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Jonathan Coulton's "Still Alive" from Portal (Video)

» posted 4651 days ago @ 08:27 PM by George Merlocco in general

Jonathan Coulton is a great musician with a technical background. He is very humourous and intelligent about the lyrics he writes. Valve Software recently approached him to contribute music for their Portal project. Jonathan best describes what the song is all about at his website:

"The character is this hilarious passive aggressive personality, which is obviously a perfect subject for me. I write about that sort of thing all the time. I got an advance copy of the game when it was nearly finished, played through it, talked with the writers, and tried to get inside this character’s head as best I could. I bought my first ukulele specifically to record this song, it just seemed right for it. (Or maybe I wrote the song that way so I could buy a ukulele, hard to say.)"

A video of the final credits from Portal is below, and while it's hard to read the lyrics that appear, I encoded the audio at 128kbps so it's higher than standard for web video. The original video came from the game itself + Fraps (if Valve/Jonathan have any issues with me having this up, I will take it down). Enjoy!

Warning: The video (and song lyrics for that matter) could be considered "spoilers" for those currently playing the game.

"Still Alive" Lyrics:   (click to toggle)

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I’m absolutely obsessed with this song for some reason (well, the reason is most likely because it is the best ending song ever!) Jonathan Coulton is a very talented guy, and he hit the emotions (or lack thereof) which GLaDOS expresses bang on.

The video above is my own encode and I also kept the sound quality high so you’ll be able to enjoy it in all it’s high fidelity! I would also release the .mp3, but I’m afraid Valve/JC might get all pissy, ha ha!

Hope others have gained a little bit of enjoyment from this post too.

by georgeM on 02.12.2010 @ 02:39 AM » #


this song is awsome I went and bought it on itunes now so I take it everywhere

by Jason G on 02.12.2010 @ 02:40 AM » #


My boyfriend introduced me to this song when we first started dating, before I even knew about Portal. I have vowed to beat the game, because I love this song and I feel I need to earn listening to the song for once. Been stuck on momentum for 2-3 days though. =’( I rocked untill I got to the momentum part

by Tiffany Wilson on 05.15.2010 @ 12:40 PM » #

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