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Alive is the seventeenth song from One Direction's third studio album, Midnight MemoriesIt is available on the deluxe versions of the album.

The song was performed on the Where We Are Tour and was supposed to be performed on the On the Road Again Tour, but was eventually replaced by "Drag Me Down" during the latter.

Lyrically, the song is about seeking help for sex addiction but being unable to stop.

Background

"Alive" is a pop rock song with strong drumbeats and a guitar solo.

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 want to be with every girl I meet
I can’t control it, yeah I know its 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 I 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 gotta live before we get older
Do what we like we got nothing to lose
Shake off the weight of the world from your shoulders
Oohh 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

Live Performance

One Direction - Alive (Live in Sao Paulo, Brazil)

One Direction - Alive (Live in Sao Paulo, Brazil)

One Direction - Alive - OTRA 7-2-15 Sydney HD

One Direction - Alive - OTRA 7-2-15 Sydney HD

One Direction Chile - Alive (Live)

One Direction Chile - Alive (Live)

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