"Winter Song" as written by Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson....
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This is my winter song to you.
The storm is coming soon,
It rolls in from the sea

My voice; a beacon in the night.
My words will be your light,
To carry you to me.

Is love alive?
Is love alive?
Is love

They say that things just cannot grow
Beneath the winter snow,
Or so I have been told.

They say were buried far,
Just like a distant star
I simply cannot hold.

Is love alive?
Is love alive?
Is love alive?

This is my winter song.
December never felt so wrong,
'Cause you're not where you belong;
Inside my arms.

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I still believe in summer days.
The seasons always change
And life will find a way.

I'll be your harvester of light
And send it out tonight
So we can start again.

Is love alive?
Is love alive?
Is love alive?

This is my winter song.
December never felt so wrong,
'Cause you're not where you belong;
Inside my arms.

This is my winter song to you.
The storm is coming soon
It rolls in from the sea.

My love a beacon in the night.
My words will be your light
To carry you to me.

Is love alive?
Is love alive?
Is love alive?
Is love alive?
Is love alive?
Is love alive?
Is love alive?
Is love alive?
Is love alive?
Is love alive?
Is love alive?
Is love alive?
Is love alive?
Is love alive?
Is love alive?
Is love alive?
Is love alive?


Lyrics submitted by Rafael Moliv

"Winter Song" as written by Sara Bareilles, Ingrid Michaelson

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    General CommentI have a bit of a different view. If you watch the music video, which I LOVE:) youtube.com/… it's like the two characters (which are sara and ingrid I'm guessing?) are searching for love and trying to make it grow. It almost like the song is questioning if there is still love in the world but they figure out that it is still every where, you just have to search for it and strive to make it happen.
    bec21195on November 05, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis song hurts. But it helps me heal. Does that make sense? I relate it to the loss of my pregnancy. Incredible song. Absolutely beautiful. I wish they would make more music together.
    Lyricollon February 06, 2011   Link
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    General CommentGorgeous song. i think the one verse sums up the meaning: "December never felt so wrong/ because you're not where you belong/ inside my arms." Something came in to her relationship and tore them apart whether physically or emotionally I am not sure. But she wants him back but is questioning whether their love can continue/live. Yeah. That is my take.
    beh700on December 19, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI agree with beh700 completely
    bklbeautyon February 21, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationQuite a beautiful song! Just heard it tonight off scrubs Ingrid is a artist that i found through Joshua Radin, but love the metaphor between winter (meaning death to love and life) and their love going through a bad spell or not able to grow to the changing seasons (spring and summer) where life is found to begin show thus "Is love alive" where hopefully their love will be able to grow and prosper... at least that's how i see it. haha
    champion33on May 05, 2009   Link
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    MemoryThis song reminds me of my best friend because of the lyrics "December never felt so wrong" and "They say were buried far, just like a distant star, I simply cannot hold." She was the best thing to ever happen to me. I ended up falling in love with her but was never able to tell her because I was scared I would lose her friendship. I did my best to show her the happier things in life when she was going through rough times. She has such a beautiful smile. The beginning of December, something happened to which I still don't understand and she pushed me away, so I pushed back. We barely ever talk now. I think about her everyday since I last saw her. She'll always be my shooting star.
    3xXon May 11, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationIts about losing someone (death or distance) and hoping that the love at least survived.

    Remembering the happy days and knowing that life will go on:

    "I still believe in summer days.
    The seasons always change
    and life will find a way.

    Ill be your harvester of light
    and send it out tonight
    so we can start again.


    and one day you will be reunited:
    "My voice; a beacon in the night.
    My words will be your light,
    to carry you to me."

    alynnpon November 14, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis is my favorite song by my two favorite artists. Such beautiful melancholy lyrics. i just watched the music video with my mom on christmas eve. she is very extremely freakishly amazigly wise. before we watched the music video, we both thought it was just a song about a lost love. but after my mom saw it, it took on a whole new meaning to her. in the video, they're losing hope and they're wondering, "is love alive?" then at the very end of the video, a tree grows. my mom said "hey, that could be the tree of life. and the song coud be abut God!" i was like, "oh dang, we gotta watch that again." so we listened to the lyrics and watched the video with the mindset that it was a religious song.."my voice a beacon in the night my words wil be your light to carry you to me" they could be reffering not to a relationship with two lovers, but a relationship someone has with God. A lot of Ingrid's songs are about hope. sometimes we lose our way an we wonder, "is love alive?" and who do most of us turn to for hope? God. beautiful. simply beautiful song.
    mathurb123on December 28, 2009   Link
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    General Commenti just watched it again and at the very beginning of the song, there's a candy cane. candy canes represent the Good Sheperd's crook which He uses to "reach down into the ditches of the world to lift out the fallen lambs who all like sheep have gone astray." (that's not my own definition.) the song is simply about God wanting his "lost sheep" to find their way again and come back to Him. "this is my winter song december never felt so wrong cuz youre not where you belong inside my arms." so i didn't word it correctly. it's about God's relationship with someone. and when we finally find our way, we feel His love. just like the end of the music video. ok i promise this is my last post.
    mathurb123on December 28, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis song is so beautiful.

    You can hear the sadness in her voice and yet at the end she is hopeful that he'll come back to her.
    alissakissaon January 23, 2010   Link

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