"Just Barely Breathing" as written by and Jesse Leach Mike D'antonio....
Decend into hysteria
Chaos of mankind
But who is listening
To the voice of hatererd?
Tortured souls lost
So completely lost
Weakened in the cencept of decline, deception

Are we alive, or just breathing?
Don't close your eyes, see the images
Are we alive, or just breathing?
Don't close your eyes, see the images

The skies weep tonight
Our bodies washed away
I am waiting for you
Deliverance
The sun falls through the clouds
Hear my cry

Are we alive, or just breathing?
Don't close your eyes, see the images
Are we alive, or just breathing?
Don't close your eyes, see the images

The skies weep tonight
Our bodies washed away
I am waiting for you
Deliverance
The sun falls through the clouds
Hear my cry

I am waiting for you
I am waiting for you
I am waiting for you


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"Just Barely Breathing" as written by Jesse Leach Adam Dutkiewitz

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  • +1
    Song MeaningIf you buy Alive or Just Breathing RR 25th Anniversary album,Jesse says hiself what it means.


    He wrote it on a rainy depressing day, and this is him calling out to God to please end this world. He said he sees so much evil and darkness in our people.
    "The skies weep tonight,our bodies washed away
    I am waiting for you,deliverance
    The sun falls through the clouds,hear my cry"

    He's basically asking God to end this world because he is ready to go to Heaven
    chanjcwon March 28, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentInterview with Jesse Leach before he left:
    "Just Barely Breathing" is really my question to people. They need to look into themselves and ask themselves are they really alive? Are they really living life to the fullest? Or are they just getting by? And if so, if you're not happy, you need to make a change, make a difference in the world."
    Supervixenon September 26, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song aboslutly is the best song of the album, it kicks all manner of ass. this song 4 me is about my total devotion 2 my bestest mate who answers the question 'are we alive or jus breathing?' for me
    stebugon March 04, 2003   Link
  • 0
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    ~T~
    Dark_Outon March 23, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"The skies weep tonight, our bodies wash away", I love that line. Supervixen has explained the meaning, and I think this song is really relavent, cause it's only at the times when something really bad happens to us (like losing a loved one, or something like that) that we syop and think, have I made the most of the time Ive got? Killswitch Engage are the best band in the world!
    quiffpornon April 11, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is really so amazing.. leach had probably the best voice and vocal melodies ever to grade a hardcore band. howard's cool too.. but the new material just feels way too studio produced and boring, not anywhere near the beauty ofo the first album. and this song.. this song is just amazing. blehh!!
    noonesownon November 12, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgrace** not grade. i'm an idiot.
    noonesownon November 12, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwithout a doubt the best song they have ever made...and my favorite of all-time
    killswitchl3itch420on December 10, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love the melodies & screaming. This song is awesome. I like how it fades out but you can still hear the vocals all hypnotic in the background. Leaves the song with a nice phrase repeated.
    Drew1185on March 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenteven tho the titles of this song and the CD aren't the same, i think its the title-track for the album
    megarocker7on March 18, 2006   Link

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