Born to Be Alive
Patrick Hernandez Lyrics


Jump to: Overall Meaning ↴  Line by Line Meaning ↴

We were born to be alive
We were born to be alive
Born, born to be alive
(Won't you be alive)
You see you were born
Born, born
(Born to be alive)
People ask me why
I never find a place to stop
And settle down, down, down
But I never wanted all those things
People need to justify
Their lives, lives, lives

You see you were born
Born, born to be alive
(Born to be alive)
You see you were born
Born, born
(Born to be alive)

It's good to be alive
To be alive
To be alive

It's good to be alive
To be alive
To be alive

It's good to be alive

Time was on my side
When I was running down the street
It was so fine, fine, fine
A suitcase and an old guitar
And something new to occupy
My mind, mind, mind

You see you were born, born
Born to be alive
(Born to be alive)
You see you were born, born, born
(Born to be alive)
You see you were born, born
Born to be alive
(Born to be alive)
You see you were born, born, born
(Born to be alive)
You see you were born, born
Born to be alive
(Born to be alive)
You see you were born, born, born
(Born to be alive)

Born, born to be alive
(Born to be alive)
You see you were born, born, born
(Born to be alive)





Born, born to be alive

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Patrick Hernandez's song Born to Be Alive is a declaration of the freedom and enjoyment of life. The repeated and emphatic exclamation "Born to be alive" tells the listener that they are meant to thrive and enjoy life to the fullest. The verse where the singer is asked why he never finds a place to stop and settle down could be interpreted as societal pressures to conform to a traditional lifestyle of settling down, but the singer expresses that he was never interested in such things. He also emphasizes that people sometimes feel the need to justify their lives, but being alive is enough justification to enjoy it.


The song's upbeat disco tempo and the strong message of joie de vivre make it a favorite anthem of the disco era. It's a song that encourages one to dance along and feel the beat of life. The beat is so infectious that it was used as the soundtrack of the "Alive and Kicking" workout video, which sold over four million copies. The song was also used in numerous films, including "Carlito's Way," "The Full Monty," and "Madagascar 3."


Line by Line Meaning

We were born to be alive
Our existence is meant to be vibrant and thriving


Born, born to be alive
The very nature of our being is to live and experience life to the fullest


(Won't you be alive)
The singer is encouraging listeners to embrace their own vitality


You see you were born
The artist is emphasizing that each listener was meant to exist


People ask me why
The artist is introducing the topic of others questioning their way of life


I never find a place to stop
The singer is admitting to constantly seeking out new experiences in life


And settle down, down, down
The singer rejects the notion of settling for tradition or conformity


But I never wanted all those things
The artist confirms that they do not seek a typical societal lifestyle


People need to justify
The artist believes others feel the need to validate their choices and actions


Their lives, lives, lives
The artist implies that the way others measure success may not align with their own values


It's good to be alive
The singer is affirming that life itself is something to be thankful for


Time was on my side
The artist reminisces about a moment where they had ample time and possibility


When I was running down the street
The singer remembers a time of freedom and movement


It was so fine, fine, fine
The singer expresses how wonderful and enjoyable that moment was


A suitcase and an old guitar
The singer mentions two items symbolic of freedom and expression


And something new to occupy
The artist sought out novel experiences to continue living vibrantly


My mind, mind, mind
The artist confirms that their mindset toward life is focused on creative, fresh experiences


Born, born to be alive
The singer reiterates that living fully is inherent to our purpose


(Born to be alive)
The singer emphasizes this point again for emphasis




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: Patrick Hernandez

Lyrics Licensed & Provided by LyricFind
To comment on or correct specific content, highlight it

Genre not found
Artist not found
Album not found
Song not found
Most interesting comments from YouTube:

@joyaasta

Si quelqu’un aime lire :

Chanson référence de mon enfance pour les réveillons 🎉 .

Mon histoire :

Mon chien est mort il y a peu, et juste après son décès j’entends cette chanson.. je me dis que c’est un signe ^^ surtout quand on voit la traduction des paroles 😂 Ca parle de courir dans la rue, que le temps jouait en sa faveur (il était avec moi depuis trois ans même si j’ai grandi avec lui chez ma grand-mère, mais mon dieu qu’il était ´vivant’ avec moi 🥰), de guitare et de vieille valise… je vous jure que j’ai une vieille photo d’un chien que ma mère avait lorsqu’elle était jeune qui était le portrait craché du miens et qui se trouve devant une vieille guitare et une valise 😭 - (j’ai perdu ma mère lorsque j’avais 1an et demi, elle en avait bientôt 24). Rien ne me prédestinait à avoir un chien noir identique à celui que ma mère avait eu (ma grand-mère s’en étonne encore, elle qui a connu les deux chiens) et qui m’aime plus que sa vraie maîtresse 😂 sauf peut être un cadeau du ciel ? 🤔D’autant que la mère de mon chien était toute blanche et nous n’avons jamais vu le chien avec qui elle s’était accouplée ! (Notre chienne etait partie en camping UN week end dans sa vie avec un ami de ma grand mère qui ne l’a pas surveillée, elle est revenue en clok et a accouché d’un seul petit chiot tout noir qui, donc, fut le sosie du chien de ma mère à son âge..)
Bref donc quand il est parti et que j’ai entendu cette chanson j’ai aussi tout de suite penser à ma mère et j’imaginais mon chien avec elle en train de gambader dans les nuages 😂😅

Cette chanson représente tout ça pour moi 😅Elle evite de deprimer ! Et j’y crois pas d’avoir autant raconté ma vie mais obligé de raconter cette folle histoire.. Je suis certaine qu’on nous envoie des signes.. il faut juste savoir les reconnaître 🥲🫣
(Les autres me prendront pour une demeurée 🤷🏽‍♀️)

Born to be alive ! 🎾🐕‍🦺🫶🏽



@guilhermepaixaosegantini1950

We were born to be alive
We were born to be alive

Born, born to be alive
(Born to be alive)
You see, you were born
Born, born
(Born to be alive)

People ask me why
I never find a place to stop
And settle down, down, down
But I never wanted all those things
People need to justify
Their lives, lives, lives

You see, you were born
Born, born to be alive
(Born to be alive)
You see, you were born
Born, born (born to be alive)

It's good to be alive
To be alive
To be alive
It's good to be alive
To be alive
To be alive
It's good to be alive

Time was on my side
When I was running down the street
It was so fine, fine, fine
A suitcase and an old guitar
And something new to occupy
My mind, mind, mind

You see, you were born, born
Born to be alive
(Born to be alive)
You see, you were born, born, born (born to be alive)
You see, you were born, born
Born to be alive
(Born to be alive)

You see, you were born, born, born (born to be alive)
You see you were born, born
Born to be alive
(Born to be alive)
You see, you were born, born, born
(Born to be alive)

Born, born to be alive
(Born to be alive)
Yes, you were born, born, born
(Born to be alive)

Born
Born to be alive



All comments from YouTube:

@ClubMusic80

Our latest version of "Patrick Hernandez - Born To be Alive" is now available : https://bit.ly/BornToBeAlive 📀

@mak0524

I'm here in 2023❗

I hope everyone is alive and kicking.
See you Tommrow :)

@jacquirichardson9570

Born.. reborn to be alive! Literally 🤜👋👋❤️

@boba_lovekuromi7

Hello

@zickezackezickezacke9522

2023

@createrk123

This song is being copied in hindi song named "pehli pehli baar jab pyaar".

28 More Replies...

@nicolasblanchard1346

Patrick is still living like a king from the royalties of this song . Just one song and set for life .

@marcgravel5749

But what à song

@CPUMaster500

although he may haver been a one hit wonder, this song has made Patrick Hernandez wealthy beyond belief

@Musicrado

So happy for him.

More Comments

More Versions