We’ve updated our Terms of Use to reflect our new entity name and address. You can review the changes here.
We’ve updated our Terms of Use. You can review the changes here.
  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    Purchasable with gift card

      $1 USD  or more



While I am alive I want to feel the winds that blow
Riding them to four corners and then just letting go
While I am alive I want know the truth and fear
To reach out in the dark of night and know that you are near

While I am alive, to walk among the fields
Before all we know is trampled under heel
While I am alive, to see the sun with my eyes
To look up at the stars at night and wonder why

While I am alive

While I am alive I smash the windows of the world
Headlong into battle, all of our flags are unfurled
While I am alive I want to sail the seven seas
Letting fate be damned do exactly as we please

While I am alive, to know the truest love
That there is no doubt, when push has come to shove
While I am alive, my back against the wall
No need for a net, it is only a fall

While I am alive


from Playing On The Dark Keys​.​.​. Plus, released November 8, 1982
Ann DeJarnett - lead voice, violin, backing vocals
Linnea Ahms - bass guitar, backing vocals
Michael Jorgensen - drums, percussion, backing vocals
Kevin King - keyboards, backing vocals
Jeff Garcia - guitar, backing vocals

Produced by Mnemonic Devices.
Recorded and Engineered by Max Solomon
All tracks arranged by Mnemonic


all rights reserved



Mnemonic Devices Huntington Beach, California

Mnemonic Devices began in 1977 w/ Kevin King & Linnea Ahms, 1st recordings in 1981.

Ann DeJarnett, vocals, violin, Daniel Teeter, keys, guitar, Michael Jorgensen, drums, King guitar, keys & Ahms, bass. (Songs 20-21)

Jeff Kaa joined lineup that recorded “Playing On The Dark Keys” EP (songs 1-4). One other session recorded by this lineup (songs 13-19).

Kaa replaced by Jeff Garcia. Songs (5-12)
... more

contact / help

Contact Mnemonic Devices

Streaming and
Download help

Report this track or account

If you like Mnemonic Devices, you may also like: