This is song was originally written in Kreuzlingen (Switzerland), 1998, with the not very creative title "Summer before '99". Even though some lines in the first and second stanzas still stem from that time, the song has experienced uncountable transformations since then. The current text is the first version I felt satisfied with and enjoyed to sing in front of people. I also wrote a complete second text called "Ready for us" for this song and I may use it for a different melody some day. Finally, I have two different music versions for "Wide awake and alive", one in a major and one in a minor key.

 

We came by the road the school was behind us
took the skeleton of my car
jumped the highway no one ever could bind us
and like angels we were taking up

Heading on into the storm
on a trail to a guitar and a drum
to find the rhyme of our words
to stand up and rehearse

From the jungles into the cities
from the badlands to the coasts
to taste the bitter and to swallow the sweet
to blow some fresh air through these skulls

To hear the sound, to get it loud
play your part in the crowd
bury your past in a hole
and watch something new grow

Wide awake and alive
wide awake and alive
everybody thought that I won’t survive
wide awake and alive

Saw a man and his saxophone
filling every room with light
There was a band playing all around the globe
keeping him forever alive

To find their luck, to find their love
deeply rooted in a brotherhood
throwing a party on the graves
of all who ever blurred their fate

Wide awake and alive
wide awake and alive
everybody thought that I won’t survive
wide awake and alive

Life’s too short to live all dreams
maybe that’s the most bitter pill
but to build your own temple of peace
it first of all takes a wish and a will

Built it up by the river
wash away your tears
build it up by the river
and let it rock you straight into the spot

Built it up by the river
wash away your fears
build it up by the river
and let it rock you straight into the spot of being

Wide awake and alive
wide awake and alive
everybody thought that I won’t survive
wide awake and alive