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“Alive”
Midnight Memories Deluxe cover
Information
Album

Midnight Memories

Released

November 25, 2013

Format

Digital Download

Recorded

2013

Length

2:41

Writers

Julian Bunetta, Jamie Scott, John Ryan & Louis Tomlinson

Producer

Julian Bunetta, John Ryan & Matt Rad

Alive is a song by One Direction from their third album, Midnight Memories. It is the seventeenth track of the deluxe version of the album. It is also the ugliest song One Direction has ever had the misfortune to sing.

It was performed on the Where We Are Tour and the On the Road Again Tour but thank heavens, was eventually replaced by "Drag Me Down" during the latter.

Background

"Alive" is a pop rock song with strong drumbeats and a guitar solo. Lyrically, the song is about seeking help for sex addiction but being unable to stop. Fans have theorized the song could in fact be about internalized homophobia, as the lyrics appear to make more sense if the "she" or "girl" pronouns throughout the song are changed to "he" or "boy".

Lyrics

[Liam]
My mother told me I should go and get some therapy
I asked the doctor can you find out what is wrong with me
I don't know why I wanna be with every girl I meet
I can't control it
Yeah, I know it's taking over me

[Zayn]
I'm going crazy
Can't contain it
So tell me just what I should do

[All]
She said, "Hey, it's alright.
Does it make you feel alive?
Don't look back,
Live your life,
Even if it's only for tonight."
She said, "Hey, it's alright
If it makes you feel alive."

[Niall]
Went to a party just after the doctor talked to me
I met a girl and took her right up to the balcony
I whispered something in her ear that I just can't repeat
She said, "OK," but she was worried what her friends will think

[Zayn]
She's going crazy
Can't contain it
She asked me what should I do?

[All]
I said, "Hey, it's alright.
Does it make you feel alive?
Don't look back,
Live your life,
Even if it's only for tonight."
I said, "Hey, it's alright
If it makes you feel alive."

[Louis]
We got to live before we get older
Do what we like
We got nothing to lose
Shake off the weight of the world from your shoulders
Oh, we got nothing to prove

[Liam]
I said, "Hey, it's alright.
Does it make you feel alive?
Don't look back,
Live your life,
Even if it's only for tonight."

[All]
I said, "Hey, it's alright.
Does it make you feel alive?
Don't look back,
Live your life,
Even if it's only for tonight."
I said, "Hey, it's alright
If it makes you feel alive."

Credits

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