"I'm Alive" as written by Allee Willis, Arn Schluermann, Stuart James Collins, Julian Ashley Peake and John Lind....
In the night I sit alone
Lifeless to a world I know
Faith lost long ago
In this graveyard, I'm calling home
Carved into the stone
A diary of broken bones
And words I should ignore
But this graves too deep to ever make it out
I'd do anything, anything
Just to feel like I could reach the ground
I'd do anything, anything now
To spread these wings somehow
I'd scream these words so loud
But they never make a sound

I'm alive
But I'm barely breathing now
So place my heart under the ground
Lay me down
I'm alive
But I'm barely breathing now
So drag my lungs into the ground
Lay me down

In the night I sit alone
The stars rain on the world below
Beg me to explore
Cause these dreams I keep are no where to be found
I'd do anything, anything
Just to stop this weight from pressing down
I'd do anything, anything now
To spread these wings somehow
I'd scream these words so loud
But they never make a sound

I'm alive
But I'm barely breathing now
So place my heart under the ground
Lay me down
I'm alive
But I'm barely breathing now
So drag my lungs into the ground
Lay me down

Deep enough so that
I'll never feel again
Far beneath any chance of breaking skin
I'm giving in
Under promise of smiles and happiness
It's a dream I'm not willing to admit
I'm not ready yet
To face regret
No I'm not ready yet
I'm not ready yet
No, no, no

I'd do anything now
To spread these wings somehow
I'd scream these words so loud
But they never make a sound

I'm alive
But I'm barely breathing now
So place my heart under the ground
Lay me down
I'm alive
But I'm barely breathing now
Drag my lungs into the ground
Lay me down


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  • +4
    General CommentTaken from an interview with Dan:

    "I decided to write it about being buried by the weight of the world and wishing there was anything you could do to dig your way out of that feeling. A situation that I've been through many times. "
    simply__meon January 25, 2010   Link
  • +2
    My OpinionThis is one of my favorite songs. I know what the actual meaning is but I always thought it was about giving up on life. Idk why it just seemed like a darker tone almost sounded suicidal. "I'm alive but I'm barely breathing now. So drag my lungs into the ground. Lay me down." It sounded to me like he was saying I'm still here but it's not getting better so just kill me already. Either way it's great song.
    kcrusher17on May 12, 2014   Link
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    My InterpretationThis is a great song! This song reminds me of something that would be on "Page Avenue." Anyways, I have listened and listened to this song. And one can interpret this song in so many different ways... I interpret this song as someone feeling like they are "dead"- "But this graves too deep to ever make it out, I'd do anything, anything just to feel like I could reach the ground." But he or she does not accept it. They want so bad to be "alive" by chasing their dreams and not let anything get in their way (regrets). And, I believe they are comparing the feeling of being alive to an angel-"I'd do anything now. To spread these wings somehow. I'd scream these words so loud but they never make a sound." So, in the end this person finally reached what is to be "alive" and it took so much from them- "I'm alive, but I'm barely breathing now." That's just my interpretation. I would really like to know the real meaning. And hear other people's interpretations on this amazing song.
    Romanceisdead91on January 23, 2010   Link

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