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Download Danko Jones' 'I'm Alive and On Fire' from 'True Blood'

Listen to the song from the end credits of last night's episode

July 18, 2011 5:55 PM ET
Download Danko Jones' 'I'm Alive and On Fire' from 'True Blood'

Click here to listen to Danko Jones' "I'm Alive and On Fire"

"I'm Alive and On Fire," the title of this week's episode of True Blood, literally refers to the effects the sun has on the vampire Eric's skin after he gets drunk on fairy blood and tries to stay awake during the sunlight hours. It's also a metaphor for the many relationships beginning to burn up — or simmer down — among the supernaturals on the hit HBO series. "I'm Alive and On Fire" is also the name of a manic punk song by the Canadian band Danko Jones, and fittingly, the track played out over the end credits. You can stream the song above, or right-click here to download a free mp3.

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