"Breathe" as written by and Thomas Delonge....
Two men
They started walking
Started talking 'bout better days
One says to the other
We do it all again
Seems I knew I would
And now I found it
Found I got it
I didn't want this
Somebody help me see
Now I feel it
Feel like I've been there
I didn't need this
Somebody help me breathe

Here we are again
Just face to facing
Each other another day
Who wins
Well who cares
It always ends up the same
Seems I knew I would

And now I found it
Found I got it
I didn't want this
Somebody help me see
And now I feel it
Feel that I've been there
I didn't need this
Would somebody help me stand
And now I've told them
Already warned them
I didn't want this
Somebody help me breathe

If I was them
Then I want to be
What I see
If I could drag my life in a moment
Want to know do you want me to go
Gonna keep it all from ending
Never stop myself from pretending
That you always knew that I never could

All I ever really wanted was to be the same
Equal treatment never ever comes
And there they go again
All I ever really wanted was to be like you
So perfect
So worthless
If I could take it all back think again
I would

And now I found it
Found I got it
I didn't want this
Somebody help me see
Now I feel it
Feel that I've been there
I didn't need this
Somebody help me stand
And now I've told them
I didn't want this
I didn't need this
Would somebody help me breathe
Would somebody help me breathe
Would somebody help me?


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"Breathe" as written by Ryan Peake Chad Kroeger

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group, Peermusic Publishing

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    General Commentbut this all seems a little vague what does this song mean?
    heir2beulahon May 04, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti don't really understand the meaning of this songs, but i still really like it.
    creedspazzon May 14, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI heard, back when this first came out, that the song was about Churchill and Stalin (think it was a radio dj that mentioned it offhand). It's difficult to actually make that fit with anything beyond the first verse, though, so *shrug*.
    dsfireon June 30, 2004   Link
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    General CommentO.K. here is my explenation of this song.. but i don't know if it's correct english cause i'm from holland=P.. it's a very long text sorry for that=P I hope It'll help you guys understanding this song;)

    I think the song is about.. How chad wanted to be like the people who are popular.. but he didn't see that was going to be a nightmare, he saw that when he finally got there..(And now I feel it
    Feel that I've been there) like the people who are popular.. they are 'perfect', but actually not.. they can't be the people who they are from the inside.. and that's why the are 'worthless' they must pretend to be perfect and I think that is a very hard life to have and a very stupid thing to want.. chad realized that too and that's why he wrote this song

    meaning of some lines: ' he'd(=we'd) do it all again..' means that everybody wants to be perfect everybody wants to be loved by everybody..

    'seems I knew I would' He knew from the beginning he was going to make a mistake but he didn't realize it at that point

    'Here we are again
    Just face to facing
    Each other another day
    Who wins
    But who cares'
    He was talking tothat man from the beginning of this song and he knew that man was right .. but it doesn't matter because no one will believe until they've seen it themselves and that means like 'it always ends up the same..'

    'Wanna know do you want me to go
    Gonna keep it all never ending
    Never stop myself from pretending
    That you always knew that I never could'
    He thinks the man which warned him at the beginning wanted him to leave the top of popularity, but the man knew that going away from being popular is like falling down a hundred miles and that is a hard crash.. so the man knew chad couldn't leave the top and that he never will.. but chad will not admit that because then he will fall down..

    Chad feels like he has no freedom like he can't breathe..

    sorry for this long message but i couldn't say it shorter because i just wanna proove I'm right:P

    (and maybe the popular thing you can swich that to fame.. maybe that's more how he experienced it but I think that's almost the same..)
    dumbfuckasson April 14, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis is what I got out of it:

    It is about a rivalry in the younger days of two men. One man seemed to overshadow everything that the other did, he seemed to do everything better. The other man wanted so much to be like him, but no matter what he did, he still came up short. Years later, when they met up again, with bad memories faded into the past, they began to make amends. The "inferior" man began to say everything that has troubled him about himself, only to realize that that it is what made him who he is today, and he is proud of that. He needed to realize that he is who he is and everybody has their share of problems, no matter how "perfect" they are.
    towelmanon April 18, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti agree with both the people that say that its about love and about a person wanting to be popular, some lines seem to have mixed meanings but this is what i get out of the song:

    Two men
    They started walking
    Started talking 'bout better days
    One says to the other
    He'd do it all again
    Seems I knew I would
    (this describes a sence probably a few years after high school, where two friends meet again and talk about high school and good times they had, and the popular kid says that he'd do everything over, if he could, even though some of it probably isn't healthy or nice)

    And now I found it
    Found I adored it
    I didn't want this
    Somebody help me see
    (the unpopular kid found popularity and found he liked it, but at the same time he never really wanted to be popular and he sees that being popular isn't all good)
    Now I feel it
    Feel that I've been there
    I didn't need this
    Somebody help me breathe
    (he has done some mean things when he was popular and now that he's seen both sides he can't decide what to do and feels that he needs to take time to think things out)

    Here we are again
    Just face to facing
    Each other another day
    (still in the highschool flashback stage, or maybe thay got a job together that reminds them of their time in high school where the popular one and the unpopular one see each other everyday)
    Who wins
    Well who cares
    It always ends up the same
    Seems I knew I would
    (the popular kid always has to do something mean to the unpopular kid because of peer pressure)

    If I was them
    Then I wanna be
    What I see
    (the unpopular kid sees the popular people and wants to be like them)
    If I could pack my life in a moment
    Wanna know do you want me to go
    Gonna keep it all never ending
    Never stop myself from pretending
    That you always knew that I never could
    (the unpopular kid wants to know if the popular kid wants him to leave him alone to end the cycle that happens where even though the popular kid is mean to the unpopular kid, they still are friends and the unpopular kid still wants to be popular)

    All I ever really wanted was to be the same
    Equal treatment never ever comes
    And here we go again
    (conversation between the two kids, the unpopular kid tells the popular kid that all he wanted was to be like him, but they never get to be treated the same)
    All I ever really wanted was to be like you
    So perfect
    So worthless
    If I could take it all back think again
    I would
    (the unpopular kid sees that being popular seems perfect but at the same time is worthless, so when he became popular he saw both sides and decided that he didn't like being popular)

    i can also see it being about love however because i've been in kind of the same situation:

    And now I found it
    Found I adored it
    I didn't want this
    Somebody help me see
    Now I feel it
    Feel that I've been there
    I didn't need this
    Somebody help me breathe
    (i'll tell this from the first person, i fell in love and i liked the feeling of being in love, but at the same time i didn't want to be in love so i need help to "breathe" because i have too much going through my mind)
    Here we are again
    Just face to facing
    Each other another day
    (the girl that i loved sat behind me in a class so we inevitabley had to see each other pretty much everyday)
    Who wins
    Well who cares
    It always ends up the same
    (i tried to get her to like me, but it always ended up the same that she never went out with me)

    If I was them
    Then I wanna be
    What I see
    (if I could be one of her friends i could be closer to her)
    If I could pack my life in a moment
    Wanna know do you want me to go
    Gonna keep it all never ending
    Never stop myself from pretending
    That you always knew that I never could
    (If i could become one of her friends i would do it in an instant, but everyday i tried to get her to like me, but she never did so it was neverending, i was pretending that i could get her to go out with me, and all of my friends knew that i never could get her to go out with me and i found out later that it always was that way)

    All I ever really wanted was to be the same
    Equal treatment never ever comes
    And here we go again
    (i wanted to be like her friends so she would like me, but "Equal treatment never ever comes", so i try to get her to like me again)

    All I ever really wanted was to be like you
    So perfect
    So worthless
    (she seemed so perfect, but wanting her to like me and go out with me seems so worthless now that i think about it because it probably wouldn't have worked between us)


    i can see this song from both sides of view from both the popular people and falling in love view
    boredperson24on May 23, 2007   Link
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    General CommentGood song. I really lke songs that have a meaning and feeling behind them
    SilverFireon May 04, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis SONG ROCKS! It has an AWESOME Beat to it, You have to ear this song, Download it or Buy "The State" CD.
    nickelbacks_gurlon May 29, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis song is seriously a kick ass song.....everybody needs to hear it!!!!!!!!
    Won't Rememberon July 02, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis song kicks butt!!
    tigger1280on August 18, 2002   Link

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