"I'm Alive" as written by and Jackson Browne....
It's been a long time since I watched these lights alone
I look around my life tonight and you are gone
I might have done something to keep you if I'd known
How unhappy you had become

While I was dreaming of you
With my heart in your hands
And I was following through
With my beautiful plans

Yeah now I'm rolling down this canyon drive
With your laughter in my head
I'm gonna have to block it out somehow to survive
'Cause those dreams are dead
And I'm alive

I want to go where I will never hear your name
I want to lose my sorrow and be free again
And I know I've been insane
When I think of places I could have been

But I was dreaming of you
With my heart in your hands
And I was following through
With my beautiful plans

Standing here by the highway side
Watching these trucks blow by
Inches from my face
Yeah thinking 'bout the time I've wasted
And the pleasure we once tasted
Looking up and down this road
(Following through)
I've been here before (following through)
I can't be here no more (following through)

Yeah now I'm rolling down California five
With your laughter in my head
I'm gonna have to block it out somehow to survive
'Cause those dreams are dead
I'm alive
Yeah baby I'm alive
Yeah, I'm alive

Hey look at the way I believed in you
And loved you all these years
Now you can fill a swimming pool with all my salty tears
If you'd have told me what was in your heart
But baby you lied
And I thought that it would kill me
But I'm alive
Yeah, I'm alive
Yeah, I'm alive
Yeah, I'm alive


Lyrics submitted by mikepauer

"I'm Alive" as written by Jackson Browne Clyde Jackson Browne

Lyrics © BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC , DOWNTOWN MUSIC PUBLISHING LLC , SOUTHERN MUSIC PUB CO INC , WARNER CHAPPELL MUSIC INC

Lyrics powered by LyricFind

I'm Alive song meanings
Add your thoughts

13 Comments

sort form View by:
  • +1
    General CommentThe cover of the "I'm Alive" album says it all ... Jackson has his head just above water. Rather than suggesting "everything's great", he's actually saying, "well, I've survived" ... and I believe it may be related to the demise of his relationship with Darryl Hannah.
    detailrichon October 18, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI'm Alive and go naff off.

    The entire album,"I'm Alive" which I read as a song cycle after the classical form, with it's story of love, doubt, anger, rejection, acceptance and peace followed by some irony, is a great work of art. He starts us on this journey with the title track as if to say, it's been hell, but I've made it through, now here's the deal. He relates the story of falling into and out of love, in a a serious relationship, with such clarity.

    I had to get to midlife with 20+ years of my own relationship ending to understand all the nuances JB so acutely describes here. As we used to say, it's a sack of reds. But there is healing to be found, and what wonders come from someone else's expressional gifts.
    MMMerryon September 29, 2009   Link
  • +1
    Song Meaning"I'm Alive" was writtern by Jackson Browne after his wife committed suicide. It was not a break up in the traditional since. "Those dreams are dead.." died with her. He needs to go some place were friends and family will not be constant reminders of her. He was very upset by this unfortunate event but what came of it was truly a great song called "I'm alive". The opening verse he expresses he wished had know how unhappy she was for he would have done something to keep her from taking her life. Check out the history of Mr Browne and his first wife and when this song came out it is easy to find on the web.
    OTTAWASENATORon March 19, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commentjackson browne is like don henley in that he can convey in the simplest forms what it feels like to be human and lose the person you are in love with, the person you ache for and you know that the love of your life was just an illusion.......
    danielinson September 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentjackson browne is like don henley in that he can convey in the simplest forms what it feels like to be human and lose the person you are in love with, the person you ache for and you know that the love of your life was just an illusion.......
    danielinson September 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbest breakup song - as expressed from the hurtin' side - ever.
    Georgia Slopon December 13, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah, tough break up here, however there is a transistion during the song from I'm just taking this one day at a time and it really hurts "I'm Alive" to I thought it would kill me but it didn't and "I'm Alive."

    Sometimes we have no other choice but to just go on and take the next day as it comes. But things get better and there is hope. Though there may be a few scars, time will heal the wounds of a broken relationship and we will find ourselves "Alive" in another one.
    andrew11on October 25, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"I was dreaming of you/with my heart in your hands"- gives me chills. This is a great song- the heartbreak is genuine-yet it's really about trying to find yourself and your own idenity again after the demise of a relationship-and holding on to the knowledge that there are still good things ahead while not really being over the heartbreak. Maybe also that when we are thrown great hurts and dissapointments-we have a choice to move on-even when even the simplest things like driving down the highway can evoke hurtful memories.
    csuzanneon September 30, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBest love album ever. My favorite Jackson Browme as well. Great continuity from song to song.
    js1956on July 30, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat I like best about this song is the contrast of the lyrics and the music. The lyrics are just heartbreaking, "Dreaming of you, with my heart in my hands, and I was following through with my beautiful plans" says so much. One might think the words belong in ballad of sorrow. Instead the tune is upbeat and very much a song of survival resembling the title. It is a battle cry for moving on with your life. "I want to go where I will never hear your name, I want to lose my sorrow and be free again" The music empowers me, the lyrics bring me to my knees. Way to go Jackson!
    stacey312on December 13, 2010   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top
explain