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

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood November 19, 2012 at 1:25PM

Paul Williams' original song "Still Alive" from Stephen Kessler's new documentary "Paul Williams Still Alive" will touch any artist, especially someone past their prime. The movie and the song address Williams' past glories, which are gone, and the fantasy of chasing your dreams vs. the reality of living with day-to-day happiness.
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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.

This article is related to: SXSW, South By Southwest Film Conference and Festival (SXSW), Critics, Reviews, Documentary, Documentaries


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