I Alone ~ Live

live-the-bandLive is an American alternative rock band from York, Pennsylvania, comprised of Ed Kowalczyk (lead vocals and guitar), Chad Taylor (lead guitar), Patrick Dahlheimer (bass guitar) and Chad Gracey (drums and percussion). Since approximately 1999, Live has toured with Ed’s younger brother Adam Kowalczyk as a rhythm guitarist. They have also previously toured with British keyboardist Michael “Railo” Railton and Christopher Thorn (from Blind Melon).

The song, Lightning Crashes was never released as a single in the United States, and therefore made it ineligible for the Billboard Hot 100 hits, yet it received enough radio airplay to peak at the #12 position on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay chart for 1994. It is considered to be the biggest hit of Live’s career to date.

The band dedicated the song to Barbara Lewis, a friend of the band who had been killed by a drunk driver who was fleeing from the police after a robbery. Barbara had many of her organs donated, and the song lyrics reflect how her death enabled others to continue living. After the 1999 Columbine High School massacre, Ed Kowalczyk would frequently dedicate the song to the victims at live shows.

Soon after the Oklahoma City Bombing on April 19, 1995, a local radio station mixed in news clippings, audio clips of U.S. President Bill Clinton and Governor of Oklahoma Frank Keating responding to the attack, along with other sounds (such as ambulance and fire engine sirens) of that day.

I Alone

I Alone” is the second single from Live’s album, Throwing Copper. The single was released to radio stations in Canada and the United States, but was only released commercially overseas. It reached #6 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart. The song was ranked 62nd best song of the 1990s by VH1.

Lead singer Ed Kowalczyk said of the songs lyrics, “People think ‘I Alone’ is a love song but it really wasn’t. The lyrics were more abstract, encompassing a much larger message.”  He explained the line, “The greatest of teachers won’t hesitate to leave you there by yourself chained to fate,” by saying that a profound lesson he derived from studying spiritual teachings was that religion and truth must be found for oneself and practiced, rather than just accepting the word of others.

Live performed “I Alone” at the Woodstock ’99 festival on July 23, 1999 in Rome, New York. The song was featured in the tv shows Homicide: Life on the Streets, Beavis and Butt-head and Hindsight.

I Alone – Live

Its easier not to be wise
And measure these things by your brains
I sank into eden with you
Alone in the church by and by

Ill read to you here, save your eyes
Youll need them, your boat is at sea
Your anchor is up, youve been swept away
And the greatest of teachers wont hesitate
To leave you there, by yourself,
Chained to fate

I alone love you
I alone tempt you
I alone love you
Fear is not the end of this!

Its easier not to be great
And measure these things by your eyes
We long to be here by his resolve
Alone in the church by and by
To cradle the baby in space
And leave you there by yourslef
Chained to fate

Oh, now, we took it back too far,
Only love can save us now, all these riddles that you burn
All come runnin back to you, all these rhythms that you hide
Only love can save us now, all these riddles that you burn
Yeah, yeah, yeah

  • Audio from the 1994 album, Throwing Copper:


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