Still Alive (Portal)

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"Still Alive" is a song featured in the 2007 video game Portal. It was written by Jonathan Coulton and was performed by Ellen McLain while portraying the Portal character GLaDOS. The song originated in a meeting between two Valve developers and Coulton about him writing a song for the company, which Coulton accepted as he was a fan of the Half-Life series. It is the end credits song, and plays after GLaDOS is defeated by Chell (the game's protagonist and player character), with the lyrics suggesting that she (GLaDOS) is "still alive". 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 April 1, 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".

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composer: Jonathan Coulton
lyricist: Jonathan Coulton
Allmusic: [info]
Wikidata: Q1029129 [info]
Wikipedia: en: Still Alive [info]
lyrics page: [info] [info]
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part of: Portal (Video Game Soundtrack)


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
2013-09-28 Still Alive (Live!) cover and live Video Games Live feat. Laura Intravia & Tommy Tallarico
Portal – Still Alive cover 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
Still Alive cover Erutan
Still Alive (Portal, The Greatest Video Game Music 2) cover London Philharmonic Orchestra
Still Alive GLaDOS
Still Alive cover FatalExceptionID
Still Alive Jonathan Coulton
Still Alive (live, Toronto, Canada) live Jonathan Coulton
Still Alive cover and live Gamer Symphony Orchestra at The University of Maryland
Still Alive (As They Burned Mix) Jonathan Coulton
Still Alive (Cover) cover Professor Shyguy
Still Alive (J.C. mix) Jonathan Coulton
Still Alive Acapella Peter Hollens & Jonathan Coulton
Still Alive Floppy Disk cover and instrumental Arganalth