"Harder To Breathe" as written by Adam Levine, Jesse Royal Carmichael, Ryan Michael Dusick, James Valentine and Mickey Madden....
How dare you say that my behavior is unacceptable
So condescending unnecessarily critical
I have the tendency of getting very physical
So watch your step 'cause if I do you'll need a miracle

You drain me dry and make me wonder why I'm even here
The double vision I was seeing is finally clear
You want to stay but you know very well I want you gone
Not fit to fuckin' tread the ground I'm walking on

When it gets cold outside and you got nobody to love
You'll understand what I mean when I say
There's no way we're gonna give up
And like a little girl cries in the face of a monster that lives in her dreams
Is there anyone out there 'cause it's getting harder and harder to breathe
Is there anyone out there 'cause it's getting harder and harder to breathe

What you are doing is screwing things up inside my head
You should know better you never listened to a word I said
Clutching your pillow and writhing in a naked sweat
Hoping somebody someday will do you like I did

When it gets cold outside and you got nobody to love
You'll understand what I mean when I say
There's no way we're gonna give up
And like a little girl cries in the face of a monster that lives in her dreams
Is there anyone out there 'cause it's getting harder and harder to breathe
Is there anyone out there 'cause it's getting harder and harder to breathe

Does it kill
Does it burn
Is it painful to learn
That it's me that has all the control

Does it thrill
Does it sting
When you feel what I bring
And you wish that you had me to hold

When it gets cold outside and you got nobody to love
You'll understand what I mean when I say
There's no way we're gonna give up
And like a little girl cries in the face of a monster that lives in her dreams
Is there anyone out there 'cause it's getting harder and harder to breathe
Is there anyone out there 'cause it's getting harder and harder to breathe
Is there anyone out there 'cause it's getting harder and harder to breathe


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"Harder To Breathe" as written by James Valentine Adam Levine

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  • +4
    General CommentOk... Having read through some of these "song interpretations" if thats what you call saying "OMG I love maroon 5 they're so great, blah blah blah...." I thought that maybe I'd do what we're supposed to do here and say what I think the song is about.

    Perhaps a man and a woman get into a relationship and she finds out only too late that he's a sex offender or abusive or something (I have the tendancy of getting very physical so watch your step cause if I do you'll need a miracle). So she stands up to him and tells him what he's doing is wrong and the lyrics to the song are him exploding to what she says.

    He immidiately challenges what she says (How dare you say that my behavior is unacceptable so condescending unnecessarily critical)

    He makes her feel like no one will have her besides him (When it gets cold outside and you got nobody to love)

    He taunts her and shows his power over her(Does it kill does it burn is it painful to learn that it’s me that has all the control?

    And then to top it off he uses scare tactics to make her afraid of him (And like a little girl cries in the Face of a monster that lives in her dreams. Is there anyone out there cause it’s getting harder and harder to breathe?)

    I personally don't see anything that indicates that the girl in the relationship has done anything wrong. Perhaps I'm overlooking anything, but I think this song is just about a sicko flipping out on his girlfriend. It was the song that Law and Order: SVU used in it's ad's was it not?
    bigshot937on January 05, 2007   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningThis song is actually a 'filler' for the album. Frustrated after being pushed by their record label to write more songs for the album, Levine came up with this song/rant aimed at the particular label.
    br00klynon April 15, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General Commentgood song.
    liveandletdie_16on June 01, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAccording to the album, it's "funkin' tread," which makes absolutely no sense. I guess putting that means they can play the song on the radio without taking the word out? Don't know.
    LolaGon June 16, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song reminds me of when Maroon 5 was still a rock band.
    jesushuttlesworthon June 18, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song! I'm not quite sure about what it means, but it is so catchy and the vido... yay!!! Check it out on Launch.com
    sncrly_meon July 12, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is very upbeat.. n its intersting.. i dont know wut to say? i like it tho.. it like puts in me a good mood...i think its about where there is this person who treats the other pretty bad and well he dumps her and then when he realizes hes alone he wants someone for him .. hence the is there anyone out there its getting harder and harder to breathe... yadda yadda.. i dont know????!
    lil_miss_mandy2002on July 22, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwow, i love this song... but i cant find the mp3!!! :(
    bandaidon August 22, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is so friggin awesome! i predict *it will be a hit*
    letterstonoelleon September 01, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentahhh awesome
    xxxDARKIRISxxxon September 11, 2002   Link

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