Still Alive

by @mikeb

Liner Notes

I wanted to get one more song done for my first 50-90 - 18 songs total, including 3 collabs, not bad for what has been a fairly busy summer!

Another song for my rock opera (I’ve got to get a name for it!)
This is from scene 2, which takes place 5 years after scene 1, where we met young Billy as his parents had been taken away (for playing rock and roll) and he was being sent to the ‘Wetherton Home for Abandoned Children’.
We have just heard “Music Can Make You Happy”, the monotonous ‘elevator music’ that is played over the speakers at ‘WHAC’, and a new boy is brought to the dorm. Davey is a drummer, and his song “Fire Inside” is one I wrote for FAWM earlier this year (that will be in scene 4). Davey sings all but verse 3, which is sung by Billy.
#rockopera

Lyrics

Still Alive ©2022 Michael J Birch

(Davey)
Hello boys, my name is Davey
What is that noise, it’s driving me crazy
I’ll show you the way to turn it down
‘Cause I won’t stay near that awful sound

Just like you, they took my parents away
Not much I could do when they brought me to this place
But I want to let you know, we are not alone
There’s plenty of people still playing rock and roll

I’m not kidding, I’m telling you it’s true
Rock and roll is still alive, and it’s waiting for you

(Billy)
Good to meet you Davey, and that’s great to hear
Please don’t blame me if I don’t let out a big cheer
But we’re stuck in this place, they’re always watching us
We’ll do whatever it takes, we’ll do what we must
We’ll do whatever it takes, we’ll do what we must

(Davey)
Great to hear, ‘cause I’m telling you it’s true
Rock and roll is still alive, and it’s waiting for you
Rock and roll is still alive, and it’s waiting for you



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@andrea

This is super catchy. I love the music and melodies. The story of your rock opera is exciting. I feel like I am getting a real taste of the show and I am enjoying it all.

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What a great tune-without even one word, but it's a real smash! Rock opera is still alive for sure!