On Your Own (Blur song)

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"On Your Own"
Single by Blur
from the album Blur
B-side "Popscene" (live at Peel Acres), "Song 2" (live at Peel Acres) (7")
"Popscene" (live at Peel Acres), "Song 2" (live at Peel Acres), "On Your Own" (live at Peel Acres) (CD1)
"Chinese Bombs" (live at Peel Acres), "Movin' On" (live at Peel Acres), "M.O.R." (live at Peel Acres) (CD2)
Released 16 June 1997 (UK)
Format 7" vinyl, 2 x CD
Recorded 1997
Genre Alternative rock, britpop, alternative dance
Length 4:26
Label Food
Songwriter(s) Albarn, Coxon, James and Rowntree.
Producer(s) Stephen Street
Blur singles chronology
"Song 2"
"On Your Own"
"Song 2"
"On Your Own"
Audio sample
Music video
"On Your Own" on YouTube

"On Your Own" is a song by Blur. It was released as a single on 16 June 1997, and can also be found on the album Blur, it charted at number 5 on the UK Singles Chart. The song is used in The Beach (2000).

Although it wasn't released exclusively under the name, Damon Albarn, frontman of both musical projects, has since referred the song as 'one of the first ever Gorillaz tunes'.[1]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "On Your Own" was directed by Sophie Muller and recorded in Barcelona, in what at the moment was an industrial site, by the Besos Water Tower.


The B-sides were all recorded at John Peel's home studio; Peel Acres. They were previously broadcast on BBC Radio 1 on 8 May 1997. An extensive interview was also broadcast, but is currently commercially unavailable. Stickered copies of CD1 and the white vinyl 7" featured the text 'includes POPSCENE', this is because "Popscene" did not appear on the UK version of Modern Life is Rubbish and was, therefore, rare and sought after by fans until its inclusion on Midlife: A Beginner's Guide to Blur. The version that appears here merges into "Song 2". All of Blur's Peel Sessions were later released on the second disc of the Japan only compilation Bustin' + Dronin', an album that features three versions of "On Your Own".

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Albarn, Coxon, James and Rowntree. All lyrics composed by Albarn.


  • "On Your Own" (Crouch End Broadway mix) – 4:11 (Remixed by William Orbit)
  • "On Your Own" (Walter Wall mix) – 15:00 (Remixed by William Orbit)



Chart (1997) Peak
Ireland (IRMA)[2] 27
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[3] 5


  1. ^ McDougall, Lindsay. "Gorillaz's Damon Albarn interview (part 2)". abc.net. ABC. Retrieved 12 May 2015. 
  2. ^ "Chart Track: Week 41, 1997". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  3. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 6 June 2014.

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