Song I’m Alive • Performed by Cirith UngolRecorded Dec 1980

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Lyrics

I shiver when I remember
The things that I have seen
I know the light, I know the Night
I have walked with things unseen
I have been a king invincible
I’ve been the poorest of the poor
I’ve pulled the mighty from their thrones
And laughed at Death’s own door

‘Cause I’m alive, I’m alive
I’m alive, I’m alive

I roamed the world in search of life
Death followed in my wake
I searched for truth, I want the truth
And learned more than I could take
I’ve walked the roads of mystery
And it’s aged me much too soon
I’ve paid the piper and I’ve paid him well
But he still calls the tune

I’m alive
I’m alive
I’m alive
I’m alive

I shiver when I remember
The shadow of the past
The lonely ways, the lonely days
When every breath might be my last
I lost my heart, I lost my soul
By every hand betrayed
But I’ve still got strength, I’ve still got life
And that will never change

‘Cause I’m alive, I’m alive
I’m alive, I’m alive

I’m alive
I’m alive
I’m alive
I’m alive
I’m alive

Check it out here:

This was written by Greg Lindstrom. Jim Barraza’s favourite song on the album.

“I’m Alive” was one of our all time best songs, which we started almost every set with.

Robert Garven, Amazon-review

The LA Times said that the song “Alive” by “Pearl Jam” was a blatant rip-off of Cirith Ungol’s “I’m Alive”.

Robert Garven, Diabolical Conquest interview

I’m Alive” is a favourite of mine, because the music and lyrics of “I’m Alive” really combine to evoke a melancholy mood

Greg Lindstrom, Headache interview, 2005

I’m Alive (Album version Dec 1980)

From release Frost And Fire (1981).

I’m Alive (Demo 23 Apr 1977)

From re-released Frost And Fire (2021).

I’m Alive (Demo Sep 1980)

From released Servant of Chaos (2001).

Demo of the song that appeared on Frost and Fire album.

(Sept 80) Again, not a lot different from the F & F version, but it’s got another great solo from Jerry. Sorry about the pops, that’s from switching in the vocals on the lead guitar track. The joys of trying to squeeze everything in on 4 tracks … The LA Times music critic reported that Pearl Jam’s ‘Alive’ was a rip off of this song!

Greg Lindstrom, liner notes

From re-released Frost And Fire (2021).

I’m Alive (40th Anniversary Remix)

From re-released Frost And Fire (2021).

I’m Alive (Remaster From Original Tapes / 2021 Remaster)

From re-released Frost And Fire (2021).

I’m Alive (2016?)

Never before heard audio of I’m Alive and Join The Legion from the from reunion rehearsal with Robert Garven, Jim Barraza, Jarvis Leatherby, and Brent Woodward

https://cirithungol.org/media/episode-27-the-story-of-cirith-ungol-part-3/

I’m Alive (live)

Live at Heavy Metal @ Wolf & Rissmiller’s Country Club, Reseda, Fri 09 Nov 1984.

Live 1991

Live at Live at Up the Hammers Festival, Sat 27 May 2017

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