The Lonely (British Sea Power song)

"The Lonely" is a song by British Sea Power. The song was the group's third single and their second on Rough Trade. It was their first single to garner much press coverage and resulted in a pleasing chart position. Unusually, the nominal a-side actually features as the flipside on both versions. The main position is taken by "The Spirit of St. Louis", a tale of Charles Lindbergh's flight across the Atlantic. This is still regularly performed live despite it only appearing on this release. The title track was written as a tribute to Geoff Goddard, a friend of the band who wrote the 1960s number-one single, "Johnny Remember Me".

"The Lonely"
Single by British Sea Power
from the album The Decline of...
Released29 April 2002
FormatCD, 7" Vinyl
LengthCD 12:53
7" – 8:59
LabelRough Trade Records
Songwriter(s)Martin Noble, Jan Scott Wilkinson, Neil Hamilton Wilkinson, Matthew Wood
Producer(s)Mads Bjerke
British Sea Power singles chronology
"Remember Me"
"The Lonely"
"Childhood Memories"

The single reached number 76 on the UK Singles Chart.[1]

Track listings



  1. "The Spirit of St. Louis" (Yan/BSP) 3:56
  2. "The Lonely" (Yan/BSP) 5:03
  3. "No Red Indian" (Hamilton/BSP) 3:54

7" Vinyl


  1. "The Spirit of St. Louis" (Yan/BSP) 3:56
  2. "The Lonely" (Yan/BSP) – 5:03


  1. "UK Official Charts: British Sea Power". Official Charts Company. 2016. Retrieved 16 December 2016.
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