Mandy wrote Alive at 25 about her  16 year old sister Elly, that was killed in a car accident in 2004. She wrote the song as she was driving home from a chemotherapy appointment. She was alone in the car and looked over to her passenger seat and thought that her sister would likely be sitting in that seat if she was still here, and as she thought about this she realized that she would be turning 25 that year as well. The song was written before she got home.

Alive at 25

Written by Mandy Ringdal 

This is the year that you'd be 25

And who would you be if you were still alive?

What would you be like if you were still here?

Would you look like the girl I see there in the mirror?

Would you hear all my secrets and know all my lies?

And yet out of love would you criticise? Oh

Chorus

A beauty you'd be there's no doubt in my mind

A bond we would have again we'd never find

You're a mystery now, were a mystery then

But one thing I know is that I'll see you again

I'll always wonder about who you'd be

Bet I'd be like you and you'd be like me

Verse

Would you still be as shy as that knobby kneed girl?

Who'd watch what I'd do and then give it a whirl?

Would our favorite number, be number eleven?

I bet you're still wearin' it right now up in heaven

Would you hold my hand as I battle on

And help me sing all these heartbreak songs? Oh

Chorus

A beauty you'd be there's no doubt in my mind

A bond we would have again we'd never find

You're a mystery now, were a mystery then

But one thing I know is that I'll see you again

I'll always wonder about who you'd be

Bet I'd be like you and you'd be like me

Bridge

I won't get to know who you'd be here today

You'd be alive at 25, that's all I can say

It's been quite a while since I've seen your face

It's just not the same here without you in this place

Chorus

A beauty you'd be there's no doubt in my mind

A bond we would have again we'd never find

You're a mystery now, were a mystery then

But one thing I know is that I'll see you again

I'll always wonder about who you'd be

Bet I'd be like you and you'd be like me

Tag

Elle I'd be like you and you'd be like me