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Alive Lyrics

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
I'm going crazy
Can't...

  1. 1TOP RATED

    #1 top rated interpretation:
    anonymous
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    Feb 9th 2018 report

    At first listen you may think this song is about sex. But if you change the pronouns in this song from female to male, it stops being a song about a sex addict and turns into a song about battling internalized homophobia and learning to except yourself and who you are.

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    #2 top rated interpretation:
    anonymous
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    Jul 4th 2015 report

    if u change the female pronouns to male it would be about battle against homophobia.

    "my mother told me i should go and ger some therapy"
    some homophobic mothers ask their children to go into therapy when she finds out her son is gay.

    "i asked the doctor can you find out what is wrong with me?"
    he wants to know if theres sth wrong with

    "i don't know why i wanna be with every BOY i meet"
    it speaks for itself.

    "i can't control it yeah i know it's taking over me"
    this one too

    ok for the rest of the song u define it by yourself bc im a lazy shit

    i may be overanalyzing stuff lmao

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    #3 top rated interpretation:
    anonymous
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    Mar 14th 2016 report

    if you change all the girls into boys, its about a boy realising that hes gay, and that he finds another boy who is also like him and telling him its okay.

  4. Brynn1324
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    Nov 14th 2019 report

    It't about a guy wanting to have sex with his girl but the girl is afraid people will judge her. So she does not know what to do until he called a doctor or something. But now she feels "Alive".

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  5. anonymous
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    Mar 8th 2019 report

    I think to be more in my life. It’s very important to the song it’s so much fun to have the song is to have my song is very important to use the help. Everyone in the world and the album come from and have fun to be around.

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  6. anonymous
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    Sep 26th 2017 report

    You're hiding the fact you're gay. So you sleep with a lot of girls to hide that fact that you are because homophobia is a thing. He whispered something in the girl's ear that he can't repeat, so I think that he told her that he was gay and he's basically using her.

  7. anonymous
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    May 2nd 2017 report

    Yes the first lyrics have to do with having a sex addiction, but I don't think this is the main theme of this song. I feel like that was one example. This song is tryig to say maybe there is something that you like to do that makes you feel alive, but some people think it's wrong or don;t like it so they judge you. I think this song is saying that don't let people jugde you if it makes you feel alive keep doing it. I love to sing but what if i suck and evryone says so then I'll keep trying because it makes me feel alive.

  8. anonymous
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    Jul 31st 2016 report

    Alive is basically about a guy who is gay and his fight against homophobia because he will worry what his friends will think if he comes out and like his mother sent him to therapy because a lot of unsupportive parents will do that to try and "fix " their child but really like he can't change so the therapist just says it's okay and do whatever you want

  9. anonymous
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    Jun 23rd 2016 report

    I think that it is about a girl who wants to feel alive!!!

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  10. anonymous
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    Jun 14th 2016 report

    Sex addiction and one night stands.

  11. anonymous
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    Jun 13th 2016 report

    when I first heard this song, I honestly thought it was about just liking many girls. I'm at a certain age now to where I'm actually starting to feel that it IS about having a sex addiction. you see, I've been a Directioner since 2010/2011 (and I still am). so it is very hard for me to believe One Direction would write a song about sex, and it also one of my favorite songs on the album. but oh well.

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  12. anonymous
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    Nov 18th 2015 report

    Guys if you're a fan of one direction you know they like to leave hidden meanings in songs. The hidden meaning in this is that the boy (most likely one of the band members cough cough Larry) is gay

  13. anonymous
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    Aug 15th 2015 report

    I think it may be about girl, so you don't really have to change the pronouns. So it's from girl's point of view and yeah she falls in love with other girls and she wonders what's wrong with her? So anyway it's queer song I guess.

  14. anonymous
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    Jul 2nd 2015 report

    It pretty much means live life to fullest and don't let anyone's opinion stop you. If you want to be specific then yes it is about sex.

  15. anonymous
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    Oct 8th 2014 report

    He is sex driven. He meets a girl who wants to, but she doesn't want to her friends to judge her. He tells her what the doctor told him. And she goes along with it. It's also telling you to let go and don't let other peoples opinions drag you down

  16. anonymous
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    Aug 5th 2014 report

    Do what you wanna do! Don't let other peoples' judgments stop you... if you want sex DO IT as long as the desire you have makes you feel "Alive".

  17. AmiiPayne
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    Jul 30th 2014 report

    This song is talking about having sex with a bunch of girls.

  18. anonymous
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    May 19th 2014 report

    Sex addiction.

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