I Alone
by Live

Album: Throwing Copper (1994)
Charted: 48 38


  • The lyrics are a telling of the story in the Bible, Luke 8:22-25, in which Jesus calms a storm while he and his disciples are at sea. This song (like the story) proves the power of love.
  • This is just one of many Live songs that contains religious imagery - both Christian and Eastern.
  • One of Live's first important singles, this was their first hit and led the way for "Lightning Crashes."
  • Live closed their set on the first day of Woodstock '94 with this song.

Comments: 26

  • Glen from WhenHow is this song not about Satan?
  • Jordan from CanadaI literally just signed up to post this comment: Ed Kowalczyk wrote Operation Spirit in his late teens/ early twenties before realizing the power and presence of God. Since then, he has wrote a multitude of pro-God-based songs, such as: They Stood Up For Love, The Dolphin's Cry, Run to the Water, Dance with You, Nobody Knows, Bring the People Together, Where Fishes Go, Sparkle, The Distance, (now onto his solo stuff) The One, Angels on a Razor, The Watchman's Lament, The Garden, and most obviously.... Grace. But, I don't believe he is a "Christian", or a "Buddhist" or anything in particular... he has sang so many times about having a vision of some higher power that "changed his vision from hate to faith" (here is a quote from Sparkle: I'm gatherin' up my friends today, and those who recognize the face as the vision that changed my mind from hate to faith- was as simple as grapes to wine and sweet as...).

    He leaves SO MANY hints in his music, but I don't think he presses you to believe in any particular religion or ideology.... Because he is a genuinely awakened individual who realizes that it doesn't MATTER which outer religion you follow, so long as it makes you a more loving person and brings you closer to wholeness, that's all that counts. He has obviously studied all major religions, and has found and understood the universal truths outlined within all of them.... And that is what he bases these lyrics off of. He isn't trying to conform to any specific doctrine... He is a man who has actually found God, and as a result, realizes the impermanence and irrelevance in religion. But, God and religion don't go hand in hand... And you can absolutely find the former without having anything to do with the latter. Ed is a perfect example of this. May your God, whoever that may be, bless you eternally. ~ JLorraine Laflamme
  • Bradley from Lula, GaThis song reminds my of my first love in school, the one that got away, my Susan Glenn, she has moved away now and ill probably never see her again and every time he gets to the "you've been swept away" part i can barely take it. by the end of the song i have to go take a long lonely walk and have a smoke and think about her.
  • Liz from Ontario, Oni believe this song is about discovering GOD...for yourself.religion,whichever one, makes a person lazy and lost. preacher teachers will abandon you if you question them, they want followers. GOD wont abandon you,your questions will be answered but the answers wont be easy, you'll have to suffer through them. that's why many people choose ignorance cuz it hurts less. this song is beautiful and makes me cry deeply when i hear it because i have a long way to go to discovering GOD. i am still quite the coward.
  • Maxwell from Downers Grove, IlThis song is about meditation. Ed himself said it on VH1's 100 best songs of the nineties. I have to agree with criticism of fanatical Christians in this song facts page and other. It seems they want every song they can't understand to be about their god.
  • Ian from Moline, IlGeorge from NJ - sarcasm I'm hoping? You can never tell..
  • Nick from Melbourne, Australiai think Murf has the best grasp on this... altho i belive that the song writer is not anti religion and/or god, i recon he is just a humble man that has had his faith tested, and is putting his pain into words. his pain may sound like he is against god, but it is closer to a wounded man critizing the faith he has followed for so long.
  • George from Jackson, Nji agree, we shouldnt measure things with our brains. thinking only confusses people. the right thing to do is to follow whatever religion your brought up around and follow it without thinking maybe its not real, cause thoughts like that will get you in hell, dont think people, dont use your brain. if you question the existance of god you will go to hell and be poked with horns and pitchforks by little red devils for eternity
  • Judy from Overland Park, KsThe first time that I heard this song, it really freaked me out. It sort of seems like an anti-love song. This guy is obsessed with a woman who he thinks likes him back, but doesn't want to be with him. He can't accept that she doesn't want him, so he says that he alone loves her and tempts her and he will get her, even though she is afraid to be with him. The song is disturbing because this guy is only deluding himself into thinking that he really loves her and a relationship with him is the best thing for her.
  • Ryan from Marion, IaI'm pretty sure it's not about Jesus and his disciples. Rather, it's about people being tempted by the devil. The devil tells them that God has left them alone chained to fate, and he's the only one that loves them. The people gives into temptation, and when they realize what they've done, they say, "Oh, now, we took it back too far, only love can save us now." Jaime's right, the lyrics say "I alone tempt you," but Jesus never tempts anyone, just Satan. And as a user at songmeanings.net pointed out, the music video features a snake coming out of a tree, symbolizing the temptation of Adam and Eve.
  • Carl from Carrum Downs, Australiaone of the best songs live have ever done,
    take what you want from the lyrics.
    as they can mean what ever you want them to mean.
  • Jackie from Virginia Beach, VaLive's lyrics have always had a feeling of finding the spirituality in yourself and the world around you that seems Eastern in some aspect, but is certainly not anti-religious, or anti-christian. The lyrics throughout their albums (all of them, yes, they do have a first album) force you to examine your own spiritual beliefs, no how as they have been "packaged" for you by external forces, but as you find in your life. Follow from "Operation Spirit", to "I Alone", to Heaven, and many other stops in between, and you can find their journey written about. Now if only I could find my old video tape of their MTV Unplugged concert where Ed talks a bit about growing up surrounded by the religious environment that is York, PA.
  • Muff from Siouxer City, IaI think Blake has the closest true understanding of this song. But I think the writer is not only a none believer of religion but of god himself. you fanatical Christians' always read into what ever it is you believe just cause it can make sense for you. He says in the chorus "I alone love you."(not a god)" I alone tempt you"(not the devil) If you don't yet under stand that find and read the lyrics to another Live tune called "Operation spirit(tyranny of tradition)" where the writer states "Heard a lot of talk about this Jesus A man of love, and a man of strength What a man was 2000 years ago Means nothing at all to me today" And if you still don't understand find and read the lyrics to "Selling The Drama" where the writer talks of how he had been there before,"I've willed, I've walked, I've read I've talked, I know, I know,
    hey, now we won't be raped hey, now we won't be scarred like that. another song on the same LP as this called the dam at otter creek the singer screams out "BE HERE NOW" like a cry out to god. I think the writer of theses songs has had his faith tested one too many times. Regardless the lyrics or the beliefs or lack of beliefs of the writer I have always been moved by the songs of Live. All very powerful and emotionally driven,& driving. The songwriter ,& singer really puts himself out there. I mean really without pretension. thanks, Murf
  • Carlo from West Palm Beach, FlI alone, really listen to it.

    The song seems built around the power or force behind Jesus, Budah, Jehova, etc... It' easier to believe what we are told than to be wise, and wise is to measure things, but not only with your brains. This force (to use a word) has sunk into Eden (earth) with us, to be with us side by side.

    If we are be able to be in touch with IT will read to us from there, "teaching", for you will need your eyes, while your boat is at sea, your anchor up as you are floating, drifting in the sea of life, you've been swept away. On this Eden the greatest of teachers (the ones mentioned above these lines) won't hesitate to leave you there, by yourself chained to fate.

    This power ALONE in us and around us, that makes everything what is, loves you and tempts you all at the same time, when death comes... Fear is not that last thing you'll feel.

    It's easier not to think "above" what this reality and societies have established, it's easier not to be great, again measuring by what we see and what has been mistakenly taught to us. We are stuck in this journey and that is that, but this force is alone with us... in that confusion called Religion and Church, to cradle that innocent soul of ours, that baby in space, while drifting still chained to fate.

    This force has no negatives and positives, it just is, runing through us, it creates and nurtures, it alone loves you and it alone tempts you. Fear is just a a mind reaction facing death, but death is not the end of it.

    We took it back too far, we begun Idolazing and worshiping this force we feel, which makes us feel alive and brings up the question of hope. We created churches and cults around it,... so only LOVE can save us now. All these riddles, scriptures, bibles that burn in your mind, all coming running back to you, confusing you. All these rhytms and tendencies that you hide,.... only LOVE can save us now. All these riddles that you burn...

    This force you are aware of, which makes us unique among other creatures in this reality, loves you and tempts you the way it does an animal, making you not one.
  • Jamie from Boston, MaI agree this is what Jesus might have been feeling - PO'd when his disciples did not trust him. I love the fury of the song. Really makes me think graphically about was going on in that boat. I just don't understand "I alone tempt you." Jesus NEVER would have thought or said that because he doesn't tempt us. (James 1:13) Maybe it should've been "I alone test you."
  • Dominique from Albuquerque, NmThe message of the song is simple, where all of the so called greats in the world will fail you and leave you alone, Jesus will not.
  • Steve from Destin, Florida, Usa, FlMy name is Steve Neese. I found the lyrics to be energizing. I believe in Jesus Christ, but I think we are part of the solution. Mankind has to help itself before we can expect intervention. Belief in Christ and this song is not mutually exclusive.
  • Jordyn from New York, NdI alone!!!Cool song dude!!
  • Hailey from New York, NyThis song is so cool!!i really like it!!
  • Blake from Gold CoastSeems to be anti-religious to me, anti-christian at least. "i alone love you" not god not jesus, only other people such as the singer.
    "we long to be here by his resolve" but are
    "alone in the church" seems fairly explicit; we want to be the beloved children of god but it feels like a vain hope.
    "greatest of teachers won't hesitate
    to leave you there, by yourself, chained to fate" also pretty explicit.

    although i wonder if the last lines recant that position some what
  • Ed's Girl from Syd, Australiai agree its a brillant song, for a different reason. i identify with its cynicism of how every religion will tell you their God alone truely loves you.

    I say Be wise, Be great. Question with you brain, examine with a critical eye, most of all, be Quiet young grasshoppers, and you will find within YOURSELF the only God that matters, your own.
  • Jay from Hell, Txkurt, you need help. you have no sence of good music whatsoever.
  • Caitlyn from Brooklyn And Long Island Ny, United StatesI always saw this song as being about an obsessive love. I agree with the God factor for sure, but the love seems to want some sort of gratitude.

    Its "Easier" to do this or that, but no, I give you everything and expect you return it. Thats the attitude i get
  • Asha from Vacaville, CaIn my opinion, it would take a person lacking deep emotion, passion, spirituality, vivaciousness, and taste to consider this one of Live's worst hits. One of the most captivating songs ever written. Not to mention it scratches the surface that Jesus Christ was in fact, human and had human emotions, as well as the passion and devotion of those in his midst.
  • Kurt from Downers Grove, IlBest song ever written?!! This is one of Live's worst hits.
  • Neese from Perth, AustraliaThis is my all time favourite song and has been since it was released in 1994. For me it's all about true, deep love.It is full of emotion and meaning. In my humble opinion it is the best song ever written.
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