I’d Rather Be Lonely

The story:

Chris J. Trigg wrote this song very soon after his first date with Carola Trigg. It was a wonderful whirlwind romance and they were married on June 4th, 2017. It was a beautiful wedding! Chris found the love and peace that seemed to elude him most of his life. Carola was his angel. He adored her.

At the wedding, Chris had Janis Mullen sing the song he wrote for Carola. Victor Wells and Rick Van Krugel accompanied her on guitar and mandolin.

Sadly, we lost Chris from Legionnaires’ Disease on Oct 7th, 2018. Chris was battling lymphoma at the time and was undergoing chemotherapy which compromised his immune system. It happened suddenly and we’re all still in shock over two years later.

Our gift to Carola was to try to record and perform this song for Chris.

Recently some of Chris’s musician friends all got together and recorded their contributions remotely and exchanged them over the internet. For posterity’s sake, we videoed most of our performances for Carola to see.

We all love you Carola and we’re all so sorry for this awful heartbreak.

In the video: Dave Reimer – bass, Victor Wells – acoustic/electric guitars, Janis Mullen – vocals, Ron Ogden – piano, Jeff Neill – guitar, Brad Hawkes percussion, Steven Drake – lap steel, Sari Alesh – string section, Mick Dalla-Vee – drums, organ, background vocals, recording and video editing.

(Wedding photos courtesy of MoMo McCann)

(Rock art courtesy of Kelly Munro)

I’d Rather Be Lonely

Verse 1

Well I thought I doin’ alright

I had myself, didn’t need nobody else

But all of that changed in a moment

The day she walked through that coffee shop door

B SECTION

Then my head said to me, it’s too early to tell,

My heart comes rollin’ in, sends my brain straight back to hell,

My heart’s pounding and beating, it’s occupying my mind,

All I want to do is hold you for all time – because…

CHORUS (sung twice each time)

I’d rather be lonely

Than to spend my time with somebody else

(You know that) she is my reason

I don’t wanna be here – all by myself

Verse 2

She is beauty, she is reason,

She is everything I could possibly need,

And all the things I held in my heart,

She holds in her hands, and forgives what I have been

B SECTION

Well my head said to me it’s still too early to tell

Then my heart comes rushin’ in, it sends my brain straight back to hell

My hearts begging and poundin’

Beatin’ out of my chest

– love you oh, oh, oh)

All I wanna do (wanna do), is love you (love you) for all time (oh, oh, oh)

Because…

CHORUS (sung twice each time)

I’d rather be lonely

(there is no one else oooh)

Than to spend my time with somebody else

(Don’t you know) she is my reason

(there is no one else oooh)

I don’t wanna spend my time with somebody else

Solo X 2

CHORUS (sung twice each time)

I’d rather be lonely

(there is no one else oooh)

Than to spend my time with somebody else

(Don’t you know) she is my reason

(there is no one else oooh)

I don’t wanna spend my time with somebody else

Chris J. Trigg