Cake: I Will Survive Lyrics from Songmeanings.com

   I was surprised how little cake changed the simplified lyric, so the amusing thing about this version is the tone of voice, and a few small changes. Some how, this is just what the lover needs when left alone, but one must note that he is still writing to the beloved, appearing before that one in imagination, etc. The Cake is here, with the original too pasted below, from Songmeanings.com.

At first I was afraid
I was petrified
I kept thinking
I could never live without you by my side

But then I spent so many nights
Just thinking how you’d done me wrong
I grew strong
I learned how to get along

And so you’re back
From outer space
I just walked in to find you here
Without that look upon your face

I should have changed that fucking lock
I would have made you leave your key
If I had known for just one second
You’d be back to bother me

Oh now go
Walk out the door
Just turn around
Now, you’re not welcome anymore

Weren’t you the one
Who tried to break me with desire?
Did you think I’d crumble?
Did you think I’d lay down and die?

Oh not I
I will survive
Yeah
As Long as I know how to love

I know I’ll be alive
I’ve got all my life to live
I’ve got all my love to give
I will survive
I will survive
Yeah, yeah

It took all the strength I had
Just not to fall apart
I’m trying hard to mend the pieces
Of my broken heart
And I’ve spent oh so many nights
Just feeling sorry for myself
I used to cry
But now I hold my head up high

And you see me
With somebody new
I’m not that stupid little person
Still in love with you
And so you thought you’d just drop by
And you expect me to be free
But now I’m saving all my lovin’
For someone whose lovin’ me

Oh now go
Walk out the door
Just turn around
Now, you’re not welcome anymore
Weren’t you the one
Who tried to break me with desire?

Did you think I’d crumble?
Did you think I’d lay down and die?
Oh not I
I will survive
Yeah
As long as I know how to love
I know I’ll be alive
I’ve got all my life to live
I’ve got all my love to give
I will survive
I will survive

Yeah, yeah
Oh no

From Wikipedia:

Cake version:

 Cake covered the song rock-style in 1996, on their album Fashion Nugget. In addition to many subtle changes, lead singer John McCrea altered the lyrics (leading Gaynor to describe the cover as her least favorite version of the song, due to the presence of “profanity”). The music video of Cake’s version features McCrea as a city parking enforcement officer driving around in a Cushman three-wheeled scooter as he leaves tickets on various cars.

Here is the original, written by Freddie Perren and Dino Fekaris and famously sung as disco by  Gloria Gaynor. Hence it is originally a masculine lover.

At first I was afraid, I was petrified
Kept thinking I could never live without you by my side
But then I spent so many nights thinking how you did me wrong
And I grew strong
And I learned how to get along
And so you’re back
From outer space
I just walked in to find you here with that sad look upon your face
I should have changed that stupid lock, I should have made you leave your key
If I’d have known for just one second you’d be back to bother me

Go on now, go, walk out the door
Just turn around now
‘Cause you’re not welcome anymore
Weren’t you the one who tried to hurt me with goodbye?
Did you think I’d crumble?
Did you think I’d lay down and die?

Oh no, not I, I will survive
Oh, as long as I know how to love, I know I’ll stay alive
I’ve got all my life to live
And I’ve got all my love to give and I’ll survive
I will survive, hey, hey

Oh, leave the Lord to give me strength not to fall apart
Though I tried hard to mend the pieces of my broken heart
And I spent oh-so many nights just feeling sorry for myself
I used to cry
But now I hold my head up high and you see me
Somebody new
I’m not that chained-up little person still in love with you
And so you felt like dropping in and just expecting to be free
Well, now I’m saving all my lovin’ for someone who’s loving me

Go on now, go, walk out the door
Just turn around now
‘Cause you’re not welcome anymore
Weren’t you the one who tried to crush me with goodbye?
Did you think I’d crumble?
Did you think I’d lay down and die?

Oh no, not I, I will survive
And as long as I know how to love, I know I’ll stay alive
I’ve got all my life to live
And I’ve got all my love to give and I’ll survive
I will survive

Oh
Go on now, go, walk out the door
Just turn around now
‘Cause you’re not welcome anymore
Weren’t you the one who tried to crush me with goodbye?
Did you think I’d crumble?
Did you think I’d lay down and die?

Oh no, not I, I will survive
And as long as I know how to love, I know I’ll stay alive
I’ve got all my life to live
And I’ve got all my love to give and I’ll survive
I will survive
I will survive

Go on now, go, walk out the door
Just turn around now
‘Cause you’re not welcome anymore
Weren’t you the one who tried to crush me with goodbye?
Did you think I’d crumble?
Did you think I’d lay down and die?

Oh no, not I, I will survive
And as long as I know how to love, I know I’ll stay alive
I’ve got all my life to live
And I’ve got so much love to give and I’ll survive
I will survive
I will survive

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