Help I'm Alive

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"Help I'm Alive"
Single by Metric
from the album Fantasies [1]
B-side "Help I'm a B-side"[2]
Released December 23, 2008 (Canada)
January 1, 2009 (U.S.)
March 16, 2009 (U.K.)
Format CD single, 7" vinyl, Digital download
Genre Indie rock
Length 4:46 (album version)
3:30 (radio edit)
Label Last Gang Records
Writer(s) Emily Haines
Producer(s) Gavin Brown, John O'Mahony, James Shaw
Metric singles chronology
"Help I'm Alive"
"Front Row"

"Help I'm Alive" is the lead single from Canadian rock band Metric's fourth studio album Fantasies. The song was released digitally on December 23, 2008.


The song was written by Emily Haines and produced by John O'Mahony. The song was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, being one of the first songs Haines had written in months.

On November 5, 2008, Metric updated their website with a video on how Haines writes a song. The video follows Haines through Argentina on a soul searching journey to find creativity and herself. "The songs that I wrote here were the simplest and clearest writing that I've done in I think in my whole life", said Haines. "Help I'm Alive" was one of the first songs Haines had written in Buenos Aires.[3]

On January 28, 2009, the band made the acoustic version of the single available for download from their website. The acoustic version features Emily Haines on piano and James Shaw on acoustic guitar.[3]

This song is featured in the video game NBA 2K10 and was also featured on an episode of The Vampire Diaries, on an episode of One Tree Hill 's seventh season and in the second episode of 90210 's third season; also on an episode in the eighth season of Grey's Anatomy. The song also played over the closing credits for the 2010 movie Defendor.

The song reached number 26 on Triple J's Hottest 100 of 2009.

The song was remixed by Blaqk Audio synth player and AFI guitarist Jade Puget.[4]

It was furthermore used in 2014 on the BBC as the music on the trailer to advertise the second series of "Line of Duty".

The acoustic version of the song was featured in an online video for the United Network for Organ Sharing in 2016. The video shows a heart transplant recipient carrying out his donor's "bucket list".

Single information[edit]


  1. "Help I'm Alive" (4.47)


  1. "Help I'm Alive"
  2. "Help I'm A B-side"

Free download[edit]

  1. 'Help I'm Alive (Acoustic)' (4.49)

In the UK[edit]

  1. 'Help I'm Alive' (4.47)
  2. 'Sugar Mountain (James Shaw's Neil Young Cover)' (5.31)

In the US[edit]

  1. 'Help I'm Alive (edit)' (3.27)

Chart performance[edit]

The song peaked on the Canadian Hot 100 at No. 21. Downloads pushed the song onto the Hot Canadian Digital Singles chart, where it peaked at No. 18.[5]

The song was also their first ever chart appearance in the United States, where it peaked at No. 17 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart and No. 30 on the Rock Songs chart.[6]

Chart (2009) Peak
Canadian Hot 100[7] 21
U.S. Billboard Alternative Songs[7] 17
U.S. Billboard Rock Songs[7] 30

Short film[edit]

On April 21, 2009, Metric released a "short film set in an imaginary landscape" with "Help I'm Alive" as the soundtrack to their official website and YouTube page.[8][9] The film was directed by Deco Dawson, who also edited the band's live DVD, Live at Metropolis.

The video features clips from various performances taken from the band's December 2008 "Jingle Bell Rock" tour set to random images, which singer Emily Haines compared to "Yo Gabba Gabba! on acid".


  1. ^ [1] Archived January 30, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Metric - All Yours - Eclipse - Twilight Soundtrack - Fantasies - Help I'm Alive - MP3 Download - New Album - Emily Haines". Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  3. ^ a b "ILoveMetric". ILoveMetric. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  4. ^ "Shy Boys Win". Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  5. ^ [2][dead link]
  6. ^ "Top Rock Songs & Charts, Rock Music Hits & Popular Rock Music Charts" (in German). Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  7. ^ a b c "Help I'm Alive - Metric - Chart History.
  8. ^ "ILoveMetric". ILoveMetric. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  9. ^ metricmusic. "Kanaal van metricmusic". YouTube. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 

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