"Alive" as written by Adele Adkins, Tobias Jesso and Sia Furler....
I was born in a thunderstorm
I grew up overnight
I played alone
I played on my own
I survived

Hey
I wanted everything I never had
Like the love that comes with light
I wore envy and I hated that
But I survived

I had a one-way ticket to a place where all the demons go
Where the wind don't change
And nothing in the ground can ever grow
No hope, just lies
And you're taught to cry in your pillow
But I survived

I'm still breathing, I'm still breathing
I'm still breathing, I'm still breathing
I'm alive
I'm alive
I'm alive
I'm alive

I found solace in the strangest place
Way in the back of my mind
I saw my life in a stranger's face
And it was mine

I had a one-way ticket to a place where all the demons go
Where the wind don't change
And nothing in the ground can ever grow
No hope, just lies
And you're taught to cry in your pillow
But I survived

I'm still breathing, I'm still breathing
I'm still breathing, I'm still breathing
I'm alive
I'm alive
I'm alive
I'm alive

You took it all, but I'm still breathing
You took it all, but I'm still breathing
You took it all, but I'm still breathing
You took it all, but I'm still breathing
You took it all, but I'm still breathing
You took it all, but I'm still breathing
You took it all, but I'm still breathing
You took it all, but I'm still breathing

I had made every single mistake
That you could ever possibly make
I took and I took and I took what you gave
But you never noticed that I was in pain
I knew what I wanted, I went in and got it
Did all the things that you said that I wouldn't
I told you that I would never be forgotten
And all in spite of you

And I'm still breathing, I'm still breathing
I'm still breathing, I'm still breathing
I'm alive (You took it all, but I'm still breathing)
(You took it all, but I'm still breathing)
I'm alive (You took it all, but I'm still breathing)
(You took it all, but I'm still breathing)
I'm alive (You took it all, but I'm still breathing)
(You took it all, but I'm still breathing)
I'm alive

I'm alive
I'm alive
I'm alive
I'm alive


Lyrics submitted by cooperw

"Alive" as written by Adele Adkins Sia Furler

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group

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    Song MeaningI read on Wiki that the song was co-written with Adele about her life from her perspective.

    When I read the lyrics it seems obvious that it has something to do with the pain she suffered at the hands of some kind of abuse. Whether it's mental, physical and or sexual is not clear. I don't think it matters.

    The point of the song, is quite clear...despite all of the pain and abuse, she's alive and breathing. I take that to mean more than mere survival, but something along the lines of her vindication as a human being.

    "You took it all, but I'm still breathing..." meaning, you took everything you possibly could from me, mentally, physically, emotionally, sexually...and despite that I have overcome your abuse. I'm Alive!
    mark102075on December 02, 2015   Link

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