Discography

I’m Alive

I'm Alive is a striking return to the kind of romantic subject matter that the Los Angeles singer and songwriter seemed to have abandoned after 1980 in favor of political songwriting. His finest album in nearly two decades, it has much in common with his 1974 masterpiece, Late For The Sky, whose songs also described the disintegration of a relationship. The album's best lyrics offer glimpses of phrase-making brilliance. "I wanted to live in the realm of the senses/You've got to know how/And for some kinds of pleasure there are no defenses/I know that now," he sings in "My Problem Is You." Describing the perils of extreme intimacy in "Two of Me, Two of You," he finds the perfect words to evoke emotional tumult: "And together we went crashing through/Every bond and vow and faith we knew." In moments like these, Mr. Browne speaks with the authority of someone who has risked a great deal to pursue a romantic ideal.

Stephen Holden, The New York Times, November 14, 1993

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Putting Third World and rain forest politics on hold, Jackson Browne delivers a near-definitive collection of lost-love laments. Sinatra used to make brilliant records capturing a single mood; "I'm Alive" is that kind of tone poem, and its color is blue. Browne's voice is a marvel of yearning on "Too Many Angels," "Sky Blue and Black" and "Take This Rain," and by delving into the bitterness, regret, accusation, self-pity and fragile hope that compose the emotional catalog of the jilted, he has made beautiful songs. (RS 672-673)

Paul Evans, Rolling Stone, 1993

  • 1. I'M ALIVE
    Its been a long time since I watched these lights alone
    I look around my life tonight and you are gone
    I might have done something to keep you if Id known
    How unhappy you had become

    While I was dreaming of you
    With my heart in your hands
    And I was following though
    With my beautiful plans

    Yeah, now Im rolling down this canyon drive
    With your laughter in my head
    Im gonna have to block it out somehow to survive
    Cause those dreams are dead
    And Im alive

    I want to go where I will never hear your name
    I want to lose my sorrow and be free again
    And I know Ive been insane
    When I think of places I could have been

    But I was dreaming of you
    With my heart in your hands
    And I was following through
    With my beautiful plans

    Standing here by the highway side
    Watching these trucks blow by
    Inches from my face
    Yeah, thinking bout the time Ive wasted
    And the pleasure we once tasted
    Looking up and down this road
    Ive been here before
    Cant be here no more

    Yeah, now Im rolling down California five
    With your laughter in my head
    Im gonna have to block it out somehow to survive
    Cause those dreams are dead
    And Im alive

    Hey, look at the way I believed in you
    And loved you all these years
    Now you can fill a swimming pool with all my salty tears
    If youd have told me what was in your heart
    Instead of all your lies
    I thought that it would kill me
    But Im alive
    Yeah, Im alive

    Words and music by Jackson Browne
    1993 Swallow Turn Music ASCAP
    All Rights Reserved
  • 2. MY PROBLEM IS YOU
    To love and get away before the walls have arisen
    You've got to be free
    But to go on attempting to break into the prison
    You'd have to be me
    I wait for the sun to rise over the mountain
    I wait for your touch
    I wait for your angels to carry me home
    But I wait too much
    Waiting for you
    I have no problem telling right from wrong
    Fiction from what's true
    No problem telling the dream from the dawn
    My problem is you
    Waiting here for you

    I wanted to live in the realm of the senses
    You've got to know how
    And for some kinds of pleasure there are no defenses
    I know that now
    Our love is a crackling ladder of lightning
    Our love is a fire
    Our love is a wave moving deep in an ocean
    Of need and desire
    Waiting for you
    I have no problem with this crooked world
    I play the cards I drew
    No problem with the changes life has hurled
    My problem is you
    Waiting here for you
    I need your wonder and I need your light
    I need your tender touch to heal the night
    I need you laughing and I need you free
    And I need to lock you away deep inside of me
    Waiting for you
    I have no problem telling right from wrong
    The way some people do
    I know exactly where these arms belong
    My problem is you
    Waiting here for you

    Words and music by Jackson Browne
    1993 Swallow Turn Music ASCAP
    All Rights Reserved
  • 3. EVERYWHERE I GO
    I hear your heart beating everywhere
    When we're apart I can hear you there
    I hear your heart beating everywhere
    Everywhere I go

    People say that I must be in love
    The way I forget what we're speaking of
    The way I stand there smiling straight ahead
    And walk away without hearing a word they said

    I hear your heart beating everywhere
    When we're apart I can close my eyes and hear you there
    I hear your heart beating everywhere
    Everywhere I go

    In the middle of the football game
    At the beach in the pouring rain
    Standing on a hillside staring at the sun
    People hurry by the unfortunate one
    With the faraway eyes and the mystery smile
    Moving my body in a ragamuffin style
    I can't sit down when I hear it start
    I hear your heart everywhere I go
    People say that I must be a fool
    Cause when I'm near you I cannot be cool
    I don't quite make sense when I talk to you
    And when you smile I forget everything I knew

    I hear your heart beating everywhere
    When we're apart I can close my eyes and hear you there
    I hear your heart beating everywhere
    Everywhere I go

    Standing in the market where I buy my bread
    With a hunger in my belly and a rhythm in my head
    Looking all around for something good to eat
    Between the butter and the beans and the mops and the meat
    Coffee from the mountain, honey from the bee
    Nothing tastes as good as you taste to me
    Rocking in the aisle to my inside song
    People staring at me think I got a Walkman on

    I hear your heart beating everywhere
    I hear your heart
    I hear your heart beating everywhere
    I hear your heart
    Beating everywhere I go

    Words and music by Jackson Browne
    1993 Swallow Turn Music ASCAP
    All Rights Reserved
  • 4. I'LL DO ANYTHING
    You hold a life there in your hands
    You probably don't know
    Somehow your dreams became my plans
    Somewhere long ago
    Think about the things we've done and where we've been
    Your touch made me a king
    I don't want to live without your love again
    I'll do anything

    To make you see what I'm imagining
    To know the pleasure your smile can bring
    To keep the light from vanishing
    I'll do anything

    I fly this airplane upside down
    I walk out on the wing
    To see you watching from the ground
    I'll do anything
    When I see the light upon your upturned face
    I can hear the angels sing
    Don't ever let another take my place
    I'll do anything

    To make you see what I'm imagining
    To know the pleasure your smile can bring
    To keep the light from vanishing
    I'll do anything

    I make this world a place for you and me
    I make your happiness my responsibility
    To make this world the world you want to see
    I'll do anything

    When I see the light upon your upturned face
    I can hear the angels sing
    To see that no one ever takes my place
    I'll do anything

    To make you see what I'm imagining
    To know the pleasure your smile can bring
    To keep the light from vanishing
    I'll do anything

    Words and music by Jackson Browne
    1993 Swallow Turn Music ASCAP
    All Rights Reserved
  • 5. MILES AWAY
    I got my head down between my knees
    I got my back against this bedroom wall
    I hear my voice saying baby please
    But I know that you don't hear me call

    You're staring at that far horizon
    I don't even know why you stay
    It's like you're already miles and miles away

    We got this life so far turned around
    We only talk about what happened last
    We try to move ahead but we're losing ground
    To the heartache and the pain of the past

    Staring at that far horizon
    I don't even know why I stay
    You're already miles and miles away

    Miles away
    From these sad deliberations
    From a life in disarray
    And all these recriminations
    And these stones all in your passway

    You got this rage choking up your voice
    And you're behaving like an orphan child
    I want to be your friend but I got no choice
    Than to fight when you're so mean and wild

    Staring at that far horizon
    I don't even know why you stay
    It's like you're already miles and miles away

    Miles away
    From these sad deliberations
    From the innocence betrayed
    The abandoned expectations
    And the stones that we have laid

    Words and music by Jackson Browne
    1993 Swallow Turn Music ASCAP
    All Rights Reserved
  • 6. TOO MANY ANGELS
    There's an angel on a ribbon
    Hanging from the armoire door
    There's a cupid with his feet crossed
    On the bird cage by the door
    There's a baby angel drummer
    His eyes are open wide
    And two more tiny cherubs
    On the mantle side by side
    Too many angels
    Have seen me crying
    Too many angels
    Have heard you lying

    There are photographs of children
    All in their silver frames
    On the window sills and tabletops
    Lit by candle flames
    And upon their angel faces
    Life's expectations climb
    Where the moment has preserved them
    From the ravages of time
    Too many angels
    Have seen me crying
    Too many angels
    Have heard you lying

    Bring the morning on
    Voices sing of day
    I want to step out in the morning sun
    Through the flood of tears
    I want this darkness gone
    Your sweet face appears
    These apparitions coming one by one
    But there's no end in sight
    Only the dead of night

    And too many angels

    Too many angels
    Have seen me crying
    Too many angels
    Have heard you lying
    Too many angels
    Bring the morning on
    Voices sing of day
    I want to step out in the morning sun
    Through this flood of tears
    I want to greet the dawn
    Cast away these fears
    Forget about the things we could have done
    Bring the morning on
    Voices sing of day
    I want to watch the children as they run
    Through the broken years
    I want this darkness gone
    Your sweet face appears
    These apparitions coming one by one
    But there's no end in sight
    Only the dead of nightv
    And too many angels

    Words and music by Jackson Browne
    1993 Swallow Turn Music ASCAP
    All Rights Reserved
  • 7. TAKE THIS RAIN
    It used To be There were two sets of footprints in the sand
    And there were two silhouettes in the sunset hand in hand
    But now here beside the sea are the footprints of three
    And I can't find my own
    Among the directions they're all going

    Baby it's alright
    Break this chain of love and madness
    It's alright
    Take this rain as your new address
    It's alright
    Take this rain
    It's alright
    Take this rain

    'cause I've been running all over creation out of my mind
    Trying to keep our hearts beating together all of the time
    Going crazier every day
    Watching our love slipping away
    'cause you're the only home I've ever wanted
    And the only light I've known

    But baby it's alright
    Break this chain of love and madness
    It's alright
    Take this rain as your new address
    It's alright
    Take this rain
    It's alright
    Take this rain
    You're going to be free

    Some people go through life seeing just what they want to see
    Take the way I went on believing
    You might still believe in me
    And I still want the love I always thought our love could be
    But some things can't be changed
    Take this rain

    You're going to hear my voice in the morning calling your name
    And know my love and my desperation were one and the same
    And where our footprints used to be
    There'll be nothing but the sea
    And the tide and the wind and the open sky
    And the unbroken horizon

    Baby it's alright
    Break this chain of love and madness
    It's alright
    Take this pain and all this sadness
    It s alright
    Make this rain into your fortress
    It's alright
    Take this rain
    It's alright
    Take this rain
    It's alright
    Take this rain
    You're going to be free

    Words and music by Jackson Browne
    1993 Swallow Turn Music ASCAP
    All Rights Reserved
  • 8. TWO OF ME TWO OF YOU
    There are two of me
    And two of you
    Two who have betrayed love
    And two who have been true
    And together we went crashing through
    Every bond and vow and faith we knew
    Me and the fool I've been
    And the two of you

    Of the two of me
    One always knew
    That I would always love you
    Whatever you might do
    And the more unfree and troubled you grew
    I could feel the whole world splitting in two
    Trying to make the room
    For the two of you

    So like a fragile little child
    More than a little lost and wild
    How the light would leave the sky when you cried
    And return again when you smiled
    And how the light would invade and divide
    The darkness I have inside

    There were two of me
    And two of you
    Searching for a passageway
    Hidden from our view
    And together we went crashing through
    Every bond and vow and faith we knew
    Me and the fool I've been
    And the two of you

    Words and music by Jackson Browne
    1993 Swallow Turn Music ASCAP
    All Rights Reserved
  • 9. SKY BLUE AND BLACK
    In the calling out to one another
    Of the lovers up and down the strand
    In the sound of the waves and the cries
    Of the seagulls circling the sand
    In the fragments of the songs
    Carried down the wind from some radio
    In the murmuring of the city in the distance
    Ominous and low

    I hear the sound of the world where we played
    And the far-too-simple beauty
    Of the promises we made

    If you ever need holding
    Call my name, Ill be there
    If you ever need holding
    And no holding back, Ill see you through
    Sky blue and black

    Where the touch of the lover ends
    And the soul of the friend begins
    Theres a need to be separate and a need to be one
    And a struggle neither wins
    Where you gave me the world I was in
    And a place I could make a stand
    I could never see how you doubted me
    When Id let go of your hand

    Yeah, and I was much younger then
    And I must have thought that I would know
    If things were going to end

    And the heavens were rolling
    Like a wheel on a track
    And our sky was unfolding
    And itll never fold back
    Sky blue and black

    And Id have fought the world for you
    If I thought that you wanted me to
    Or put aside what was true or untrue
    If Id known thats what you needed
    What you needed me to do

    But the moment has passed by me now
    To have put away my pride
    And just come through for you somehow

    If you ever need holding
    Call my name, Ill be there
    If you ever need holding
    And no holding back, Ill see you through

    Youre the color of the sky
    Reflected in each storefront windowpane
    Youre the whispering and the sighing
    Of my tires in the rain

    Youre the hidden cost and the thing thats lost
    In everything I do
    Yeah, and Ill never stop looking for you
    In the sunlight and the shadows
    And the faces on the avenue
    Thats the way love is
    Thats the way love is
    Thats the way love is
    Sky blue and black

    Words and music by Jackson Browne
    1993 Swallow Turn Music ASCAP
    All Rights Reserved
  • 10. ALL GOOD THINGS
    All good things got to come to an end
    The thrills have to fade
    Before they come 'round again
    The bills will be paid
    And the pleasure will mend
    All good things got to come to an end

    God I wish I was home
    Laying 'round with my friends
    The call of the wild
    Caution thrown to the wind
    The fall of the child
    Where the longing begins
    All good things got to come to an end

    Like a river flows
    Rolling 'till it ends in the sea
    Our pleasure grows
    Rolling 'till it ends in you and me

    Now as the dark gathers into the sky
    And legions of might go thundering by
    Regions of light grow dim and then die
    And we with our wings
    Wait for morning to fly

    Like a river flows
    Rolling 'till it ends in the sea
    Our pleasure grows
    Rolling 'till it ends in you and me
    Rolling 'till it ends in you and me
    Here where the angels
    Have appeared and are gone
    Your face like an ember
    Glows in the dawn
    But I want you to remember
    All wild deeds live on
    Ail good times, all good friends

    All good things got to come to an end
    The thrills have to fade
    Before they come 'round again
    The bills will be paid
    And the pleasure will mend
    All good things got to come to an end

    All good times, all good friends
    All good things got to come to an end

    Words and music by Jackson Browne
    1993 Swallow Turn Music ASCAP
    All Rights Reserved