Lyrics to
Keep Yourself Alive

Released by Queen in 1973
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I was told a million times
Of all the troubles in my way
How I had to keep on trying
Little better ev’ry day
But if I crossed a million rivers
And I rode a million miles
Then I’d still be where I started
Bread and butter for a smile
Well I sold a million mirrors
In a shop in Alley Way
But I never saw my face
In any window any day
Well they say your folks are telling you
To be a super star
But I tell you just be satisfied
To stay right where you are

Keep yourself alive keep yourself alive
It’ll take you all your time and a money
Honey you’ll survive

Well I’ve loved a million women
In a belladonic haze
And I ate a million dinners
Brought to me on silver trays
Give me ev’rything I need
To feed my body and my soul
And I’ll grow a little bigger
Maybe that can be my goal
I was told a million times
Of all the people in my way
How I had to keep on trying
And get better ev’ry day
But if I crossed a million rivers
And I rode a million miles
Then I’d still be where I started
Still be where I started

Keep yourself alive keep yourself alive
It’ll take you all your time and money honey
You’ll survive

Keep yourself alive
Keep yourself alive
It’ll take you all your time and money
To keep me satisfied
Do you think you’re better ev’ry day
No I just think I’m two steps nearer to my grave
Keep yourself alive
Keep yourself alive mm
You take your time and take your money
Keep yourself alive
Keep yourself alive
Keep yourself alive
All you people keep yourself alive
Keep yourself alive
Keep yourself alive
It’ll take you all your time and a money
To keep me satisfied
Keep yourself alive
Keep yourself alive
All you people keep yourself alive
Take you all your time and money honey
You will survive

Keep you satisfied
Keep you satisfied


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The lyrics for Keep Yourself Alive are defined as the words making up the song released by Queen in 1973. It also includes the verses and words used by the background chorus in the song. Like many hit songs, the lyrics to Keep Yourself Alive have different meanings to different people. While it is clear in some of the lyrics what the artist is trying to really say, only Queen and those working with them know all of the meanings behind all of the lyrics to their songs.

Some folks are interested in word and phrase etymology. It is easy to understand the lyrics to Keep Yourself Alive by Queen if you think through it. The word "lyric" itself derives from the Latin word lyricus, with the actual English word lyrics applied to the definition "words set to music" listed in Stainer and Barrett's 1876 Dictionary of Musical Terms. Continuing the chain, the Latin word lyricus derives from the Greek word λυρικός or lyrikós. This somewhat means "poetry accompanied by the lyre" or "words set to music." You can easily see that by looking at the background of the word lyric, that the "lyrics to Keep Yourself Alive" means the words set to the music of Keep Yourself Alive, or poetry accompanied by the lyre played by Queen. The singular form "lyric" is still used to mean the complete words to a song. However, the singular form lyric is also commonly used to refer to a specific line (or phrase) within a song's lyrics. Hence, by this analysis of word structure, you could say that the lyric to Keep Yourself Alive and the lyrics to Keep Yourself Alive are both one and the same thing. None of this talk about the word Lyrics is really relevant to fans of Queen who came here looking just for the lyrics to Keep Yourself Alive, but we feel it is still fun to learn what's behind commonly used words and lyrics in songs.

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