This was a triumph.
I'm making a note here:
HUGE SUCCESS.
It's hard to overstate my satisfaction.

Aperture Science.
We do what we must because we can
for the good of all of us except for the ones who are dead.
But there's no sense crying over every mistake,
you just keep on trying 'till you run out of cake,
and the science gets done, and you make a neat gun
for the people who are still alive.

I'm not even angry.
I'm being so sincere right now.
Even though you broke my heart and killed me,
and tore me to pieces,
and threw every piece into a fire.
As they burned, it hurt, because I was so happy for you!

Now, these points of data make a beautiful line,
and we're out of beta, we're releasing on time.
So, I'm glad I got burned.
Think of all the things we learned for the people that are still alive!

Go ahead and leave me,
I think I prefer to stay inside.
Maybe you'll find someone else to help you.
Maybe Black Mesa.
That was a joke, haha, fat chance.
Anyway, this cake is great, it's so delicious and moist.
Look at me still talking when there's science to do.
When I look out there, it makes me glad I'm not you.
I've experiments to run, there is research to be done
on the people who are still alive.

And believe me, I am still alive.
I'm doing science and I'm still alive.
I feel fantastic and I'm still alive.
While you're dying I'll be still alive,
and when you're dead I will be still alive.
Still alive.
Still alive.


Lyrics submitted by unl337, edited by blinkygame

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  • +6
    General CommentWell, I guess you really have to have played Portal to get the song fully. I love the line "we do what we must because we can", sums up GlaDoS (sp?) perfectly.

    The world needs more games like Portal... :)
    Achmodeon February 13, 2008   Link
  • +5
    General Commentbasically glados is saying that even though you destroyed her and got away...she is only a computer program so she will remain alive forever and ever..so she is sayin HA! you didnt beat me ^-^....
    so when your dead she will just keep doin what she was when you were alive :/
    AjaDarkoon October 05, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General Comment"I think I prefer to stay inside"
    GLaDOS has NO life.
    Probally just sitting their playing the Orange Box having the full one thousand gamerscore.
    Sad:)
    Cardoon March 02, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General Commenton my list of top five portal lands at num 3^^ i loved that game and i loved this song
    moondoggie2900on May 31, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentRAHH I love this game.

    The song is about a computer. That you pwn. With an awesome portal gun. But it's still aliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiive~~~
    Tronfoon October 15, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentit's "tore me to pieces".

    I love this song. My friend showed it to me. I want to play portal now!!!!!
    LNikkyon November 16, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwell lol valve is a bunch of smart guys they mention black mesa[setting of first half-life game] in this song you can find it in that jukebox in L4D2 lol and it is the theme song to portal so wow thats 3 Valve game refrences dam idk but i guess it ties the stories together? and it mentions the game portal itself which takes place in Aperture Science labortories. i think it's very smart Johnathan Coulton and Valve must have worked a desent amount of time coming up with such clever refrences lol [ima nerd]lol :) feel free to tell me ur opinions on my opinion
    justinwellson September 12, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOk, everyone is totally missing the boat on this. There are absolutely NO metaphors in this song. The cake does not = life. Seriously. It's a creepy, awesome video game, that JoCo has brilliantly reduced down into the delicious sauce that is this song. That's it! Seriously people! Go play Portal. You won't get it until you do.
    kaotic73on March 29, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this entire song is a metaphor of not committing suicide. Black Mesa being suicide, cake being life, and science being experiencing life
    Ghost25on October 02, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think you guys are both looking WAY too far into this. It's not about suicide, or living a lie, or any of that shit. It's about playing Portal—defeating GLaDOS, escaping, GLaDOS still being alive, and all that. You crazies.
    Veiton October 06, 2008   Link

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