Still Alive

The video game Portal, which is explained here,  is a videogame I have not played, I will admit. I was messing around looking at gameplay on Youtube today when I discovered this: a song that is played over the end credits, entitled “Still Alive”. Sung by talented soprano Ellen McLain, who also plays the computer GLaDOS in the game, it is incredibly charming and catchy, as you will discover…

The humor can be attributed mainly to a musician who should be world-famous by now, Jonathan Coulter, but there are some of us who have joined his ‘cult’, thanks mainly to the incredibly clever “Re: Your Brains”. Thanks to Jonathan’s website, we have the lyrics to “Still Alive”:

This was a triumph
I’m making a note here: huge success
It’s hard to overstate my satisfaction
Aperture Science
We do what we must because we can
For the good of all of us
Except the ones who are dead
But there’s no sense crying over every mistake
You just keep on trying till you run out of cake
And the science gets done and you make a neat gun
For the people who are still alive

I’m not even angry
I’m being so sincere right now
Even though you broke my heart and killed me
And tore me to pieces
And threw every piece into a fire
As they burned it hurt because
I was so happy for you
Now these points of data make a beautiful line
And we’re out of beta, we’re releasing on time
So I’m glad I got burned, think of all the things we learned
For the people who are still alive

Go ahead and leave me
I think I’d prefer to stay inside
Maybe you’ll find someone else to help you
Maybe Black Mesa
That was a joke, ha ha, fat chance
Anyway this cake is great
It’s so delicious and moist
Look at me still talking when there’s science to do
When I look out there it makes me glad I’m not you
I’ve experiments to run, there is research to be done
On the people who are still alive

And believe me I am still alive
I’m doing science and I’m still alive
I feel fantastic and I’m still alive
And while you’re dying I’ll be still alive
And when you’re dead I will be still alive
Still alive
Still alive

It’s a great song regardless of the subject matter – why is this man not a music god by now? Go listen to his stuff – Now!!


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One response to “Still Alive

  1. I just love this song! I may go out and buy the Orange Box just so I can understand it better.

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