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“Left to My Own Devices” is a song recorded by Pet Shop Boys, released as the second single from their third studio album, Introspective on November 14, 1988. It was also the first track of the album.

The single fared much better than the album’s lead single, “Domino Dancing”, managing to gain three positions higher in the UK Singles Chart. It became the first track that Pet Shop Boys recorded with an orchestra, arranged by Richard Niles. Since its release, it has become a staple of Pet Shop Boys live performances and is often used to begin their concerts. “Left to My Own Devices” peaked at #84 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US, and Pet Shop Boys have failed to regain their popularity there since. Neil Tennant (who wrote the lyrics, as with most other Pet Shop Boys songs) explained the meaning of the track:

“This person goes through life always doing what he wanted to do. I liked the idea of writing a really up pop song about being left alone. This song is a day in the life of someone, so it starts off with getting out of bed and being on the phone and drinking tea and all the rest of it, and it ends up with coming home. By this time I was making the words very exaggerated and camp, though writing a book and going on stage were both things I had wanted to do when I was young.”

As with the other tracks on Introspective, it has a longer 12” version on the album and was edited down to become more radio-friendly when released as a single. This is mainly due to the Pet Shop Boys wanting to be different from every other artist at the time. This is confirmed in the 2001 re-release of Introspective, where both Tennant and Lowe state:-

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