"It's Sad to Belong" is a song written by Randy Goodrum and performed by England Dan & John Ford Coley on their 1977 album, Dowdy Ferry Road. Called a "timeless classic",[1] it peaked at #21 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and #1 on the easy listening chart.[2] It was one of the earlier pop hits in Goodrum's career.[3]


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Chart performance[edit]Edit

"It's Sad to Belong" was released in May 1977[4] through Big Tree Records, with the b-side "The Time Has Come".[5] It became one of "a string of hit singles" that England Dan & John Ford Coley had in the mid-1970s.[6][7]

On May 21, 1977, the song stood at #64 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #15 on the adult contemporary (then called "easy listening") chart. It rose up to #54 and #8 on the charts in the following week,[8] and it eventually topped the adult contemporary chart for five consecutive weeks from June 25 to July 23.[9][10]

The song also appeared on the top 40 "rack singles" list on June 7.[11] On December 24, it ranked #3 on Billboard's end-of-the-year easy listening chart.[12]


"It's Sad to Belong" is the second track on Dowdy Ferry Road. It is one of only two songs on the album not written by either singer.[13]

The song has been called "bittersweet".[1] Dale Van Atta of the Deseret News observed that it is "the universal divorce anthem - about the alleged monotony of monogamy" and that the duo "[reduces] it to a simple, peaceful chorus" (referring to the line, Yes, it's sad to belong to someone else when the right one comes along).[14]

The song was covered by B. J. Thomas.[11] It is still performed in concerts by the surviving member of the duo, John Ford Coley.