"How Do You Keep Love Alive?" as written by and John P. Bowersock Ryan Adams....
Lord, I miss that girl
On the day we met the sun was shining down
Down on the valley
Riddled with horses running
Crushing them with flowers
I would have picked for her
On the day she was born
She runs through my veins like a long black river
And rattles my cage like a thunderstorm
Oh my soul

What does it mean?
What does it mean?
What does it mean to be so sad?
When someone you love
Someone you love is supposed to make you happy
What do you do
How do you keep love alive?
When it won't
What, what are the words
They use when they know it's over
"We need to talk," or
"I'm confused, maybe later you can come over"
I would've held your mother's hand
On the day you was born
She runs through my veins
Like a long black river and rattles my cage
Like a thunderstorm

Oh, my soul
What does it mean?
What does it mean?
What does it mean to be so sad?
When someone you love
Someone you love is supposed to make you happy
What do you do
How do you keep love alive?
When it won't
How do you keep love alive?


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"How Do You Keep Love Alive" as written by John P. Bowersock Ryan Adams

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  • +1
    General CommentHe knows it isn't what it's supposed to be, because love is "supposed to make you happy" and they're miserable. But how can he go about cliche breakup phrases when their relationship is so much deeper than that? She's in his blood, his love for her predates her existence. He's asking if there's some other way, one that would keep their love alive because he can't just abandon it.
    bitta2sweeton April 18, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentif you like this song u NEED to hunt down the 'BBC4 Sessions' live version of this song. Its 10,000 times better than the album version. It's shot to my no.1 adams song upon hearing this :-)
    leew62on October 24, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI can't believe no-one has commented on this....great song, great lyrics.
    fashklorkon December 27, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"i would've held your mother's hand
    On the day you was born"

    Such an amazing and simple line, which conveys so much.

    Bascically a song IMO about a guy who is in love with a girl, but it's all gone wrong. He's desperate to hang on to her but doesn't know how to save the relationship and keep it going anymore. But whatever happens, he will never be able to escape from her "She runs through my veins
    Like a long black river and rattles my cage"

    Ryan Adams....he is so frightening good, both lyrically and musically. Just a genius.
    sarahspaceyon January 16, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:'(
    Jillian04on February 22, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is absolutely amazing. Makes me tear up every time. Heartbreaking.
    sambeeon August 28, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne of the saddest, most beautiful songs there is. This is the kind of thing that makes a strong case for Ryan Adams being the best songwriter of all time...or at least tied with the greats.
    z4ckm0rrison September 18, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentshe runs through my veins like a long, black river and rattles my cage like a thunderstorm

    one of the best lines I've ever heard!
    steviedlyricson February 11, 2012   Link

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