"Stay Alive" as written by and Theodore Shapiro Ryan Adams....
There’s a rhythm in rush these days
Where the lights don’t move and the colors don’t fade
Leaves you empty with nothing but dreams
In a world gone shallow
In a world gone lean

Sometimes there’s things a man cannot know
Gears won’t turn and the leaves won’t grow
There’s no place to run and no gasoline
Engine won’t turn
And the train won’t leave

Engines won’t turn and the train won’t leave

I will stay with you tonight
Hold you close ‘til the morning light
In the morning watch a new day rise
We’ll do whatever just to stay alive
We’ll do whatever just to stay alive

Well the way I feel is the way I write
It isn’t like the thoughts of the man who lies
There is a truth and it’s on our side
Dawn is coming
Open your eyes
Look into the sun as the new days rise

And I will wait for you tonight
You’re here forever and you’re by my side
I’ve been waiting all my life
To feel your heart as it’s keeping time
We’ll do whatever just to stay alive

Dawn is coming
Open your eyes
Dawn is coming
Open your eyes
Dawn is coming
Open your eyes
Dawn is coming
Open your eyes

Look into the sun as the new days rise
There’s a rhythm in rush these days
Where the lights don’t move and the colors don’t fade
Leaves you empty with nothing but dreams
In a world gone shallow
In a world gone lean

But there is a truth and it’s on our side
Dawn is coming open your eyes
Look into the sun as a new days rise


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"Stay Alive" as written by Teddy Shapiro Ryan Adams

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  • +10
    My InterpretationTo me, of course it's about both the times we're living and the moment in ones personal life. World gone shallow - world gone lean, no commitment, no endurance to see things through. Just thoughts of dreams built with artificial lights that never go out and fake colours that never fade. I think, or it's just the situation I'm in at the moment, that this too is about a relationship. A dying one. Where the other person is ready to walk away from it, to chase those illusions, or be blissfully ignorant with them - since the real world is too hard, too dull - too real, where colours and lights actually fade. He's willing to stick with it as long as this, another illusion lasts, where it's better to stay still than move; engine wont turn and the train wont run. But the dawn is coming and with it, it's time to open ones eyes - and decide which one they want to see, the real or the artificial. He'll stay with her, no matter which one she wants to see – but there is truth, the real to be found, and he hopes that that's the one they'll both stick to. If not, he's willing to go with it, since it's the lie is the only way for her to exist. We'll do what ever to stay alive.
    dobblergobbleron January 15, 2014   Link
  • +7
    General CommentThis song reflects exactly how I feel at the moment. I'm not in a good frame of mind because of everything that's happened these days, so I can't be making any decisions right now.... So you better stay alive and wait.
    oksion December 18, 2013   Link
  • +2
    My OpinionMy opinion of what thus song means is there is a rock life will throw at you and you have to get back up and move forward toward your goal and one day you will get there but it takes time and hard work. It some times it makes you just want to cuss out life. So you need faith that you will get their.
    uniguy1023on March 21, 2014   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThese days I am stuck in a rut. The world offers little hope and ongoing suffering. In this emptiness, I can only dream. Life is a mystery and not always fair. Despite desire and effort, I continue to be hindered. So for now I will accept life as it is, and cherish what I do have, while awaiting relief. Though I feel in despair, I will reside in faith and hope and love.
    howabouton April 21, 2014   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationINCEST.

    The singer is trying to comfort his life partner to help get her through it by stating "We’ll do whatever just to stay alive"

    The majority of the lyrics can also point to this direction. "Sometimes there’s things a man cannot know" as well as "There is a truth and it’s on our side". He simply is showing her that regardless of that past, he will be there so she might finally "Look into the sun as the new days rise". Through the good, the bad, and the ugly.

    Tragic but they'll do what ever just to stay alive....even if it "Leaves you empty with nothing but dreams".
    Anonymous101on May 08, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe song is about this world now were in darkness in the night everything is rushed this system isn't all that great nothing seems to be right during this time Jesus is with him through this time of darkness till the morning light which is a dawn of a new day the new world I'll do what ever to stay alive is reference to doing what is necessary for salvation to make it to the new day/world there is a truth that is on our side this is what is contained the bible that day is close so open your eyes. There is only one truth in the world are you willing to accept it and do what is necessary to stay alive
    Christmanon June 02, 2014   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningThis song tells the story of our lives.

    We are all chained down by responsibilities, fear and hesitation. We breeze through our lives forgetting to live our hearts out. Our dreams remains nothing but a dream. Everything is dull and there is no escape. Yet deep down inside, there is always something. Something telling us what we really desire. The truth is, we don't have to run; we don't have to be pulled down by our thoughts; and we don't have to be afraid. Live, just stay alive. Not just any life. Stay Alive!
    MeaningsRyanon September 16, 2014   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationThere's more to this than meets the eye!
    Actually -- what's being discussed here is form of PHYSICAL nourishment via a process of "energetic nutrition" called "SUN-GAZING". (look it up)
    What's being said is this: we're headed for tough times -- "no where to run and no gasoline" -- "in a world gone shallow and a world gone lean".......
    "But there is a truth that is on our side"....... (and it will always provide!)
    Assuming we are AVAILABLE TO HEAR and unattached enough -- the message is: are you willing to open our eyes and be fed -- literally!
    This will be a stretch for some, but for others will become THE WAY to stay alive (if/or/and) when everything falls apart.
    Vitality is Aliveness, and nothing is more physically vital than the sun. IT CAN AND WILL NURISH US.
    :)
    winderon October 15, 2014   Link

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