Still Alive (Portal)

~ Song


"Still Alive" is a song featured in the ending credits of the 2007 video game Portal. It was composed and arranged by Jonathan Coulton and was performed by Ellen McLain, while portraying the Portal character GLaDOS. The song originated in a meeting between two Valve Corporation developers and Coulton about him writing a song for the company, which Coulton accepted as he was a fan of Valve's Half-Life series.

The song plays during the end credits in-song in the form of a computer program, and plays after GLaDOS is defeated by Chell, the game's protagonist and player character, with the lyrics revealing that GLaDOS is, in fact, "still alive" and not angry with anything. The song received significant praise for its humour and the quality of its performance. It has been featured in multiple venues, including at the 2009 Press Start -Symphony of Games-, a yearly Japanese concert event to showcase the musical works of video games. It was also featured as a free downloadable song for the Rock Band series, originally released on 1 April 2008. A rerecorded version, with Sara Quin on lead vocals, appears on Coulton's 2011 album Artificial Heart. The sequel to Portal, Portal 2, also ended with a song written by Coulton and sung by McLain called "Want You Gone". The two collaborated on a third song, "You Wouldn't Know", as part of the game Lego Dimensions, which featured various characters and locations from Portal.

The song was released on The Orange Box Soundtrack on 21 December 2007, along with an exclusive vocal mix not heard in Portal.

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composer: Jonathan Coulton
lyricist: Jonathan Coulton
Allmusic: [info]
Wikidata: Q1029129 [info]
lyrics page: [info] [info]
other databases: [info]
part of: Portal (Video Game Soundtrack)
referred to in medleys: I Survive! (OC ReMix)


Date Title Attributes Artist
2008-02-22 Still Alive (live, 2008-02-22: Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA, USA)live Jonathan Coulton
2008-08 Still Alive (live, 2008-08: PAX 2008)live Jonathan Coulton feat. Felicia Day
2009-01-18 Still Alive (live, 2009-01-18: Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA, USA)live Jonathan Coulton
2009-05-14 Still Alive (live, 2009-05-14: Belly Up Solana Beach)live Jonathan Coulton
2009-11-13 Still Alive (live, 2009-11-13: Union Chapel, London, UK)live Jonathan Coulton
2012-10-07 Still Alive (Portal)cover Video Game Orchestra
2013-09-28 Still Alive (Live!)cover and live Video Games Live feat. Laura Intravia & Tommy Tallarico
Portal - Still Alivecover XMark
Portal - Still Alivecover Hat & Button
Portal – Still Alivecover University of Maryland's Gamer Symphony Orchestra
Portal 'Live from [SUBJECT HOMETOWN HERE]' OC ReMix (OC ReMix edition)cover University of Maryland's Gamer Symphony Orchestra
Portal: Still Alivecover MOD
Still Alive (Portal, The Greatest Video Game Music 2)cover London Philharmonic Orchestra
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Still Alive (live, Toronto, Canada)live Jonathan Coulton
Still Alivecover Erutan
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Still Alivecover and live Gamer Symphony Orchestra at The University of Maryland
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Still Alive (As They Burned Mix) Jonathan Coulton
Still Alive (Cover)cover Professor Shyguy
Still Alive (From "Portal")cover Mr Dooves
Still Alive (J.C. mix) Jonathan Coulton
Still Alive (Portal)cover and live Video Game Music Choir
Still Alive (Portal) [Death vocal version]cover Daniel Tidwell
Still Alive (Portal) [instrumental]cover and instrumental Daniel Tidwell
Still Alive Acapella Peter Hollens & Jonathan Coulton
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