I’m Alive

by Kenny Chesney, Dean Dillon, and Mark Tamburino

from the albums Lucky Old Sun, Greatest Hits II


Lyrics

(Chesney)
So damn easy to say that life’s so hard
Everybody’s got their share of battle scars
As for me, I’d like to thank my lucky stars
That I’m alive and well
It’d be easy to add up all the pain
And all the dreams you sat and watched go up in flames
Dwell on the wreckage as it smolders in the rain
But not me, I’m alive

And today you know that’s good enough for me
Breathing in and out’s a blessing can’t you see
Today’s the first day of the rest of my life
And I’m alive and well
I’m alive and well

(Dave Matthews)
The stars are dancing on the water here tonight
It’s good for the soul when there’s not a soul in sight
This boat has caught its wind and brought me back to life
Now I’m alive and well

And today you know that’s good enough for me
Breathing in and out’s a blessing can’t you see
Today’s the first day of the rest of my life
And I’m alive and well
I’m alive and well

Kenny’s Note

This song was born on my boat with Mark Tamburino and Dean Dillon – late in the afternoon, actually, because we’d been out rambling around the island till about 4 am. Tambo had this melody that was really unique – and he just kept playing it over and over…. We’d promised some people we were gonna take them out on the boat, but you know that’s the night before…. When my captain Ben woke up the next morning, I asked him if he was alright and he said, “I’m Alive…” We wrote this song in about twenty minutes – because, you know, we all go through things that alter our lives, but we get through them…. I knew right then, that at a point, I was going to be okay. I didn’t know when. But I knew I was healthy; I had great friends. There were a lot of people who loved me and a lot of truth left to live. I was alive and that was a great place to start from. Thanks again Dave!