"It Only Hurts When I'm Breathing" as written by Robert John Lange and Shania Twain....
Hope life's been good to you
Since you've been gone
I'm doin' fine now, I've finally moved on
It's not so bad, I'm not that sad

I'm not surprised just how well I survived
I'm over the worst, and I feel so alive
I can't complain, I'm free again

And it only hurts when I'm breathing
My heart only breaks when it's beating
My dreams only die when I'm dreaming
So, I hold my breath, to forget

Don't think I'm lyin' 'round cryin' at night
There's no need to worry, I'm really all right
I've never looked back, as a matter of fact

And it only hurts when I'm breathing
My heart only breaks when it's beating
My dreams only die when I'm dreaming
So, I hold my breath, to forget

It only hurts when I breathe

Mmm, no, I've never looked back,
As a matter fact

And it only hurts when I'm breathing
My heart only breaks when it's beating
My dreams only die when I'm dreaming
So, I hold my breath, to forget

Hurts when I'm breathing
Breaks when it's beating
Die when I'm dreaming
It only hurts when I breathe


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"It Only Hurts When I'm Breathing" as written by Shania Twain Robert John Lange

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    General Commentthis song its so sad! its about how shes surviving without him but barely....
    CutieTrish3on April 27, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis song to me explains exactly the way I feel every day and everynight. Someone very very close to me died and this is just how I feel all of the time.

    And it only hurts when I'm breathing
    My heart only breaks when it's beating
    My dreams only die when I'm dreaming
    So, I hold my breath
    To forget

    wow!!!
    nmartin18on May 12, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThe lyrics are amazing. All the contradictions are great.
    CRYN_OUTon May 25, 2004   Link
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    General CommentShania is breathtaking. this is just how people feel when bad things happen. everyone does it--when you're upset you always tell everyone that you are fine--but inside you're aching and you feel terrible. I LOVE SHANIA TWAIN!!!
    dancer1018on July 04, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis song truly touches me to the point where it feels like it was written just for me. The chorus basically means that she`s in pain every second of her life that she is not with this guy . . . something I can really relate to right now, unfortunately.
    suepursticiouson October 17, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthis song makes me cry.
    koolestlozerevaon August 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentHeart-touching and full of emation - in every part of this song... the words, the way she sings it, the instrumentation... I wonder if she wrote it thinking of how she lost her parents in the car accident. This reminds me of how I can sometimes feel when I lost my father at the age of 19 to cancer. You miss someone, but have to move on, you have no choice, but that won't stop the pain.... Thank you Shania for helping express these kinds of feelings into words, song, and our hearts....
    indy2on September 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI absolutely agree with the post above me. Shania has the voice of an angel, and she knows exactly which heartstrings to pull. Love you, Shania. You are the best.
    vivelefrancaison March 21, 2010   Link

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