"Breathe Life" as written by and Joel Stroetzel Mike D'antonio....
And it begins anew
The hatred of mankind.
As it seeks to kill that which lives inside.

Now we are dying
Dying the slowest death
Held down by bonds that bind us
We breathe our final breath.

And it begins anew
The burning we endure
As we seek the strength
Strength to break the bonds

Now we are dying
Dying the slowest death
No more condemnation
We fight for our final breath

Breathe life for you are not alone
Breathe life inside your heart of stone

From dust you were born
And to the ashes you return
And to the ashes you return

Break the bonds
Break the bonds

Breathe life for you are not alone
Breathe life inside your heart of stone
Breathe life inside your heart of stone


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"Breathe Life" as written by Howard Jones Adam Dutkiewitz

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    General CommentI think there are some strong christian overtones in here, as with many KsE songs.

    All the screamed vocals, I believe explore what life is like for those who do not know God and do not feel the inner peace of a christian. Not neccesarily how it feels, but how life will end up: 'dying the slowest death'.

    I believe the clean, melodic vocals show how life is and will end up for christians, and it generally just concisely explores the idea of peace and simply breathing in calmly, knowing that you're not alone.

    The blunt, final fate of non-believers is conveyed in the bridge section 'from dust you were born, into the ashes you'll return'

    tobakingon July 28, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMan, Howard Jones is a big Black God of Rock, or something...

    This song, kicks me in the nads, every time I listen to it.

    It seems to me, that Howard is talking about how humanity has this kind of self-preservation instinct, which hsa been sharpened to the point that we now act completely in our own best interests, and that this is basically the reason we are fucked as a species, and that the only way out is to take a look at each other, to "breath life" and experiance each other, anew.
    quiffpornon May 13, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentkiller solo. awesome, balls to the wall song with actual depth. killswitch is "breathing life" into metalcore with songs like these and albums like AOJB and the newest "The End of Heartache."
    hermanator05on June 22, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis band has taken metal to a bigger level
    so much louder and more riffs to bang our heads on

    adam and howard
    xkillswitchengageon June 15, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis band has taken metal to a bigger level
    so much louder and more riffs to bang our heads on

    adam and howard
    xkillswitchengageon June 15, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is godly live, especially the solo. Just... man.

    Meaningwise, I'm with quiff on it.
    Parabola7on September 03, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbrilliant song
    Ocean Soulon January 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe chorus gets me...just fuckin gets me. Awesome song. Would probably make a good single.
    killswitch916on March 30, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentawesomeness......kse is fucking unbeliveable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    music_equals_life94on February 12, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentfirst off, fucking AMAZING song!

    meaningwise..what i get out of it is to enjoy life, breathe it in by overcoming obstacles and internal struggles.

    "And it begins anew, the hatred of mankind.
    As it seeks to kill that which lives inside.
    Now we are dying, dying the slowest death."
    (when i'm depressed i feel like i hate everybody, and it feels like i'm dying 'the slowest death.')

    "Breathe life for you are not alone.
    Breathe life inside your heart of stone."
    (you're not alone in this world, let the warmth of the world fill your heart..wow it's kind of mushy when you put it that way :p)

    the only line that doesn't fit in for me is:
    "From dust you were born, and to the ashes you return."
    =/
    SOADwannabeon February 24, 2008   Link

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