"I'm Alive" as written by and David/donegan Draiman....
Never again will I be dishonored
And never again will I be reminded
We're living within the world of the jaded
They're inspiration
It's my obligation
To never again, allow this to happen
Where do I begin?
The choices are endless
Denying the sin
My art, my redemption
I carry the torch of my fathers before me

The thing I treasure the most in life cannot be taken away
There will never be a reason why I will surrender to your remorse
To change myself, I'd rather die
Lonely, we'll not understand
I will make the greatest sacrifice
You can't predict where the outcome lies
You'll never take me alive
I'm alive
I'm alive
I'm alive

Danger, then, cannot be considered
I rage again, dispelling my anger
Where do I begin?
The choices are endless
My art, my redemption, my only salvation
I carry the gift that I have been blessed with
My soul is adrift the oceans of madness
Rehearing the rift that you have created
I end on the numbers, give me your arms now

The thing I treasure the most in life cannot be taken away
There will never be a reason why I will surrender to your remorse
To change myself, I'd rather die
Lonely, we'll not understand
I will make the greatest sacrifice
You can't predict where the outcome lies
You'll never take me alive

I'm no slave
Are you feeling brave?
Or have you gone out of your mind?
No more games
It won't feel the same
If I hold my anger inside
There's no meaning
My soul is bleeding
I've had enough of your kind
Wanting just
Before you

The thing I treasure the most in life cannot be taken away
There will never be a reason why I will surrender to your remorse
To change myself, I'd rather die
Lonely, we'll not understand
I will make the greatest sacrifice
You can't predict where the outcome lies
You'll never take me alive
I'm alive
I'm alive
I'm alive
I'm alive
I'm alive
I'm alive
I'm alive
I'm alive


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"I'm Alive" as written by David Draiman Dan Donegan

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  • +4
    General CommentA quote from David himself says this song is "About people who try to change you. About those people who try to force you into doing something you don't want to do. In relation to our music, our art, our creativity."

    Be yourself, because in the end, that's all you'll ever have. Never give your individuality away.
    FloridaGuyon October 05, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think that this song is sbout someone who recognizes that they are unique and is willing to fight to to hold on to that uniqueness. They are saying that they are going to be the way they are no matter what anyone else says about it. This song epmhasizes the importance for visionaries in our society. People with new ideas are often shunned or even hated. I think that this song is written from the point of view of one of those visionaries.
    swanky-frankon September 27, 2005   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningWhen I listen to this song, I think of my life and my overbearing, abusive parents.

    Never again will I be dishonored

    -- I said "Enough is enough with the bullshit" and finally took a stand against them.

    And never again will I be reminded

    Of living within the world of the jaded

    -- This is the dream of completely escaping from my family and breaking all ties with them, getting rid of everything that reminds me of them, putting that part of my past fully behind me.

    They kill inspiration

    -- They do everything they can to keep me from freedom and hope.

    It's my obligation

    To never again, allow this to happen

    Where do I begin?

    The choices are endless

    -- This describes my feeling of complete rightness in taking a stand but a sense of lostness at what to do next now that I have; and all I know is that I can’t let it happen anymore.

    Denying the sin

    -- My parents completely ignore or deny anything they do against me.

    My art, my redemption

    -- The "art" is the thing I find solace in, my anime; there are times when I've felt like that's the only thing I had.

    I carry the torch of my fathers before me

    -- I use the fire of my spirit to stand against oppression, a battle that’s been going on since the dawn of time.

    The thing I treasure most in life cannot be taken away

    -- Defiant to the end, I will always be true to myself and be who I am, and that is the one thing you can never take away from me.

    There will never be a reason why I will surrender to your advice

    To change myself, I'd rather die

    Though they will not understand

    -- I will never change who I am to be who my parents want me to be. I would rather die than give up the one thing that got me through all these times and betray who I am. They would never understand this, because they think I still have the mentality of a twelve-year-old.

    I won't make the greatest sacrifice

    -- I will never change who I am, and I will never give up my anime.

    You can't predict where the outcome lies

    -- You cannot control me.

    You'll never take me alive

    -- Over my dead body will I change into what you want me to be.

    I'm alive

    I'm alive

    I'm alive

    -- I'm not some inanimate object; I'm a human being. Try to remember that.

    Change again, cannot be considered

    -- Changing for you is unthinkable.

    I rage again, dispelling my anger

    -- I always vent and rant to my friends and pretty much anyone who will listen, because I need to get rid of my anger and calm down.

    Where do I begin?

    The choices are endless

    -- I’m still feeling lost and confused now that I’m no longer taking their shit lying down.

    My art, my redemption, my only salvation

    -- My anime will carry me through.

    I carry the gift that I have been blessed with

    -- I will continue on in my life to become what I know I'm destined to be. That will be able to take me away from this mess.

    My soul is adrift in oceans of madness

    -- I'm a lost soul in this crazy house.

    Repairing the rift that you have created

    I am not alone, brothers, give me your arms now

    -- I'm not alone, and my friends will also help me through tough times.

    The thing I treasure most in life cannot be taken away

    There will never be a reason why I will surrender to your advice

    To change myself, I'd rather die

    Though they will not understand

    I won't make the greatest sacrifice

    You can't predict where the outcome lies

    You'll never take me alive

    -- I'll never be what you want me to be. And I'll never be anything like you. I'll see to that.

    I'm no slave

    -- I'm not a robot; I have feelings and needs just like everyone else.

    Are you feeling brave?

    Or have you gone out of your mind?

    -- I was contemplating this before I ran away.

    No more games

    -- No more bullshit.

    It won't feel the same

    If I hold my anger inside

    -- I need to tell you how you make me feel someday, or I'll go insane.

    There's no meaning

    -- There's no meaning behind those words, "I love you."

    My soul is bleeding

    -- I'm slowly dying in this place.

    I've had enough of your kind

    -- I've had it up to here with you and your shit.

    One suggestion, use your discretion

    Before you label me blind

    -- Don't be such an ignorant hick and take a moment to realize that every name you call me is true of you, too.

    The thing I treasure most in life cannot be taken away

    There will never be a reason why I will surrender to your advice

    To change myself, I'd rather die

    Though they will not understand

    I won't make the greatest sacrifice

    You can't predict where the outcome lies

    You'll never take me alive

    -- I will never surrender. You'll never crush my will and my soul.

    I'm alive

    I'm alive

    I'm alive

    I'm alive

    I'm alive

    I'm alive

    I'm alive

    I'm alive

    -- But at the end of the day, all that really matters is that somehow, despite it all, I'm still alive.
    Kuramastrasson March 17, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Comment^^ It is not "Will" it is "Wont." Go buy the album and look at the official lyrics, for god's sake.
    Sunderon October 22, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthere is no way that the guys from Disturbed are racist/prejudiced bastards, so whoever wrote that entry about Muslims is so ludricously incorrect it hurts me.
    P.S. i am not a muslim, i'm just not a racist/prejudiced asshole
    verweron January 21, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Comment@above comment

    Noone escapes the gentle touch of hypocricy, not even you mister. And that muslim-post poster may be entitled to have his opinion, but if I would meet him face to face while he said that, I'd still kick his ass mentally for being retarded.

    Anyway, as many people have said here, this song pretty much says "FUCK OFF" to all those who try to impose their ways onto others, IMHO that including but not limited to shit like Jehovas Witnesses and random fanatics. I strongly dislike those kinds of people due to their stupidity.
    PappMackaon August 26, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI believe it is about not conforming to religious ways, like sheep, much like the song Liberate. It's clearly about being your own person, making your own choices and not following any set dogma. His gift he speaks of is his voice and song writing ability. It's basically a "fuck you, I'm will be myself and no one can change my beliefs, stand up for your individuality".
    Xalveron December 14, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song means just what it says. "I'm Alive" he's saying that I am going to live while I'm alive. That nothing is going to deter my path. I am willilng to fight you but you will never take me alive.
    DarknessCoverMeon August 22, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentParts between *'s are fixed lyrics:

    Never, again, will I be dishonored
    And never, again, will I be reminded
    I'm living, *within*, the world of the jaded
    *They kill* inspiration it's my obligation to
    Never, again, allow this to happen
    Where do I, begin? The choices are endless
    *Denying the sin*, my art, my redemption
    I carry of the torch of my *fathers* before me

    The thing I treasure most in life, cannot be taken away
    There will never be a reason why
    I will surrender to your advice
    To change myself I'd rather die
    No they will not understand
    I *wont* make the greatest sacrifice
    You can't predit where the outcome lies
    You'll never take me alive

    Change, again, cannot be considered
    I rage, again, dispelling my anger
    Where do I begin? The choices are endless.
    My art my redemption, my only salvation
    I carry, the gift, that I have been blessed with
    My soul is adrift in *oceans* of madness
    Repairing, the rift, that you have created
    I am *not* alone, brothers give me your arms now

    I'm no *Slave, are you feeling brave?*
    Or have you gone out of your mind?
    No more games
    It won't feel the same if I hold my anger inside
    There's no meaning
    My soul is bleeding
    I've had enough of your kind
    One suggestion, use your descretion
    Before you label me blind



    (I think here he's saying that everything we have, we built from inspiration and creativity... and they're slowing trying to take that from us, telling us to be the same as everyone else so we cant "label anyone to hurt them" like the dress-code bullshit. I strongly agree with what he's saying here, Keep your indeviduality and be creative. Carry the torch that your forefathers lit, keep your inspiration and create more, be an artist because deep down everyone is an artist just overbrimmed with potential and ideas. I've met these guys =) They strongly believe that everyone is a fountain of potential, and believe me when I say they'd bow down to you to watch you succeed before they let you bow to them. Last thing is when he says:

    "One suggestion, use your descretion
    Before you label me blind"

    I think he's trying to get the point across to listen to someone, hear them out and let them be unique before you say they're crazy, or stupid, or whatever you might say. I remember in High school I use to wear an undershirt (Long Johns lol) in the winter. It was cold, and i could give a fuck less what anyone thought... Everyone called me a retard that didnt fit in. Like I cared. Now I see people doing the same, and shirts all over the place with just a sleeve sewed in as a fashion statement. Seriously now, wtf. Listen before you judge)
    Phateon September 28, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentjust a suggestion. if you are going to correct lyrics, try to correct spelling too. There is no such word as 'predit', as you and the one who submitted the lyrics both left in. The word is 'predict', otherwise, its a good correction.

    But it IS 'I will make the greatest sacrifice', in the context of the song. He is saying, I will fight to the death (greatest sacrifice) to protect what I am.
    traviswrdunbaron October 03, 2005   Link

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