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Oscar Watch: Hear 'Paul Williams Still Alive' Original Song (TRAILER)

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by Anne Thompson
November 19, 2012 1:25 PM
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"Still Alive" Original Song by Paul Williams from the film "Paul Williams Still Alive":

I don't know you in those clothes
I don't know you with that hair
Two dimensional reflection
Unforgiving unaware

Part time dreamer
Would be player
You thought fame could outrun fear
Something clearly terrified you
Did you choose to disappear?

Guess again
guess again
You made friends
And some still ask about you
Now and then

Well you sang a pencil promise
That you thought you might erase
left a fault line on your future
Someday heartache you must face
Earned a black belt in disaster
End up acting like a jerk
It's a fact of life, your final act
Is gonna need some work

Where've you been?
Where've you been?
Learning lessons on the road to hell
And back again.

And someone asked me once
Where do we go when we arrive
If you're lucky, when its' over
The dreamer's still alive.
A blessed mystery
For sweeter souls did not survive
But if you're lucky, when it's done
Somewhere deep inside
The dreamer's still alive.

Once reality's your roommate
And the truth stands at your door
All your records have been broken
Trophies won't shine anymore
New beginnings are the challenge
But you don't know where to start
Unimagined gifts are waiting
Love will find your grateful heart

Then again
Once again
You will come to know the simple man you've always been.

And someone asked me once
Where do we go when we arrive
If you're lucky, when it's over
The dreamer's still alive.
A blessed mystery
For sweeter souls did not survive
But if you're lucky, when it's done
Somewhere deep inside
The dreamers still alive.

The anger will be gone
And the cynic will move on
And, if you're lucky

Paul Williams Still Alive - Rough Trailer - Higher Resolution from Paul Williams Fanatic on Vimeo.

4 Comments

  • Patricia Paxton | February 12, 2013 8:21 PMReply

    Paul touched my soul again! I taught many of his songs in my Junior High Music classes in the 70's and later took my students to sing them for the patients in the local convalescent hospitals. I remember the children loving, I Won' t Last A Day Without You, The Rainbow Connection and Rainy Days And Mondays, in particular. Steve's film was a wonderful glimpse into the messages of life's journeys and our connections to each other being delivered by one of God's angels.

  • Sam | February 4, 2013 8:08 PMReply

    This was such a good documentary, and I can’t believe that it got snubbed by the Oscars. Paul’s story is touching on so many levels, and the parts with him and Kessler are really interesting. I was talking to a friend that I work with at DISH about the film, and he said that even though he didn’t know who Paul Williams was he still found his story fascinating. I was so happy to see that I could rent it through DISH’s Blockbuster @Home service because it never came to any of the theaters around me. I highly recommend checking this movie out if you have not seen it yet because I think that there is something for everyone in Paul’s story.

  • Peet | January 25, 2013 2:18 AMReply

    Great documentary. Came to me at the right time. Thanks for sharing your life's journey with us, Paul. I believe you saved more then a few lives. God Bless.

  • Bill Desowitz | June 8, 2012 3:17 AMReply

    I too grew up with the music of Paul Williams and had the pleasure of meeting him backstage at the Grammy's when I was in college. I was also in attendance at a Dorothy Chandler Pavilion concert in the late '70s that he had to cancel at the last minute. However, he more than made it up to us during the rain check.

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