FANDOM


"Alive"
Sia - Alive
Song by Sia
Released
September 24, 2015
Recorded
2015
Label
Inertia, Monkey Puzzle, RCA
Writer(s)
Sia Furler, Adele Adkins, Tobias Jesso Jr.[1]
Producer(s)
Jesse Shatkin[2]
Audio

"Alive" is a song co-written by Sia, Adele, and Tobias Jesso Jr. for Sia's seventh studio album, This Is Acting.[1] It was released as the album's lead single on September 24, 2015. Jesse Shatkin produced the song.[2]

Background Edit

On September 6, Sia confirmed at the Venice Film Festival that she had written a song with Adele for her third studio album, but it was rejected at the last minute, prompting her to release it as the lead single of her own album, This Is Acting, a compilation of unreleased songs that Sia had written for other people but decided to record for herself.[3]

Speaking about the song, Sia stated, "It's about [Adele's] life, so now I sing a song from [Adele's] perspective."[4] In an interview with Ryan Seacrest, she confirmed that, she came up with the initial idea of the line "I'm still breathing," based off of a comment from an America's Next Top Model contestant. She also confirmed that "Alive" was one of three songs Sia and Adele wrote together for Adele's album; however, all three were cut. "Alive" and another track, titled "Bird Set Free," had both been originally recorded by Adele but were re-recorded by Sia for This Is Acting. Before "Alive" was recorded by Sia, the song was pitched to Rihanna before she rejected it.[5]

"Alive" was the first song written or co-written by Adele to not feature her vocals on it.

Release Edit

On September 21, Sia teased that she would be releasing "Alive" on September 25.[6] The next day, she unveiled the official artwork for the single via her social media.[7] On September 23, Sia revealed a 15-second snippet of the song and confirmed that she would be releasing the song a day early, crediting it to the fact that she "couldn't wait any longer."[8] The single premiered on Snapchat at approximately 7:00 A.M. and was made available on digital retailers soon after.[9]

Reception Edit

"Alive" received universal acclaim from music critics, who praised Furler's vocals as well as the song's production. Rolling Stone critic Jon Blistein described Furler's vocals as "devastating, electrifying," and wrote, "while the dramatic build of 'Alive' sounds straight out of Adele's wheelhouse, the outsized pop production — courtesy of Jesse Shatkin—and the ragged, throat-cracking, enrapturing vocal run Sia embarks on at the end are quintessentially her."[10]

Music video Edit

Sia - Alive05:01

Sia - Alive

Lyrics Edit

I was born in a thunderstorm
I grew up overnight
I played alone
I'm playing on my own
I survived
Hey
I wanted everything I never had
Like the love that comes with life
I wore envy and I hated it
But I survived

I had wanted to go 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'll survive

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 wanted to go 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'll survive

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 out, but I'm still breathing
You took it out, but I'm still breathing
You took it out, but I'm still breathing
You took it out, but I'm still breathing
You took it out, but I'm still breathing
You took it out, but I'm still breathing
You took it out, but I'm still breathing
You took it out, 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
I know that's part 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 out, but I'm still breathing)
(You took it out, but I'm still breathing)
I'm alive (You took it out, but I'm still breathing)
(You took it out, but I'm still breathing)
I'm alive (You took it out, but I'm still breathing)
(You took it out, but I'm still breathing)
I'm alive

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

References Edit

External links Edit

Ad blocker interference detected!


Wikia is a free-to-use site that makes money from advertising. We have a modified experience for viewers using ad blockers

Wikia is not accessible if you’ve made further modifications. Remove the custom ad blocker rule(s) and the page will load as expected.