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Kris Allen: Live Like We're Dying!

Kris Allen: Live Like We're Dying!

American Idol champ Kris Allen has released his new single “Live Like We’re Dying,” off his not-yet-titled album (out November 17).

I smell a smash hit!!!

The song is a cover from the Irish pop-rock band The Script, which you can listen to here.

WHAT DO YOU THINK of Kris Allen’s new song — YAY or NAY?

Check out the song below and the click inside for the lyrics…

Kris Allen: “Live Like We’re Dying”

Click inside for “Live Like We’re Dying” lyrics…

Kris Allen – “Live Like We’re Dying” Lyrics

Sometimes we fall down and can’t get back up
We’re hiding behind skin that’s too tough
How come we don’t say I love you enough
Till it’s too late, it’s not too late

Our hearts are hungry for a food that won’t come
We could make a feast from these crumbs
And we’re all staring down the barrel of a gun
So if your life flashed before you, what would you wish you would’ve done

Yeah, gotta start
Looking at the hand of the time we’ve been given here
This is all we got and we gotta start thinkin’ it
Every second counts on a clock that’s tickin’
Gotta live like we’re dying
We only got 86 400 seconds in a day
To turn it all around or throw it all away
We gotta tell ‘em that we love ‘em while we got the chance to say,
Gotta live like we’re dying

And if you plane fell out of the skies
Who would you call with your last goodbyes
Should be so careful who we live out of our lives
So when we long for absolution, there’ll be no one on the line


Like we’re dying (x4)


You never know a good thing until it’s gone
you never see a crash until its head on
All these people right when we’re dead wrong,
You never know a good thing till it’s gone


Like we’re dying (x4)


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105 Responses to “Kris Allen: Live Like We're Dying!”

  1. 1
    Fairytale Says:

    Why would he release a song with the SAME title as a popular Tim McGraw song? This is really ridiculous.

  2. 2
    jenny Says:

    I like it!! :-)

  3. 3
    jenny Says:

    its not the same as tim mcgraw….
    tim – “live like you were dying”
    kris – “live like we’re dying”

  4. 4
    mela Says:

    yea i love this song!!! listened to it on repeat like 10 times already. thanks jared!

  5. 5
    BIg fan!!! Says:

    I LOVE IT!!
    Ur amazing Kris…im gonna buy ur album for sure! I was a fan since day one and this single shows everyone how gd u r! Keep up the good work…ur awesome :)

  6. 6
    kelly Says:

    Cant stop listening to it! AMAZING!

  7. 7
    Justme24 Says:

    Nothing amazing. I’ll pass.

  8. 8
    lioness Says:

    Not too good!

  9. 9
    What a rip off....... Says:

    How lame that he’s still is covering other peoples songs and couldn’t come up with his own material, the Script did it much better anyway!

  10. 10
    SiouXin Says:

    ummmm. not a real fan of the song…1. he didn’t make it is own…it sounds just like “The Scripts” version and 2. why come out with someone elses song as ur first “real” single. Show America that they were right in voting for you and give us something original. i found the song quite boring… but thats my opinion.

  11. 11
    kellie Says:

    The Script are an Awesome Band! There version is a hell of alot better that this guys

  12. 12
    mela Says:

    Well, for those of use who don’t know who “The Script” is, this is a nice introduction to the song. I like this version. “The Script” must be happy (if they wrote it) because I’m sure this will earn them some moola, as does most from the AI machine :)

  13. 13
    Kris Says:

    Honestly i think its stupid that his first single is a cover song.. i dont like the song at all. i think he would have done better with No Boundries as a single.

  14. 14
    Kristina Says:

    Kris Allen is the best there is. He did an amazing job on the song. I really like it and it was really great.

  15. 15
    irene1234 Says:

    mmm…it’s ok not too bad not too good either..

  16. 16
    irene1234 Says:

    mmm.. it’s ok not too bad not too good either..

  17. 17
    na Says:

    just love him

  18. 18
    caro Says:

    I love this song! It’s amazing Kris !

  19. 19
    Frida Says:

    Why release a cover is what I’m asking. Didn’t he get enough of those on Idol?

  20. 20
    Sylvia Says:

    I like Kris Allen but the song does not impress me.
    It reminds me of James Morrison.
    I don’t feel the song…sorry Kris…

  21. 21
    Jochanita Says:

    i was just sayin it… he sounds like The Script ;) ;) like it

  22. 22
    ganymede30324 Says:

    EXCELLENT! Kris is awesome!

  23. 23
    me Says:

    this is AMAZING and for those of you hating on him(adam fans) this song is amazing and who cares if it is a cover alot of people do that and some of has never even heard of the script so they should be thankful now more people knows who they are whether you like kris or not you have to admit that basically everyone knows about american idol which then they know about him(and adam)

  24. 24
    Amy Says:

    wow it’s really cool. love it. surprising cos i liked adam before. oh well, hope they both do well.

  25. 25
    Chris Says:

    brother is lilly allen ?

  26. 26
    Ilia Says:

    Wow – this is kind of sad. Was this a haphazardness release, to sort of get him out of the way, and clear the stage for the real talent (wink, wink, Adam). Seriously though, it is not awful – simply mediocre just as expected. I am going to say this; Kris is much, much more talented than John Mayer – see I complemented him.

  27. 27
    GDancer Says:

    I prefer “We’re All Gonna Die” by Adam Baranello =) Its original not a cover.

  28. 28
    Amanda Says:

    @Chris: No.

  29. 29
    aimee Says:

    amazinggg! :D

  30. 30
    mrsefron. Says:

    Not like ive heard nothinggg like it before.

    but its not bad.

    What i REALLYYYY CANT WAIT for is…


    ohhh yesss that is sure to be AMAZING. ! : ) <3333

  31. 31
    Paulie Says:

    His first single demonstrates a stunning lack of originality. Not surprised.

  32. 32
    mary Says:

    Kind of sounds Bono esque.

  33. 33
    Sarah Says:

    I love this song Kris Allen is amazing I love him

  34. 34
    Alice Says:

    What surprises me is that Kris’s cover on AI were awesome and very different from the original (“Heartless” originally by Kanye for example, he made it into an groovy folk piece) and, I just listenend to The Script’s version/ IT IS EXACTLY THE SAME. Same arrangements, same riffs… Kris, I don’t know if they forced you to do that with your AI contract, but I think you can do WAY better than that.

  35. 35
    shani Says:

    i smell a STINKER! flop! it sucks!

  36. 36
    eLLA Says:

    Meh, but not too surprising. Actually I expected more from Kris. Oh well…

  37. 37
    nomnom Says:

    nothing special. Why can’t be do an orginal songs anymore!! Everyone keeps doing covers. BORING

  38. 38
    lauren Says:

    AMAZING SONG!!!! kris is the bestt<3

  39. 39
    suzy q Says:

    Me likey! Alot!

  40. 40
    mARI Says:


  41. 41
    Yo Says:


  42. 42
    Javi Says:

    @Fairytale: it’s not the same title… Live like WE’RE dying”… and it’s a cover, so he didn’t write the name

  43. 43
    mary Says:

    Love it ..and Kris..!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  44. 44
    Ron Says:

    For all the freaking haters, it’s not a freaking COVER!
    It’s a demo The Script did and they never released it (unless you count a b-side) nor is it an album-track of theirs. It was OBVIOUSLY SHOPPED around by the writers/producers and was luckily given to Kris. Stop making a big deal out of it.

    This was the same case with almost all songs..Bleeding Love, Umbrella, Disturbia, Nothing Compares 2 U, Billie Jean…i can go on and mention millions of songs if you want me to. The point is he is the first to officially release this song, so it’s his.

    And those hating on Kris, go away and worship your so-called “god” Adam instead of bashing a person who did nothing to you.

  45. 45
    dEANA Says:


    Then you must find The Script’s version boring because The Script’s fans are saying he copied The Script.

  46. 46
    CAMILA Says:

    YAY. I like it.

  47. 47
    CAMILA Says:

    YAY. I like it.

  48. 48
    meg Says:

    How stupid to copy The Script exactly. Go buy the Script’s song. They wrote it. It is their art.

  49. 49
    Ron Says:

    @meg the script didnt write it. i was written by the guys who wrote Natasha Bedingfield’s ‘Unwritten’. they only did a demo of it. get ur facts straight.

  50. 50
    Dania Says:

    OMG!! i <3 it the melody and the lyrics

  51. 51
    sara Says:

    I like Kris, but I’m not crazy about this song at all. It’s annoying. However, I’ll still check out his album in November.

  52. 52
    jennifer francisco Says:

    I do not like this song at all. He’s just talking all the way through. BOOORING. Definitely will NOT buy it. How did he ever win?

  53. 53
    Riley Says:

    I wish he chose something more different than the typical live like its your last day type of thing. Still like him but dissapointed!

  54. 54
    Domi Says:

    Amazing song!!!!
    ps: Adam fans should focus on Adam, not Kris ;)

  55. 55
    Kaley Says:

    i really like kris allen, and i like the song, but i don’t love it, only because it’s a script cover. not because i don’t like the script, because i love them. nobody can cover the script and make it sound better.
    the script :) <3

  56. 56
    Lord Almighty Says:

    I’m a fan of music, and I think he sounds too um, emo-ey pitch. I dunno. I guess its not my style. Too feminine of a voice, I guess.

  57. 57
    Hwa Says:

    i cudnt agree more.. sounds like the script.. :D

  58. 58
    iLovekris Says:

    This song is amazing because of Kris’s voice! i love it! it’s nothing like whats on the radio now…amazing! wohoo go Kris!

  59. 59
    iLovekris Says:

    This song is amazing because of Kris’s voice! i love it! it’s nothing like whats on the radio now…amazing! wohoo go Kris!

  60. 60
    cotedazur Says:

    Are you sure this is actually Kris Allen’s version? Because the singing sounds EXACTLY like the lead singer of The Script… if it’s actually Kris Allen, I’m disappointed that he didn’t personalize the song more than this. The Script is really well known over here in Europe.

  61. 61
    Bethsy Says:

    LOVE IT!!!! Can’t wait for his album!

  62. 62
    Rachel Says:

    First off, Fairytale – many people have the same songs.

    Secondly, who cares if this is a cover? The song was never released by The Script and was a B-side. Idols usually don’t get much say initially in their first CD or so, so why does it matter?

    Third off, have you guys heard what is on the radio nowadays? “Birthday Sex”. “Party In the U.S.A.” “She Wolf”. This is a heck of a lot better than any of that.

    Anyway, Kris delivers it well. It’s not amazing, but it’s a good first song… it’s pretty catchy and I would love listening to it on the radio.

  63. 63
    Rose Says:

    Love Kris, but loving The Script’s version better. Cant wait to see them next week <3 Good song though <3

  64. 64
    WOW Says:

    I love the presumption that every nay sayer is and Adam fan. I’m going to be completely honest. I voted for Kris every single week of idol. I was totally in love with his voice. (I actually can not stand Adam thanks)

    I am completely disappointed by this single. I heard his version first and wasn’t feeling it, heard it was The Script’s song and when I pressed play on their and could hardly tell the difference I was even more upset.

    I figured the man who did Heartless could make this awesome. Turns out, thanks to some knowledge provided by my sister, he didn’t even actually do the arrangement for Heartless. He just used The Fray’s arrangement.

    I’m pretty upset to see that a man I invested so much time in is just going to be boring generic AI/Pop fodder.

    I hope his next single surprises me or something…

    And I can still hold out hope that Matt Giraud will get a deal.

  65. 65
    Jenn Says:

    I like Kris but not this song, or Kris singing it , frankly I am surprised He did not release HIS own music instead of someone elses. Kris’s publishers should know better then to do this to Him…..

  66. 66
    Lisa Says:


    Tim McGraw’s song is “Live Like You Were Dying” and Kris Allen’s song is “Live like We’re Dying.”

  67. 67
    izzy Says:


  68. 68
    wm Says:


    Ron: You are 100% Correct! I wish some people would get the facts straight before they start making ridiculous comments.

  69. 69
    Johnny Says:


  70. 70
    Wayne Says:

    Sounds WAY too much like Adam Levine and Maroon 5

  71. 71
    Jd Says:

    I don’t get why people think that Adam fans hate Kris. Adam and Kris are really good friends so I don’t see why there should have to be a competition between the both of them. That’s not something they’d want.

  72. 72
    Jd Says:

    I don’t get why people think that Adam fans hate Kris. Adam and Kris are really good friends so I don’t see why there should have to be a competition between the both of them. That’s not something they’d want.

  73. 73
    Vada Says:

    I love Kris’ new single. It smells like a hit, to me, too!

  74. 74
    Vada Says:

    Meg, you can’t buy the Script’s version in the US. It was never released here.

  75. 75
    Fangirl Says:

    Love it! Fun and good message- go radio tune. And to all the naysayers- Kris has written his own music in the past and has written songs for his upcoming album. If you don’t like this one- keep an open mind and look out for other songs from his album- you’ll probably love it!

  76. 76
    Priscilla Says:

    @WOW: Kris arrangement of Heartless was more similar to the Fray’s than it was to Kanye’s but if you’ll remember – even judge Randy Jackson said he liked Kris’ version better than the Fray’s… Kris single does sound a lot like the Script, but so what? He obviously liked the way they did it. Why try to improve on a good thing? Kris will make it a hit – they couldn’t. Kris said in an interview that his favorite song on the album is one he wrote – but he likes this one, too. Kris obviously knew it was very similar, but he didn’t care, so why should we? This song has such a great message, if his singing it gets it out there and if people actually incorporate the message (which, according to reports has already started happening – a woman who was in a fight with her husband called him to make up after she heard the song) there is nothing but positive results that can come out of this…

  77. 77
    meo Says:

    ahh see i love kris, the song just aint his sound, at the 86400 part i think of a disney song, i hope that kara didnt write it but i think she did :( i still love kris, miss his sound, hope the cd is good tho

  78. 78
    Keith Says:

    I like Kris but I don’t like this song. very difficult to understand what he is singing sometimes, the same problem I had with him on Idol. Hope he releases some of his own music or I fear he won’t be around long. Kind of a shame.

  79. 79
    marilyn Says:

    I’m not a big fan of Idols, but i really like this guy. And i love the song, GREAT MESSAGE, Lovely Voice. I think Kris Allen can do it very well in the music industry.

  80. 80
    carol frontera Says:

    Wow!! Love it! Sounds like a hit to me! Can’t wait for the album release!

  81. 81
    KRiskrazy Says:

    I LOVE IT! It’s so Kris and who cares if it’s a song from the script?! Everyone in the music industry takes songs from eachother! Kris wrote an hole album by him self (which also rock btw) stop picking on him! Haters get a life.
    Kris you rock ! love it!

  82. 82
    hannah Says:

    Supposedly Allison’s first single is going to be a cover, too. So are you people who are ripping on Kris for this going to rip on Allison when her single drops?

    The Idols don’t have a lot of say here. Even Adam doesn’t have much control about what his first single will be or what ends up on his album. They aren’t proven musicians yet , so they basically have to do what their label tells them– if they have success with their first album and single(s), then down the line they will (hopefully) have more artistic control over what they release.

    However, I think this single is pretty good. Not the best I’ve ever heard, but catchy and upbeat, and well sung. I don’t know much about The Script, but I do know this song was only released by them as a B-side of some EP. So most people won’t even know that Kris’ version IS a cover. And it’s a lot better than most of the first singles I’ve heard from past Idol winners.

  83. 83
    nikii Says:

    i love the script and kris allen. So this is perfect!
    Man that can’t be moved from the script is also a pretty awesome song to cover :)

  84. 84
    OLI Says:

    @mrsefron.: OHHHH YEAHHHH ME TOO!!!! LOVE HIM TO PIECES!!!! Kris is alright (but predictable) Adam will KNOCK OUR SOCKS OFF!!!!

  85. 85
    Bamboo Says:

    Don’t care for it. Kris has such limited range and he has sing louder to sing higher. However, the song isn’t that great and maybe he’s just doing the best he can with what he has.

  86. 86
    Liz Says:

    I really love his song. Bought on Itunes already …. I have been listenng all day long and it stocks in your head with Kris’s upbeat and happy tune and voice. Great Job and good message. Love it!!! Buy on Ituns everyone.

  87. 87
    Lim Says:


    It’s not about ridiculous…
    If you have the same name as Barack Obama, are you ridiculous as well? HAHA!!
    If you have the same skin colour as mine, are you ridiculous too??

  88. 88
    Riley Says:

    Yeah. Lets release a song thats already a song. thats how great and creative we are! This song totally sucks! Its not even original. I sense a very Poor career for Mr. Shorty pants.

  89. 89
    Marvin Says:


    Just for your info HE did not release it, the company did. And an inside info as well: HE is rarely in control on anything, being a beginner recording artist as the company has most creative control. So if they decide to package him in any way they want, they call the shots.

    Finally, i don’t think releasing songs with same titles make them ridiculous.

  90. 90
    Clare Says:


  91. 91
    ALYSSSA. (: Says:

    i love him! <3 kris, you’re amazing. & this song is greatt!

  92. 92
    kr00 Says:

    Kris Allen is AWESOME! Love the sond and cant wait till the album comes out I think Kris will do great. Keep on rocking, Kris!! :)

  93. 93
    Kimmy Says:

    I was very excited to hear his first single. I don’t care if somebody else did it before or not. But, I’m not impressed. I just don’t care for it. I hope the rest of his cd is better.

  94. 94
    Yago..kris allen fan Says:

    for all of you who says that kris allen have a lack of originality listen to the pre-AI album “Brand New Shoes” ……………………………………amazing songs………… stop with the critics………… i never heard of the script in my whole life and now i do and they are good …………………….you all should be thanking kris allen …………………….. i live in brazil and i would give anything to have kris allen as an idol here …………………. kris allen is amazing the way it is and this song is awesome not one of his best …………….but awesome and for those of you against him wait till the album release and them criticize …………………… he’s an amazing singer ………………. so as adam …….. they so different that comparisons are pointless .. they’re both great singer with a long career ahead …………… stop the critics you’re not getting anything from that

  95. 95
    Pam Says:

    It has grown on me. I am a big Kris fan and was kind of disappointed in this one, but it really has grown on me. I like it! In general, I usually don’t like the first singles from the AI winners. I didn’t like David Cook’s first song either, but the follow ups are great. I am looking forward to the album.

  96. 96
    Lorena Says:

    The Script version is soooooooooo much better than this one!

  97. 97
    kljafljalf Says:

    Alright so some people need to get over the fact that its not an origional song. I mean he still sings it beautifully!!!! Thats pretty important! You know, his voice. I personally love Kris and will b buying his cd when it fist comes out!!! I think this is a GREAT song!!!!

  98. 98
    Ally Says:

    The lyrics are amazing and inspirational, and I actually think this is a wee bit better than my fave song by Tim McGraw

  99. 99
    Tosha Says:

    @Fairytale: tim mcgraws song was Live Like YOU We’re Dying. Allen doesnt have a YOU in it. I love this song

  100. 100
    suppress your appetite Says:

    awsome song….

  101. 101
    Queeny Says:

    How much of one song needs to be a rip-off of another song before the person is sued? “Live like we’re dying” – that line by itself sounds, to me, just like Tim M’s country song.
    I’m an Adam fan & don’t hate Kris. To me, Adam has charisma, & is forging new ground for gay men to be themselves.
    Kris sings OK but his music is too bland for me.
    They are BOTH handsome as heck, tho!

  102. 102
    Luna Says:

    The weird thing is that the original song was just released this year. I think it’s odd to cover a song that has barely hit the airwaves. Plus, Kris’ version doesn’t sound any different than that of The Script’s.

    I love The Script. I’m a big fan and I love their songs. It’s great that thanks to Kris, the band will get more exposure. They’re really great.

  103. 103
    Naddle Says:

    Sounds far too much like the original script version to be a good cover. He sounds exactly like them – so he shouldn’t get so much fame because of it. D:

  104. 104
    kayla Says:

    I love love LOVE the Script (anyone who hasn’t heard them yet should definitely download their song “breakeven”) so i find it really annoying that kris allen is getting all the credit for this. honestly they sound really similar so again…it really annoys me how unoriginal this is since he basically took a song and didn’t make it ‘his own’.

  105. 105
    sman Says:

    Same exact message as Tim Mcgraws song…this guy can’t come up with his own concepts and messages? This song is annoying and even though the lyrics are compelling, you can’t hear them and the melody is, well…what melody. I just don’t get people and their tastes in music. If you want a nice song with a strong melody, go listen to Train.

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