Nobody sees her here, her eyes are slowly closing.
If she should want some peace she sits there, without moving,
And puts a pillow over the phone.
And if she feels like dancing, no one will know it.
Giving herself a chance there's no need to show her how it should be.

She can't remember now when she was all in pieces,
She's quite content to sit there listening to what he says,
How he didn't like to be alone.
And if he feels like crying she's there to hear him,
No reason to complain and nothing to fear, they always will be.

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"Alive and Well and Living In" as written by Ian Anderson

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    General Commentoh, this is one of my favorite songs. Though I don't know its background story, like Wondering Aloud, it describes a small and intimate scene. Since so much of the album is based on Ian's life, I could see how the 'he' is Ian.

    I assume that the title comes from "Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris" or another of the titles that used the phrase 'Alive and Well and Living in'.
    offhandon June 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentNothing special. But not bad, either.
    inpraiseoffollyon September 26, 2006   Link
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    My Interpretation This love song is his interpretation of his relationship with his girl friend, she OK now and she doesn't need to be shown the way. He's there for her, but equally important she their for him too.
    And Hey were OK together. Where we are now. And romanticizing where we'll always be. Together
    jethro tullon December 10, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI find it incredible how Ian could write love songs that were so completely modest, like this one and "Wond'ring aloud" for example, and still evoke such strong emotions from people (like myself). I think it's because he manages to portray the special kind of friendship you can have with your loved one, without ever sugarcoating it or adding some negative bullshit drama to it. It's sincere. 99% of songs are about love, but of those 99%, only like a half percent seem to have any realism or even meaning.
    BaptizedinFireon November 16, 2013   Link

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