On My Own from Les Misérables is featured in Pilot, the first episode of Season One. It sung by Rachel Berry.

She sings this as her audition for the New Directions. She also posts a video of her singing this song on her MySpace page only to be mocked by Quinn and the other Cheerios. After the audition, Will thanks Rachel for her audition and to which she boldly replies with, "When do we start rehearsals?"


On my own
Pretending he's beside me
All alone
I walk with him 'til morning
Without him
I feel his arms around me

And when I lose my way I close my eyes and he has found me

In the rain
The pavement shines like silver
All the lights
Are misty in the river
In the darkness
The trees are full of starlight

And all I see is him and me for ever and forever

And I know it's only in my mind
That I'm talking to myself and not to him
And although I know that he is blind
Still I say there's a way for us

I love him
But when the night is over
He is gone
The river's just a river
Without him
The world around me changes

The trees are bare and everywhere the streets are full of strangers

I love him
But every day I'm learning
All my life
I've only been pretending
Without me
His world will go on turning

A world that's full of happiness that I have never known

I love him
I love him
I love him
But only on my own


  • This is the first song to be released as a single.
  • This is the only audition song from the Pilot that was released as a single.
  • Lea Michele originally was supposed to sing Look at Me, I'm Sandra Dee for Rachel's audition, but the producers liked her version of this song.
  • Lea Michele sang this for her audition for Glee. Brad Ellis who portrays pianist Brad played it with her during her audition.
  • This song made the FOX executive producers cry.
  • Lea Michele was in a Broadway production of Les Miserables as Young Cosette.
  • Lea played Éponine at the Hollywood Bowl in 2008.
  • Lea was one of the top contenders considered to play Éponine in the 2012 film adaptation of Les Misérables along with Taylor Swift, Scarlett Johansson and Evan Rachel Wood. The role ultimately went to Samantha Barks.
  • This is the first overall released solo of the series.
    • With this song and This Time in Dreams Come True, the series finale, Rachel has had the first and last released solo of the series.
    • This also makes it the first female solo of the series.
  • With this song being the first ever released Glee song and I Lived in the series finale Dreams Come True, Rachel has sung on the first and last released songs of the series.



On My Own - Les Miserables - Lyrics

On My Own - Les Miserables - Lyrics

On My Own - Glee (Lea Michele) (Extended Performance)

On My Own - Glee (Lea Michele) (Extended Performance)



Glee - On My Own (Acapella)

Glee - On My Own (Acapella)

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