"It’s a song about lying to yourself. He’s lying to himself in every syllable - he doesn’t know it, of course. So, that’s different. When “Being Alive” starts, he is so angry - and, he is raging. He is raging at them and he is raging at himself. And, he’s pretty ready to lie to himself. He’s pretty ready to say, “These are all the lousy things. This is why marriage sucks. This is why life brings you down. These are all the things I hate.” He’s ready to go down that road, but, he starts to hear the lie and he starts to hear himself - and he doesn’t buy it anymore. And, then, he breaks. The song goes from being a raging tempest in him to him taking his first steps and he starts to grow up. It starts to become a prayer. It moves from being a breakdown to a prayer. And, he is praying at the end. He is really praying: “Somebody, somebody hold me.” He’s offering it up when he’s standing there on the ledge at the last moment."
Raul Esparza on Bobby during Being Alive