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Happy Rhodes - Rhodes I - 04 - "He's Alive" (1986)

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Published on Aug 2, 2009

AUDIO ONLY. Happy Rhodes - Rhodes I - 04 - "He's Alive" (1986)

Some children conjure up imaginary friends, and most of Happy's happened to be monsters (she did have the Moonbeam Friends too). This song is about one of Happy's childhood monster friends.

Alice (who was actually a male) was her protector. The song is a bit of a revenge fantasy, to be able to sic Alice on those bullies who made Happy's life a living hell.

Scroll down to read what Happy wrote about Alice (and monsters in general).

Lyrics:

He's Alive

He's alive
He's alive
And why?
Because I let him live

Open your eyes

Alice arise

Take my breath
Breath my life
Come through the walls
Your lady calls

Lean on me
There's no captivity
Roam the streets
Invade their dreams

He's alive
He's alive
And why?
Because I let him live

Open your eyes

Alice arise

Take my breath
Breath my life
Come through the walls
Your lady calls

Lean on me
There's no captivity
Roam the streets
Invade their dreams

He is alive
He is alive

Song © 1986 - Happy Rhodes
Music, lyrics, voices, instruments and arrangements - Happy Rhodes

"My father was a painter among other things. I was the only child in the family who displayed artistic talent, so my dad would always coach me. He'd say things like, "Don't henscratch. Just put your pencil to the paper and keep continuous lines as if you KNOW what you're drawing." He also said that nothing I create could be bad; that anything that comes from my imagination can only be good. I loved that because it gave me permission to draw from my imagination. I liked drawing monsters because it served two purposes. It repelled others, which was always a good thing for me, and it allowed me the freedom of not having to study anatomy. I enjoy anatomy very much, but it's so nice to be able to paint something without worrying about correct proportions. I realized at some point that I painted monsters to be my friends and protectors. They were always kind souls who would rip to shreds anyone who tried to hurt me.

I sketched monsters throughout my adolescence, then when I was 14 I convinced my mother to let me paint a monster mural on my bedroom wall. It was about 7 feet tall, had horns, one leg ripped off, demonic eyes and taloned hands with twisted fingers. Oh - and long pointy teeth of course. My brothers friends would always ask to come in to see it. I continued painting monsters all over my room-some original and some from Dungeons and Dragons. Later in my teens I started painting monsters on canvas. I was never a good painter but it was a great hobby for me at the time. I painted a monster on the saddlebag of a motorcycle. I took a picture of it and it became the album cover for "Rhodes I."

The monster on my bedroom wall was named, "Alice." It was male not female. When my mother sold the house a year later, I had to paint over every single one of them. I used two coats of primer and two coats of paint and Alice still kept bleeding through. Someday some poor little kid is going to wake up in the room and see the faint outline of a horrible creature staring at it."

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