I've been looking in the mirror for so long,
That I've come to believe my soul's on the other side.
All the little pieces falling, shatter.
Shards of me,
Too sharp to put back together.
Too small to matter,
But big enough to cut me into so many little pieces.
If I try to touch her,
And I bleed,
I bleed,
And I breathe,
I breathe no more.

Take a breath and I try to draw from my spirits well.
Yet again you refuse to drink like a stubborn child.
Lie to me,
Convince me that I've been sick forever.
And all of this,
Will make sense when I get better.
but I know the difference,
Between myself and my reflection.
I just can't help but to wonder,
Which of us do you love.
So I bleed,
I bleed,
And I breathe,
I breathe no
Bleed,
I bleed,
And I breathe,
I breathe,
I breathe
I breathe no more.



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"Breathe No More" as written by Amy Lee

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  • +2
    General Comment:Have you ever looked in the mirror for so long you've began to see a different person? Now, I'm probably wrong but I think this song is about someone who doesn't feel accepted by anyone, and misunderstood and by lookin in the mirror they see someone the world accepts so figuratively, they kill that person by smashing the mirror, but by doin so it doesn't just 'kill' their reflection but it also hurts them.
    "Take a breath and I try to draw from my spirits well.
    Yet again you refuse to drink like a stubborn child.
    Lie to me,
    Convince me that I've been sick forever.
    And all of this,
    Will make sense when I get better."
    That part I think means, the persons trying to get people to understand how they feel but the world is so stubborn they won't absorb it... and they just tell them that "its okay, you'll get help one day" like their crazy and they don't know what they're talkin about. Who knows though. :x
    PoeticEulogy187on April 23, 2003   Link
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    General Comment:"I know the difference,
    Between myself and my reflection.
    I just can't help but to wonder,
    Which of us do you love."
    This part makes me think about maybe your in a relationship and you start to wonder what that person likes you for...your personality or your reflection. This doesnt seem to fit in all the lyrics...
    JessicaCaitlin91on May 03, 2003   Link
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    General Comment:in my opinion. this song is about a girl being in a relationship. shes in a relationship with a guy who is only in love with her beauty and not personality. hence the line "i cant help but wonder, which of us do you love" and she had been caught up in how the media portrays "beautiful" with all this makeup and glamour. and she finally came to realize that her boyfriend was only in love with her beauty and not her mind. and shes feeling like nobody knows the real her. they only know wat the mirror portrays. so she smashes the mirror and then with part of the mirror she cuts herself and she bleeds and bleeds until she bleeds no more.
    Tribabe2007on May 22, 2004   Link
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    General Comment:Wrong lyrics again. Grr. Okay, the "Oh the little pieces falling, shatter" should be "All the little pieces falling, shattered"; and "I just can't help but to wonder" should be "It causes me to wonder". I know, I know, I'm nitpicking again =). Forgive me?

    To me, the song's about being in a relationship where you're loved for your beauty instead of yourself. You've been around this shallow love for so long, you begin to feel like maybe all you are is a pretty face. You break the mirror to find the truth and feel as though you're losing yourself along with the shards. Trying to put yourself back together, you cut yourself, again and again, bleeding so much that you stop breathing. Somehow, you force yourself to breathe again, but nobody understands what you've gone through. They're trying to tell you what's wrong instead of listening to what you're saying. Even after what you've gone through, after you've discovered the difference between yourself and how you look, you still think people only love you for your reflection. You're still simply a pretty thing for people to look at.

    Hmm. Lol, I think I confused myself while I wrote that...
    LaDiabloon May 29, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:To make this short....I LOVE IT!!!!!!!
    Soundgarden0070on June 26, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:You guys are totally on the dot with what I believe. I think she is looking in the mirror and she has changed as a person, yet the reflection she sees hasn't. It possibly reminds her of a past. Or maybe she doesn't feel like she knows herself at all.

    Amy Lee uses some really powerful analogies. It's just something that totally mesmerizes me and it gives me chills.

    Particularly this partial stanza:

    "But big enough to cut me into so many little pieces.
    If I try to touch her,
    And I bleed,
    I bleed,"

    She's reaching for the broken glasses of herself and all she will do is get cut. I really believe now that Amy is looking into the mirror and seeing a part of her she doesn't ever want to be.

    "I know the difference,
    Between myself and my reflection.
    I just can't help but to wonder,
    Which of us do you love. "

    And now she is seperating herself in two. And each of her parts is so different from each other. They are polar opposites. So which one is to be accepted?

    I'm willing to take this one step further. That while this song seems to have an open ending I think there is possibly an underlying message she is trying to take across. That to accept yourself as a whole no matter the extremes you will go to.

    But the thing about Amy (which I love) is that she rights about situations without any particular answer. It really makes you think about the possibilities and something you can relate to for your special self. Man, Evanescence is just the bomb. I don't know why they have some haters.
    chino69on October 22, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:I think is song is about depression, and being something that you never thought you'd become.



    I don't feel like typing out a long expination unless someone would liek to hear it.
    Deadinanhouron December 04, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:i could listen to this song all day and it never gets old.<3<3<3<3<3
    i love amy lee
    -Andy-
    EvanescenceROXon December 19, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:It means that she isn't sure anymore.She's looking into a mirror, finding someone who isn't her but is.She's asking which of us do you love, because she's hiding in the person she is no longer...Do we love the person she's become?
    fairy_of_lighton December 25, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:In this song, Amy talks pretty much about self-reflection.
    It sounds like she is thinking about what her surroundings want her to be and what she really represents behind her appearence.
    It might also be about her dealing with deep scars inside(soul) which are too small that anybody besides her is able to take notice.
    Seems like she couldn´t deal with them and gets hurt by trying to heal them while reflecting about them.

    ...just a try.
    English is not my first language, so it is not that easy for me to express myself.
    zubwolfon January 01, 2005   Link

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