I Live You Die

Album: No Place for Disgrace (1988)

Songfacts®:

  • This was the first Flotsam and Jetsam song that guitarist Michael Gilbert wrote with the band after joined them in 1985 at the age of 17. "It was a direction change for them," he told us, "because they were doing some other things. They were more of a real hard rock band at the time. And when I came in the band, I was like: 'Metal.' I played some of the song 'I Live You Die' to them, and they were like, 'Okay, let's try it and see what happens.' And that became the song that we sent to Brian Slagel [the head of Metal Blade Records], and he was like, 'I want to put this on a compilation disc, and we'll get you guys signed and get this thing going.' So they decided to keep me in the band after that."
  • The song was not included on their 1986 debut LP Doomsday for the Deceiver, but did feature on their first album release with Elektra Records, No Place for Disgrace two years later.

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