I'm a fair weather friend
I'm a colorless view but I'm willin' to make a deal
If you think you can make some faith here inside
I'll drive off and marry you

I'm only alive with you
I can't get by and I won't get through
So put me in the river and let me say I do
I'm only alive with you

You're a sight for sore eyes and a newborn cry
In a year where there are so few
If you throw me a line, I'll show you in time
I'm falling in love with you

Though my heart has been torn by loves I have worn
And I'm tempted by them ever still
I tremble inside when you walk in the room
You hold my affections and will

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Only Alive Lyrics as written by Dan Haseltine Charlie Lowell

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    General CommentThis song is lyrically and musically intended to be reminecsent of "the olden days." I think its from the perspective of a farmer type guy who has feelings for a lady he doesn't know that well, but its enough to know he loves her and wants to be with her.

    I realize this is a "Christian" group and album, but I think its just a sweet story they decided to throw in there..
    dontstopon June 10, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is really a comparison of the relationship between man and God. You can compare it to a marriage and I believe we as people are referred to as the "Bride of Christ" in the Bible.
    The song is about someone who is at a low point in life and wants God to rescue them, though their faith is little. Much like the Jars song "Love Song for a Savior," this song talks about falling in love with the Lord.
    fieldshampon February 01, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song is most definitely a song dedicated to the love of God and an acknowledge that with him we are nothing. 'Put me in the river', baptise me, wash away the stains of sin and let me be reborn.

    preshpearlon March 09, 2005   Link
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    General Commentsorry, i meant to say without him we are nothing... MY BAD
    preshpearlon March 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI agree that it could be a song about the love of God, but the part where it talks about walking in the room, is a bit confusing. God hardly just strolls through MY room, i don't know about the rest of you. So i think it could be a song about two people in love as well.
    mrbloondeon September 14, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI just talked to Dan the other night, not specifically about this song but about songwriting. He maintains a song can be interpreted however by anyone but there is a core meaning to him when he writes it. I don't know what it is, but to me this song speaks of the faithful love of Christ to me, especially right now. I am feeling betrayed right now by a girl I have always loved and respected and after all the tears are spent where do I arrive? Nothing has changed but in a way He does stroll into my room. I am reminded by the Holy Spirity of His faithful love and I have peace. Out of all the loves I have known He holds my affection and will. I'm still heartbroken but He loves me regardless of my faults. He builds up my faith and I will someday become part of His bride. Our relationship is somewhat similiar to a marriage. In baptism I am saying, "I do." It's a public affirmation of my belief/love of Christ, just as marriage is. Because He always loves perfectly, the pureness of His love is like a rushing waterfall to parched lips of thirsting for true love, like a "newborn cry when there are so few" He IS my life, for my life is hidden with Christ. I am a fairweather friend but He isn't, He's always there waiting should I need arms to crash into. Jars of Clay writes some amazingly inspired lyrics in so many of their songs like this and this is just one of many favorites.
    Icarus Fixiuson October 30, 2006   Link

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