Lying, thinking
Last night
How to find my soul a home
Where water is not thirsty
And bread loaf is not stone
I came up with one thing
And I don’t believe I’m wrong
That nobody,
But nobody
Can make it out here alone.

Alone, all alone
Nobody, but nobody
Can make it out here alone.

There are some millionaires
With money they can’t use
Their wives run round like banshees
Their children sing the blues
They’ve got expensive doctors
To cure their hearts of stone.
But nobody
No, nobody
Can make it out here alone.

Alone, all alone
Nobody, but nobody
Can make it out here alone.

Now if you listen closely
I’ll tell you what I know
Storm clouds are gathering
The wind is gonna blow
The race of man is suffering
And I can hear the moan,
‘Cause nobody,
But nobody
Can make it out here alone.

Alone, all alone
Nobody, but nobody
Can make it out here alone.

Analysis, meaning and summary of Maya Angelou's poem Alone


  1. Mikel says:

    I’m sittin’ here watching “Poetic Justice” Janet Jackson & Tupac Shakur,(for the trillionth time), and just now reconizing this poem was in the beginning of the movie. Always knew you had a small role in the movie itself but I thought Miss Jackson wrote the poems. Now I know. Much appreciation from one poet to another.

  2. yelly says:

    I have always always loved this poem. It is so true, and so simple in its being. I feel this keenly, the feeling of alone. I just simply love this poem.

  3. debbie says:

    the alone is very terrific
    i always enjoy Ms.Angelous poems and anything she
    reads or writes is absolutely MAGNIFICENT
    debbie bowlin
    from ohio

  4. Cindy says:

    Thank you for your poem. I do not understand one thing in my life—-Why do I feel so alone and desperate to have someone to really love me, when I do have someone I am married to, and we say to each other that we love one another?

  5. James Miles says:

    The hatefullness of lonliness once set fire to my eyes-
    Millions watched, or so i thought, as deep inside i died-
    Truth be told i was loved, but still outside i cried-
    My inner fears showed in tears, swallowing my pride-
    I thought that i would never see a light in all this dark-
    And then again lonliness found itself a spark-
    So to you who bear, the burden of dark and lonely nights-
    Know that you are the truth and that alone is Bright…

  6. Shalima Boatwright says:

    I love this poem because I use to feel like I would be able to make it on my own whaen I get older but you do need a little help to get started

  7. Cheryl says:

    Alone, Alone is a very touching poem. It doesn’t take a Genious to figure out what she is talking about.We have the Lord Jesus Christ who is always and have always been on our side,with us, therefore, we are NEVER ALONE!If you think you are alone, than you are alone.

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  9. jon says:

    Maya Angelou is the voice of America, From her shores she projects around our vast planet a message of freedom, there is a geniune understanding of the beauty that life offers, and the misery that is inflicted too. Maya inspires honesty and captures life in words. She is without doubt an exceptional poet and a beautiful human being. I am an uneducated man who works as a cleaner, but I recognise compassion and goodness from that which I read. Truly an Angel

  10. ashley says:

    I really understand where she is coming from in this poem. I too have felt alone many of times. I have felt so alone that sometimes I would have to cry just so I can feel better. I have been through so much in my life and I am still going through alot. I am currently 14 years old. I truly admire you and the fact that you are brave enough to to the things that you do. I have read so many of your poems and I have been so inspired by each and every one them that I have read. I love you.

  11. kalah marie mooney says:

    this is one of my favorite peom because I also wrote a peom called alone i wish you could read it i’m currently 14 years old attending chipman jr high school. I love you alot Love Kalah Marie Mooney.

  12. Ian Garland says:

    This was such a good poem. It really shows how life iss nothing if you dont have someone to share it with. Money cant buy you permanent happiness only friends family and God can.

  13. artie archie says:

    This poem realy moved me. It truly shows that if you are alone, than you cant be happy.

  14. katie says:

    I love this poem! It shows us that everyone needs love and support. We will never be alone.

  15. valencia says:

    what mad you do this poem. why to make you get the pressure of your heart because of your problems or because if your life what made you feel a fright that nobody can survived being alone

  16. Brenecia Washington says:

    i love this poem because it goes along with my life and it was one of the many reasons i have changed my ways.

  17. Cameron says:

    I remember that the first time I heard this poem was in the movie Poetic Justice with Tupac Shakur and Janet Jackson. I remember watching a scene in the movie where Maya Angelou guest starred and I thought to myself…”This is the woman that has so much heart and has been through so much that she can convey it so eloquently in verse…” I don’t know exactly where I’m going with this…I just know that this poem reaches something

  18. alexa says:

    this poem really moved me. It reminds me that nobody can be happy alone. people think that money can buy them happiness but in the end they will be miserable.

  19. jessica says:

    I really like this poem because it is true and it describes allot of things that I am going through and when I read it I really liked it

  20. trice says:

    i just wanted to say i love this has alot of emotion and depth. i truly can relate.

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