All my lives are coming through
And, even though there isn’t room,
I save seats for my selves, invite them in, wish them well
The way I feel and the way I guess I felt
I was 23 and crazy
Frightened, overwhelmed, and angry
You said, “That’s not how I see you.
You treat yourself unfairly.
Don’t treat yourself unfairly.”

I was alive back then
I was alive back then
I was alive back then
I remember when

It was Christmas, we were wrestlers
Bay Ridge Parkway, our apartment
We were fast & best friends
We were just little kids
You were Lenny Dykstra and I was Wally Backman
This was before I got so lonely
With my lovers, with my family
Scared of living, scared of dying
Scared of being happy, I couldn't let myself be happy

I was alive back then
I was alive back then
I was alive back then
I remember when

I was 20
Kolankowski asked me who I thought I’d marry
I answered your name
Years before we would date, years before he’d officiate our wedding
You never know, you’re never ready
But all your fear is just confetti
Let it blow all 'round your bedroom
When it gets too heavy, don’t let it get too heavy

I was alive back then
I was alive back then
I was alive back then

No one asks you if you’re ready
When they’re handing you the baby
My mother said, “Son, you can’t imagine.
You’ll have your mind blown, honey.
You’ll be crazy in love, honey.”

I was alive back then
I was alive back then
I was alive back then
I remember when

I was alive back then
Now, I am again


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