Alive

by Pearl Jam

Duration:
5:40
Released:
Aug 02, 1991
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Lyrics for Alive by Pearl Jam:

Verse 1
"Son," she said, "have I got a little story for you
What you thought was your daddy was nothing but a...
While you were sittin' home alone at age thirteen
Your real daddy was dyin'
Sorry you didn't see him, but I'm glad we talked"

Chorus
Oh, I, oh I'm still alive
Hey, I, oh I'm still alive
Hey, I, oh I'm still alive
Hey, oh

Verse 2
While she walks slowly across a young man's room
She said, "I'm ready for you"
Why I can't remember anything to this very day
'Cept the look, the look
Oh, you know where, now I can't see I just stare

Chorus
I, I'm still alive
Hey, I, oh, I'm still alive
Hey, I, oh, I'm still alive
Hey, I, oh, I'm still alive, yeah
Ooh yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, oh, ooh

Verse 3
"Is something wrong", she said, of course there is
"You're still alive," she said, oh, and do I deserve to be?
Is that the question?
And if so, if so who answers?
Who answers?

Chorus
I, oh I'm still alive
Hey, I, oh I'm still alive
Yeah, I, oh I'm still alive
Yeah, I
Ooh, I'm still alive!
Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah!

Guitar Solo
Ooh yeah, ooh ooh
Ooh yeah, yeah yeah yeah

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Song Facts

“Alive” is Pearl Jam’s first single and the first song they ever played together.

It appears on the band’s debut album, Ten (1991). Written by guitarist Stone Gossard, “Alive” originated as an instrumental titled “Dollar Short” and was included on a demo tape circulated in hopes of finding a singer for the group. Vocalist Eddie Vedder obtained a copy of the tape and wrote lyrics that describe a fictionalized account (though somewhat based on Vedder’s personal experience) of the time when he was told that the man he thought was his father was not actually his biological parent.

The song is the first piece to a trilogy of songs in what Vedder later described as a “mini-opera” entitled Mamasan. It comprises the songs “Alive”, “Once,” and “Footsteps.” “Alive” tells the story of a young man discovering that his father is actually his stepfather, while his mother’s grief leads to an incestuous relationship with the son, who strongly resembles the biological father.

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