03 March 2012

Song of the day: "I'm Alive" by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey

This is Gabe's big solo in the musical next to normal. Finally, a rock song that fits my voice! Technically, it's a rock-influenced musical theatre song, which I'm told is not authentic rock. (I'm no expert on rock music.) But hey it's fun, big, brash, and bright. Someone noted that it's also a great stalker song.

This is the solo version of the song. The stage version is interspersed with dialogue.
I am what you want me to be
And I'm your worst fear-- you'll find it in me.
Come closer...
Come closer...

I am more than memory--
I am what might be, I am mystery.
You know me--
So show me.

When I appear it's
Not so clear if
I'm a simple spirit or I'm flesh and blood...

But I'm alive
I'm alive
I am so alive,
And I feed on the fear that's behind your eyes.

And I need you
To need me
It's no surprise--
I'm alive...
So alive...
I'm alive.

I am flame and I am fire,
I am destruction, decay, and desire--
I'll hurt you...
I'll heal you...

I'm your wish, your dream come true,
And I am your darkest nightmare, too--
I've shown you...

I own you.

And though you made me,
You can't change me--
I'm the perfect stranger who knows you too well.

And I'm alive
I'm alive
I am so alive
And I'll tell you the truth if you let me try.

You're alive
I'm alive
And I'll show you why
I'm alive...
So alive...

I'm alive-- I'm right behind you.
You say forget, but I remind you.
You can try to hide, but you know that I will find you.
'Cause if you won't grieve me
You won't leave me behind...

Oh, oh, wah

No, no, no--
I'm alive
I'm alive
I am so alive,
If you climb on my back, then we both can fly

If you try
To deny me
I'll never die.
I'm alive...
So alive...
I'm alive...
Yeah, yeah...
I'm alive...
I'm alive...
I'm alive...
I'm alive!

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