WE ARE ALIVE

Live 09 Mar 2012 version

There's a cross up yonder up on Calvary Hill
There's a slip of blood on a silver knife
There's a graveyard kid down below
Where at night the dead come to life
Well, above the stars they crackle in fire
A dead man's moon throws seven rings
We'd put our ears to the cold grave stones
This is the song they'd sing
We are alive
And though our bodies lie alone here in the dark
Our spirits rise to carry the fire and light the spark
To stand shoulder to shoulder and heart to heart

A voice cried I was killed in Maryland in 1877
When the railroad workers made their stand
Well, I was killed in 1963 one Sunday morning in Birmingham
I died last year crossing the southern desert
My children left behind in San Pablo
Well, they've left our bodies here to rot
Well, please let them know
We are alive
And though we lie alone here in the dark
Our souls will rise to carry the fire and light the spark
To fight shoulder to shoulder and heart to heart

Yeahhh-whoa!

Let your mind rest easy, sleep well my friend
It's only our bodies that betray us in the end

Well, I awoke last night in the dark and dreamy deep
From my head to my feet, my body'd gone stone cold
There were worms crawling all around me
My fingers scratching at an earth black and six foot low
Well, alone in the blackness of my grave
Alone I'd been left to die
Then I heard voices calling all around me
And the earth rose above me and my eyes filled with sky
We are alive
Though our bodies lie alone here in the dark
Our souls and spirits rise
To carry the fire and light the spark
To stand shoulder to shoulder and heart to heart
To fight shoulder to shoulder and heart
We are alive
We are alive
We are alive

One, two, three!
Yiii yi yi!
Ya ya ya ya yay!

(Hoo-hoo-hoo, hoo-hoo-hoo)
(Hoo-hoo-hoo, hoo-hoo-hoo)
(Hoo-hoo-hoo, hoo-hoo-hoo)
(Hoo-hoo-hoo, hoo-hoo-hoo)
(Hoo-hoo-hoo, hoo-hoo-hoo)
(Hoo-hoo-hoo, hoo-hoo-hoo)
(Hoo-hoo-hoo, hoo-hoo-hoo)
(Hoo-hoo-hoo, hoo-hoo-hoo)


Page last updated: 10 Mar 2012

Info

The above lyrics are for the live 09 Mar 2012 performance of WE ARE ALIVE at Apollo Theater in New York City, NY, during the Sirius Satellite Radio 10-year anniversary celebration.

The 09 Mar 2012 Show

This was a special event at the 1500-seat historic Apollo Theater, celebrating the 10-year anniversary of Sirius Satellite Radio, which has been hosting exclusive Bruce Springsteen channel E Street Radio since October 2005. Tickets were only available to special guests, plus a couple of hundred winners of a contest held by Sirius XM for its subscribers. Among the crowd were numerous celebrities, including Tom Hanks and family, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, Ben Stiller, Elvis Costello, Harry Belafonte, Michael J. Fox, Tommy Hilfiger, Brian Williams and many more. The concert, which raised money for WhyHunger charity, was broadcast live on E Street Radio and was also professionally filmed.


Promotional poster for the 09 Mar 2012 show at Apollo Theater, New York City, NY

09 Mar 2012 concert setlist:

  1. WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN
  2. WRECKING BALL
  3. BADLANDS
  4. DEATH TO MY HOMETOWN
  5. MY CITY OF RUINS
  6. THE E STREET SHUFFLE
  7. JACK OF ALL TRADES
  8. SHACKLED AND DRAWN
  9. WAITIN' ON A SUNNY DAY
  10. THE PROMISED LAND
  11. MANSION ON THE HILL
  12. THE WAY YOU DO THE THINGS YOU DO
  13. 634-5789 (SOULSVILLE, U.S.A.)
  14. THE RISING
  15. WE ARE ALIVE
  16. THUNDER ROAD
  17. ROCKY GROUND
  18. LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS
  19. TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT
  20. HOLD ON I'M COMIN'
Marquee for the 09 Mar 2012 show at Apollo Theater, New York City, NY
Christopher Phillips photo (Backstreets.com), used with permission

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