. It was arranged by Torrie Zito.

A Lonely Place

Listen to A Lonely Place on Spotify. Tony Bennett · Song · 1969.

This recording released on:

  • 1969: CBS 45: 4527
  • 1969: Columbia 45: 4-44947
  • 1969: Columbia LP 12″: CS 9882 — I’ve Gotta Be Me
  • 2009: Beat Goes On CD: 886 — For Once In My Life/I’ve Gotta Be Me [UK
  • 2011: Disc #38 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK37) I’ve Gotta Be Me

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